NESynth iPhone App Pumps Out Nintendo-Style Chiptunes

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Like the 8Bitone synthesizer app, NESynth lets you create 80s-style music with 8-bit sounds. But the coolest part: You can control it all with an on-screen NES-style gamepad. Watch the rockin' video after the jump to see what I mean.

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Also fun is the $2 app's use of the iPhone's accelerometer to pitch-bend sounds, and its ability to let you jam along with a friend—and hear what they're playing on your phone.

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Illustration for article titled NESynth iPhone App Pumps Out Nintendo-Style Chiptunes

As you'll hear in the video below, NESynth has built-in classic sound effects (jump, fire, laser, etc), and an arpeggiator to help build up melodies using the on-screen piano keyboard.

(For the synth geeks out there: sound generation comes from 3 pulse waveforms, a triangle waveform, and white noise.) [NESynth | iTunes Store]

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We need a new rating for iPhone apps where we determine how high a rating it gets by the number of minutes the average person would use it in their lifetime. This appears to be a 15 minute app to me, which I would have to assume is a pretty good rating. For two bucks. If they made a Commodore 64 version based on the SID chip I would have to actually buy it. Nostalgia is a bitch.