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Super MIDI Pak

Categories: Hardware Prototypes/Non-Commercial products

Submitted by:Rian Hunter

10 May 2022

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Super MIDI Pak

Super MIDI Pak turns your Super Nintendo into a MIDI synthesizer!

Product Description

Super MIDI Pak

Super MIDI Pak is a new cartridge for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) that turns it into a MIDI synthesizer. It gives your SNES MIDI In/Out connectors, so you can play it or sequence it using standard MIDI keyboards, sequencers and software. Super MIDI Pak is compatible with audio production tools and musical keyboards for live play, but if you prefer, Super MIDI Pak also gives you direct access to the SNES sound chip allowing you to bypass MIDI and program it directly. It is compatible with both NTSC and PAL versions of the Super Nintendo, as well as the Super Famicom and Super NT. Super MIDI Pak gives you access to 16 polyphonic channels with independent settings.

How It's Innovative

Super Nintendo music is beloved by many. It has inspired many people to create their own SNES-style music but emulating the SNES sound is not easily done. Super Midi Pak is the first of its kind to provide total authenticity to the SNES sound by turning your SNES into an actual, physical, playable MIDI synthesizer. In addition to the hardware itself, we've developed a companion web application that allows users to access all the advanced features of Super MIDI Pak such as: converting and uploading custom samples.

See MIDI Innovation In Action

Most Inspiring Use Cases

My customers/supporters are very passionate about the Super Mid Pak project and it has been very encouraging. MY beta testers have been able to create amazing music with the device, which sound better than lots of SNES music I’ve heard and gives me hope that Super Midi Pak could really improve this genre or bring about a new wave of original SNES music.

Check out some of the new music created with prototypes of the Super Midi Pak: https://twitter.com/mellorinemusic/status/1441772803666108418, https://twitter.com/mellorinemusic/status/1449139445190598656,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Qjz0NaX5g.

Once all of our customers receive their orders later in 2022, we hope to hear way more new music!

Expansion Plans

We are monitoring interest to determine whether to do a second production run. As customers receive their orders, we anticipate some will share their music made with Super Midi Pak online (for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Qjz0NaX5g), and we may see another wave of interest and we may take more pre-orders.

Commercialization

We have sold many copies of Super MIDI Pak at $99.99 USD (plus sales tax and shipping) in our first pre-order window ending in late 2021. We are currently near the end of the production phase and will ship out the worldwide orders very soon. This is largely a passion project with only one production run so far, so Super Midi Pak will be a one-of-a-kind product. The project has generated lots of interest and we may do a second production run and take more orders.