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Kasser Synths Arcade YM2151

YouTuber Floyd Steinberg shows off the Kasser Synths Arcade YM2151. This small device sports Yamaha's famous FM synthesis chip that was used throughout the 80's. While the practice of deliberately using hardware for FM synthesis continues to baffle me, this is at least cute. I love that the little chip is visible in the window!

Video Description:

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 (see table of contents below). 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: https://www.tindie.com/products/kassersynths/dafm-synth-arcade-ym2151/

June 01, 2021  | person_outline Tim Webb

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