Did you ever play an old PacMan arcade game and think, “Wow those sounds are awesome! If only I could make them with an Arduino shield and a MIDI controller…”
Your prayers have been answered. The AY chip is an arcade sound chip used to generate effects and music for a number of old arcade and console games. M5ers made a circuit last spring that takes in MIDI information, such as that from a keyboard controller, and translates it into AY chip-speak.
The end result? You can play note on a MIDI keyboard and generate big buzzy awesome arcade sounds. All you need is an Arduino with the right software on it, our MIDI ArcAYde shield (get it?) and a MIDI controller, all of which we have at M5. So come check it out!