MATRIXSYNTH: The Super Nintendo Synthesizer with MIDI

Sunday, October 02, 2022

The Super Nintendo Synthesizer with MIDI

video upload by MrCaliforniaD

"I built this custom Super Nintendo MIDI synthesizer using a real Super Nintendo (SNS-001) and a Super Midi Pak cartridge.

The Super Midi Pak cartridge is an incredibly well developped product that lets you control a Super Nintendo sound card via a MIDI I/O cartridge. It's rare that such a product is released to the public in such a stable and complete state.

The cartridge is available for purchase (, but there's a long waiting list for it.

The challenge for this project was to fit everything in a 1U rackmount enclosure. One of the things that had to be modified was the cartridge port angle, so that it sits parallel to the board instead of perpendicular.

The pitch adjustement knob uses a LTC1799 Precision Oscillator instead of the original crystal assigned to the audio chips. Credit for this mod goes to Sam from Look Mum No Computer. Go check out his channel if you haven't already.

This project is a one-off, and I don't intend to build more of them. Sorry!"

1 comment:

  1. If SNES rack lasts the test of time, I predict this unique device will earn a place in a synth museum.


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