Making Music On A Game Boy With LSDj

gameboy-sequencerIn this post, chiptune guru Joe E. Allen makes his long-awaited return, with a look at making music on a Game Boy with LSDj

LSDj (Little Sound Dj) is a sequencing app that lets you make 4-track music, using the Game Boy sound chip.

The app is available (used) on cartridges or as a ROM file. The ROM can be used with free Game Boy emulators and or loaded to a Game Boy backup device to be used with your hardware Game Boy. 

In this article, Allen & fellow chiptune musician HarleyLikesMusic take an in-depth look at how to get started with LSDj…. Continue reading

McDonalds Intros DJ Controller Placemats, Because – Wait For It – You Deserve A Break Today

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The Netherlands are known for a lot of things: tulips, windmills, canals, Old Masters, space cakes and, of course, wooden shoes.

Now, McDonalds in The Netherlands is adding something new to the list – DJ placemats:

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The McTrax, above, looks like a regular placemat, but it’s also a DJ controller, printed with conductive ink.

You can connect to the placemat wirelessly, via Bluetooth, with your smartphone. And boom – before you can say “I got frites sauce on my MIDI controller!”, you’re using your placemat to make music.

Here’s a demo of the McTrax in action: Continue reading

E-RM Multiclock Lets You Sync Everything

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At Superbooth 16, we talked with Max of E-RM about their Multiclock – a professional sync device.

The Multiclock lets you sync all types of clocks – analog, DIN, MIDI, audio, DAW – across four channels, and gives you per-channel control over clock timing and swing.

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading

Polyend PERC Robotic MIDI Drummer Now Available For Pre-Order

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Polish startup Polyend has announced that the PERC – a MIDI-controlled system for playing acoustic percussion instruments – is now available for pre-order.

The PERC system can be combined with any set of drums to create a robotic virtual drummer, to augment a traditional drum kit or to create live acoustic drumming that explores territory that might be impossible for a human drummer.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Future Retro FR-512 Touchplate Keyboard Now In Production

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Future Retro has announced that their FR-512 Touchplate Keyboard is now in production.

The Future Retro FR-512 Touchplate Keyboard is a combination MIDI & CV controller, so it should be capable of working with just about any synth.

Here’s a sneak preview of the production process: Continue reading

Circuit Classics Pay Tribute To Work Of Forrest M. Mims III

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Electrical engineer Star Simpson has introduced a set of new DIY projects that pay tribute to Forrest M. Mims III, author of the classic electronics DIY Radio Shack books, like Getting Started in Electronics.

The three projects feature PCBs, printed with Mims’ original circuit illustrations, and the parts to build the circuits. One of the circuits featured, above, is Mim’s Stepped-Tone Generator, a synth circuit that has gained a life of its own, as the Atari Punk Console.

Here’s a video intro to the projects: Continue reading

Jürgen Michaelis & The Spirit Of The Machine

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At Superbooth 16, JoMox was showing one of the most unusual electronic instruments we’ve seen this year, the Akasha Synth.

Akasha is a dodecahedron-shaped instrument, with 12 interacting grids with 5 sides, allowing for 60 interconnections.

Here’s a video demo by JoMox founder Jürgen Michaelis: Continue reading