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Offline plasticjesus

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Help a beginner pls
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:55:20 AM »
Hi all

I've spent a couple of days trying to get my head around DM. My biggest challenge is the instrument/sound design. Is there any general tutorials about the different instrument design parameters/ logic etc?

Like I'm trying to get started with the GB chip, and am I wrong or right to have deducted thus far that the same instrument sounds different on the different channels?

When I'm trying to tweak an instrument it feels like most of the controls do nothing? Like the macros.

And what is the "wavetables" about?

So confused ;)

Thanks!
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Offline CaptainWaffles

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2019, 02:31:02 AM »
I suggest looking into what different channels the console you're trying to make music for (in this case GB) and find out what the different channels are. The Gameboy has two square channels, a wave channel, and a noise channel. The noise channel (labeled "NOISE") is the one that sounds like TV static, and it's generally used for percussion or "whoosh" sounds. The two square channels (labeled "SQ1" and "SQ2") are the ones that there are two of and they're your average 8-bit sounding channels.

And last, but definitely not least, the wave channel. The wave channel (labeled "WAVE") takes wavetables you create in the waveform bank under the instruments and plays them. It doesn't take large samples of sounds (PCM does that, but the GB doesn't have PCM, so don't worry about that right now,) it instead takes very small portions of audio and plays it on a loop, sort of like if an old computer crashes and it makes that "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" sound, so that means you can make sawtooth waves, square waves, triangle waves, or any other type of wave with the wave channel. I suggest looking around at the demo GB songs and looking at all the instruments and wavetable banks to fully understand how the instruments and wavetables work.

Also, sometimes tweaking instruments does almost nothing, and it really depends on what you're trying to do and what channel(s) you're using the instrument on.

If you have any more questions I'd be happy to help out.
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Offline Demick12

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2019, 02:09:34 PM »
There is a Wiki on this site, and when you downloaded the zip, there should be an HTML help file there as well. That has the information you need.

As suggested by CaptainWaffles, check out the example songs too. These are all applied knowledge.
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Offline plasticjesus

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2019, 03:35:39 PM »
Thanks!

I have been reading the manual but there's not much about the basics of the WAV and FM and such. I'll get back to you after I play around with the program a bit more.