As I received the PCBs of my C2NEmu project, I assembled one. Here’s the result:
Just to recap: this device connects to a Commodore 64/VIC 20 tape port and to a PC through a USB cable. It offers 2 modes of operation:
- playback a TAP file (version 0, 1, or 2) from a PC into a C64/VIC20
- record the write signal from a C64/VIC20 to a DMP file on a PC
C16 is supported as well by means of a converter, which I won’t be supplying myself.
Unlike audio equivalents, this device fully supports the motor signal, which is not just fundamental at the “FOUND” message or at a Credits screen. There are a number of games whose tape loader requires data playback to stop for a fairly large amount of time at given points: this device takes care of that, without manual intervention.
It’s still early for (pre-)ordering as I am still performing tests but I assume the final price is likely to be about 8 GBP + shipping.