Fast interview with Wayne Holliday and his SidBox passion

Fast interview with Wayne Holliday and his SidBox passion

What do you know about SidBox? What is it?

Wayne is the name behind the SidBox. He lives in the UK, where he is born and raised. He is just under 40 years old and he have been into electronics since he was in pre-school. Thoughat the time it was more, take things apart and never be able to fix them again.. Whoops.

So, here is our interview with the guy behind the mysterious SidBox. Get to know it in this Interview with him.

Let’s begin the Fast interview about SidBox

How long have you been using the Amiga?

Got my first Amiga 1994 Christmas. So, a fair amount of years!

What is your current configuration?

Currently the configuration is the new 3.1.4 for the Amiga. Its modded with the IDE99, in it, there is a mechanical 40 gig hard drive (for that sound and clicking sounds) and the CD-ROM drive is connected to the same IDE99.

128 Meg, ACA1233 using the 50MHz setup (needs recapping as Amiga seems too unstable at that speed right now)

I have it running a GoTek drive and a real floppy disk drive, switch able. Meaning I can switch between the Real Floppy and GoTek on DF0:. Otherwise I want to keep my A1200 like this… Imaging the A1200 like this all those years ago! Hehe.

What are your favorite activities on Amiga?

I love programming, I prefer to use Blitz Basic 2, Acid Libs. Not used the newer version yet though.

As an electrical engineer, do you think that the Amiga with Vampire will remains a competitive machine?

While the Vampire is an ABSOLUTELY lovely add on to the Amiga, I would instantly get one for the Amiga 1200. However for me the vampire feels more like an entirely new system. The Vampire has made large strides in its work the only limit i see is the programming the FPGA’s!

What is your opinion on AmigaOne X5000?

Holy crap this will probably give the Mac Computer a run for its money! If done right! AmigaOS … if I had the money I would invest in this yesterday!!

Tell us about your amazing SidBox

The SIDBOX basically houses my all time fave sound chip synths… It originally was only intended as a music player.
However the ARM CPU has enough speed and rom space to be so much more.

Plays, PCM (WAV), S3M, MOD, SID, (2SID now), (YM2149 atari st). Runs, PRG file using a psuodo Hardware configuration, while this is the case, you can interface with the SID Synth on the same address location $D200 & $D240.

It can produce sounds for the C64 (with an adaptor) and the ZX spectrum. The project has been something I started back in 2015, the project was just to play some SID and alot of PCM wave files. Too many products out there that cant live up to the music noise levels people want 😉

Finally, do you have something to say to our readers?

Yes, If you have an idea and it looks like its an impossible task? It just means you haven’t looked at the problem long enough. 😉 I know easier said than done… Been there! The SID routines where almost impossible – keep messing around…

A quote from my all time Fave Movie. “You just keep going, no matter how crazy it seems”.

 

Source: Amitopia Own Experience

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