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    Default Tapuino, the $20 C64 Tape Emulator


    The Tapuino is a cheap (~ $20 or less) hardware level Datasette emulator for the Commodore C64 and Vic 20, with C16 / Plus 4 compatibility possible.
    With a few components and some simple soldering (or even a breadboard), you can make a completely functional replacement for your Datasette opening up access to the vast library of .tap files available on various preservation sites.

    Loading and saving of data is supported: enjoy a game of Elite and save your progress!
    With additional hardware the Tapuino turns into an archiving system allowing you to make backups of those original tapes that have been lying in the loft for decades

    I've been working on this for a bit and its reached functional status, please have a look if you are interested.
    I plan to continue developing the firmware and hardware for a while and will post updates here and on my blog.

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    Thanks for your interest!

    Build instructions (Rev2) are now available at:

    Code and design files are on Github at:

    Please log issues at the Github page!

    has made an awesome video of the Tapuino in action!

    Last edited by sweetlilmre; 28th March 2015 at 15:43. Reason: updated schematic to Rev2

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