In the Beginning …

The kits arrived! I bought three eTap2Hw kits and additional parts from Newtone.nl – one for me and two for friends to build. The kits consist of a small ‘daughterboard’ containing a DSP circuit and a motherboard to mount this on with support components. The DSP coding is by my friend Piet Verbruggen and he also designed the motherboard. He calls his system the eTap2HW. ‘eTap’ means echo tapper because it is based on the multi-head or multi-tap tape echos from the 60’s and ‘HW’ because it is a hardware implementation of a software plug-in Piet developed some years back.

The box from Newtone with the three kits plus pots, knobs etc. and the package of BCD edge switches from Rapid Electronics.

The box from Newtone with the three kits plus pots, knobs etc. and the package of BCD edge switches from Rapid Electronics.

Most of the parts (clear packs) go on a Motherboard and the echo is done by a FV-1 DSP chip from Spin Semiconductors on a daughterboard by OCT

Most of the parts (clear packs) go on a Motherboard and the echo is done by a FV-1 DSP chip from Spin Semiconductors on a daughter-board by OCT. The pots, jack sockets and knobs are NOT included in the kit.

The kit to build the motherboard.

The kit to build the motherboard.

The daughter-board out of its anti-static bag with the motherboard PCB and a credit card for size - the boards are pretty small!

The daughter-board out of its anti-static bag with the motherboard PCB and a credit card for size – the boards are pretty small!

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