is an old Pentium 90 based PC, embedded into a junk VHS video
case. I've removed all the original PC peripherals like the
screen and keyboard, and added an LCD , and a button controller.
The LCD is used to view menu options and song titles, and
it's an Hitachi 44780 compatible LCD conected to the PC parallel
port. The button controller is a hacked keyboard attached
to the original video controllers, and it's function is to
allow the selection of diferent options and songs. MusiTron
can be conected to any kind of amplifier through an RC or
a Jack connector, or to any other PC using a LAN RJ45 conector
acting as a music server. It also has two potentiometers to
adjust the LCD brightness and contrast, and an auxiliar cooling
fan controlled with a simple switch (which always is on).
It can store up to 20.000 songs in it's disc.
software is based in a reduced Windows98 version, and is fully
devoloped in Visual Basic 6.0. My first intention was to use
a tiny Linux version, and develope software with gcc, but
after searching through the Net I realised that this option
would take me more time than the one I finally did, due to
my lack of Linux configuration knowledge. In fact, booting
with this reduced version of Windows98 takes 2 minutes, more
or less the same it would take with Linux. Software can play
different audio file formats like: mp3, wma, mid or wav, it
can also play audio CDs and has multiple options to manage
the hard disk, create playlists ... It's menus are based on
Nokia's cellular phone interfaces, and are very easy to use.
. . Label, Program & Audiovisuals (c)
Tolaemon 2001. . .