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#1 n00bified

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 10:03 PM

to make chiptune I know that i need square and triangle wave forms and thats about it. can someone give me the lowdown? going for NES sound.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 10:31 PM

Well I can't really give you any tips for actually composing chip music but I think the Peach VSTi by TweakBench (free) will be perfect for you:

http://tweakbench.co...uments.php?id=9

It's a synth based on the waveforms from the NES :)


There's also Toad, which is based on the sound effects and percussive noises from the NES.

http://tweakbench.co...ments.php?id=10


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Posted 02 June 2006 - 03:15 AM

you forgot the 3rd VST in that group: TriForce

http://tweakbench.co...ments.php?id=16

it's essentially a NES softsynth that uses real synthesis... while peach and toad are sample based
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Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:34 AM

you forgot the 3rd VST in that group: TriForce

Nice... Somehow I hadn't noticed that one on the list before.


There's also the excellent Chip32 which lets you draw your own custom lo-fi waveforms.


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Posted 03 June 2006 - 07:17 PM

wow thanks alot guys :)
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 06:57 AM

those all look great... how do i use them? do i need to put the dll somewhere specific so that renoise can see it?



edit: i figured it out. these kick ass. thanks.
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 04:38 PM

What I used to do in the 'old' days was to pick a sample and went on looping a real small area that it was a sort of wave form that I was looking for.. And then crop it.. Or is that called cheating?
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 04:48 PM

Chiptunes with VSTi are lame :)

http://www.trancefis.../music/?media=3

(short samples only)

Edit: Linkfix

Edited by Marc Shake, 12 October 2012 - 12:36 PM.

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 06:06 PM

Chiptunes with VSTi are lame :)

http://www.trancefis...sic.php?album=2 (short samples only)

nowadays, chiptunes are a matter of style instead of the technology
they're made with. Most of us don't work anymore on 64k-intros
or projekts dedicated to the smallest possible size. so it doesn't matter
if you're writing your songs with VSTis, samples or old gear like the
c64. it's all about fun (and the nostalgic feelings around the sound).
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Posted 06 June 2006 - 04:15 PM

Chiptunes with VSTi are lame :)

http://www.trancefis...sic.php?album=2 (short samples only)

nowadays, chiptunes are a matter of style instead of the technology
they're made with. Most of us don't work anymore on 64k-intros
or projekts dedicated to the smallest possible size. so it doesn't matter
if you're writing your songs with VSTis, samples or old gear like the
c64. it's all about fun (and the nostalgic feelings around the sound).

I agree that the majority of the people, including myself, who are making chip style music are not composing and or outputting them directly from 8-bit gear.

I have come by dozens who are though which is truly fascinating. Here are a couple some of you might find interesting.

http://profile.myspa...riendid=2433407

http://profile.myspa...riendid=2766236

Also be sure to check out a great one in general - cannot believe this guy is 19. It's like progressive chip-music. Listen to them. Nothing short of brilliant.

http://profile.myspa...iendid=10444909
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Posted 07 June 2006 - 03:50 PM

Chiptunes with VSTi are lame :)

http://www.trancefis...sic.php?album=2 (short samples only)

nowadays, chiptunes are a matter of style instead of the technology
they're made with. Most of us don't work anymore on 64k-intros
or projekts dedicated to the smallest possible size. so it doesn't matter
if you're writing your songs with VSTis, samples or old gear like the
c64. it's all about fun (and the nostalgic feelings around the sound).

I usually try to make chiptunes as close to SID (c64) as possible. Usually I do not use more than 4 channels (3 Sids, 1 Galway-Sample) and I work with arpeggio and vibrato-fx

Though I really like the Sid-VST by ReFX...
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Posted 07 June 2006 - 09:18 PM

btw. here's a few great SID-samples with loop points: http://freesound.iua...gle.php?id=1055
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 11:55 AM

What I used to do in the 'old' days was to pick a sample and went on looping a real small area that it was a sort of wave form that I was looking for.. And then crop it.. Or is that called cheating?

Technically yeah, but I think these days when one says "chiptune" what actually is meant is "sounding like a chiptune". Using samples instead of VST's has several advantages: you can use pitchslides and the 0xx effect (arpeggio? not sure, but it's what I associate with chip music more than anything else :P try it on sines and saws). "render to sample" is your friend here. As is orangator:

http://www.sonicspot.../orangator.html
http://www.sonicspot...lorangator.html
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 03:34 PM

NESVST Pack
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 04:39 PM

anything for macs?
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 03:33 PM

Hi, I also love chiptunes.
I can recommend chip32 VST instrument. It actually lets you DRAW the waveform, and it has the basic SQUARE SIN and TRIANGLE presets. I can;t remember where to find it exactly, but the VST is made by a japanese nd is free. Try kvraudio.com search for it.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 04:38 PM

Try kvraudio.com search for it.


Or simply read a few posts up, where I have already mentioned it.
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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:01 AM

http://www.milkytracker.net/?DOWNLOAD

check video tutorial section
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 08:36 PM

Also try QuadraSID!
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 01:06 AM

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1420.html YMvst for atari chip lovers :)

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 11:40 PM

also check out PURE6581 vst and PURE64.
i'm not on my own computer at the moment. but i managed to surf them up on a german site. be warned, there's alot of popups on this site, but theres about 7-8 free VSTi's there :)

http://lday.ld.funpic.de/vsti2.htm

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:56 AM

THNX FOR TEH PURE64 RECOMMENDATION, SLIPPED THROUGH THE RADAR
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 06:41 PM

Not to steal the thunder from renoise, but there is FamiTracker which is emulated NES 2a03 chip (is that it?) built on top of a tracker interface for windows. If you're using mac, you may be out of luck. It also supports MML instrument definitions so that you don't have to use pattern commands all the time for very intense sound manipulation (i.e. arpaggios...you can just build an arpaggio instrument...or a triangle kick drum instrument, etc.).

It also saves as .nsf, allows loading of samples (along with necessary conversion to the NES' pcm format) so that you can go all the way. If you're savvy enough, a completed tune can be hacked onto a cart so you can play it on a real system.

http://famitracker.shoodot.net/
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 10:32 PM

SID chip is the shit !
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 10:59 PM

the SID chip gets its own tracker, too!

http://en.wikipedia....iki/GoatTracker

but the download link is dead right now :[
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