And it's funded! It was also featured on the Kickstarter homepage for a day which brought in a ton of backers. There are still plenty of stretch goals to hit so don't be shy - if you dig it, back it!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/do … ref=5n88rj

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(36 replies, posted in Other Hardware)

Orgia Mode wrote:

When was nanoloop done wrong?

I meant more generally the concept of a stand-along nanoloop (or other tracker) based device, like this. Nanoloop, obviously, has been perfect from the start!

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(36 replies, posted in Other Hardware)

I just saw this, so cool! I think this is one of those revisited ideas that's been done right this time! I did some artwork and music for a campaign doing something similar a few years ago but production problems forced him to cancel the project, unfortunately.

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(42 replies, posted in General Discussion)

You're more than welcome to stream anything from my Bandcamp. All of the tracks on there are covers so if you're doing a themed block, these will be perfect for that. One of those albums has Irish folk songs on it so that will be perfect for St. Paddy's day coming up!

Also feel free to download my 8-Bit Dr. Horrible soundtrack in its entirety and play any of those tracks on the stream. Alternatively, you can stream the animation (5 videos) I created to go along with that soundtrack.

Here's my Soundcloud channel as well.

I'm also running a Kickstarter for my current album. If you wouldn't mind shouting it out and sending people over there to back it, I can send you the mp3's to use.

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(35 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Dark_Bit_ wrote:

I believe that because gaming and chiptune music kinda go hand in hand, it would be fair to share it with a potential audience that might not heard of chiptune before but are into gaming. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it is a little easier on twitch to get an audience.

That makes perfect sense to me. A lot of my gamer friends listen to chiptunes casually (or at least they listen to my stuff to show their support).

First and foremost, if an online listing doesn't show pictures of the back, ALWAYS ask if it has the battery cover before buying. I personally ask if it has the ORIGINAL cover as many of these systems don't come with a cover at all or if they do, it's a replacement made from a different color of plastic. You may not mind having no cover but it can be an inconvenience if it doesn't.

Second bit of advice, buy from a Japanese seller. I've gotten the majority of my collection from Japanese sellers (who sell on the US eBay site) and they're usually in great condition, work perfectly, and they take a ton of pictures with the listing. Rule of thumb is if they have less pictures then they probably have something to hide!

And as a matter of preference, I would go for a DMG rather than a GBC. I just like the sound better, but either will work with most of the same peripherals - although a DMG link cable is usually harder to find than a GBC one and if you buy one of the clear color ones that link to both, they can often times be duds, from what I've seen.

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(114 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Well I, for one, am doing my part to keep it going. I'm not a performer (although I did DJ a video game themed art show in Philly awhile back) but I'm trying to do exciting things to show that chiptunes isn't a fad or a phase. It may not be 'trendy' like it was a few years back but it's still legit and there is a lot of appreciation for it from music lovers of all kinds. i just released a new album on Kickstarter covering indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" record and many of the backers are fans of the band, not necessarily chiptunes, and are throwing money at the project so, there's that.

Update: The campaign is at 43%

Also, they featured the project on the main music homepage!

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(112 replies, posted in Motion Graphics)

Just posted this video to promote my new album by playing the full thing on a NES I modded to be a record player. It's not the best quality player but it does the job!

Check out the Kickstarter for the album here. The main reason for the campaign is to press the album to vinyl but digital downloads are also included in rewards!

I just launched the Kickstarter for my new album!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/do … ref=5n88rj

Also, here's a video of the entire thing playing on my Nintendo record player I made (image links to video on YouTube):

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(9 replies, posted in Nintendo Consoles)

TylerBarnes wrote:

I think it would be funny if instead of a 33.3RPM and 45RPM selector it was labeled PAL/NTSC or something. tongue Cause they are very close but PAL is slightly slower. Just like the 33.3 and 45 relationship.

Haha, that's a good idea. I ordered a new lid for the front since this one is chipped and entertained the idea of getting a blank one and putting a custom label on the front but decided the 'stock' one would be best. But that is a clever idea I would actually use...although those labels are embossed on the plastic itself next to the switch so it's not an easy task. If it was a decal I would definitely create a custom one to put in its place.

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(9 replies, posted in Nintendo Consoles)

Here's some video of it in action!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuIJY1hh8sj … hare_sheet

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(9 replies, posted in Nintendo Consoles)

Orgia Mode wrote:

Nice, how is the weight distribution? Might need to find some steel chunks to glue down to the inside to make it more bottom heavy.

It's pretty light overall since the NES guts are long gone and the original record player parts aren't very heavy-duty so it's not top heavy or anything. I cut out so much from the top of the NES shell in order to fit the platter and tone arm that the player bits on top don't add much more weight that the whole top shell used to be.

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(9 replies, posted in Nintendo Consoles)

Okay, all done! I haven't committed to the positioning of the internal speakers yet so they rattle around while playing and it sounds awful but they were crap speakers to begin with so line out it is for this one. Some progress pics as well.

I wired the board to the NES power LED for effect but since the on switch for the player is also the volume, I didn't see any feasible way to have the NES power button switch it on. But it can be pressed in as usual to appear as if it activates the player.

I'm also going to replace the flip top with one that doesn't have a chip broken off of it - that's going to bother me until I do haha.

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(9 replies, posted in Nintendo Consoles)

This isn't exactly chiptune related but it is a NES mod involving music so I think some people here will like it. I'm actually surprised that I couldn't find anyone who had done something similar, probably because it's so ridiculous but, as I was thinking of ways to promote my upcoming chiptune album on vinyl, I had the idea to turn my NES into a record player. I had a Crosley Cruiser sitting around, barely being used, so I figured what the hell, it's a cheap player to begin with, if I destroy it, I'll just buy a much better record player - win/win!

It's a tight fit and the platter hangs off the edge but given that a 12" vinyl record on its own is larger than the system, there isn't much of a choice there. Thus far I've gutted the system and the player, carved the top of the NES to fit the main assembly (platter, tone arm, 45 adapter, and a few other switches), rewired the power LED from the NES to the board where the power LED of the player is located, and determined the eventual location of the other components.

The power/volume knob will be located on the front-right of the NES, right in the middle of the upper black section, with the headphone jack in the white area off to the right side (they're mounted on the same board so they need to be next to each other at a fixed distance - luckily, putting the knob where I want it puts the phones jack in a semi-convenient location). The aux in, L/R RCA audio outputs and power supply will be on the right side where the A/V out would be on the original system. The speakers were tricky to find a place for them but since I'm going to plug this into a sound system, it's not that important - they'll be on the bottom of the system, over the vents on the bottom of the NES, so sound will come out - and since the NES has four feet holding it a few mm higher than whatever surface it's on, the sound should be fine even with the crappy built in speakers from the player.

Hoping to be finished by tomorrow night! Now, pictures of some of my process thus far.

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(114 replies, posted in General Discussion)

I think it's like any other scene. It has it's time, it passes, then anyone who's still producing quality work will keep at it. I'd rather be recognized as an artist on my own merit (I'm a musician who happens to use particular hardware as my instruments) than just another part of a scene that people like cause it's current. Not to say I don't want more people to love chiptunes but there will always be an inherent 'filter' eventually that weeds out those that just jumped on the bandwagon or aren't passionate about it (there are exceptions, of course).