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Questions about chiptune samples
« on: July 20, 2009, 22:16:17 »

*Apologies if I'm in the wrong section; this seemed the most relevant board*

I've written chiptune music using DAW software for a while now, but I'm still fairly new to trackers.  I'm going away for a few days, and I've got Nitrotracker loaded on my DS, but I'm at a loss with regards to finding chiptune samples.  For starters, is it easiest to export my own samples as WAV, or is it best to find them online? (although I have no idea where to look) Second, if I'm sampling a chiptune waveform, is it best to sample and loop a single wave, or, say, a 3-second snippet?

Thanks for any help, sorry if I could phrase my question better.
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Re: Questions about chiptune samples
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 02:29:35 »

First, for creating chip samples yourself, an easy way is using Milkytracker or Renoise or any other tracker that has sample drawing features. These allow you to hand-draw your own custom waveforms. Save these samples and you're able to use them in any other program.

As for your second question, it really depends on what kind of sound you want to achieve. Simple waveforms, such as squares, triangles, sines, etc. make excellent chiptune samples. Here you would indeed use a single looped wave. This obviously doesn't hold true if you want to incorporate more complex sounds (such as drums), or modulated or filtersweeped waves (essential if you'd like a C64/SID-like sound, for example).

There's even an easier way out, and that's borrowing samples from other people's tunes. That might sound nasty, but most composers don't mind, as long as you credit them inside your module.

Hope this helps :)
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Re: Questions about chiptune samples
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009, 01:35:38 »

Hello everybody,

On my webpage dedicated to chipmusic, chiptune, micromusic, 8bit music, you can download a pack of 515 FREE samples, chipsounds (71 Mb). Check the news !

http://woolyss.com/chipmusic-samples.php

Moreover, you can use simply WAV files from DR-SID VST plugin
(on this webpage : http://woolyss.com/chipmusic-plugins.php)
... and use chipsounds from modules (MOD, IT, XM, S3M).

Check here too ! : http://woolyss.com/chipmusic-chiptunes.php

Hope you like! Enjoy! ;)
« Last Edit: January 28, 2010, 03:53:33 by jikoo »
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Re: Questions about chiptune samples
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009, 02:57:22 »

@jikoo Would you like to let us host that file on our P2P torrent tracker too? That would help keep them available. Let us know, this sounds like a cool pack of samples!

http://tracker.modarchive.org/ is the torrent tracker. To add it, we (admins) have to do it manually and it's not a lot of fuss at all to do.

We've distributed over 56 Terabytes via our dedicated tracker, so 72mb more is no problem :) It's P2P :)
« Last Edit: July 29, 2009, 03:00:29 by m0d »
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Re: Questions about chiptune samples
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2009, 04:16:08 »

@m0d,

Yes it's not a problem. You can download and put this archive on your P2P torrent tracker.  ;)

I am happy you like.  :)

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Re: Questions about chiptune samples
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2009, 21:59:27 »

It will be available shortly on the tracker :)
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