Pretty often people join the forum who are fairly new to chipmusic. Welcome! Similar questions tend to crop up.
Common topics are the nature of chipmusic, questions about where to find chipmusic and who to listen to and how to make or perform chipmusic. This little FAQ provides links to threads on the forum and links to external resources which should be useful.
If you would be kind enough to read the FAQ before posting new threads on these topics it would be awesome!
› what is chipmusic?
‹ what is chipmusic?
This question comes up quite a bit and we have a thread on what chipmusic is and another on if chipmusic is retro or not. Probably the most often cited post on the topic is goto80's awesome page on Chipflip, very much worth reading.
› Where can I find chipmusic? / What chipmusic should I listen to?
‹ Where can I find chipmusic? / What chipmusic should I listen to?
You can find a very comprehensive list of netlabels which release a lot of chipmusic on Woolyss.com and we have a great sticky called "chipmusic everyone needs to have", which is a list of awesome tunes and albums.
› How do I make chipmusic?
‹ How do I make chipmusic?
› 1 - Chipmusic on a modern PC
‹ 1 - Chipmusic on a modern PC
› Preamble, "Is using a modern solution "fakebit""?
‹ Preamble, "Is using a modern solution "fakebit""?
Lets slay that dragon now, fakebit is a poorly defined term which seems to get thrown around when elitists feel chipmusic is lacking authenticity or occasionally as a joke term. I have created a simple flow chart to help you deal with the term when you hear it.
"I heard someone using the term fakebit and they weren't joking" -------> Make a mental note that are probably an idiot, Ignore them and go about making your music.
› How do I make Chip music for modern PCs with a modern DAW?
‹ How do I make Chip music for modern PCs with a modern DAW?
If you are using modern composition software such as Ableton, FL Studio, Sonar, etc using a VST is a pretty good way to begin. The most comprehensive is almost certainly Chipsounds by David Plogue.
› How do I make chip music on a modern PC with a modern tracker?
‹ How do I make chip music on a modern PC with a modern tracker?
There are a several modern trackers in development:
OpenMPT (Win only)
Not quite as full featured as Renoise but a very good tracker with VST support
› How do I make music on a modern PC with a retro style tracker?
‹ How do I make music on a modern PC with a retro style tracker?
There are some good choices here too:
Old school, AHX inspired tracker.
Modern sample based tracker designed to be compatible with the classic DOS based Fast Tracker 2.
For retro Trackers on modern PCs emulating classic consoles, see the next section.
› 2 - Chipmusic for classic consoles/computers on a modern PC
‹ 2 - Chipmusic for classic consoles/computers on a modern PC
› How do make music on my PC for NES/Famicom?
‹ How do make music on my PC for NES/Famicom?
› How do make music on my PC for c64?
‹ How do make music on my PC for c64?
› How do I make music on my PC for Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Neo Geo?
‹ How do I make music on my PC for Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Neo Geo?
› How do I make music on my PC for ZX Spectrum?
› 3 - Chipmusic for Classic consoles on Classic consoles
‹ 3 - Chipmusic for Classic consoles on Classic consoles
This is where things start to get a little more complex and you want to start being a little wary of spending money on hard ware you might not use.
› How do I make chip music on a NES?
‹ How do I make chip music on a NES?
Please note you can try any of the programs in the emulator Nintendulator before you buy any hardware to see if you like them.
› How do I make Chipmusic on a Gameboy?
‹ How do I make Chipmusic on a Gameboy?
You need to buy a gameboy from Ebay, you need to buy a flashcart, for which I recommend Kitsch's Store, then you need a copy of LSDJ. Check Kitsch's FAQ for information on getting LSDJ onto the cartridge. Another option for buying LSDJ would be Nonfinite's Shop, he also has a nice clear FAQ on getting LSDJ onto your cart. Also condsider Nanoloop 1.5
Please note, you can use a DMG Classic (DMG), GB pocket, GB Color, GBA, GBA SP for LSDJ and Nanoloop. You do not need to Prosound your DMG to use either program, prosounding your gameboy will have a fairly small effect on the sound quality of your DMG and no effect at all on your talent as a musician.
Again, to avoid spending cash you don't need to, both Nanoloop and LSDJ have demo versions available on their respective home-pages which you can try with an emulator.
› 4 - Chipmusic for classic computers on a classic computer
‹ 4 - Chipmusic for classic computers on a classic computer
Tread a little carefully here, working on classic computers is not for the faint of heart but here are a few links to get you going.
› How do I make music on Atari ST?
‹ How do I make music on Atari ST?
You use MaxYMizer of course!
› How do I make music on Amiga?
› 5 - Chipmusic for "modernish" handhelds
› How do I play live chipmusic?
‹ How do I play live chipmusic?
This questions comes up quite a bit too and we have a couple of good threads to read.
For a general overview on ideas for live chipmusic, please read this thread. If you are looking for something more LSDJ centric, please look here. A related thread on getting paid for live music, can be found here.
Thanks for reading and please let me know of any additions/mistakes etc!
Last edited by Lazerbeat (March 9, 2012 5:48 am)