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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisHuckins View Post
    I have been messing around with Adlib Tracker II in my DOS PC but the music does not come as easy as with trackers on my modern PC because I have no way to use a midi keyboard with it. I really like the first track you linked.
    Thank-you. But... using MIDI keyboards with trackers?? What fresh madness is this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VileR View Post
    Thank-you. But... using MIDI keyboards with trackers?? What fresh madness is this?
    Just makes it easier to input notes. Not for recording what you play.

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    Late to the party but I do a bit of retro music stuff - https://soundcloud.com/fordwalker/coughing
    Everything I do these days is sequenced in FruityLoops using emulators, and only a few pieces are dedicated to a single chip. Lazy, I know, but I can't maintain focus long enough to do things the right way

    My main retro computer was built entirely to get at the OPL3 chip on a SB16, with an old Technics keyboard so I can play it over MIDI. A guy called Darren Broad made a great bit of software for working with the OPL3 - http://fm801.kewl.org/app/about/
    Haven't done much with AdLib Tracker yet but if you like that OPL sound I think TMM12 does amazing stuff with it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXNKqbELGNs

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    Time to kick some life back into this thread, maybe, by asking people to nominate their favourite original retro computer game soundtracks, with an emphasis on tracks made using 'chip' sound or synth modules, rather than sampled sound as tended to be the case once CD-ROMs came along and hard drives got bigger.

    For me it's almost everything that Rob Hubbard ever did on the C64, but Stéphane Picq's stuff was great too - most of you will know his game music through 'Dune'.

    Although I had (and still have) an original Roland MT-32 which for some years was the go-to external sound source for PC game music composers, in many cases I actually prefer the native Adlib/Soundblaster where the music has, like Picq's, been properly composed to be played on that medium. In the case of Picq you have to be careful what you look for, as he did remixed effect-heavy 'proper synth' remixes of some of his game soundtracks - the one he did of the Dune soundtrack - which was released as 'Spice Opera' - was actually pretty horrible (IMO) compared to the in-game originals.

    Here's the 'Dune' soundtrack in original Adlib format - the sixth track commencing 18:05 is particularly Jarreish, and my personal favourite.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjHon6yg-r8

    And another version of the Dune soundtrack, this time the Mega CD version.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McpkfPuKyMA

    Although I had (and still have) an original Roland MT-32 which for some years was the go-to external sound source for PC game music composers, in many cases I actually prefer the native Adlib/Soundblaster where the music has, like Picq's, been properly composed to be played on that medium. In the case of Picq you have to be careful what you look for, as he did remixed effect-heavy 'proper synth' remixes of some of his game soundtracks - the one he did of the Dune soundtrack - which was released as 'Spice Opera' - was actually pretty horrible (IMO) compared to the in-game originals.

    If you like the Dune soundtrack, try looking for Picq's soundtrack for Cryo's lesser known 'Lost Eden', even more synth-ethnic than the Dune soundtrack.

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    I watched a Nerd Writer video on video game music recently and I've been obsessed with it since. I've always loved it but never thought about composing my own. Might have to jump in and give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inc_b View Post
    Late to the party but I do a bit of retro music stuff - https://soundcloud.com/fordwalker/coughing
    Everything I do these days is sequenced in FruityLoops using emulators, and only a few pieces are dedicated to a single chip. Lazy, I know, but I can't maintain focus long enough to do things the right way

    My main retro computer was built entirely to get at the OPL3 chip on a SB16, with an old Technics keyboard so I can play it over MIDI. A guy called Darren Broad made a great bit of software for working with the OPL3 - Optimind pros and cons
    Haven't done much with AdLib Tracker yet but if you like that OPL sound I think TMM12 does amazing stuff with it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXNKqbELGNs
    Love it!

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    I've been doing this all time. Haven't known that there is such forum till now

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