Saturday, August 29, 2009

Royksopp Remixable Track


Their favourite track of mine is still Poor Leno that was also availble in the snowboarding game SSX3, but now you can remix a new one in this new contest.

Free Röyksopp Track To Download & Remix From Synthopia

Friday, August 28, 2009

Top 5 TGIF Theme Songs

5. My Two Dads

4. Going Places

Okay this was the best copy of the sound I could find, the vidder did it to full house...

3. Out of This World

Maureen Flannigan = Kristen Bell????
Ouch they spelled her name wrong in the credits!

2. Family Matters

1. Perfect Strangers

Nope Full House didnt make the cut because I dont think anyone wants to see John Stamos again.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One Key Drum Programming Tips


Ever had trouble timing drums on a keyboard? Use this tip to consolidate your drums onto one key to reduce errors.

How it works: Accents trigger fast snare and bass drum (high velocity), and normal strikes (low to high velocity) just play bass drum and optionally a soft/quiet/blended snare. This allows you to naturally play rock rhythms on the same key and frees up other fingers.

For this to work you'll need a sampler that supports custom velocity sensitivity and at least two samples per key. I used the V-Synth. I'm sure this will work in Reason or anything remotely modern.

1. Find your drum samples. Bass, Snare etc. Setup zones or make keymappings for drums.

2. Place a Bass Kick - 0-127 Linear Velocity (straight upward graph) on Middle C. This is OSC1 on the V-synth

3. Place a Fast Snare - 100-127 High Velocity (highly peaked graph) also on Middle C. This is OSC2 on the V-synth

Thats it. Now its slightly easier to play rhymthms on a keyboard using a single key.

BONUS TIP: Make a bass drum sound slightly more real! Using a variation of above you can blend a bass drum sample and a soft snare. Why would you want to do this? In real life when you press the bass pedal your resonating the surrounding drums (the snare's springs). In studios where samples are recorded their goal is to isolate sounds and make sure this doesn't happen. If your using samples from entirely different kits or electronic drums this method will blend them. If we add a soft snare sample to our kick drum at much lower volume you can blend them like its coming from one drumset. Make sure you use appropriate velocities for this. You don't want the snare to actually sound like an accent or compete with the real snare.

I hope this helps people make more natural sounding drum rhythyms or inspires someone to do something new with sample layers.

Free Real Drum Kits


Ever needed a real drum kit samples for free? Check out all these links compiled from From the Freesound Project. All have been checked by me for decent quality. Great for getting started without purchasing many of the commercial packages out there.


freesound :: view pack :: Tama Birch Drums

freesound :: view pack :: Rock-Drum-Kit

freesound :: view pack :: Studio Drums 1

Ian's Drum Set

Snare Drum in Parking Garage

Bonus: Look at these glitched up video game sounds from CyberiaLainKittyKat

Monday, August 24, 2009

Get ready for.....ORANGE WEEK

I like the color orange. I like the crayons. I like the way it burns my brain. It boosts the immune system.

This week I'll try to find photos of only orange things. Anything not orange will be ignored. I may even have to tint photos to orange just to set citrus moral standards in the synth comformity (community). Won't that be fun? I don't care what you think! Stay CHTuned.

V-Synth GT: Gets better with age

Some great photos, sound design info, and a nice overview of Current V-synth technology. Apparently there was a firmware update for GT users also.


Go to: V-synth GT @ Create Digital Music

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Speak - Alienated, Free Album Download


This time around SpeaK has gone for a more diverse direction. Alienated contains DnB from minimal oldskool beats to pure jungle atmo to dark drumfunk. Whether you enjoy speed-driven Drum n’ Bass or small detailed break edits complimented by ambient soundscapes, you should be able to find something to your liking from this album. In the end though there’s only one way to find out!


Make sure you listen to the track "Desensitized" it really rocks!!!!!!!

Web Page: Bitkins Electronic Music Label

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vintage Gear T-Shirts


UML Signature Series Vintage Gear T Shirts . Your Favorite Classic Synths and Drum Machines featuerd on a High Quality Silkscreened Tee .The Roland TR-909 , TR-808 , Jupiter and more....

I asked if they'd ever make lesser known roland keyboard shirts and I hope they get back to me :)

What kind of shirt would you want?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

10GB Of Free (Open Source) Samples!!!!

In this wikipage are links to gigabytes of open source samples designed originally for the OLPC and other collections.


Loops, Grooves, Licks, Stings, Hits, Pads, Melodic Motives/Themes/Phrases, Sound-Effects, City and Country Soundscapes..., Motors, Machines, Toys, Guns, Explosions, Swords, Armor, Cars, Jets, Pot & Pans, Acoustic and Synthetic Noises, Acoustic and Electronic Drums, Voices, Western and World Instruments, Real and Human Animals, Industrial and Natural Ambiences, Film and Game Foley, and more, more, more!

Looks like they saved people the hassle of re-sampling it!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Are VJs Boring??

EM11Forum Member says:


VJ's are boring. AWFULLY BORING. The audience standing there staring at the wall like mindless zombies. -Dach

Are VJs Boring you to death??

Rip Sounds From Genesis Games and Playback With VOPM


In honor of Sega Genesis 20th anniversary week here is some info from Sound Shack Forums, a forum solely dedicated to FM Synthesis????? on how to rip voices from Sega Genesis games (.gym and vgm formats) and using them with VOPM FM VST synthesizer.

This info was found deep in a page I'd rather not bother linking to.

VOPM - an X68000 OPM chip emulator.

and a program to rip instruments from Sega Genesis GYM music into VOPM format -

Shiru made a program to rip instrument patches from VGM format into VOPM format -
More FM modules available here - - Actually originally from Shiru's TFM tracker...
MaliceX ripped some MDX timbres from games and put them in his site's downloads section -

Hopefully this info gets you started into the FM ripping or at least some good FM sounds!!

Happy 20th Birthday Sega Genesis!!

It looks like 2 days ago was the birthday of Sega Genesis!!!


Today marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of the Sega Genesis, the game console that briefly put Sega on the video game hardware map.

I hope you can celebrate in your own special way!

Link: Happy Birthday Sega Genesis - Kotaku

Need 4 Mophos? Get the Tetr4 from Dave Smith!!


  • Affordable, fully programmable poly synth with a 100% analog signal path.

  • Classic, real analog sound—including legendary Curtis analog low-pass filter.

  • Four-part multitimbral capability with four separate outputs.

  • Combo Mode for huge unison patches, stacked sequences, and "modular-style" poly sounds.

  • Expandable: poly chain with other Tetras, Prophet '08, and Mopho for expanded polyphony

  • Just 7.9" x 5" (20.07 cm x 12.7 cm).

  • Free editor for Mac OS and Windows.


Tetra is our next-generation analog poly synth. Tetra takes the award-winning sound and features of Mopho, multiplies them by four, and packs them in a box less than half an inch larger!

Tetra has multiple personalities. It is a four-voice, analog poly synth, a sort of “mini Prophet.” It's a four-part, multitimbral synth with separate outputs, essentially four Mophos in one verycompact box. And it’s a voice expander for other Tetras or the Prophet ’08.


Here is a Demo Vid!

Paypal / Web Store

Its come to my attention that Paypal payments might not be going through in the store. I suspect that its something simple like my webcart system needs to be upgraded to meet paypal's specs. While I could probably switch the system to something else, I think I will try to to patch it. I'll let you know if its going to take awhile. In the meantime people can email me if there is anything pressing they need.

Thanks for being patient and thanks to the people who let me know about the issue. I'll let you know when its fixed.

This was an issue on Paypal's end and not with my site.

Update: Issue is FIXED. Email me if you have any outstanding concerns.

-ChipCollection Staff

Friday, August 7, 2009

Download Reaper 3

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I hadn't heard about Reaper 3 before. I've mostly stuck to working within Logic or Tracktion for play & record type tracks. Their website allows you to download an uncrippled trial version!! The interface is pretty nice and works with midi as well. FX open a new window. Overall very clean compared to the standard monsters of the past. Did I like it more than Cubase? Yes. Did I like it more than Tracktion? Not sure yet. I may write a full review of it later. Reaper is not cheap at $250 but how can you complain about a trial version??!

Link to Trial: Works on both Mac and Windows
I think as time goes on there will be seeing many more software sequencers being written.