Here’s an 8-bit take on Lana Del Rey’s Video Games, by Amanda Palmer and Alex Yabsley (aka Dot-AY), live at the Blip Festival (February 18th, 2012).
Absolute Extremes has introduced the Ninstrument – a custom built rack mountable sound module that can accommodate any number of vintage gaming systems.
“We use only original hardware in our systems,” they note. “We don?t use emulators or knock-off type products.”
Here’s an overview of the Ninstrument in action:
cTrix explains his awesome 8-bit gAtari Atari 2600 chipmusic keytar thing, and then demonstrates how he uses it, rocking the Tokyo Blip Festival.
Here’s what he has to say about the gAtari:
The “gAtari” was my excuse to do something a little silly after I discovered that the Atari 2600 was more limiting than I realized! (31 pitches, minimal waveforms and only 2 channels!) I needed an EQ which could take a high voltage and drop it down to line level (Boss bass EQ) plus a way to hold loops between tracks and parts (Boss delay). So rather than have it “DJ” style config, I thought I make something a little more creative. It uses my atari-x-mod converter software which compiles binary files for Atari.
You can download a cTrix set at FreeMusicArchive.
Nanoloop, a cartridge that turns a GameBoy into a chiptune synthesizer + sequencer, has been updated to version 1.6.
Here’s what’s new:
- Additional “gate” mode for envelope: Short notes with flat envelope.
- Fixed-frequency FM with amplitude modulated by pitch LFO.
- Free-running LFO: The LFO is not reset on each note.
- Tempo range from 30 to 1920 BPM.
- Used pattern file slots are marked, patterns can be deleted.
- Backup and update via USB.
- No fifth voice.
- Only eight banks.
NESynth – a synthesizer that recreates the ’8 bit sound of video games in the 80′s’ – has been updated with MIDI support.
New in NESynth 1.6:
- CoreMIDI is supported. ?iOS4.2 or later )
- Supported MIDI interface
- YAMAHA i-MX1
- Supported USB MIDI keyboard(iPad only)
- KORG nanoKEY
- Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit is required to connect a USB MIDI keyboard.
- Connection with a MIDI network is possible via WiFi from MAC.