Showing posts with label Sega. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sega. Show all posts

Friday, March 31, 2023

Sega Megadrive Synthesizer FINALLY Back.


"Today we look at the SEGA SYNTHESIZER. Direct isolated recording .WAV of the messing about on the sega synth available to be cut up and sampled available right here :-"

Saturday, March 04, 2023

Great Conjunction 2op FM generative synth prototype. Sega Master System (Japan) chip

video upload by Arman Bohn

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Crazybus music Analysis, Recreation, and Experimentation

video upload by analoq

"A deep-dive into the worst video game music of all time, Crazybus for the Sega Genesis.

00:00 - Intro
00:23 - Analysis
02:58 - Recreation
06:30 - Experimentation

Repository: Includes Puredata patches, Python MIDI generation code, and sample General MIDI file.


More about Crazybus:

I'm not sure of the output range of the random function in the Crazybus code, e.g. rnd(40) may go up to 39 or include 40. So I used both: In the analysis I assume it includes 40 but in the Puredata patch it goes to 39."

"I show how to recreate the „music“ using Puredata and experiment with it further with the help of a Yamaha QY300."

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Mario Paint on Snes + Sega Megadrive Jam

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Quick little Jam with the Megadrive and Super Nintendo"

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Kasser Synths Arcade YM2151 overview + Strymon NightSky

video by Floyd Steinberg

Kasser Synths also brought us the DAFM based on the YM2612 or YM3438 FM SEGA Genesis soundchip.

"Here's an overview of the Kasser Synths Arcade YM2151, the successor of the "Genesis YM3438" DIY synth with vastly superior sound quality and 8 voices of polyphony AND multitimbrality. This synth is based on the Yamaha 2151 integrated FM soundchip which was used in early 90s arcade cabinets (hence the name).
In this video, I take a brief look at the synth's features, create an evolving pad sound, pair it with a Strymon Nightsky pedal and last but not least create a short demo track making use of the machine's multitimbratility and polyphony.

Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:43 hardware overview
02:48 loading and playing some sounds from sd card
03:04 creating an evolving pad sound: choosing an algorithm
03:39 velocity sensitivity on/off
03:51 setting up amplitude envelopes
05:20 lfo setup
06:12 saving the sound to sd card
06:30 adding superawesome reverb with nightsky
10:22 reverb demo (continued)
11:01 multitimbral demo track using an external sequencer
13:08 conclusion

Relevant links:
Kasser Synths Arcade:
Get 7% off on DistroKid with this link"


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Track: "To The Sea" (piano, guitar, Digitone, Rasperry PI, DAFM Sega Genesis synth)

Floyd Steinberg

"Digitone sequencing a Raspberry PI running Synth V1. Playing the DAFM Sega Genesis synth on the Keysteps. Added piano and guitar afterwards. Recorded, mixed and mastered on an R24.

Sorry, this video is quite a bit out of sync. I accidentally filmed a timelapse and I didn't want to do it all again. :-)"

Monday, February 10, 2020

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #79: Kasser DAFM Synth - Song 1

Published on Feb 10, 2020 Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the first song with the DAFM Synth [see here for details]. It's an FM synthesizer based on either the YM2612 yamaha chip (used in SEGA Genesis / Megadrive home consoles and various SEGA arcade game systems, including the Mega-Play, System 18, and System 32) or the cleaner sounding YM3438 chip without the crossover distortion in the output. Both sound chips has six channels with four operators per channel.

I used for the recording the following FX chain:
K1r - Alesis Ampliton - Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe - GFI System Specular Reverb 2. Depending on the recorded track some FX are deactivated

The signal went through a Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 into the PCfor recording. To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track.

Well, I decided to go back to the basics, but at the same time make something useful for the synth community and do a kind of competition (I like competitions;-). What's my best synth for ambient music :-)"

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Sega MegaDrive Synthesizer, Made From A Sega Mega Drive And GEN MDM

Published on Jan 5, 2020 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

Sega Megadriver Synthesizer In Depth Look


"Sega Mega Drive Synthesizer a more in-depth look on the inside!"

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Published on Oct 24, 2019 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"So I Built This #Sega #Synthesizer the other day.

Stems/loops and samples are all available over on my patreon! thanks for the support it helps a lot with projects like this! i have been talking about this project over there since i picked up the master system this weekend! :-

more info on it to come! i will be making a web page for it this evening. including the arduino code etc."

Friday, September 15, 2017

Homebrew Sega Genesis/MegaDrive Rhythm Machine & Mega Synthesizer by Rael

Published on Feb 15, 2017 rael16x

TR-909/TR-707 inspired interface/skin.

This and the below appear to be beta software from Rael for the Sega Mega Drive, aka Sega Genesis. via Wikipedia: "The Sega Genesis, known as the Mega Drive[b] in regions outside of North America, is a 16-bit home video game console which was developed and sold by Sega Enterprises, Ltd."

The sound source for the Sega Genesis is the Yamaha YM2612 and Texas Instruments SN76489.

Video details:




"It is a rhythm machine for 16 mega drive mega drive using PCM.

Pattern editing.
Tempo setting.
Drum kit selection.
Mute per instrument.
I can do the above things."

Published on Sep 12, 2017


"The mega synthesizer is a synthesizer software dedicated to mega drive made for improvisation and live performance.
I develop it in C language using SGDK of mega drive development kit. "

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Cracking the Vectrex & Sega Saturn for Synthesis

These two videos came in via @midi_error. The first video on the Vectrex is pretty self explanatory. The second video on the Sega Saturn focuses more on bypassing the CD copy protection in order to load custom software, followed by a custom sound patch designer at 11:l6.

cTrix Early Vectrex Music Experiments

Published on May 8, 2015 debuglive

"Running some test ROMs on the Vectrex! (Only 2nd week of dev) Still having a few issues with hardware envelopes - they worked in assembler when I kept things simple - but get lost in translation from a YM source even though I can see the registers in the code. All part of the fun - I hope to have it working soon! This is simply a work-in-progress."

Sega Saturn CD - Cracked after 20 years

Published on Jul 10, 2016

Sound editor at 11:16.

"A detailed look into Dr Abrasive's lab and what it took to engineer a plug-in-flash-card for the Sega Saturn.

Update: Dr Abrasive now has a twitter! Discussion is now over at

FYI: This is not a commercial product. It also is still being tweaked.
FYI: The sound patch designer tool shown is in early early days!"

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Meet the little-known "Soundblaster" Keyboards

Published on Aug 1, 2015

A little history on the Soundblaster synth engine spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child who notes:

"This chip is a relative of the Yamaha YM2612, which was used in the Sega Genesis, and is faithfully emulated in the following VST:"


Published on Apr 20, 2013 Aly James

"YM2612 OPN2 FM chip modeled. Check the real audio Demos! :
OUT NOW at more previews on my channel! donations start at 10 € only!.
FMDRIVE is a VST SYNTH based on the SEGA Genesis/Megadrive YM2612 FM sound chip.
It contains a ton of features that makes it easier to program than before and covers every unique particularity of the chip like:
PCM, SSG EG, Special & CSM mode, Optional Model 1 distortion (ladder effect) and even some circuit bending options...
You can import and export: .tfi presets, dumps from emulators and even some compatible HOOT dumped voices (PC88 and compatible X68000...)

Every registers are automatable in your DAW of choice via MIDI for awesome results and the output can be converted later into a .VGM file.
FMDRIVE is not simply an YM2612 emulator, it add many extended features and huge user friendly GUI! It is a fantastic synth suitable for chip music and SEGA nostalgic pleasure and also a powerful FM tool for modern music production. Check the manual and see by yourself!
Take your chance, even the legendary Yuzo Koshiro is using it :)

You can design a vast range of sounds on top of 33000 instruments presets already extracted from Games ROMS.
MIDI control the real hardware with a special add on interface: The GENMDM designed by Little Scale.

For complete Megadrive sound emulation SPSG VST take cares of the PSG chip!"

Friday, May 01, 2015

SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Controlled via iPad!

Published on May 1, 2015 littlescale

"iPad Genome MIDI Sequencer and TouchOSC controlling the soundchip of a SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis via the GenMDM MIDI device using the iRig MIDI 2 iOS MIDI Interface. With a cameo from Kira :3


via discchord

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sega Genesis MIDI Synth - GENMDM - MegaDrive

via this auction

"This is an original GENMDM from Littlescale. If you are looking at this, you probably know what it is. It allows midi control through USB to control the sound chip in a Sega Genesis.

GenMDM is a music interface for your SEGA Genesis or Mega Drive console.

Use GenMDM to write sweet chiptunes using your favourite MIDI / audio sequencing software. 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.

All voices and sound functions of the standard SEGA FM and PSG sound chips can be controlled via MIDI. There is a small FAQ in this thread on You might be interested in reading it."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Custom Chip Synth, SEGA GENMDM

via this auction

Video at the auction posted here.

"This is a very unique Chip Synth

It is a SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis) modified with a built in MIDI interface (USB) and a cartridge with GENMDM.

The MIDI interface and GENMDM cart is created by Little Scale

It is an incredible FM synthesizer engine for the YAMAHA YM2612 FM and TI SN76489 chips inside the SEGA
Through the interface and cart, you get access to 6 FM , 3 square wave and 1 noise channels.
He has made several Max 4 Live patches, that makes it very easy to use with Ableton Live, but also standalone apps to use with other DAW's

The SEGA itself is a Mega Drive 1, with VA3 motherboard and discrete chips.
It's a PAL version, and No TMSS.
Most experts will agree that this is the SEGA with the best sound.

In addition to the MIDI interface, the SEGA has been modified with:
Composite Video, RCA
Stereo sound, RCA
Blue LED ;)

The listing includes:
1 SEGA Mega Drive console
1 GENMDM cartridge
1 RCA Audio/Video cable
1 Power supply

The power supply is a European 220V / 50Hz to 10V DC 1,2A
For use in UK, use a standard euro to UK adapter
For use in US, you will have to get a SEGA power supply, or any 10V DC 1,2A power supply."

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Published on Dec 18, 2013 eptheca·5 videos

"I built my GENMDM interface into my SEGA Mega Drive, so it's just connected to the computer with a standard A-B USB cable. I also put the cart PCB in a cart enclosure and designed a label. Full control of 6 FM channels and 4 PSG channels.
With Little-Scale's Max4Live patches it's really easy and fun to get all these sounds from the SEGA."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Season's Greetings from The Glasgow School of Art

Season's Greetings from The Glasgow School of Art from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

This one in via Alan, spotted on Creative Review.  James Houston who created the video brought us a number of other brilliant pieces using vintage computer gear.  You'll find links to them at the bottom of this post.  Be sure to check them out.   And of course, be sure to see the holiday channel below for more holiday posts!  Some great ones have come in so far.

"Season's Greetings and best wishes from The Glasgow School of Art for 2014.

This year's seasonal e-card comes from alumnus James Houston. James graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2008 with a first class degree in Visual Communication. He works in Glasgow as a moving image maker.

The ensemble: A collection of vintage Mac computers, a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum + 1 and a SEGA Mega Drive perform a rendition of 'Carol of the Bells' with lyrics re-written by Robert Florence & Philip Larkin in the Mackintosh Library at The Glasgow School of Art. Jacket by (Alan Moore, GSA Textiles alumnus 2008).

James aimed to create a piece of Christmas music by appropriating past Christmas gifts. "I discovered that a few had the capability for speech synthesis so the obvious next step was to figure out how to assemble a choir." he said. "This is a process which is based on the last piece of work I did as a student at GSA." (See James' Degree Show film - Big Ideas (Don't Get Any).

Lyrics: Carol of the Bells



Saturday, January 19, 2013

GENMDM - MIDI interface for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive

Published on Jan 19, 2013 eptheca·6 videos

"First go with my new GENMDM, MIDI interface for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive by little-scale

I love it!
I have to learn more about FM synthesis, but with all the Max 4 Live patches he's made it's very user friendly.
I knew I would find a new use for my 32 knob custom MIDI controller
On my moded SEGA MD V1 with discrete YAMAHA YM2612 chip it sounds, yes MEGA :)"

Friday, August 10, 2012

sega master system

YouTube Uploaded by tribeofthesun on Dec 19, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dragons II (Music for SEGA Master System)

YouTube Uploaded by littlescale on Dec 30, 2011

"From my 2011 release N.K.Y.W. (National Kill Yourself Week).

Download here:

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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