Intellivision AY3 synth goes back to the 80s on your desktop

May 16, 2014


Eight-bit, lo-fi digital, and chip music-influenced sounds have become interwoven with the sounds of modern synthesis. But make no mistake: the AY3 is what you get when you build a desktop synth with the soul of a vintage '80s game console.

Made by Twisted Electrons, who make iPad apps and a Eurorack module, as well, the AY3 is synth hardware powered by a music hip of yore. Inside are two 8912 chips, combined for six-voice polyphony, which give this instrument the same distinctive sound as classic game scores and other music made on the hardware.

CLICK HERE to read the full article, with video, on Keyboard contributor Peter Kirn's own blog.
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