The overlay decals for the Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer have been completed. The cases with a polished aluminum finish have been completed, and the cases with a light blue finish will be complete within the next 48 hours. When the cases are complete, the synths will be assembled, tested, and packaged for shipping. The NES Poly will be available for purchase on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
The Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer release date has been moved to Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
The Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer will be released on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The NES Poly is the polyphonic counterpart to the Arcano NES Mono Chiptune Synthesizer. The NES Poly features up to 4 notes of polyphony for most patches and 2 notes of polyphony for patches that use the Mega-Man-II-style 2-channel reverberation effect.
The Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer will feature a light blue finish on its custom-milled aluminum case. The NES Poly's overlay decals have not yet been printed. (The photo above is an NES Mono Synth with the "Poly" digitally pasted over the image.)
We've gotten some emails over the past two years from Arcano Synth users asking about the Arcano VCX-8 Programmable Sound Generator project. The project was originally conceived to be a "modern" 8-bit programmable sound generator chip for use in synthesizers and other electronics. The idea was to create a programmable sound generator that had an integrated MIDI interface whose sound parameters could easily be controlled with MIDI messages, instead of the more complicated parallel data interfaces used by the PSG chips of the past.
Although a small number of working prototypes were produced, production and technical support costs for the VCX-8 were deemed too high for it to be a viable commercial product.
The second production run of the NES Mono is complete, and the synth is back in stock at chiptunesynth.com.
The first production run of the Arcano NES Mono Chiptune Synth sold out much earlier than expected. A second production run is currently in progress.
The NES Mono Chiptune Synth will be available for purchase starting on October 15 only at chiptunesynth.com. This video is a demo of the NES R4 prototype upon which the NES Mono was based.