New Modular Video Game Synthesizer, The Ming Mecca


Special Stage Systems has introduced Ming Mecca, a new Eurorack modular system described as a ‘voltage-controlled videogame console’.

Here’s what they have to say about the new Euro video synthesizer:

With the heart of a video synthesizer and the brain of a videogame console, Ming Mecca is the first of its kind: an ontological toy, a videogame easel, and a love letter to all things retrofuture. Designed for use in Eurorack format synthesizers but built to meet the demands of even the most seasoned micro-galactic interlopers, Ming Mecca modules will take your rig where no rig has gone before.

Here’s the official video intro:

Ming Mecca brings voltage control to a comprehensive set of classic videogame design parameters, from details like object location and animation, to big-picture elements like game rules and level geography.

The Ming Mecca system lets you turn off gravity at the flick of a switch, or scroll through seasons at the turn of a knob. Or you can populate your world with exotic creatures, then modulate their identities with random voltage.

Two Ming Mecca systems are planned, the World Core and Control Core:

Control Core Video Overview:

World Core Video Overview:

Ming Mecca is estimated to ship during the summer of 2014.Estimated pricing (subject to change depending on volume and cost of production):

  • World Core at $999
  • Control Core at $349
  • Kits TBD

See the SSS site for more info.

9 thoughts on “New Modular Video Game Synthesizer, The Ming Mecca

  1. You can tell he had a brother… he entered the 2-Player Konami Code (Select-Start).

    The controller bit looks like a lot of fun. I’m not sold on the main video synthesis core though. It looks like a great implementation, and some of the most compelling/practical video synthesis I’ve seen to date… but it still looks like it would only serve to distract me from actually making music.

  2. what will happen if you enter this sequence: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, A, B, start?

  3. Finally I can enter a level cheat code and skip to the completed track stage, no need to going through all the actual music making levels.

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