Six-Voice Hardware Chiptune Synth

Twisted Electrons releases the AY3 - see it in action in a video      14/05/14

Twisted Electrons has released the AY3. It features two 8912 chips boasting 6 voice polyphony. You can apply sequences, arpeggiators, noise, envelopes and pitch modulation to each voice with a click of a button.

A spokesperson told us, "Time to take a break from HI-FI land and enjoy some good old 8-BIT nostalgia!"

AY3 features:

  • 64 preset memory (8 banks x 8 presets)
  • 5 pots and 1 endless encoder with push button
  • 40 blue leds
  • 16 step sequencer to sequence notes on/off, pitch and noise on/off
  • 4 Pitch modulation modes (aka lfo)
  • 4 arpeggiator modes
  • ultra fat 6 voice unison mode with detune knob
  • 6 chords to split the voices
  • 6 voice polyphonic mode
  • Glide mode
  • Stereo sound (3 voice per channel/chip)
  • Intuitive 5×6 mode matrix to access and control:volume, pitch, noise volume, envelope assignments, arp modes, sequencer assignments etc
  • Control of all knobs and other features via midi CC
  • Backlit front panel


  • MIDI in
  • 2x Audio Out
  • DC In


Pricing and Availability:
AY3 are built to order - the maximum expected lead time is 10 days.

More information:



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5 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
S R Dhain    Said...

Great a combination of the 6581 SID (c64) and whatever chip was used in the gameboy. Unless im mistaken it's also in stereo, too.

14-May-14 06:56 AM

Garak    Said...

Want want want! Been waiting a long time for this! Just have to be sure I can understand the interface!

14-May-14 07:04 AM

Laurens    Said...

The AY-3-8910 is the chip used in MSX, Atari ST, and ZX Spectrum.

It’s got three square wave channels with optional noise and an envelope generator.

15-May-14 11:39 AM


For some examples of music made with just one AY-3-8910 chip (3 channels), check out the AY Riders:

p.s. The envelope generator also has saw and triangle waveforms and goes into the audio range.

15-May-14 11:43 AM

RealityBleed    Said...

The man in the video has two right hands...

18-May-14 03:38 PM

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