Dr. Zilog and friends made this infomercial type promo vid for his upcoming cassette and it’s pretty damn hilarious. This lead me to checking out his music, and I love it. So check it out. If you wanna hear some of Zilog’s chippy stylings, see below!
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.”
- 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.
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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.
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 Blossoming Years” by MmcM – Ubiktune
Standalone 8-bit sound generators
Standalone softwares to create old-school electronical sounds, noises, effects and 8-bit sounds. For info, the freewares Audacity and MilkyTracker can generate 8-bit sounds easily, too ! Good for retro games !
|This is a Windows application designed to assist tracker musicians in the creation of chip samples and low resolution sine, square, saw and triangle waveforms that loop flawlessly.
Import : DAT, RAW | Export : DAT, RAWAudio demo by Jerry Coox
|FlexiMusic Generator is a unique tool to generate musical and non-musical sounds. If you want to create unique pieces of music and exciting new sounds never before heard on this planet, then you’ll love the FlexiMusic Generator.|
|Four Cycle Synth generates short chippy, very messy sounding samples, which are more meant to be used as raw sounds, which you filter, and add effects to, than finished synth sounds.
Import : no | Export : WAVAudio demo by Jerry Coox
|A program for creating sound effects for games, music, videos – whatever you want! A readme and some example sounds are included to get you started.
Import : LCH | Export : LCH, WAVAudio demo by LabChirp
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