Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

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BlackWinny
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Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:27 pm

Among the good freeware products we could also add several products from Socalabs, as:
PAPU
RP2A03
SID
SN76489
They all are free, 32-bit/64-bit, Win/Mac, and of very good quality.
:D

You may also add a very nice toy piano to this little collection:
Toy Keyboard
:D

All these things are totally free and of excellent quality. All together they may make a perfect chiptune studio (around Minibit as central instrument if you had to purchase one, I agree that it would be the best to buy).
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Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:37 pm

http://www.alyjameslab.com/
There are VSTI emulations for Sega Master and Megadrive chips.

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BlackWinny
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Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:04 pm

nachenko wrote:
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
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Very good tune!

All these sounds remain extremely popular today in Japan. It's a bit like a part of the Japanese identity of all the youth in town. The atmosphere of the night places is very different of the atmosphere of the night places of Occident. In Japan there are techno floors of course, but the rap is nowhere, the R'n'B quite rare... and the most funny "chipsoundmade" tunes are absolutely everywhere!
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nachenko
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Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:11 am

BlackWinny wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:04 pm
nachenko wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:53 pm
The Wee Little Chiptune Workshop by Man From Space
https://soundcloud.com/manfromspace/chi ... kshop-song
ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
Very good tune!
Why, thank you!
BlackWinny wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:04 pm
All these sounds remain extremely popular today in Japan. It's a bit like a part of the Japanese identity of all the youth in town. The atmosphere of the night places is very different of the atmosphere of the night places of Occident. In Japan there are techno floors of course, but the rap is nowhere, the R'n'B quite rare... and the most funny "chipsoundmade" tunes are absolutely everywhere!
:D
That would explain A LOT of what I noticed watching videos about Korg Gadget for Switch being used in Japanese schools and special events. That would also explain why Gadget has not one, but THREE chiptune devices included.
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Re: Reccomend a good chip tune synth?

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:54 am

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When you say "Chiptune", you gotta be specific.. technically the Yamaha DX7 is powered by integrated sound chips, so that could be considered 'chiptune'. In fact, The 'engine' behind DX21 and DX11 is almost a perfect replica of the arcade FM chip YM2151. The only difference is that it has keyboard units have custom firmware to control fancy pitch bend and velocity etc.

When you say "Chiptune", you probably refer to the typical beeps and blips of a NES or C64 (or the AY in a ZX Spectrum).

People have recommended Plogue's new chipsynth MD, which is great if you want to do Sega Genesis, but they have an excellent synth for more typical chiptune sounds: chipsounds. Since no one recommended it yet, here it is.

https://www.plogue.com/products/chipsounds.html (https://www.plogue.com/products/chipsounds.html)

It's basically a swiss army knife of chiptune plugins. It's perfect for just playing around with highly accurate recreations of TONS of old chips :

Here is a list of the chips...
RP2A03 (NTSC) and RP2A07 (PAL) and RP2A0X (unlimited)
AY-3-8910 (various clocks sources), YM2149 (2Mhz)
D1771C Sound Generator of the Super Cassette Vision
D1867G multipulse sound generator from the VL1 Mini keyboard
NEC D65010G031 3-Micron CMOS Gate Array used in the PV-1000
DMG-CPU, SGB and DMG(unlimited)
M5232 (unlimited)
P8244 (NTSC), P8245 (PAL)
P8253 Intel 8253/8254 Programmable Interval Timers (PIT)
POKEY (various clock configuration)
SID (6581) and (8580)
SN76489(AN) (various clocks)
TED (8360 - various clocks)
TIA (NTSC), TIA (PAL) and TIA (unlimited and full ranges)
UVI 2637(NTSC) and 2637(PAL)
VIC-I : 6560 (NTSC) 6561(PAL) in various configuration.

It also includes Amiga sampled instrument, so you can make music that sounds like Amiga games. And there are sampled drum kits so you can do typical SID kicks, snares, etc. Plus tons of arcade sounds. It even has wavetable-related stuff.

Check out PortaFM or chipsynth MD by Plogue if you want FM synthesis. Check out chipspeech if you want singing robot/Animal Crossing text-to-speech (https://toycompany.bandcamp.com/album/chipspeech-automate-songs-01).

I know it's not exactly cheap, but if I barely knew how any of these chips worked and wanted something authentic and inspirational, I'd go with it. Otherwise I would use authentic trackers instead of DAW, because some of the stuff done in chiptune can't be done in just MIDI alone.

Trackers such as: FamiTracker, DefleTracker, MilkyTracker, Vortex Tracker, Goat Tracker - all free and adhere to the limitations of the real deal.

Aside from that, there's tons of freebies. Tons.

I second the mention of https://woolyss.com/chipmusic-plugins.php (https://woolyss.com/chipmusic-plugins.php) - lots of good plugins here.

I can vouch specifically for: ymVST, Chip32, ChipWave, ChipDrum.

And some that aren't listed on that site from SocaLabs are excellent: https://socalabs.com/ (https://socalabs.com/)

Also great: http://shiru.untergrund.net/software.shtml#daw (http://shiru.untergrund.net/software.shtml#daw)

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