How to Make a Chiptune

Chiptunes (sometimes called chip music) is a form of electronic music produced with the sound chips of old video game consoles such as the NES or Game Boy. Today, it is not necessary to own an NES or Game Boy to make a Chiptune, as there are many resources on the internet to make the process of producing and ordering those blips and beeps for making a chip in easy.


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    Listen to Chiptunes (if you don't already). There are many aspiring indie musicians on the internet that release all of their music for free. Listen to their music to start getting ideas in your head.
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    Download a Music Tracker. Music trackers make creating Chiptunes very easy, and can even aid in creating your own sounds. The most common trackers are OpenModPlug Tracker, FamiTracker and Milkytracker. These three programs also come with comprehensive manuals and are easy to learn.
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    Acquire sound samples and wave forms. There are many great samples already available on the internet. If you wish to create your own wave forms, consult your tracker's manual on how to create wave forms for making Chiptunes.
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    Get acquainted with your music tracking software. You can't start making music until you know at least the basics of the software you are using.
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    Have a melody or general song structure planned out. Most trackers allow you to play notes freely without recording any music. This is so you can play around and start building upon a melody at the beginning or in the middle of your song.
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    Once you are ready, start laying notes down. You will have to enter in each note one-by-one unless you have a MIDI controller.


  • Getting a MIDI-controller can make recording your music music less tedious. However, some people prefer just entering notes in one by one because it allows for more power.
  • There are many, many, many resources on the web that can sometimes be hard to find. Just keep looking!

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