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03-16-2013, 04:56 PM
Chiptune thread! I thought we had one of these, but I guess noooooot

So I'm not normally big on chiptunes, but lately I've been on a bit of a kick. Today I found this amazing cover of the Gipsy Kings flamenco version of Hotel California (http://chipocrite.bandcamp.com/track/hotel-california) via TinyCartridge and had to share it.

04-27-2013, 02:24 PM
O great Talking Time, I come to you searching for remnants of the 8 Bit Collective.
Are there any solid alternatives to what 8BC used to be? The Collective originally inspired me to start working on chiptunes myself, but ever since the site went down it seems like chiptunes has become lost knowledge all over again, and RIGHT when I finally landed a decent enough job to start investing in it.

Alternatively, are there any recommendations for GBC carts to start with? It was going to be my first real venture into chiptunes considering most of my favorite sounds come from the Game Boy's hardware.

04-27-2013, 03:14 PM
I really like all the Final Fantasy Legend game soundtracks on the Gameboy. I usually just play the .gbs file through Winamp via the Meridian plugin. I would've used the Chipamp plugin but I got a virus warning last time I downloaded from that site :(

04-27-2013, 03:32 PM
I really like all the Final Fantasy Legend game soundtracks on the Gameboy. I usually just play the .gbs file through Winamp via the Meridian plugin. I would've used the Chipamp plugin but I got a virus warning last time I downloaded from that site :(

You know, I've always wanted to own the physical copies of this game ever since I remember my local GameStop employees buying out their own stock of games in the series, and I've heard such good things about them! Let me just go look up-

Final Fantasy Legend by Square Enix (Game Cartridge) $699.99 Game Boy


I remember 8BC.org had those custom cartridges to use in Game Boys that were designed to just use the system's audio hardware for the sole purpose of chiptuning. Any leads on those?

Mr. Sensible
04-27-2013, 04:17 PM
Amazon seller prices on vintage games are ridiculous. Do an eBay search and you'll probably pay around five to ten bucks.

04-27-2013, 07:55 PM
Crossposting just on the off-chance...

Also shot in the dark, but if anyone wants to do a little creative type stuff, for little or no pay, at some point here I kinda want to toss in music and sound effects and such, and... that's the one end of things I just plain flat out have no clue about from either the technical end of how one creates really 8-bit sounding tunes, nor, honestly, how to compose something decent if I did.

So if anyone wants to bail me out on that front/point me in the right direction/give me the thumbs up on filing the serials off the Mythri soundtrack or whatever, that'd be neat.

04-28-2013, 04:32 PM
Sad to hear 8bitpeoples has vanished. I'm out of touch so I didn't know, but I always loved that site.

The nearest I got to composing chiptunes was this experiment in making music on Korg DS10. (http://archive.org/details/DS10Exegesis) Not quite the same(and much easier to do) but it has that sort of lo-fi electronic sound. It's fun and easy, especially with two DSes, to set up a track and then scribble a melody line.

Pretty sure that's just Amazon bots trying in vain to outsmart each other by inflating the price. I wish I could sell my FFL cart for $700!

04-29-2013, 01:44 AM
Yeah, on the subject of FFL carts, I did a little more searching (and by that I mean I scrolled down) and saw used copies ranging from $5-$10, which is much more reasonable.

Back in the day, 8BC.org had these neat cartridges people could buy that were basically synthesizers with basic program features and USB-MIDI connections.
Looking into the availability now, there's one that reminds me of what I used to see called nanoloop (http://www.nanoloop.com/one/index.html) that has carts for both the original GB/GBC hardware, and others for GBA hardware.

Considering how easy PayPal's conversions are, I may consider in this little bit of hardware just to tinker around and learn a few things.
There's also a book (http://www.amazon.com/Making-Music-Mobile-Devices-Childs/dp/1435455339/ref=pd_sim_sbs_m_7) that, just from skimming a bit of its contents, appears to go into light detail with different methods of making mobile music, with only a few pages dedicated to manipulating hardware, and much more detail on how to manipulate audio signals from mobile devices (which would seem like something worth looking into on this topic, as well). Not that I'd condone a purchase of reading material when we have the Internet, but linked just for reference.

On the subject of the Korg DS10, my roommate's actually got one, and it's neat! He works in designing soundscapes and ambiance with synths (he quite loves his Korgs and Alesis Micron), and we've been talking about the hardware needed to make chiptunes recently.

Once I get back from my Asheville trip, I'll look into purchasing a cart and playing with the Game Boy's hardware synths and report back.
In the meantime, what's some other good ways to make tasty musics? Is it possible to emulate synths, similar to emulating regular ol' games? I'm sure SOMEONE out there has made a ROM of a synth, but I'm too tired right now to look into it further.

09-12-2013, 05:53 PM
Chipzel's new album is out (http://chipzelmusic.bandcamp.com/album/spectra).


09-13-2013, 03:49 AM
Chipzel's new album is out (http://chipzelmusic.bandcamp.com/album/spectra).


Guys this is the lady what did the Super Hexagon soundtrack, she is rrrrrrrrreally good at what she does.