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Workaround for Conexant Fusion 878A on modern systems

March 14, 2016 8:22 pm

Usually I used my mom’s laptop with PCMCIA and an AverMedia Hybrid TV+FM Cardbus tuner to digitize all my VHS camera recordings.
However that got annoying quite soon, so I got my VCR back into my rack, added a SCART-6xRCA cable, and found the AverMedia Capture98 PCI card I’ve had lying around because a fake chinese EasyCap was giving bullshit image and colors :)

However the 2001-dated drivers obviously refused to run on Windows 8.1 64-bit.
The solution is what you see above — yes, DScaler 4!
It supports working with the Conexant chipset directly without the drivers and produces a nice image. I have also installed an x264 encoder to get smaller files (like, 250 MB per 15 minutes average, and I bet the majority of it is uncompressed sound :) ).

The video below was digitized as a test from my SLV-E720 from some weird tape that definitely could do well as a shopping-mall-vaporwave video clip :)

Compare the vivid-colored smooth image to a test of a Fushicai Easycap 007 with it’s almost nonexistent colors and jittering frames, and you’ll see why I didn’t wanna go with modern single-chip solutions at all :)

A-Cast #101: Untitled

March 14, 2016 8:08 pm

Donno what to write in here, just thought it would be nice to record something at least once per half a year lol


  • aran — Green Orb
  • BT — Skylarking
  • Minamotoya — For A Good Sleeping [A-Cast classic]
  • Minamotoya — Miyabi
  • Nhato — Voices
  • DJ Nanashi — Numberless
  • Junk — Aihana
  • CJ Stone ft. Tamara Rhodes — City Lights (Tatana rmx)
  • Minamotoya — Twilight Moon
  • Nhato ft. Hiroyuki Oda — Moonquake
  • cittan — Akier
  • Nhato — Forbidden Souls
  • DJ Yoshinori — Holylance
  • Ева Польна — Прощай (Dancing Zombie remix)


Panasonic NV-M3500 VHS Video Camera and a 5 minute battery hack

February 8, 2016 12:30 pm

Disclaimer: whatever you might do looking at this post, you are doing at your own risk. Batteries are chemistry plus electricity, thus, twice the danger — not only you could get electrocuted, but you could also set yourself on fire or something, if you don’t have the necessary proficiency. All the information here is provided for educational purposes only.

(Yeah, it’s been a lot of posts about batteries here recently :) )

I’ve wanted a VHS camera since a long time ago and recently a chance turned up to get one, a legendary Panasonic M3500.
However, it had no power supply, and the original battery didn’t work too.
When I used some PLS wires to connect to the ⎓ jack at the back, all I got is a No Battery icon and then the camera switched off for no reason.

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It Is Not Safe To Turn Off Your Computer

December 22, 2015 1:31 pm

All the good times seem to be left in the past.
Whatever happens is not able to refill the emptiness.

Reverse the movie of life, and it’s about how one regains happiness as they lose more and more of their knowledge.

So here you have some leftover pieces of my soul, at least what is remaining… who knows if you might like them.
And so I’m going back… Knowing, that it’s not safe to turn off your computer.

Hey guys, my new album is out at Pizzabox Society :)

Psst… you also get a bonus track if you download it there instead of my Bandcamp!

And also, we’re gonna announce something even more awesome in a bit of time…

What is that gonna be, a CD or an LP?

Nope… something much better…
This should give you a bit of an idea :)

However, until then, you can listen to it here:

Or watch the music video:

Tell me how you like it, and thanks for staying tuned :)

A big thanks to:

  • PizzaboxSociety for publishing the album
  • LittlePikelet, Namikiri & Defsen, Kripex, Milana Zakharova, Ksyusha Matechenkova, Arien Hikarin, NightRadio, Maria Burkova and many others for inspiration and support :3
  • Kotokotyan for some parts of the album cover art
  • radio for informational support and playing my tracks

From SqueezingReviews December Summary Review: Part 8

One of the most interesting listens for the Pizzabox Society label, Ak.R is a fresh artist with a taste for digital computing and outdated technology narratives. The first side is a sudden drop into a hole of trembling acoustic backdrops and midigated percussions pressed on murky, dissonant delay and drone. There’s a sense of danger in the atmosphere with the production, but it still carries on patches of blissful night lo-fi to balance its moodiness. The second side breaks open up a dreamscape world bursting with teeming activity of robotic communication. This is where the melodies are most actively blooming, especially with the MIDI-like guitars and drums forming memorable substance for the electronic synthwork. It is Not Safe to Turn Off Your Computer is a vividly emotional and complex release, and it’s one that may stick around as a favorite. 4.5/5

Enjoy the album and stay tuned for more! :3
– Ak.R.

Re-celling a Walkman Minidisc battery (LIP-12)

November 30, 2015 12:49 am

Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for whatever damage or loss, physical or mental, related to attempting to repeat something described in this post. It is provided for educational purposes only. Never disassemble electronic devices, especially batteries and battery packs, especially lithium ones, unless you have necessary proficiency and qualification in electronics.

Hey guys, long time no posts :D

Recently I’ve acquired a Sony MZ-R30 Minidisc player.
It’s a kinda fun format, but the fact that I had to use a 2AA case in order to enjoy my music was quite disappointing.

After fiddling around with the dead LIP-12H that came with it, I came to a conclusion that it’s definitely a somehow packaged 18650 cell.

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A thing called “Tape Recorder”

September 12, 2015 8:43 pm

You might have missed it, but I have released the long-awaited vaporwave/ambient album called テープレコーダーという物 (A Thing Called “Tape Recorder”).

You can have it for how much you think it’s worth over at bandcamp

Panasonic VIERA 3 clicks and 10 blinks repair

August 2, 2015 10:22 pm

Not so long ago, my 2008~2009 VIERA TV decided not to power on stable. Sometimes it would give me 3 clicks instead of the usual 2, and then blink red 10 times.

When I took it to a repair shop, they asked quite a lot to replace the whole power board because these models are not supported by Panasonic anymore. Thus, I decided to give it a shot on my own.

DISCLAIMER: In no way the author of this post may be responsible for anything, including injury or death, or other loss or damage that happened due to following the instructions listed in this post. You are doing this all at your own risk. There are lethal voltages above the mains voltage inside plasma TVs, and so you must have enough qualification to perform these modifications to your plasma television set. If you are not sure you can do it, take your TV set to an authorised Panasonic service engineer.

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July 5, 2015 1:41 am

Recently I’ve stumbled upon the Scotch Brand’s Sound Talk bulletin, specifically the 5th issue, which has an audio fragment from a tape recording depicted on page 2 (shown above).

After some experimentation with audio and image processing software, and approximately correcting the speed by ear, this is the result (18KB total for all three):

320k mp3: 


WAV w/o speed adjust: 

The fragment is too small to recover anything decently, but, as the bulletin states, the letter “A” does take the majority of it for sure :)