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Messages - zovik

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Tracking / Creating chiptunes with modern trackers
« on: May 20, 2007, 05:40:52 »
Chip is all about making something that sounds good to *you*. I'm sure by now you've tried making a chip with psycle and maybe even a tracker. There's no reason why you shouldn't use hi res software like psycle to make a chiptune other than your personal preference. Different sounds are easier to make with different pieces of software; if you find psycle facilitates the sound you want, by all means use it. Of course it's easier to make 8 bit music with software designed for that, but you may not want to stay in those limits all the time.

Chipping is not necessarily about a certain sound or style; it's a philosophy, and the usual cliches are artifacts of our history. Computer music is limited. Chipping means trying to do something cool and new that the engineers didn't necessarily design for. For instance, using two channels to create the illusion of a third, or doing strange things with waveforms to make a new sound. That is to say, the only rules when it comes to chipping are the ones imposed by your hardware and by yourself.


Tracking / Time Spent on Modules
« on: May 20, 2007, 05:12:14 »
For me tracking is a way to unwind, so I try to start and finish in one sitting- usually less than 2 hours. If I don't `finish' before I run out of time or get bored, the file gets a number and goes into a huge crap folder. If I do, it gets a title. If I REALLY like it, it gets uploaded to TMA or modland.

Tracking / Crash course in tracking
« on: May 07, 2007, 05:11:58 »
First off, welcome. I hope you find tracking to be fun!

If you're completely new, I'd suggest starting with ModPlug tracker. Learning the tracker paradigm is a big enough hurdle without having to worry about an idiosyncratic user interface like milkytracker has. Don't get me wrong, milkytracker is great and I use it too, but it's easier to learn once you get how a tracker works. (That's just my experience; others may disagree.) MPT can export to the major formats.

As for samples, you can use any file at all (and I mean ANY file.) MPT, for instance, can import .wavs or .mp3s, and probably a few others. But you can treat any file at all as a raw audio file. (That leads to some interesting sounds, btw) To find samples, you have some options:

1) Use samples you already have, which as an experienced musician, you probably have a collection
2) Download samples from a repository. (there are several links around here) Usually these are royalty free.
3) Draw your own, which can take a while depending on what sound you want (milkytracker and ft2 facilitate this)
4) Snarf samples from other peoples' modules. This is generally accepted, provided the author does not explicitly prohibit it and you credit the source in the module comments.

When it comes to composing, I'd suggest you decide what style or sound you're looking for and find some tracks in TMA in that style which are highly rated or which you like. The great thing about modules is that each one comes with its own DNA, so you can see how it's made. :) Just open them up in your tracker and play around.

Finally, start by composing some throwaway 4 channel modules just to keep it simple. Your first few tracks will probably not be good enough to go into a NDS game. :)

Good luck!

Look what I made! / A temporary reject: Destressor
« on: May 07, 2007, 04:50:29 »
You should definitely lengthen this one, polish it, and resubmit. It's got potential.

First of all, the background starting at 10 sec. is really good. The chaotic-ness there is a plus; I muted channels 1 and 2 and it immediately sounded better. With an extra minute of length and a few changes to keep it interesting, you could leave out the lead part and have a decent track.

My suggestion is to work on the lead, which can be kind of repetitive and even annoying. It seems to have trouble finding a tonal center, which you may have intended (if that's the case just work on the repetition.) You might consider finding a different lead sample, and making the lead a bit softer so it doesn't overpower your intricate backbeat.

I look forward to hearing the edited version.  :)

The Lobby / Introduce yourself - Maikel
« on: April 10, 2007, 21:17:33 »
Maikel- I live in Springfield, aka John Q Hammonsville. just half an hour from the worlds largest tourist trap.

The Lobby / Looking for mods a la "zovik-cloud_journey"
« on: April 10, 2007, 04:37:58 »

If you haven't already done so, try going to (chipbench->data->packs) and downloading their .it and .xm packs. Both are full of happy chip love.

edzes: inside beek's mind, eat cucumbers, stimpy's camelrace
joule: jessica2, milkshake41
lesnik: hot dogs
radix: pretty much anything
beek: see previous
zalza: bisvarm, alf2, erika online, kaviarkalas, many others

Tracking / Nifty sample resource
« on: March 13, 2007, 04:08:36 »

The Philharmonia of London has an archive with gobs of high quality samples of tons of instruments, including an assortment of exotic percussion doodads. They appear to be released under a generous license as well.

Have fun.  :D

Tracking / Transition from normal music software to trackers.
« on: March 02, 2007, 15:53:42 »
(Who says trackers aren't normal?! :hrrhrr:)

I would also suggest finding some modules you like or have the style you want (on TMA for example) and opening them in a tracker (modplug for example) to see the `guts'. This is a very effective way to learn what's going on.

The Lobby / Introduce yourself - zovik
« on: February 14, 2007, 08:54:30 »
I'm 22, male, and about to graduate from college (round 1). I'm heading to grad school to study math. I found tracked music... I dunno, 6 or 7 years ago? I can't remember how, but I found the archive and got hooked. About 2 years ago I started trying to track my own stuff, staying up all night in the dorms. I started late compared to most other trackers, and I can't put as much time into it as I'd like, but it's a fun diversion.

I like stuff that's really lo-fi.

Tracking / Remember that compo?
« on: February 14, 2007, 07:43:43 »
Here's my entry... it  I imagine hearing it while wandering in the woods, after taking some magic mushrooms. Hence the title. :) It's supposed to loop.

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