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May 22, 2016 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Chipocrite takes to SoundFly for a free ChipTune crash course on Nintendo's GameBoy

ChipTune crash course
Get your feet wet in the world of ChipTune music and how to use your old Game Boy as an instrument!
I've long been a fan of chiptunes and have found really great works from original albums to video game soundtracks and even movie soundtracks. Confounded by the exhaustive amount of keys on a piano and frets on a guitar, I thought it might be easier to generate some original music with a D-pad and a fire-button. It sounds simple enough, but if you're like me, you may need a bit of help to get yourself started.

Check out the ChipTune Crash Course on SoundFly! This free tutorial is quite robust and takes you step-by-step through the basics with audio clips and videos.

Little Sound Dj for Gameboy Their 4-part course starts off with a basic description of chiptunes as a concept and how sound chips work in various consoles. Early 8-bit games were very small in terms of how much code could be used. Your game console had a sound chip that interpreted instructions from the game cart. Onboard chips could produce a variety of sounds rather than attempting to store actual sound files on the game cart. Not happening on a 4k cart :)

The Crash Course will explain how robust four sound channels can be when you push the limits of an old GameBoy. You'll discover how to use Little Sound Dj on a Game Boy or via an emulator on your computer. After a few short tutorials, you can be on your way to creating your own chiptunes. It's addictive and each console has a sound chip you'll want to explore!

ChipTune crash course

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