MIDINES Nintendo NES game system with MIDI

Logic’s Environment, a modular layer in the program for creating custom configurations, isn’t well known to many Logic users. But if you can get used to its slightly unusual interface, it’s capable of some really powerful stuff. You know, important music stuff. Like connecting Logic to your Nintendo NES game system. Jonathan Flugel writes:

The MIDINES evironment was created based on this chart:

The environment allows for control of the 5 channels of synth/audio that the NES [supports]

Here are the 5 parts:
1-2 – Pulse Synthesizer waves
3-4 – Triangle/Square waves
5- sample channel

Since this is also my primary template for a Logic session there are other goodies I left in there:

1. NYC compression bus channel
2. 3 bus channels that I got from Hybrid (electronic group) for simple drum processing
3. MPC groove templates taken from an MPC 60
4. Ableton Live and Reason ReWire objects

There you have it: Logic + NES + MPC + Live + Reason. If that’s not a digital dream studio, I don’t know what is.

MIDI NES environment in Logic 8

In case you want to give this file a look:
That’s the MIDINES, Logic 8 file (if anyone has a MIDINES but Logic 7, let us know and we can share the Logic 7 file.)

  • Added this to the Midines yahoo group


    To join the Logic 7 environment, And Cubase Sx, Novation25, live6, and vsti enviroments to control Midines

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  • I love the midines so much although haven't found such a practical use for it yet. Mostly I just show it off to people who come over to prove my geekiness (as if my manga collection didn't do that already…)

  • Sweet! My environment has been posted 🙂

  • wait, i'm not entirely clear what this means. you can control NES sounds from your computer? you can control your computer from your NES? you can record your NES music as midi info?

  • campbell

    logic 7 environment pretty please!!! (midines needs a frieeeeeeeeend)

  • for a good example of the midines in action, have a listen to venetian snares song "pwntendo" off the "cavalcade of glee and dadaist happy hardcore pom poms"-album.

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  • Matt

    What cartridge is that in there for the hardware connection? Are there instructions anywhere for making/getting it?

  • Sorry — more on MIDINES here:

  • Membrain

    Oh my god! I have been waiting for this day. I bought a nintendo power glove 5 years ago and an old NES system a little while later. Does this thing mean i can use the powerglove to control Live??? Please???

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  • Campbell, Logic 7 environment can be found here;


    As far as the Powerglove inquiry, this unfortunately isnt' the ticket. There is only one cable coming our of the cartridge and it's a MIDI IN (to NES). In other words the NES doesn't send control signals back to Logic. MIDINES basically converts the NES into a 5 part sound module.

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  • magicrobot

    unfortunately i can still not get any response from wayfar after paying for a midines in Oct. i think he got flooded with orders, and drowned. anybody else making these yet?