Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

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husker37
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106 posts since 24 Dec, 2016

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:31 pm

I'd like to get a good chip tune synth - just something to play around with to have some fun. Looking in the $25-50 range.

Thank you.
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Schmidi
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199 posts since 23 Apr, 2011 from Seattle WA

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:52 pm

Check out Minibit by Audio thing. It's a good synth and is even on sale right now.

https://www.audiothing.net/instruments/minibit/

mrdoghead
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39 posts since 26 Jun, 2018

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:14 pm

Why? Have you heard a chiptune thing that sounds good?

Video games and old consumer PC boxes sounded like crap when they were new. None of it is more attractive decades later.

Obviously you want that sound for some reason. I hope the reason pays well.

Sorry, I just do not see the attraction. Mainly it seems the fad is coming from people who were not around for the first iteration.

If it pays well, however, try the Plogue thing or some of the Korg Gadget collaboration projects. Otherwise, avoid - that's my view.

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dumbledog
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558 posts since 25 Sep, 2014

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:30 pm

mrdoghead wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:14 pm
Sorry, I just do not see the attraction.
Well then why the hell are you in the thread?

What is it with people just dropping into threads they have no interest in to crap on what other people like? Let folks make the music they want to make, cripes.

Schmidi, thanks much for the reminder that Audiothing is still having their Summer sale. I find Chipsynth a bit, I dunno bloated for chip stuff for my tastes but that looks like a good way to just get some aliased triangle goodness.

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mladi
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567 posts since 14 Apr, 2016 from Germany

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:02 pm

There is plenty great free stuff also available. A collection:

https://woolyss.com
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BeeDog
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263 posts since 31 Jan, 2018

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:35 pm

Maybe this could be something?

https://plogue.com/products/chipsynth-md.html

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reusenoise
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836 posts since 23 Oct, 2009 from Italy

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:27 pm

If you like a tracker style thing these is for you,and it's free
http://www.deflemask.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZnEENsptiY

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nachenko
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270 posts since 13 Mar, 2018

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:53 pm

Schmidi wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:52 pm
Check out Minibit by Audio thing. It's a good synth and is even on sale right now.

https://www.audiothing.net/instruments/minibit/
Agreed. Happy Minibit user here. Totally recommended. It nails the sound with no effort.

This track is 100% Minibit, including drums. About 20 instances.

The Wee Little Chiptune Workshop by Man From Space
https://soundcloud.com/manfromspace/chi ... kshop-song
Half music, half random ramblings by a MAN FROM SPACE
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MaliceX
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2893 posts since 26 Jul, 2005 from dun unda

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:48 am


husker37
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106 posts since 24 Dec, 2016

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:54 am

mrdoghead wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:14 pm
Why? Have you heard a chiptune thing that sounds good?

Obviously you want that sound for some reason. I hope the reason pays well.

Sorry, I just do not see the attraction. Mainly it seems the fad is coming from people who were not around for the first iteration.
I actually put my reasoning in my OP - "just something to play around with to have some fun." I actually was a kid during that first iteration - great memories of those old video games.

The reason doesn't pay well - I'm a hobbyist and a poor musician to boot. I like to sit down on a Friday night, have a good beer, and play around. But thank you for your concern. :)

Everyone else - thank you for the recommendations. I'd really like to have Plogues Chipsounds - but $95 isn't in my price range. Anyone know if it ever goes on sale? I'll definitely check out the Minibit - looks right up my alley.

Thank you all again.
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nachenko
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270 posts since 13 Mar, 2018

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:01 am

husker37 wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:54 am
The reason doesn't pay well - I'm a hobbyist and a poor musician to boot. I like to sit down on a Friday night, have a good beer, and play around. But thank you for your concern. :)

... I'll definitely check out the Minibit - looks right up my alley.
You won't be dissapointed by Minibit, and it goes on sale from time to time.

Besides that, If you just want to play around and you have an iPad or a Switch, I totally recommend you to try Korg Gadget. There's even a free demo for both iOS and Mac (not sure about Switch), and the iOS version is 20 bucks when on sale. Some of the included plugins (here named "gadgets") are specific for chiptune, and the whole package is SUPERTOP quality. Super-super-fun. I got the iOS version three weeks ago, one of the best purchases I've ever done.
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tonedef71
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1037 posts since 21 Sep, 2007 from USA

Re: Recommend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:59 pm

I own a license for MiniBit, and I think it is a great buy.

If you have the full version of Kontakt, Impact Soundworks offers a free instrument library called Super Audio Boy which you can use to make chip tunes.

Impact Soundworks also sells two chip tune instrument libraries for Kontakt Player that sound great: Super Audio Cart (game consoles) and Super Audio Cart PC (vintage PC and home computer sound chips).
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fresh101
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48 posts since 14 Jun, 2004

Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:30 pm

mrdoghead wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:14 pm
Why? Have you heard a chiptune thing that sounds good?

Video games and old consumer PC boxes sounded like crap when they were new. None of it is more attractive decades later.
It's a genre of music fueled by the nostalgia factor. Not unlike Lofi or 80's synthwave. Or like listening to vinyl records. Think about it. We spent decades trying to get pristine audio. Now we spend thousands of dollars on plugins and gear to put the hiss, buzz, distortion, etc, back into our now crystal clear digital recordings. It's not the quality, it's the character of the sound that we want to revisit.

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tonedef71
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1037 posts since 21 Sep, 2007 from USA

Re: Recommend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:48 pm

fresh101 wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:30 pm
It's a genre of music fueled by the nostalgia factor. Not unlike Lofi or 80's synthwave. Or like listening to vinyl records. Think about it. We spent decades trying to get pristine audio. Now we spend thousands of dollars on plugins and gear to put the hiss, buzz, distortion, etc, back into our now crystal clear digital recordings. It's not the quality, it's the character of the sound that we want to revisit.
Indeed.
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BlackWinny
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Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:53 pm

+1 for Minibit. A Casio VL-1 emulation (Autodafe Casio VL-1 for example) could be also a nice supplement.

We could also add an emulation of the famous Stylophone, as the one made by Superwave for example.
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