SEGA Genesis Synthesizer
There’s the latest Korg ARP 2600 FS synthesizer, and then this one by Sam Battle, made from an old SEGA Genesis. Put simply, the game console was mounted to a metal sheet drilled with holes for potentiometers, or what one uses to adjust the parameters. Mounted out back are Arduino Nanos processors that run custom code, along with multiplexers connected to the buttons and dials out front. Yes, even the cartridge slotted into the console is a custom MIDI interface. Read more for two videos and additional information.



After countless hours of work and plenty of soldering to connect the wires, the entire creation was connected to a keyboard controller, and the rest is what you see above. In case you were wondering, the frequency modulation chip inside the Genesis has six channels, so polyphonic output should be possible after some more work.

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