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Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start?

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Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start? Aug. 23rd, 2008 @ 02:00 PM Reply

I'm a sucker for 8-bit and chiptune music and for a long time I've wanted to create it myself.
But I'm clueless where to start :O

If you could post some links, sources, communities, forums, tutorials, etc.
whatever to get me started and help anyone in the same situation as me

muchly appreciated

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Response to Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start? Aug. 23rd, 2008 @ 02:23 PM Reply

1.) NES chiptunes are always mono.
2.) The Triangle waveform's volume can't be adjusted and is always 100%.
3.) Layering two DPCM samples, two triangle waves or two noise waves is prohibited.
4.) There are no more than two pulse waves.

This are the standard requirements if you want to make chiptune sounding like it came right outta your console.

Get Famitracker or NerdTracker to compose and sequence your chiptune tracks.

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Response to Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start? Aug. 23rd, 2008 @ 02:34 PM Reply

Btw. I dunno if Atari (very bad example ^^) or the Sega Master System had stereo outputs, so if you want to make SMS chiptune, check out datas about the console. ;) However, NES didn't use stereo.

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Response to Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start? Aug. 23rd, 2008 @ 04:45 PM Reply

Definitely check out Famitracker, it might take some time to get used to, but it's your best tool towards making Chiptunes.
Also, you could check out Little Sound DJ, it's actually hardware you use to turn your Gameboy into a tracker, but you can find a Gameboy emulator and get the demo version of LDJ and try it out to figure out how trackers work.

And for some great examples of Chiptune, check out www.8bitpeoples.com

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Response to Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start? Aug. 23rd, 2008 @ 07:54 PM Reply

Here's a tutorial on making 8-bit / chiptune music: http://writersblock.newgrounds.com/news/
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Response to Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start? Aug. 24th, 2008 @ 01:47 PM Reply

Yeah I've been listening 8bitpeoples for a while now. Their music is awesome!!
Another good band is The Depreciation Guild. They mix 8bit with some guitar goodness. Definitely worth checking out. They have a whole albut for on theirr site for free!

I tried the Famitracker. It seems promising but it'll probably take me a while to get used to.

I, myself am not too bound to the rules of the traditional chiptune music. For example the electrict guitar seems to fit 8bit perfectly.

Anyway thanks for the links and stuff everyone!

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Response to Chiptune/8-bit - Where To Start? Aug. 28th, 2008 @ 06:08 PM Reply

Most 'new' chip musicians use a Nintendo Gameboy along with the LSDj program, a few use a different program called Nanoloop. There are many PC trackers availiable, famitracker being an obvious one, you can even create chiptune in FL Studio with VSTs although the use of software is usually frowned upon in the community, hardwares just more fun.

I myself dabble with Nanoloop 1.3, LSDj, Nitrotracker (A tracker for the DS that can do pretty much anything.) famitracker and Pocket Music.

Easiest option is to get onto the LSDj website, or the Nanoloop one and try out the demos that are availiable for emulation on a PC.