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Dither Pirates

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It's PixelDay 2020 and I had great fun doing this piece. All done with the Sytrus VST in FL Studio.

Just Sine, Triange, Saw, Rectangle and Noise mixed together with lots of panning, modulation and pitching. This includes the waves and seagulls. Learned a lot about this plugin while doing it.

Thanks to @CleverNyquist for his advice on some parts!

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I'm a sucker for chiptunes to begin with, but I really love the groove on that one. Also an surprising amount of depth for a chiptune song with all the layering of the different instruments and sound effects. Nicely done!

Manderby responds:

Thanks a lot for these kind words!

This has been one of my few "favorited" audios on NG for a while and I just realized that I never left a review on it. Time to change that.

To start, I am such a sucker for 2 things: 1- Chiptune and 2- Pirates. There should be no wonder why I love this fun song. The fact that you use sytrus really makes me want to try to make my own chiptune song like this.

The main melody is extremely catchy and I find that it's really easy to whistle or hum to. The plucky countermelody is also really well constructed.

For most songs that are as long as this (almost 4 minutes long) I normally find myself wanting to skip certain parts, or wanting to skip the song entirely. I don't know what it is with the structure of this but I always find myself wanting to hear to the end of it, even if I know what is coming next. I'll use it as good background noise as I do something and it never feels too repetitive.

One of my favorite parts is the vibrato/ pitch shifting on the lead synth. It keeps the audio interesting to listen to, so it never drags. I also really love the "ear candy" like the waves, seagulls, and fun panning throughout.

Well, it's safe to say that I love your work here man! Keep up the good stuff, I can't wait to hear what you'll make next! :)
~ Payton

Manderby responds:

Thank you very much! I am liking it quite much myself. I used a classic verse-chorus structure and basically two melodies as duett. The verses each use different harmonic modulations and a different weighting between the voices to keep the song interesting.

I loved experimenting with the pitch and vibrato in this song. Some prefer it more to the extreme, bit I think, the fairly moderate ornaments were fitting.

Glad you liked it!

This was so fun to listen! I loved the pirate theme, and the way you used each instruments despite being an ensemble of basic waveforms is magnific!
The sea waves and the seagulls were a great touch, they helped me a lot to get in the mood.
Amazing work overall!! ^^

Manderby responds:

Thanks a lot! I had fun too.

Credits & Info


4.64 / 5.00

Jan 23, 2020
2:25 AM EST
File Info
8.8 MB
3 min 51 sec
  • FL Studio
  • Sytrus

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