Two cool little minisynths from Twisted Electrons. The hapiNES is a multitrack chiptune synthesizer inspired by the RP2A07 chip found in the NES games console. The uAcid8 is a righteous 8-bit bass-line synthesizer. Both have a touch of Pocket Operator about them and are in fact compatible with the PO sync modes of the Teenage Engineering devices.
This is going to kick out 4 voices of chiptune amusement. It features a triangle bass, 2 pulse width modulated square waves and 36 synthesized drum sounds. On the front you get a mini keyboard, 6 dedicated parameter knobs and a scattering of 32 LEDs. The arpeggiator has 16 modes or you can sequence and store up to 16 patterns. There are Arp and Crush FX with variable depth and decay time. And Filter Wobble with variable speed and depth.
The uAcid8 steals the wavetable engine and step sequencer from Acid8. The layout is the same as the hapiNES. Some of the new features over the Acid8 include transposition automation, filter wobble, stutter and vinyl spin-down effects.
The lack of a demo video means we don’t really have a clear idea about the sequencing or multi-track side of these devices. We can assume they run in very similar vein to the Pocket Operators – great sounds, easy sequencing and arpeggiation with some fund effects to mess things about. That’s got to be it right?
They are taking pre-orders now for €99 and expect to ship in August.
- Twisted Electrons website.
I’ll add one as soon as it becomes available.