Those BBC Micro tunes!

The good old BBC Micro wasn’t particularly known for it’s audio capabilities, it certainly wasn’t as powerful in that department compared to the Commodore 64 for example. However, that didn’t stop some games programmers back in they day, who managed to knock out some very impressive work.

I’ve started a little series on YouTube, where I hope to be able to bring to you these highlights.

Further 8bit Acorn goodness

Oh yes. A weekend of R&R at home prompted me to continue a couple of little projects that don’t take too much energy.

Namely, fitting an MMC interface to my BBC Micro, providing the little Beeb with a whopping 128MB of storage. All right, so it’s not quite that much, but it does give it access to 500+ virtual floppy discs which, if you don’t know, is plenty.

Whilst I was in its innards, I took the liberty of adding a 3.5mm headphone socket to it, just because I could.

I’d also dug out my old Microvitec Cub monitor out of the bottom of the wardrobe recently, and having finally cobbled together the relevent lead, plugged it in. A what do you know? It worked. Not bad for a 25+ year old monitor that hadn’t been used for the last 19 years…

So, in all it’s glory, I present to you my BBC Micro:

And my BBC Master:

The full specifications of these beauties are;

The Micro:
Issue 7 motherboard.
32K on board RAM.
1770 Floppy Disc Controller (with DDFS)
16k Sideways RAM expansion.
MMC Interface.

The Master:
128k on board RAM.
CF Card Interface.
6502 Internal Co-Processor.
Dual MOS (switchable).

Now, I’m pretty happy with these setups, however there is, of course, always more that could be done!
Am still sorely tempted with Retroclinic’s USB Upgrade for instance…
One day.