Gameboy Models Sound Quality Compared [Fixed Link]

Chiptune musicians rejoice! Though the original, grey Game Boy has long been a favorite, Herbert Weixelbaum has recently posted what may be the most thorough sonic comparison of Gameboy models. In his comparison he uses LSDJ to analyze the sonic qualities, as well as list the pros, cons and quirks of each model with and without the so-called ‘pro sound’ modification. He has provided MP3 examples as well as waveform images. [via GameSetWatch]

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Back to the future: MIDI in Game Audio

Joystick has a quick report from a GDC lecture presented by Jason Page and Michael Kelly from Sony, discussing the future of ‘next-generation audio’ on the PS3. What’s interesting about their take is that they believe that use of highly customized sample sets and MIDI can provide a much more interactive and adaptive approach to dynamic game scoring than the increasingly popular use of fully-orchestrated soundtracks. The Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (IASIG) has been working towards the same conclusions for several years, as they move towards completion of their Interactive XMF format specification. No doubt this is a topic …

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Japan Banning, or Not Banning, Vintage Tech; Protesting with Famicoms

Matrixsynth and Music thing have continued their coverage of Japan’s hated new PSE law, set to go in effect April 1, which would ban sales and purchase of used equipment that fails strict electrical certification — read, all that vintage game and music gear you love so much. Trying to follow this story is more than a little tricky, between changing information from Japanese bureaucrats and translation issues. Thankfully, Jun and Aaron have been trying to help us out over in Music thing’s comments, including this lovely haiku from Aaron: Electronics spring, New law restricts used good sales, Kirn’s question …

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Analog Industries Gets a MidiNES Nintendo Music Cart

Audio developer and blog personality Chris Randall at Analog Industries has acquired a Wayfar MidiNES cartridge. This gem is a genuine 8-bit NES cartridge that converts your Nintendo game system into a MIDI device so you can sequence it, control it with other devices (with some work), etc. Chris is blogging the results: he’s got initial impressions and a more detailed review with MP3 demo and even a Cubase/Nuendo device map you can download.

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Avoid Generation NEX; Get a Real NES for 8-bit Music

Reports keep coming in (along with several from readers): the next-generation Wi-Fi remake of the vintage Nintendo game system looks like a complete flop. Too bad: the idea itself, adding on features like wireless control, was appealing. But some of you are probably savvy enough to hack your own 2.4G wireless into the original. Of course, all you really need is a vintage NES and a copy of Midines. Anyone out there got this setup? Send photos, music, reports, whatever. (I’m sticking to the more-portable Game Boy. Oh, yeah — and my Mac and PC, when I want some “vintage” …

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Prototype Nintendo Music Keyboard from 1984

It’s the Nintendo synth that never was: a music keyboard accessories for the NES built as part of a 1984 prototype called the Nintendo Advanced Video System (AVS). Best features: a space sound and rhumba button. The one and only model is here in NYC at Rockefeller Center’s Nintendo World Store, which features various one-of-a-kind Nintendo items; see NES Central’s extensive gallery for description and photos by someone who actually knows how to take pictures (read, not me, as you can see). I’m not sure any of these controls were actually hooked up to anything software-wise, but you can dream. …

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Challenge: Rack-Mounted, MIDI-Capable Nintendo NES

While we’re busy rack-mounting Mac Minis, how about a vintage Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)? If you analyze these photos closely enough (via Make), you should be able to do what this fellow did and cram your eBayed NES into a 1U rack mount. (It ought to go really nice next to your rack-mounted synths or effects or whatever.) Then, add MIDINES, a custom cartridge for MIDI output. Viola. Hook up sound, and you’re golden. Then you can keep from killing your bandmates on tour by getting out angst playing Mario on the tour bus, to boot. Anyone who pulls this …

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The Res: Multiplayer Mac Music with 6 NES Controllers [Updated]

Getting people uninhibited enough to sit down and play with game controllers: easy. (Well, among geeks, anyway) Getting them to play music together: hard. So, the solution by Benjamin Gaulon, aka Recyclism: hook some NES controllers into a Mac running Max/MSP and let them play that way. Hit the project section to find videos of the results. Let me tell you, they sound . . . okay, awful. But it’s fun watching geeks jam with controller pads. (So should the Max patch automatically make it sound good — or does that kill the fun of sounding bad together? I guess …

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