In recent years, we’ve seen a number of synthesizers which seek to recreate the classic sound of retro consoles and computer music! There’s a new model on the scene; the DAFM synth – BLASTER YMF262 (OPL3) which will take you back to the computers, keyboards, and consoles which housed the mystical Yamaha YMF262 chip – powered by the glory of FM synthesis.
The YMF262 was originally housed in Sound Blaster Pro 2 and Sound Blaster 16 ASP sound cards so you can be sure you’re getting the real deal, enclosed in a modern form with controls for a host of synth parameters. This synth comes fully constructed with a choice of knob colour and a sleek enclosure, featuring OLED screens, dual rotary encoders and buttons for full control. Send messages to the DAFM Blaster via 5-Pin MIDI input or via USB – it’ll react to inputted MIDI notes as well as CC (Control Change) messages for tweaking/automation of individual parameters. Get a full run down of all you need to know in the datasheet they’ve supplied.
If you’re into chip music, you might also want to investigate the Opera Rotas – a Mutant FM Drum Machine. The DAFM BLASTER YMF262 is sold by Kasser Synths who are based in Santander, Spain – check out their store for more variations on this retro theme!