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Create music in the style of the classic video games of the 80s with this MIDI synth. (Emulates Nintendo NES / Famicom and C64 sounds)
Create music in the style of the classic video games of the 80s with this MIDI synth. (Emulates Nintendo NES / Famicom and C64 sounds)
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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.

Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 SMD Version
Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 SMD Version

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
Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 SMD version (left) and through-hole version (right)
Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 SMD version (left) and through-hole version (right)

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.

Synths available as early-delivery rewards
Synths available as early-delivery rewards

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.

Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 connected to a MIDI keyboard
Obscura 8-bit Chiptune Synth 2 connected to a MIDI keyboard

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.

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