After what can only be described as a 'difficult birth' I finally screwed together the case for the latest Marmot Audio build: a MIDIBox MB6582. 

For anyone who's unaware of what the MB6582 is, it was conceived many years ago by Jason Williams (Wilba) when he unleashed on the world his 8 SID chip version of the MIDIBox SID synth. In short, it was one of the most incredible 'DIY' builds ever.

As an old C64 scene-ster and musician myself, the SID chip has always held a special place in my heart and when I first ever saw the MB6582 with it's uber-sleek control surface, 8 x 8 modulation matrix and 4 pairs of SID chips I honestly thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

Back then I was utterly hopeless with anything electronic and I genuinely couldn't even solder to save my life. With little hope of building one for myself I trawled forums and pretty much offered my right arm/spare kidney/first born child in exchange for a built MB6582. That never happened though. Probably for the best as I'd miss all of those items that I was bartering with!

Fast-forward a couple of years and through determination, learning, perseverance and a lot of mistakes I'm now sat here with a completed MB6582 built by my own hands! OK, it's not the most exciting story in the world but for me it defines a significant period of my life where I went 'back to school', learned a new skill and now am using those skills and experience to build audio projects for other people. I've come a hell of a long way since the days where I didn't have the skill to even repair a simple audio cable.

The MB6582 is every bit (and more) as good as I ever imagined it would be. It will be with an incredible sense of pride and achievement, contrasted by a very heavy heart, that I'll send this on it's way to it's very excited owner!

Here's what it looks and sounds like (though bear in mind that the audio is only me testing the chips/filters and bear in mind that Soundcloud's compression generally ruins your uploads) 



Published on by Neil Baldwin.