MATRIXSYNTH: Twisted Electrons AY3 SYNTH Module Chiptune

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Twisted Electrons AY3 SYNTH Module Chiptune

via this auction

"TWISTED ELECTRONS AY3 SOUND MODULE imported from France. It uses 2 AY3 8912 computer chips with 6 voice polyphony. You can apply sequences, arpeggiations, noise, envelopes, and pitch modulation to each voice with the click of a button.

Here is some of the info from Wikipedia regarding general info on the chip: "The AY-3-8910 is a 3-voice programmable sound generator (PSG) designed by General Instrument in 1978, initially for use with their 16-bit CP1610 or one of the PIC1650 series of 8-bit microcomputers. The AY-3-8910 and its variants were used in many arcade games—Konami's Gyruss contains five[1]—and pinball machines as well as being the sound chip in the Intellivision and Vectrex video game consoles, and the Amstrad CPC, Oric-1, Colour Genie, Elektor TV Games Computer, MSX, and later ZX Spectrum home computers. It was also used in the Mockingboard and Cricket sound cards for the Apple II and the Speech/Sound Cartridge for the TRS-80 Color Computer."

This is version 2 with some updates from version 1:


-64 preset memory (8 banks x 8 presets)

-5 pots and 1 endless encoder with push button

-40 subtle white leds

-16 step sequencer to sequence notes on/off, pitch and noise on/off

-4 Pitch modulation modes (aka lfo)

-4 arpeggiator modes

-ultra fat 6 voice unison mode with detune knob

-6 chords to split the voices

-6 voice polyphonic mode

-Glide mode

-Stereo sound (3 voice per channel/chip)

-intuitive 5×6 mode matrix to access and control:

volume, pitch, noise volume, envelope assignments, arp modes, sequencer assignments etc

-control of all knobs and other features via midi CC

-Black anodzied brushed aluminum case

-Midi channel selection


AY3 has been upgraded featuring a slick rugged brushed aluminium case and the highest quality bolted potentiometers and metal knobs.

The instrument is more compact now measuring only 14 cm x 10 cm x 4.5 cm

The functionality and layout are the same and the firmware is cross compatible between MKI and MKII.


-MIDI in (3.5mm midi cable supplied)

-2x Audio Out

-DC In (power supply suited for your region supplied)"

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