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Create your own Nintendo-style chiptune music with this AVR-based MIDI synthesizer or play the 8-bit video game music classics live.
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The Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II is an AVR-microcontroller-based music synthesizer that faithfully recreates 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.

Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II Connected to a MIDI Keyboard
Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II Connected to a MIDI Keyboard

The design of the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II is the culmination of the lessons learned from the original Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer project launched in 2015. The most valuable resource in the development of the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II has been the feedback from the community of Kickstarter backers who funded the original project. 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
Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II PCB
Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II PCB

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
Side Views Showing USB, MIDI, and Audio Connectors
Side Views Showing USB, MIDI, and Audio Connectors

Help fund the first production run to receive an Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II as a reward. The rewards include both fully assembled versions and DIY soldering kits. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, you can share the music you create with your Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II by tweeting a link to @ArcanoSystems.

Risks and challenges

The greatest potential challenge to timely shipping of rewards is the availability of components from suppliers; however, the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth II features a low-parts-count design comprised of common components available from multiple suppliers, which minimizes any risk of component shortages.

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