maybe reach out to pulsewave

i'm happy enough waiting for the software smile ...but that is exciting!!

the source for VegaPlay is included and yes it is mapper 0.
that is good info about making repros, thanks! bummer about the low-gain mod

another alternative to VegaPlay for Everdrive is the eznsf tool from rainwarrior, it will compile NSF to NES rom using mapper 31 (expansion audio not supported):


i assume there must be some limit on the number of songs per NSF but i am not sure what it is (cause im a Famitracker noob)

i would hesitate to get any everdrives from anywhere other than krikzz as there are known fakes out there. the sound straight from the NES is apparently pretty noisy, although you can do a mod to reduce the noise. more info here:

apparently there used to be a sound mod from low-gain but looks like it's no longer around

i guess my questions for you are (just rhetorical, some things to consider), what's the advantage to playing/recording from hardware, and what cost would you be willing to pay for that?

there's going to be a bit of up-front cost if you want to make chiptunes on original hardware. honestly the price of an Everdrive is worth it IMHO (for NSF playback on Everdrive, you could use VegaPlay to compile multiple NSFs to one ROM)

that being said, i wouldn't expect the sound out of an (unmodded) NES to be any better than what you're already hearing out of the trackers, so if you really want to go the hardware route, you'll have to invest a little. but if you start saving a few dollars here and there for your Chiptune Fund it will add up soon enough


(7 replies, posted in Trading Post)

there are only a few functioning novachords in the world. i know one was restored and it's at sweetwater right now, there's another one that the guys at soniccouture got their hands on to sample. i got a chance to play the thing (edit: not the one that was posted), it's a really wonderful instrument - first polyphonic analog synth, only about 1,000 were produced from about 1938-1941. knowing the history i wouldn't be surprised if there legit is a novachord lying around in an estate sale and the owner has a juno email. but to ever be playable it's gonna need a lotta TLC

Saskrotch wrote:

I've done that a couple times, it's pretty easy. There's a tool somewhere that converts a gbs file to a rom

yes! you posted about it here:

there is a Shantae GBS rip here … Capcom).7z

that seems to be verified accurate according to a post on this page … howpage=35

the best proof is probably to check the frequencies on the spectrogram, since encoding MP3 at 128kbps does a hard lowpass at 16kHz. and it actually does seem that the CD audio was lowpassed (and some extra noise added on top). recording straight from game boy to audio interface at 44.1kHz will show frequencies all the way up to 22kHz

i believe the idea would have been to create a new lossless source by playing the GBS either through a pro sound gameboy or an emulator such as BGB, there are many options to do so

short summary of the video: the CD audio was found to be indistinguishable from 128kbps soundtrack MP3s from 2001, implying that they pressed the CD with lossy compressed source audio sad


(8 replies, posted in Nintendo Handhelds)

does VC support more than 32k SRAM? LSDJ requires 128k. anyone tried this using retroarch gambatte? i haven't but it's only because i have so many LSDJ carts running on real DMGs that i haven't bothered testing it on 3ds


(18 replies, posted in General Discussion)

one strategy i tried with great results was to start an entirely new section before the loop. then, try to work on ways to build a bridge from that section to the loop. sometimes an abrupt change is a really cool way to take things in an unexpected new direction

@jefftheworld is right. this sounds like the snare in the broken mirrors tune

i wonder if it would be trickier to use MIDI sync if the song contains tempo change commands though

the clock in LSDJ should be accurate according to the BPM, but the ticks can fluctuate per beat to try to keep the tempo consistent. so i think some beats may end up being a little longer or shorter. i'm not sure if that's the proper way to explain it but it was brought up somewhat recently on the LSDJ Facebook page, and that is my understanding anyway. it is possible to sync to MIDI clock using arduinoboy, which might be more accurate for use in a DAW, but i haven't tested this

i hear you, i also arrange my tunes that way. i don't personally use emulators either, i just plug a pro-sound DMG into a mixer and record stereo out from that. only reason to use BGB imho is if you want to record and mix the tracks separately, but i normally just apply a bit of EQ on the mixer and maybe a touch of polishing in the DAW if i feel it really needs it. for the most part i want it to sound like it does when it comes out of the game boy.