Category Archives: Chiptunes

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/

DIY Gameboy with Bluetooth!

Long in the tooth

Fantastic retro-fitting fun

If you’re familiar with the world of Game Boy modding and music, then the name Joe Heaton should be known to you. This UK-based tech genius has been featured on the site in the past – both as an interview subject and to offer sagely advise to prospective modders – and he’s back with his latest amazing creation.

Heaton has created the ultimate mod by retro-fitting a Bluetooth module to a trusty Game Boy console, allowing it to pair with external Bluetooth speakers for a fuller, richer sound.

In Heaton’s own words:

For this mod I took a cheap Bluetooth transmitter from eBay, took it apart, hacked the hardware to run on my Game Boy and squeezed it all inside the console’s shell. Operation of the Bluetooth module is all done via the Game Boy’s select button.

As you can see in the video below, the mod is so well executed that you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d somehow stepped into an alternative reality where Nintendo is still making Game Boy systems and is slowly upgrading them with modern features.

In Heaton’s case, the mod means he can really show off his chiptune creations – composed under the name Joe Bleeps – as well as gain some extra volume when playing classic Game Boy titles.

You can follow Heaton’s marvellous modding exploits on Instagram and Twitter.

Via http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/05/modder_creates_a_bluetooth-ready_game_boy_because_why_the_heck_not

The Blossoming Years | Original demoscene tunes created using the ZX-Spectrum computer using a Yamaha YM2149F by MmcM

If you’re a fan on the international chip music and demoscene, you’ll be pleased to know that earlier this month saw the release of “The Blossoming Years” album by Russian demo artist Sergey “MmcM” Kosov. Composed entirely on the ZX-Spectrum computer using a Yamaha YM2149F sound chip in ProTracker 3, the album features music from the height of Kosov’s career composing between 1999 and 2001. This is his first release since his 2012 eletronica album “Detuned”, and further expands his repertoire of demo and chip music, which has gained him a long-standing following.

The 18-track album has been released by our friends at Ubiktune and is currently available on Bandcamp, Loudr and Amazon for around $5.

 

“The Blossoming Years” by MmcMUbiktune

Via http://www.originalsoundversion.com/demo-album-the-blossoming-years-by-mmcm-released/