Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by madtheory » Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:07 pm

Seems to me the OP would rather just argue about it than actually try anything. It's been nearly 3 months now!

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by ninja6485 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:16 pm

The OP is looking for an analog keyboard synth that can play 8/16 bit video game sounds. Ian's reccomendation would be helpful for the OP to get clear about whether or not the sounds they think they want are actually the sounds they want. Com/john's ideas could help the OP go deeper into finding particularly beautiful examples of actual video game style music. These two positions are quite compatible, and could both be helpful in their own right, although I think Com/John's advice might be more helpful after the OP gets clear about what exactly they want to do
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Virgule » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:10 pm

Any synthesizer with a set of basic waveforms (square, saw, pulse) will do. FM can also do square-wave types well.

Best bet would be a PSS-480/680. It has midi, is multitimbral and makes a great controller.

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by SaturnNine » Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:35 am

Yamaha VSS-30, anyone?

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by ninja6485 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:06 pm



For anyone interested incomposing with old Videogame sounds, here it is! No circuit bending necessary. Plug in the cartridge, hook it up to midi + a power source, and play your Gameboy as a synth! :headbang:
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Ashe37 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:11 pm

neat

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Virgule » Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:53 pm

It's already more usable than the MidiNES which has no envelope. I didn't keep mine for that reason alone.

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Gavin Harrison » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:47 pm

As someone who has to write a lot of this style of music for a living, I'd recommend either a SidStation or a Atmegatron (http://soulsbysynths.com/). That being said, you can get some pretty good 8 bit style sounds from most older analogue synths, I find the Polysix excellent, as is the Juno 106.

When it comes to the Megadrive / 16bit style sound it's a little harder, and certainly not as easy as firing up a DX7. The Megadrive and SNES used particular chips which gave them 'that sound' (especially in the case of the Megadrive). There are some great Kontakt instruments out there now, Super Audio Cart (https://impactsoundworks.com/product/super-audio-cart/) being one of the best all rounders. However if you are insisting on using full real world instruments then I've gotten reasonably good results from a D50!

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Ncapone » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:47 am

You should get a Roland V-Synth. You've got PCM samples, VA and DC synthesis available to you at any time. I loaded in the single cycle waveforms from an NES into the sample section and it sounds pretty much the same to my ears.

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Music Bird » Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:18 pm

I also want to use sounds like synth bells, reverse envelope pads, synth brass, synth strings, synth clav with softened filter attack (so it has a wah attack) and synth 2 oscillator Moogish bass (I don't want to buy a Moog I want to do a unison bass). Also, it has to have modulation and pitch wheels and a lot of knobs so I can change the sound. Keep that in mind as well as what I always mentioned, but I especially want those and sawtooth/pulse/square waves with different filter envelopes. Also the V synth seems out of my price range. Same with Juno 106/Polysix. Maybe Korg Poly 61(prices are going down)/Poly 800 or something that has resonant filters and square/saw/pulse/triangle waves.
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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by madtheory » Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:53 pm

OK. So basically you want almost every synthesis type in existence, without spending more than, what, £800? And without using a computer? And you want it all in one unit? Well, I can answer that for you!

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by ninja6485 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:05 pm

madtheory wrote:OK. So basically you want almost every synthesis type in existence, without spending more than, what, £800? And without using a computer? And you want it all in one unit? Well, I can answer that for you!
Worse, $600usd! I suspect we're feeding the trolls by continually responding to this post. We've been suggesting things for months in what can only be described as a wild goose chase.
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by ninja6485 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:19 pm

"It's analog and digital and 8 bit with moog bass, with lots of knobs that does Synth bells, with sampling, that sounds like a video game for $600!"

kind of sounds like asking a 5th grader to describe his or her ideal car:

"I want a spoiler, and racing seats, and a jet engine that makes it super fast, with a couch as a back seat, and an ejection seat, that's a transformer, with a side car that's also a transformer, with a laser gun....."
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Ashe37 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:28 pm

ninja6485 wrote: "I want a spoiler, and racing seats, and a jet engine that makes it super fast, with a couch as a back seat, and an ejection seat, that's a transformer, with a side car that's also a transformer, with a laser gun....."
And super pursuit mode, and laser seat belts?

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Re: Synth for 8/16 bit sounds.

Post by Music Bird » Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:31 pm

i actually can now spend $1500-$1800 or less. So the above about not having enough money isn't true. I changed my mind on VSTs and it seems I might have to use them. And all my favorite composers and EDM artists use VSTs. So that means getting a MIDI keyboard (my other keyboards have no mod wheel and wheel modulated vibrato is what I want to use on the chords). Plus the sounds I want would be analog versions only. Not digital versions.
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