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MIDI ArcAYde – The First M5 Arduino Shield

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!