The Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R3 is the latest production version of the Arcano-series NES Chiptune synthesizers. This chip-music synthesizer emulates the sound of NES/Famicom audio hardware, allowing users to create chiptune music by simply connecting a MIDI controller. The Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R3 is sold exclusively by Chiptune Synth LLC: https://chiptunesynth.com/
The Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R4 is the most recent (prototype) version of the Arcano NES Chiptune Synthesizers. The Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R4 features hardware and firmware improvements over previous Arcano synthesizers, based on feedback from Arcano Synth users. (Click here for a detailed description of the R4’s new features, improvements, and technical specifications.) The R4 synth is the first of the Arcano Synthesizers with a rugged, die-case aluminum enclosure.
Due to the risks and challenges in the production of the Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R4, including a relatively high production cost and uncertain customer demand, there are no immediate plans for a production run for the synthesizer; however, five hand-assembled R4 prototypes will be available for purchase. User feedback and the rate at which the prototypes sell will be used to determine if there is enough demand to justify a limited production run of the Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R4.
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.
The Arcano VCX-8 Sound Chip
The Arcano VCX-8 Sound Chip is a programmable sound generator designed for use in computers, game consoles, and chiptune music synthesizers. The VCX-8 is still in development and is not yet available for purchase. For the latest details about the Arcano VCX-8 Sound Chip, check the blog section of chiptunesynth.com.
Gem-8 Retro 8-bit Computer and Chiptune Synthesizer
Gem-8 is an 8-bit, WiFi-enabled personal computer and chiptune music synthesizer inspired by the home computers of the 1980s like the Commodore 64, the Apple IIe, and the ZX Spectrum.
Arcano MIDI Controller Board
The Arcano MIDI Controller Board is an AVR-microcontroller-based device that allows makers and musicians to easily create their own custom MIDI controllers by simply connecting pushbutton switches, such as those used in arcade games. The device connects to a synthesizer via a MIDI cable or a computer via a USB MIDI interface cable. The small form factor and mounting holes make it easy to embed the Arcano MIDI Controller Board in just about any custom MIDI controller project.
Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer (assembled and tested version)
The Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer is a minimalistic, microcontroller-based synth designed to emulate the classic chiptune sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s APU (audio processing unit.) The synthesizer’s MIDI input allows musicians to create NES-video-game-style chiptune music by simply connecting a MIDI keyboard or other MIDI device.
No programming is required. The Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer includes a preprogrammed microcontroller; however, the synth also features a 6-pin AVR programming header, allowing programmers to flash the embedded ATmega328 microcontroller with their own custom software. The programming header enables hackers to create their own custom waveforms, envelopes, software low-frequency oscillators, and PCM samples.
Unlike many other microcontroller-based synthesizers which use internal PWM peripherals to generate weak, scratchy, low-quality audio signals, the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer uses an auxiliary digital-to-analog converter chip to create a clear, high-quality audio signal.
Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer (DIY soldering kit)
This DIY soldering kit includes a programmed microcontroller, printed circuit board, step-by-step assembly guide PDF, and all components needed to build one Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer.
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.
Obscura 8-bit NES & C64 Chiptune Synthesizer
The Obscura Synth is an Arduino-compatible, USB-programmable chiptune synthesizer.