With both hands and probably even your feet, you couldn’t count all the phenomenal video game soundtracks that graced the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The precise sounds used to create that music are difficult to replicate as well, owing to the unique audio architecture of the SNES created by Sony’s Ken Kutaragi. However, the company Cejetvole has simplified things dramatically by introducing the Super MIDI Pak, a cartridge that can turn your SNES into a MIDI synthesizer, which means you can belt out tunes that sound just like, for instance, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It is compatible with audio production tools and musical keyboards for live play, and it can even directly access the sound chip to bypass MIDI and program it directly.
Per the official website, Super MIDI Pak offers all the following features for its SNES MIDI synthesizer magic:
- Compatible with Super Famicom, NTSC/PAL Super Nintendo, and Super NT
- 16 polyphonic channels with independent settings
- Standard MIDI sustain, sostenuto, legato switch, portamento (glide), pitch bend, vibrato, pan, volume
- MIDI mono mode (mode 4) with legato operation
- All SPC700 DSP registers are directly writable via CC messages, including echo registers
- USB Micro-B and 3.5″ TRS Type A MIDI interfaces, cables not included
- USB interface is galvanically isolated to prevent ground loop noise
- Save / restore device state
- Play existing SPC files
- Companion web application can convert samples from WAV and SPC files and upload them to the synth
- Firmware upgradable
Super MIDI Pak is available for preorder through October 15, 2021 and retails for $99.99 plus tax and shipping. It is available to all countries to which USPS ships, pending COVID restrictions. Personally, I’m no musician, but I’m awfully tempted by this one. Check out the video below and let us know what you think of this awesome and unique device. However, if you’re curious to know what some famous SNES music sounded like before it was compressed for the console, then check out this incredible uncompressed Super Mario World music.