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Chiptuning w/ Famitracker

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geoprimedonna

Could anybody help me out here? I'm trying to "transform" SNES Starfox sheet music into chiptune music. Could anybody help me out on that (I have no experience with music, so please be patien with me!)?

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LoneWolf

I tried to use Famitracker. I really did. But holy hell it's complicated, you're going to need a few reference sheets to figure out exactly what does what. Chiptune isn't easy, and remember that the 2A03 (NES's CPU) is extremely limited so you're going to have to get creative. There's no way to go 1:1 back to the NES. I'd start with a tutorial like this to get your feet wet.

 

 

Good luck.

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geoprimedonna

I tried to use Famitracker. I really did. But holy hell it's complicated, you're going to need a few reference sheets to figure out exactly what does what. Chiptune isn't easy, and remember that the 2A03 (NES's CPU) is extremely limited so you're going to have to get creative. There's no way to go 1:1 back to the NES. I'd start with a tutorial like this to get your feet wet.

 

 

Good luck.

OK. That aided me a lot, bro! But still, I have a question: if the music is print, what do we do to make in in chiptune? Simple notes are easy, what what about dot notes, for example? What are we supposted to do?

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DZComposer

Make your life easier: http://www.plogue.com/products/chipsounds/

You can actually push beyond the limits with this, and you can use it with any VST-compatible music program. No need to program a tracker.

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geoprimedonna

Make your life easier: http://www.plogue.com/products/chipsounds/

You can actually push beyond the limits with this, and you can use it with any VST-compatible music program. No need to program a tracker.

What? What does that mean, DZ? What is the link for? Explain.

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Dr. Orange

Famitracker is a unique program that tracks. It's hard and complicated and not the easiest way to create "chiptune."

 

What DZ posted is called a VST, basically a virtual synthesizer. That specific VST is designed to generate sounds that resemble 8-bit sounds similar to what is used in chiptune music. 

 

Famitracker, from what I remember, are not compatible with VST. The download requires a digital audio workstation. 

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geoprimedonna

What exactly is VST?

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Dr. Orange

Imagine a piano app for a phone. That app can also sound like a synthesizer. That's a loose definition of a VST.

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geoprimedonna

I am still lost on what to do with DZ's link. DZ, what can I do to download the so-called VST? How do I use it? Is it easier than the Famitracker?

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LoneWolf

I am still lost on what to do with DZ's link. DZ, what can I do to download the so-called VST? How do I use it? Is it easier than the Famitracker?

 

What software do you currently use for making music on the PC, assuming any?

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DZComposer

It's easier than Famitracker because you don't have to "program" the music. You can use any VST-equipped music program with it.

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geoprimedonna

What software do you currently use for making music on the PC, assuming any?

I have Famitracker, but I want to download DZ's one, so now what do I do to download it?

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Vy'drach

Go here:

 

http://www.plogue.com/downloads/

 

Scroll to Chipsounds, if you have Windows click that download button, if you have a Mac, click the OSX one. Might want to download and check the User's Guide too.

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geoprimedonna

Thanks, Vydrach! :)

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DZComposer

You'll need a host for it, though. Something such as Fruity Loops or Reaper.

Also, that download will run as a demo until you buy it.

If you want to get into the music hobby, make sure to do some research. There's a lot to learn.

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geoprimedonna

What?! Now what exacly am I supposted to do? Now I feel like I'm one some type of deserted island. Yes, I have FL Studio, but now what?

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DZComposer

I highly suggest reading the manuals of both FL and Chipsounds.

Also, search YouTube and on Google for tutorials.

Also, take the time to learn some music theory: http://www.musictheory.net/lessons

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geoprimedonna

Alright... was gonna download the plugin today, and to my suprize, not available for FL. OK. Any other alternative, folks?

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Dr. Orange

I also got the same plugin. 

 

And it works with my FL copy.

 

What you talkin' 'bout Willis?

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geoprimedonna

So where is it?! :-)

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DZComposer

You have to load it as a VST. It's not in FL's proprietary format because VST is a pseudo-standard that works with most music programs. I posted a video that shows how to do this...

I say pseudo-standard because there are some VSTs that will only work with Cubase, but this is not one of them. All of such VSTs are made by Steinberg, who makes Cubase and also created the VST format.

Chipsounds, though, uses the Aria sampler. I know for a fact that pretty much any sequencer out there can load Aria as I used to use a bunch of Garritan products (I actually still use a couple) and Garritan partnered with Plogue (makers of Chipsounds) to create Aria. I also have the full version of Chipsounds myself.

If I may be honest, if you can't grasp the concept of loading a plugin into FL, you probably need to find another hobby.

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