Retrogaming is well and truly back on the map, with mini consoles released one after the next and a raft of brand new low-poly pixel-based games released every week. The music of the era is one of the most gripping elements of retro gaming, and the OPERA ROTAS is a dedicated unit designed to put the sound of the Megadrive/Genesis FM sound chip in your hands.
The OPERA ROTAS uses the often name-dropped Yamaha OPL2 FM sound chip, providing 2 operators of frequency modulated goodness. Anyone who has played the Genesis/Megadrive will immediately recognize the thick, metallic tones and glassy plucked sounds synonymous with the 16-Bot era. The front panel has controls for attack, decay, sustain, release, waveshape, vibrato, volume, ratio, octave and feedback – and buttons for various features.
It’s available in four flavours, a fully pre-made unit, a full parts kit to make yourself, a basic kit to make using your own components and a PCB only. Using the latest firmware it’s possible to control the OPERA ROTAS using a MIDI keyboard making it a fully polyphonic synth.
Created by the Spherical Sound Society, the OPERA ROTAS is among a host of audio delights shipping from their HQ in Spain. Hear what it sounds like in the video below: