GenMDM Turns Sega Genesis/Megadrive Into A MIDI-Controlled Synth

Sebastian Tomczak (Little Scale) has introduced GenMDM – a music interface for your vintage SEGA Genesis or Mega Drive console.

You can use GenMDM to make chiptunes using your favorite MIDI sequencing software or hardware.

GenMDM will appear as a MIDI output device on your Windows, Mac or Linux-based computer. GenMDM will respond to MIDI notes and MIDI CC data, and will give you a high degree of real time control over the sound chips inside of the SEGA console.

GenMDM is available for preorder for 85 AUD (~ 87 USD/67 EUR). First units are scheduled to be shipped in mid-May 2012.


10 thoughts on “GenMDM Turns Sega Genesis/Megadrive Into A MIDI-Controlled Synth

  1. As much as I loved my NES and Commodore, the genesis was always my personal favorite…after the midiNES scam I am happy I got my money back from paypal so I can put it give it to more deserving hands….now if only they would make another Chakan:The forever man….

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    • I, too, was scammed by MidiNES. How did you get your money back from PayPal? They gave me the runaround, and refused to take action.

      Also: GenMDM sounds great! I love Sega Genesis sound effects so much.

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      • I had to have them open an investigation…being that you have a quoted ship time that extends past the date your can get your money from Paypal I basically told them ‘Look, heres the scam…its simple and it obviously works. Im sure you have plenty of other cases on this individual. ‘ so 5 days later they returned my money and sent me a statement to fill out as there was an “overwhelming response to their investigation”. They were very nice and professional about it, two things Paypal is usually not. What I read, straight through the corporate BS lingo, was: ‘Holy shit! This guy FUUUUUUUUCKED up.

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  2. Anybody see this in action? I like the idea of this, but can’t tell much from a piece of circuit board.

    Maybe they could do a demo or something?

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    • Hi Kriso! I’ve posted a number of audio examples and works, including a full release that has been written using only the GenMDM. Hopefully this gives you some idea about the kinds of sounds etc, and serves as some sort of demo.

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  3. Imagine peoples faces when they see that on your rig, it would go great with my rockband keytar/cape combo. Plus I’m pretty fond of the FM sounds of the genesis, coincidentally mine just died a couple weeks ago

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  4. I’m making an open-source alternative to MIDINES as part of my KIckstarter.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chironbramberger/trash-secret-a-musical-journey-inside-technology

    It will be a regular cart that anyone could make themselves (by modding an old cart with new EEPROM) and a MIDI adapter that plugs into the controller port (and doesn’t hang out of the front of the NES looking gross).

    I hope anyone who’s disappointed with their MIDINES experience will support my Kickstarter.

    Thanks

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  5. I purchased a GenMDM from Mr. Tomczak in December of 2012 after he opened orders.
    I HAVE STILL NOT RECEIVED MY ITEM. Mr. Tomczak stated in his original terms that the GenMDM would not be shipped until roughly 10-weeks after close of orders– this puts him conveniently out of the window for PayPal disputions.
    Mr. Tomczak ignores my emails, my comments on his little-scale webpage, and my tweets.

    And has done so for TWO YEARS THIS DECEMBER.

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