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Create Nintendo-style chiptune music with this MIDI-controlled synthesizer. The classic 8-bit video game sound is back on Kickstarter!
Create Nintendo-style chiptune music with this MIDI-controlled synthesizer. The classic 8-bit video game sound is back on Kickstarter!
50 backers pledged $4,650 to help bring this project to life.

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The Arcano NES Chiptune Synth II is a MIDI-controlled music synthesizer that emulates the classic sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s audio hardware. Simply connect a MIDI controller to play the classic Nintendo / Famicom video game theme songs live, or create your own original chiptunes.  

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

The first production run of the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth 2 was funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2016. With your help, we can raise the funds required for a second Kickstarter production run. 

Arcano NES Chiptune Synth 2 with Handcrafted Wooden Base
Arcano NES Chiptune Synth 2 with Handcrafted Wooden Base

The Arcano NES Chiptune Synth II is a product created in collaboration with the Kickstarter community. Its design is the result of lessons learned from previous projects launched on Kickstarter. In 2015, the original Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer Kickstarter project was launched. The community of Kickstarter backers provided feedback and suggestions for hardware and software improvements. The feedback and suggestions from backers were incorporated into other successful Kickstarter projects like the Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synthesizer, the Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2, the Arcano MIDI Controller Board, and the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synth 2. 

Arcano NES Chiptune Synth 2 without Wooden Base
Arcano NES Chiptune Synth 2 without Wooden Base

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 to indicate preset patch
  • simple two-button interface
  • embedded ATmega328 microcontroller (upgraded from ATmega168 used in first production run)
  • mini-USB connector (for power only)

Software Specifications: 

  • up to 4-note polyphony
  • 32 preset patches
  • 8 waveforms
  • 8 vibrato patches
  • 8 Mega-Man-II-inspired two-channel echo / reverb patches

Help make the second Kickstarter production run a reality, and receive an Arcano NES Chiptune Synth II as a reward. The rewards include fully assembled and tested synths with or without a handcrafted wooden base.

A note to backers outside the United States: The international shipping fee does not cover duties or taxes such as the VAT (value added tax.) Please consult with your country's customs office for information about duties, taxes / VAT, and other possible fees. 

Risks and challenges

Since 2015, Arcano Systems LLC has launched and fulfilled 5 Kickstarter projects: 4 synthesizers and 1 MIDI controller. The greatest challenge to shipping rewards by the target date is the availability of electronic components; however, the Arcano NES Chiptune Synth II’s low-parts-count design and use of common electronic components available from multiple suppliers help to mitigate the risk of component shortages.

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