Category Archives: Chiptunes

Helicopter Cop (Cyberpunk) (Drum Playthrough)

A high energy track in 7/4. I started this one with no real idea of where it would go, but then it really took on a life of it’s own! Cyberpunk Math Chiptune? I have no idea, but I think it came out pretty nifty.
The entire song and video were produced, recorded and edited in Ubuntu Linux 16.04. I made the main sequences in LMMS, then exported the stems to Mixbus 3.6. I recorded the drums into Mixbus using my Alesis IO4 along with the built-in audio interface on my core2 duo macbook using the jack audio connection kit giving me a total of 6 inputs! Though I only used 5 because my micro mixer has a mono output. So I just put both toms on one channel then panned them in post. I edited the video in Kdenlive.

Drums used:

2015 Tama Imperialstar Bob Kit Hairline Blue finish
Gibraltar floating tom mount system
Tama Iron Cobra hi hat stand (main hats)
Vintage Olympic hi hat stand (trash hats)
Ludwig flat base straight stands (crashes)
PDP boom stand (ride)
Vintage Nuvader Nickel Silver 15″ Hi Hats
Meinl HCS 8″ Bell
Kasza 17″ Dirty Bell crash cymbal
Vintage NuVader 22″ ride cymbal (Nickel Silver)
Meinl HCS 16″ Trash Crash / Generic 16″ brass crash bottom (trash hats)
Vintage Camber 18″ Crash Cymbal (Brass)
Aquarian Studio X on tom batters
Tama single ply clear tom resonants
Aquarian Studio X Dot on snare batter
Tama thin clear snare resonant
Aquarian Response 2 Coated kick batter
Remo Vintage Emperor w/ Kickport 2 on kick resonant
DW 6000 kick pedal
Vintage flat base Slingerland snare stand
Vintage MIJ canister throne

For more stuff like this, click the YouTube link in the header above

Hurrican OST (a Turrican inspired game with a killer soundtrack)

Many people still love the Amiga classic game Turrican, which came up recently in a facebook group I’m a part of. Then I was reminded of the game Hurrican, which came out in 2007 as a free Turrican inspired game for windows.

It was a great game, and played true to the roots of the original. In addition to the gameplay, they also managed to make an incredible soundtrack. This one is actually one of my favorites and stands up there to me with the original Chris Huelsbeck music! Check it out above.

If you wanna get the Hurrican game, you can download it for free here http://www.winterworks.de/project/hurrican/

How to create samples in MilkyTracker | Chiptune lessons

I just wanted to share with you this easy way to make your own samples right within MilkyTracker.

How to make chiptunes, How to use trackers, tracker tutorial

MilkyTracker Drummer Part 1

Similar to my Protracker and a Drummer series, but now I’m doing this with MilkyTracker on Elementary OS Linux. Samples are a mixture of Fairlight CMI, Commodore SID, and Casio PT60. I set MilkyTracker to 22050hz sample rate with Amiga 1200 resampling (to give a more authentic chippy sound)
Drums used : Tama Imperialstar bop kit
Cymbals used : Paiste 402 14″ Hi Hats, Paiste PST7 20″ Light Ride (as crash), Paiste Alpha 20″ Power Ride
Heads: Remo Vintage A batters on snare and toms with Tama clear single ply bottoms, Aquarian two ply coated batter, Remo Vintage Emperor w/ felt strip resonant
Sticks: Aquarian X-10 5A combo

New Chiptune Synth from RBXL

Subtractive Chiptune Synth For Windows

Sound-Base Audio has introduced RBXL, which they say is the big brother of Retro Boy. They describe RBXL as a subtractive chiptune VST plug-in for Windows 32Bit systems. A spokesperson told us, “This synth can create sounds from sick dubstep wobbles, to nostalgic trance arppeggio’s, to retro 8Bit sounds.”

Features:

  • Dual seven shape oscillators: 12.5% Pulse, 25% Pulse, 50% Pulse, Saw, Triangle, Sine, Noise.
  • 1 to 64 note polyphony with portamento and slide.
  • 16 step arpeggiator with adjustable oct/semi/fine tuning, gate, and velocity.
  • 16 step mono gate.
  • LFO, sequence, and envelope modulation for 20+ parameters.
  • Low usage reverb, delay, chorus, stereo, and phaser effects.
  • Built in parametric EQ and FFT/scope analysis.
  • Multi slope lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and band reject filters.
  • Frequency, ring, and amplitude modulation with frequency syncing.
  • Unison mode with detune and octave spread.
  • User settings and personalization features.

Pricing and Availability:
$59
More information:

via http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2015/06/17/subtractive-chiptune-synth-for-windows/