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How I Make SEGA Genesis Music

Posted by Ricoculous - 1 month ago


There will be no comments here. If you have a question, hit my inbox.

Anyway, I've been making SEGA Genesis music for years, and I thought that maybe I should share my particular method for getting that awesome Megadrive sound.

Well, I've got images for you. Pay attention. There will be a plugin and sample pack to download soon.

These images are from Mixcraft stuff. If you use a different DAW (which you probably do), find whatever is similar.

In Omni Sampler (Mixcraft's built-in drum sampler, FL Studio probably has something similar), I load up a bunch of drum samples. Usually no more than 9 are really necessary in the DAC. For the PSG I only have two samples in the whole pack. I also make separate tracks for the DAC and PSG samples, as the volume level on them may differ, especially custom DAC samples (I included a couple in the pack).

Make sure your release is set to zero for every single sample.

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On the piano roll, make sure no two notes play at the same time or overlap

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Next, let's move on to the YM2612. First, I set each instrument track on which I use the YM2612 plugin to MIDI channel 1. Here's how it's done in Mixcraft

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When I use each instance of the YM2612 VST, I make sure I limit it to play one note at a time (monophonic). Take note of the two places where it says CHANNELS

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Now, the PSG squares. I use sforzando + chipsounds. They're a weird thing, though. Whenever I open a project containing the chipsounds on sforzando, it's cleared and I have to set it all over again. >:(

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And on the master track, I throw on a low pass filter to muffle it a bit

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Other than that, here are the rules that apply:

  • Maximum 5 FM channels
  • Maximum 2 PSG square channels
  • Maximum 1 PSG noise channel
  • Maximum 1 DAC channel
  • PSG channels mono only (no panning left or right)
  • FM channels (including DAC) can change panning, but at any time may only fully left, fully right or dead centered.
  • Lose the DAC and you get a 6th FM channel.
  • Lose the PSG noise channel and you gain 2 PSG square channels

Enjoy!


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