Ninstrument’s Chris Blarsky contacted us to let us know about the new MCTRL – a MIDI-controlled NES Gamepad.
Why would you want a MIDI-controlled NES Gamepad?
There are many homebrew audio/video titles for the NES that can?t easily be synced with a traditional DAW or MIDI keyboard/device. The MCTRL (pronounced M-CONTROL) incorporates MIDI In, Thru & Out – making it easy to integrate the NES into your MIDI setup.
Chip Maestro - a new project to develop a NES MIDI Synthesizer Cartridge – is fully funded and under development.
Here’s how developer Jarek Lupinski describes the project:
I am prototyping, designing and assembling a special cartridge called Chip Maestro which can be used in any Nintendo Entertainment System. This cartridge will accept a MIDI input from any instrument, and by passing the MIDI notes through the NES, the cartridge will make the NES synthesize 8-bits of awesome in true NES squarewavey goodness.
See the video for more details!
The project has 260 backers and has raised $15,045 of a $1,150 goal, demonstrating that there’s a lot of interest in a NES MIDI Synth.
The Chip Maestro is still under development. You can follow development at Lupinski’s Kickstarter site.