MIDI NES AXE Chiptune Keytar Instrument

Looking for a MIDI guitar with a built-in NES-style chiptune synth? You might want to give Love Hultén a call

Swedish ‘Tech, Noise + Craftporn’ synth designer Love Hultén shared this video demo of his MIDI NES AXE, a sort of chiptune keytar instrument.

We have seen plenty of synths from Love Hultén, the man for whom customizing existing hardware is a way of life, but for his latest creations, he’s created a MIDI-equipped guitar. As you’d expect, though, that’s only a small part of the story.

The MIDI NES AXE is based on a YouRock MIDI guitar, and features a built-in NESpoly synth, a detachable dome for avatar replacement and a custom strap “made from extraterrestrial skin”.

As well as being able to output MIDI, the guitar (which has a removable neck to make it easy to transport) also contains a built-in NESpoly synth, meaning that it’s capable of creating its own chiptune-style sounds as well. There are various tone-shaping controls, plus a detachable dome so that the cat avatar beneath can be replaced as and when required. An essential feature, we think you’ll agree.

Features “a custom strap made from extraterrestrial skin” and you’ve got something that’s possibly bonkers but also strangely alluring, particularly after you’ve heard it being played. If you fancy one, you can drop Love Hultén a line via his website.


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