Vintage computing enthusiasts are often aware of how modern technology can breathe new life into classic devices, and Peter Edwards is no exception. He has recently completed an Arduino Nano-based tape drive emulator for the Commodore 64 - the world's biggest-selling single model of computer - that cost less than AU$20. As well as a build log, Peter has posted a great tutorial for building the device onto Veroboard, and his Arduino code can be found on GitHub.
Inspired by the Uno2Tap firmware, I wondered if I could move the PC part of that solution onto an MCU and create something standalone. My grand goal was to try to build my own fully functional (at least in terms of playback) tape emulator and so the Tapuino was born.