The Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R3 features several preset patches that use the NES pulse "pluck" effect. This effect, which was used in several NES game themes, is generated by switching the pulse width of channel's waveform soon after the note is triggered. The effect is most noticeable when a 50% duty cycle pulse waveform is switched to a 12.5% duty cycle pulse waveform. This video features 2.8 second samples of the R3 synth's preset patches, including patches that feature the NES "pluck" effect.
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The Arcano VCX-8 Sound Chip is a programmable sound generator for computers, game consoles, and chiptune music synthesizers. The VCX-8 Sound Chip has 5 default waveforms and internal, non-volatile memory that allows users add their own custom waveform. The Arcano VCX-8 can directly output an analog audio signal, without the need for an external digital-to-analog converter. Unlike most programmable sound generators, which use parallel data interfaces to control sound parameters, all of the VCX-8 Sound Chip's sound parameters can be directly controlled by MIDI messages. The device features LFOs (low frequency oscillators) that can be assigned to various sound parameters. The LFO waveforms can also be selected using MIDI messages.