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