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Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II

Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II


This product has been superseded by the Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer. Click here to visit the Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer product page.

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Create your own Nintendo-style chiptune music with this MIDI synthesizer or play the 8-bit video game music classics live.

The Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II is an AVR-microcontroller-based music synthesizer that faithfully emulates the classic sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s audio hardware. The device is the successor to the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer, a project launched on Kickstarter in 2015.

No programming is required and there is no software to install. Simply connect a MIDI controller to play the NES classics live or create your own original chiptunes.

The Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II features many hardware and software improvements on its predecessor including:

  • more polyphony
  • more waveforms
  • more patches
  • greater bass range
  • improved volume envelope system for reduced latency
  • linearized vibrato depth
  • improved Mega-Man-II-style two-channel echo patches
  • USB power
  • lower parts count
  • filtered audio output (low-pass filter with fixed cutoff frequency)
  • better audio signal DC-bias removal

Hardware Specifications:

  • standard MIDI DIN input
  • 1/8'' (3.5mm) jack audio output (stereo connector with same signal in both channels)
  • 7-segment LED display
  • simple two-button interface
  • embedded ATmega168 microcontroller
  • mini-USB connector (power only)

Software Specifications:

  • 4-note polyphony
  • 32 preset patches
  • 8 waveforms
  • 8 vibrato patches
  • 8 arpeggio patches
  • 8 Mega-Man-II-inspired two-channel echo patches

Handcrafted wooden base is not included.

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