Synthcart, Midi 2600, and Atari 2600 Jr with audio and video out mod

Synthcart is a cartridge for the Atari 2600 developed by Paul Slocum that allows you to play tones through the controller ports. Highly Liquid’s Midi 2600 is a midi interface that connects to these controller ports allowing you to trigger note playback of Synthcart. Our Atari 2600 Jr has been modified with an unbalanced audio output via a 1/4 inch jack. Due to limitations of the sound chips there are only about 16 notes available and they are not all chromatic. Using a combination of the A and B difficulty switches and the color/B&W switches it is possible to access a number of tones such as noise, square, bass, engine (think Pole Position) saw and “pitfall” which is a very distinct waveform you may recognize from the Activision game Pitfall. There are also 5 beats that can be triggered which are not programmable and cannot have their tempo adjusted. The midi channel can be set via a series of dip switches. Watch a demo here.

This instrument is available for use at our studio in Long Beach, Ca for playing and recording. Contact us to book your time.

Are you outside of LA or OC? No problem! We can record the synthesizer, drum sounds, or effects tracks for you! Send us your MIDI or audio files, we play it through the instrument or effects unit, record it, and send you the audio files. Learn more about our synthesizer and effects recording services.

Custom patch loading is possible for this item. Send us your sysex, midi files containing sysex, tape backup audio, or even Opcode Galaxy Bank or Bundles or Unisyn files for pre-loading for synth rentals or synth recording services.

Delivery is available for this item within select areas in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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