THE NON-ELEC BLOG
The V5 has LANDED. Happy New Year!
11-28-2013 - Hi everyone, have a great holiday if you are in the States (enjoy your tryptophan coma!) and everyone else hang in there over the American's gluttonous Thanksgiving Holiday:) We'll be back on Monday making all your dreams come true.
Except if that dream is about the V5, then you have to wait a teeny bit longer. The delay was on one color of LED which has now been restocked and they are finished with the panels! Shipping soon to us, then immediately to you. Love delays. We were super happy to hear they are finished! Send us any questions you have, if you e-mailed us about pre-ordering, you ARE on the list to be able to buy these V5s first, before they go up in the shop. That's first dibs on the beautiful new Bright White! Sit tight, we'll contact you all the second they arrive. Promise:)
Another Sneak Peak at the V5
11-08-2013 - We just got in some photos of our brand new V5 Backlight live in action from our buddy, modder 8Bit Aesthetics. He tested out our V5 and here it is in action, biverted in a DMG. Did you miss the original sneak peak? Check it out here, and let us know what you think.
E-mail me if you have any questions or would like to pre-order the V5, they should be here live in the shop next week!
Wait up, Stop the Press, New Backlight Samples are HERE!
09-20-2013 - Dude, dude, dude, they are here and they are much more awesome than we expected! Check out a Sneak Peek here, and let us know what you think.
E-mail me if you have any questions or would like to pre-order the V5!
What's New, and Updates
09-17-2013 - We've definitely been keeping busy at NonElec lately, with a couple new products coming in, and prepping for a really big SALE. It's time to clear out our stockroom to make space for new items. So that means, cheap, cheap accessories and discontinued items for you. You'll want to check this Sale out, it's coming soon!
We also got in our new backlight V5 prototypes! We are so stoked about these puppies. So those of you waiting for Snow and Emerald backlights are almost back in business. We hope you aren't too attached to your socks, because they are about to be blown off.
We are all caught-up on mods right now, so if you are jonesing for a custom DMG mod, now is the time to buy before the holiday season, when we basically never come out of the modding room:)
Don't forget to try out the new solder points for your Backlight for Pocket! The colored wire goes to 6, or a connection called vdd, and the black goes to 4, or ground (GND). We'll get the photos updated on the site just as soon as possible. Thanks for everyone who wrote in, keep it up, let us know how the mod goes for you. We love to hear from you guys.
As always, e-mail me if you have any questions.
GameBoy Pocket Backlighting Mod Tweak
08-28-2013 - So, many of you have bought our Backlights for Pocket and have installed them using our tutorial video. And it goes great and there is much rejoicing:) But for some of you, it doesn't work correctly and it's been driving me CRAZY trying to figure out why it only works for certain folks. Version of the Pocket? Color of the backlight? Location of modder?
Well one of our awesome customers might have found a work-around by using different solder points. If you have trouble getting contrast on your screen after backlighting, and want to be daring, you can switch the solder points so the colored wire goes to 6, or a connection called vdd, and the black goes to 4, or ground (GND). I can't replicate these contrast problems on my Pockets for some reason, so I don't know if this will work for everyone and can't technically say NonElec recommends it, but it's worth a shot if you can't use the Pocket anyway:) As always, e-mail me if you have any questions.
Glitch fixed, All Systems are GO!
08-05-2013 - After a not awesome weekend of the international shipping AND the entire site going down, both are completely fixed and we are back up and running. That was super fun, let me tell you. But I coded while watching the live feed at BRKfest in Kentucky, and it was SO GOOD. E-mail me if you have any questions about your orders.
Aaaaaaand We're Back
08-01-2013 - Everyone is back in the office and shipping resumed Monday. If you have questions about your packages just send me an e-mail and I'll give you and update.
Some international customers have had trouble getting past the "Shipping" step at checkout. I'm working on the fix to this problem, but in the mean time contact us and we'll process the order manually. That way we get to talk to you too, which is always awesome:) We'll work on getting that fixed ASAP, thanks for your patience everyone!
Out of Office, but Not Out of Touch:)
07-23-2013 - Sorry for the lack of updates, believe me, it's due to keeping massively busy - we are not in a shortage of news:) I'll get hopping and update the blog asap.
I have to jump out of town for a few days this week, though, so shipping won't be 'same-day'. If you need something immediately, just shoot me an e-mail and I'll get it sorted. Thanks, hope everyone is enjoying the summer (or winter, sorry Australia!).
Pre-Summer Backlight Sale, Betas and Tutorials
05-17-2013 - Since it's finally deciding not to be winter anymore here in Wisconsin, and we finally hit the 70s this week, we are going to pass on the nice feelings and have a backlight sale in the shop next week, May 20th - 24th. Because nice weather makes everyone feel better. It's also Memorial Day Weekend for the Americans, yay three day weekend, go grill!
We are looking for some beta-testers for a new product we are trying out. But it's super secret. Like, CIA covert. You can try it out (will take some light modding), let us know truthfully what you think, then if you want to keep it, pay waaaaaay less than what it actually costs. Because beta testing takes a lot out of you (not really). But believe us, it's a good product to troubleshoot so we can find the best version. Let us know if you are interested!
Last but not least, we are doing to do some new DIY tutorials for the shop and would love for you to let us know which ones you would like to see (biversion? switches? V4? LED?). Drop us a line or Tweet @nonelectronics and we'll start with the most requested vids. Thanks, you guys rock!
Backlight Item Change and Pre-modded GBs Up in the Shop
04-23-2013 - Couple changes and updates today in the shop. First off, we are making two separate items for backlights depending if you want to put one in a Pocket or backlight an Original DMG. Because the resistors are different, and we don't want to have you get the wrong one, we are making it fool-proof. Plus, our next version will be like that as well, one for Pocket, one for DMG, so we are getting you used to it early;) Let us know if you have any questions about the change!
We have added some pre-modded DMGs to the GameBoy section of the shop, if you want a working GB but don't want to wait for the custom modding. They are heavily discounted because they previously belonged to Nonfinite and were modded with our version 2 backlight, which means the original power LED has been removed. Feel free to pick up a new one and install it, if you so choose:) Paint done by Nonfinite, and these guys have been through some awesome concerts, including Pulsewave and BRKfest! That's some damn good GameBoy mojo.
DMG Artist Updates and Pocket Modding Photos
04-09-2013 - Okay, so it's been a while since we updated, we are very sorry:( But we have been busy in a really good way. How good? GOOD. Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks and you'll see why. I promise it's extra exciting.
In the mean time, some of the DMG artist work has been trickling in to the shop, and we will get awesome photos of these great cases, but until then you get a teaser photo... Ahhh, so cool, can't wait to see the rest of them! Interested in doing artwork for us? Drop us a line, we'll send you a case and some stardust and you can show us what you got.
We have gotten some amazing Ultimate Modded Original GameBoy Giveaway requests and I think we have things narrowed down to some pretty intensely awesome mods. I'm still not sure what to make you guys do to win it, but hopefully our buddy, Freque, over at NoiChan has something up his sleeve. Stay tuned...
FINALLY, you have asked so many times for photos on where to solder the backlight wires on a GB Pocket, and I have forgotten to post photos for like, eternity +1. So here they are (plus one of the 1/8 inch jack), and I'll put them on the backlight page too so no one misses them. They're not photojournalism quality, but hopefully you can see a little better than on the tutorial video. Still have questions on the mod? E-mail us!
The Ultimate DMG Give-away, and Artists Needed!
02-15-2013 - We have been feeling ultra creative lately. Who knows why, it must be the mid-winter blahs. But we are going to give away the Ultimate Modded Original GameBoy, and we want to hear from YOU. What would be in your ultimate DMG? What color backlight, which prosound, any switches, colored case? You tell us and we'll take the most requested modifications and make an incredibly awesome GameBoy. Then we'll give it away. We might make it fun, like you might have to write me a love song using LSDJ or Nanoloop, so stay tuned for more details. And don't forget to tell us what you want to see on the GameBoy!
Also, we are looking for some commissioned artists to design some custom cases for us. It doesn't have to be painted, some of our favorite cases were actually drawn with Sharpie markers! If you are interested send us a sample of your work and we might pick you to be a NonElec Case Designer. Please e-mail us if you are interested or know someone who might be interested.
02-01-2013 - First off, thanks to the awesome/terrible nature of the internet, we are having a random problem with Priority International Shipping only being offered to our customers abroad. Why is this? We have no idea, all our settings are set to show all the options. If this happens to you we are HAPPY to ship First Class and will refund the difference of your shipping if you have to choose Priority International. Please e-mail us if this happens!
Second, our newest backlight, the V4 Envy is great to use in Pockets, so we will soon be including a resistor for either placing the backlight in a DMG OR a Pocket. This will make your backlight much more stable and it will stop it from taking power from the LCD to light up consistently. More about the resistance and how to install it can be found in our V4 Envy Pocket Backlighting Tutorial.
Third, if you are having problems logging on with your account, we have found that using some of the more popular browsers can help with this, so Chrome and Firefox are great choices. If you do have problems logging in, we can check it out for you, so please e-mail if that happens. We can fix issues as long as we know when they are occurring, thanks for your feedback and patience!
Meet our Brand New V4 Envy Backlight
01-23-2013 - We are happy to introduce you to the newest member of our backlight family, the V4 Envy. This 4-LED backlight is saturated in color, absolutely beautiful hues! We have updated the style to have rounded corners for easy install into GB Pockets, and have done away with the glue on the wires so the LCD closes snugly. These are vibrant, thin, well-made and are looking for a new home. These are especially great backlights for Pockets, so check out our V4 Envy Pocket Backlighting Tutorial and head to the shop to pick one up!
We are looking for feedback on the Envy, so please send us your thoughts if you have the chance. Enjoy!
Happy New Year!
12-28-2012 - Credit card purchases are working, international shipping is working, everything is great! If you are still having any trouble checking out, please e-mail us and we can put your order through manually, or you can switch and pay with PayPal very easily. Shoot us an e-mail with any questions at all.
Here at NonElec we hope everyone had a great Christmas and Hanukkah, and would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
Holiday Shop Update
12-03-2012 - After a small malfunction in our shop this weekend during a scheduled update, everything is back up and running 100% normally. Well, not normally. The shop was awesomely updated - it's better than ever - and we have added some cool stuff!
- Check out our new LSDJ sticker sheets using some of the submissions we got from our sticker contest. Dye-Cut stickers with the winning designs are being made and will be available soon.
- We finally have a Pocket Backlighting Tutorial by our very own Nonfinite! This is pretty comprehensive, and uses our new four-LED backlights (which will be up in the shop shortly), the most Pocket friendly backlight to date.
- And last but not least, we have opened up modding in the shop again, just in time for the holidays! Get your very own Original DMG or Pocket modified GameBoys with our new 4-LED "Envy/NV" Backlight (not even in the shop just yet!). We have limited number of mods each week, so act fast before they sell out!
Happy holiday and happy shopping from the team at Nonfinite Electronics!
Request for Sticker Designs
11-19-2012 - We are looking to make new Sticker Sheets with some of the designs from our Sticker Contest, but we need your help. If you see your design below and have your original document, preferably in .ai or another editable format, please send it to us at our shop e-mail.
Our dye-cut sticker winners will be printed shortly and will be on the way, stay tuned and we'll let you know the second they are available. Thanks to everyone who participated!
More New Shop Items!
11-09-2012 - Check out our recently added items, plus more to come soon. And these upcoming ones are cool, so be sure to stay tuned...;) E-mail with questions!Nanoloop 2.6
nanoloop USB-MIDI Adaptor
Pro-Sound 1/4 inch Jack Kit
Pro Sound 1/8" External Jack Kit
RCA to 1/4" Adapters
LSDJ Contest Winners Announced!
10-17-2012 - Here are the winners of our first ever LSDJ sticker designing contest. We had over 35 entries and it was really hard to pare it down with so many great designs. We had two templates, one with cut lines in the middle and one with only an outer cutline, which gave many permutations of design possibilities. We have three runners up picked as well since we had such a difficult time. All the designs were great and we appreciate so much enthusiasm! Look for the stickers soon in your orders with EMS Carts in the near future (leaving us some time to print them, of course).
What should our next contest be? Let us know via e-mail, and thanks to our awesome community for bringing so much cool music - and now art - to the forefront of our genre!
A Message From Nonfinite
09-12-2012 - My Sophomore release, Southbridge, is now set to Name Your Price on Bandcamp, a popular resource for independant musicians. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get a physical copy from our first (and almost certainly last) run of 1,000, this is an excellent opportunity for you to grab it.
In addition to Southbridge, betamod has my live set recorded in April from the Dragonfly Lounge in my hometown of Madison, WI available for download. This lengthy 17 track set features a healthy portion of nl2.5 housey goodness, ranging from downtempo vibes to funky house to minimal and progressive. I finish out the set with a few LSDJ throwbacks, some from the aforementioned Southbridge.
I hope you grab both if you haven't already and give them a listen!
Contest: Design Stickers, Win Prizes
08-27-2012 - NonElec has teamed up again with NoiseChan to host a contest for all of you would-be designers out there. Simply take our template (currently in .ai format, can be opened in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and a slew of freely available applications,) design your sticker as per the instruction in the document, and submit your entry back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line LSDJ STICKER CONTEST ENTRY. Grand prize is $100, second place is $50 and third place gets a $25 in-store credit award. Any subsequent designs used after that will receive honorable mention with full credit on nonelectronics.com. Check out NoiseChan for up-to-date info, conversations about, and files!
Original Backlight Sale going on NOW
07-19-2012 - We just slashed our original backlight prices today, down to just $5 for Version 2 1.5mm and $2 for 3mm! We need more space in our shop for some new, extremely cool, mystery products which will be unveiled soon... Our loss is your gain, load up on select colors and save BIG.
BRKfest in Lexington, KY July 13th and 14th
07-07-2012 - Be sure to check out BRKfest next weekend, the line-up is insane and our very own Nonfinite will be headlining on Saturday! Many talented musicians will be lighting up the stage, so head to NoiChan for more info, or pick up tickets early.
Nonfinite Performs LIVE TONIGHT Online @ 7:00 PM C.S.T.
New V3 ULTRA Backlights now available
The best backlight available anywhere just got better. We've revamped the V3 with high quality flexible wires in red and yellow, brighter LEDs, and better light diffusion for an all-around awesome backlight. Go grab one and see for yourself!
Nonfinite Show - Totally Awesome!
Nonfinite collaborated for a chiptune and circuit-bending show with the Minneapolis Experimental Electronic Musicians in Madison last week at The Dragonfly Lounge. Along with Talking Computron, The Ring Toss Twins, and Los Gringos Locos, the guys rocked from 9 until 2am. A big thanks for the Minnesota crowd for including Madison on their tour and hopefully their will be more chiptastic shows in our future.
More new Modding Items in the shop!
We added some new items to the shop, listed below. If you have any questions just let us know.
Essential Modders Kit, includes a soldering iron, solder and a triwing screwdriver
1mm Rosin Core Solder
Power light replacement LEDs, diffused and water clear
Blue Large Carrying Cases
Custom Game Boy Modifications
Our modified Nintendo Game Boys bring music making to the palm of your hand. With our original backlights behind the screens, it's easy to use these handhelds anywhere. Choose a Game Boy (or a custom painted case), match it with your choice of nine backlight colors, add RCA or 1/8 inch jacks, and you can have your ultimate Game Boy. Customization is our specialty - if you can dream it, we'll try to make it - exactly how you want.
Game Boy Accessories
Whether you are a causal user or a serious performer, our shop has everything you need to fill out your repertoire. We have cartridges with which to create and save your compositions, link cables to sync up multiple Game Boys, cases to protect your data, and more. For the Do-It-Yourselfers out there, we have backlight kits to light up your display, 1/8 inch Pro Sound kits to provide boosted sound levels for performance and recording, as well as switches, screwdrivers and stickers. We have virtually everything you'll need to deck out your Game Boy.
“I love how your business gets personal with customers, I think thats how all businesses should be. You guys are the best chiptune equipment providers for sure :]”
-Myles G., Michigan