Archive for July, 2017

Paul’s Tech Talk – LSDJ 5.0.0, New Commands Ft[W]! Part 2

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Hello people and thank you for once again reading Paul’s Tech Talk on the ChipWIN Blog!

Today we’re going to finish the two-part article about LSDJ version 5.0.0 and the wonderful new Commands it came with. Last time, we delved into the new possibilities offered by the Pulse [F]inetune Command, so don’t hesistate to read that one first if you haven’t already!

Today, we will focus on the upgraded W command, which can now control WAV channel instruments. Buckle up!

Just like the pre-5.0.0 F command, W already existed in LSDJ before. It was a very handy command that used to work only in the Pulse channel and controlled Pulse [W]idth Modulation (or PWM for uppity initiates, pronounce “Pwuhmmm”). Even though the Pulse channel Width parameter was only limited to 4 values, (12.5%, 25%, and 50%, with 75% being the inverse phase twin of 25%), being able to control it thanks to the W command opened up a lot of bleepy sound design possibilities. Using and abusing this command has always been, as far as I can remember, a staple of the LSDJ workflow.

Cycling through the 4 Pulse Width settings

But we’re not here today to talk about Pulse channels. These have been thoroughly accounted for last time already. Time for the Wave channel to shine! As true as it may be for the distinctive squarewave sound of the Game Boy Pulse channels, LSDJ probably wouldn’t have been nearly as popular if it didn’t allow us to tap into the nigh-infinite power of the Wave channel.

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Guérin’s Dissections: ‘Obstreperous’ by Dr. Zilog

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Dr. Zilog have been making chip metal for a while. They’re one of the oldest acts in the modern scene and have stuck around for a reason. In their latest album, ‘Obstreperous’, they’ve created yet another classic, heavy album full of memorable solos and masterful composition. Join me as I dive into Zilog’s newest offerings.


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Kuma’s Quick Shots #25 ft nanobii and Taylor Eruysal

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Yo, wassup, ChipWINners, and welcome back to Quick Shots: the monthly album review column where I take aim at the latest the scene has to offer and determine if it’s worth jamming out to or if you should just walk on past it. This month, I’ve got music from an exciting Swedish composer who imbues all his music with radiance and positivity, as well as introspective, complex arias from an artist who’s new to the scene.  Both producers bring records to the table that are worth dissecting, so let’s not waste any more time. Sit back, relax, and join me as I pick apart new releases from veteran chip artist nanobii and neophyte Taylor Eruysal.

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Aydan Appreciates: ‘Cosmic Diaspora’ by Shnabubula

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One of the first albums I listened to during my transition from a hardcore VGM fan to a chiptune madman was Shnabubula’s classic ‘NES JAMS‘. The album combined many of the elements that I love in music – improvisation, soft piano tones, and a certain sense of nostalgia, even for games that I had never played. Shnabubula had already cemented himself in my mind as one of the most innovative artists I’d heard once I finished listening through the album for the first time. Fast forward to May of this year, five years from the release of this iconic album, and Shnabubula has unveiled his most extravagant work yet, ‘Cosmic Diaspora’, a progressive-fusion suite with heavy SNES-esque instrumentation. Let us witness this journey in all of its splendor together.

 

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