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  • Looking for a good and cheap synth.

    Well the title says everything and yes I checked the stickies but all the threads are 2-3 years old. What I want is mostly 8 bit and 16 bit video game sounds and that I can patch the synth with my computer. My budget is $200 I know I won't get the best but at least I want something that I could use until I get a better one.

  • #2
    Plogue Chipsounds would be perfect for you, as would reFX quadraSID from what I hear but do you have a DAW or do you need a stand alone hardware synth?
    Originally Posted by co&cafan808


    chevybusa ****************in delivers the lulz!!!



    Using and abusing Reason 4.0 (with tons of ReFills) and Logic 9 (with tons of soft synths, VSTi's and plug-ins)
    via
    a Yamaha S80 (with 2 FC7's, an FC5, an FC3, and a BC3a) and a Behringer BCR2000
    on
    a 4GB 2.53GHz Intel Core Duo Mac Mini
    with
    AKG K77 headphones or M-Audio BX5a Deluxe monitors.







    Originally Posted by OldGuitarPlayer


    Ahhh...John Cage. The ultimate troll.









    Originally Posted by Anderton


    Just remember...machines don't kill music, people do.

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    • #3
      Actually, TBH, it's really not that hard to get the 8 bit VG sounds you're looking for our of mot synhts, most of them are just straight up square, sine and triangle waves.....
      Originally Posted by co&cafan808


      chevybusa ****************in delivers the lulz!!!



      Using and abusing Reason 4.0 (with tons of ReFills) and Logic 9 (with tons of soft synths, VSTi's and plug-ins)
      via
      a Yamaha S80 (with 2 FC7's, an FC5, an FC3, and a BC3a) and a Behringer BCR2000
      on
      a 4GB 2.53GHz Intel Core Duo Mac Mini
      with
      AKG K77 headphones or M-Audio BX5a Deluxe monitors.







      Originally Posted by OldGuitarPlayer


      Ahhh...John Cage. The ultimate troll.









      Originally Posted by Anderton


      Just remember...machines don't kill music, people do.

      Comment


      • #4
        +1 Plogue chipsounds



        Also all the tweakbench Nintendo VSTs, ProtoPSG (for Colecovision, Sega Master System etc.) and VOPM (Sega MegaDrive/Genesis) ...these are all cheap as free. Plus a decimator effect.



        QuadraSID too.



        If you want a synth with keys and hands-on control you could sample these into a Korg MicroSampler or a Casio XW-G1 or even a SK-5 (though the SK-5 only holds 4 samples).



        Some Casio keyboards have very Atari POKEY sounds on them, particularly in the drum kits.



        Yamaha 4-op FM keyboards will get you the Sega Genesis sound like VOPM. 4-op FM was also used in arcade games like OutRun. Yamaha models are DX100, 21, 27, 11 and some I prob missed, also the Korg DS-1 and 707 keyboards. 2-op was used in older ones like Bubble Bobble and is available on some old Yamaha PSR keyboards.
        http://soundcloud.com/liliththekitten

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        • #5
          The korg Monotribe is good and very easy to obtain new or used. It can modded with midi as well mix it with a mono delay and look out....

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          • #6
            You can also get those sounds with an old 386 / 486 computer with an old soundcard without wavetables. That's what composers like TreeWave have been doing (although I think he uses an Akai S900 sampler for polyphony.)



            Treewave



            Treewave, May Banners http://www.qotile.net/audio/may_bann..._tree_wave.mp3 ... such a beautiful song IMO.
            Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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            • #7
              For any Reaktor owners, I found this nifty NES synth ensemble the other day. Very cool.






              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWrF0_du2rA

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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by plaid_emu
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                For any Reaktor owners, I found this nifty NES synth ensemble the other day. Very cool.






                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWrF0_du2rA




                That's pretty cool. Reactor has some pretty wicked add on modules.
                Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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