The Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 is a MIDI synthesizer that enables musicians to create music in the style of the classic video game themes of the 1980s. The device is the successor to the Obscura MIDI 8-bit NES & C64 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 create your own original chiptunes or play your favorite retro video game theme tunes live.
This monophonic music synthesizer features several improvements on the original including:
- more waveforms
- more patches
- improved volume envelope system for reduced latency
- greater vibrato depth
- faster arpeggio frequency
The Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 comes in two hardware versions. The SMD version is based on the original Obscura MIDI 8-bit NES & C64 Chiptune Synthesizer hardware design, and is available with a handcrafted wooden base. The through-hole version is based on the Arcano MNCS2 hardware design, and is available with or without a wooden base.
A prototype production run of 18 units has already been completed, and 16 of these synths are available as early-delivery rewards. Help fund a second production run and receive an Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 as a reward.
If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, you can share the music you create with your Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 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 design of the Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 features a low parts count and common components available from multiple suppliers, which minimizes any risk of component shortages. Furthermore, the overall risk has been greatly reduced by completing an 18-unit production run before launching the project on Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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