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!
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
Read more at -> Woolyss – Chipmusic > Standalone 8-bit sound generators.
I came across this great group of videos about how to create music in Milkytracker. Milkytracker is a Fasttracker II clone that works on nearly every computing platform in existence. It is a music tracker, which means you compose music by aligning samples vertically within a hexadecimal marked grid that scrolls though patterns on the screen.
It’s different than modern midi sequencers and DAWs and is one of the oldest ways to compose music on a computer. Trackers are commonly used in creating chiptune style music because of their history in music creation for games and old computer systems.
I created a tutorial a while back on Milkytracker, but since then found some better ones than the one I made, or ones that are a little more in depth online so I thought I’d put together a playlist to help people get started in creating chiptunes with Milkytracker.
Here’s another performance I did with Ableton Live Intro, a nanoKONTROL, and nanoPAD2 control surfaces. For this one I wanted to combine a Trap style beat with Chiptune / 8bit styles. I used some lofi 808 samples with some bit reduction and the dream64 plugin, which you can download here https://demonicsweaters.com/2015/03/free-chiptune-vst-fantastic-sid-inspired-free-plugin-for-windows/ To get the rolling on the hi hat and blips I used the arpeggiator plugin in Ableton.
This one was pretty hard which is why I kept it short to actually be able to play it smoothly. Hope you like it! If you do, please subscribe to my Youtube channel and click like!
The Sega Master System, pictured above, and the NES were used in the creation of this album from little-scale. There’s no details as to how exactly he used them on the recording, but maybe there’s some more clues to that on his youtube channel.