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Anyone know of any virtual instruments that have some good chip-tune like capabilities? I have some of the Native Instruments stuff like Abysnth and FM8, etc. Those will be looked through as well - just wanted to see if you all had any suggestions.
I have heard Fruity Loops has a good set, but I havent had much experience with that program in the past decade of its development.
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It depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you want to just create some chiptune like sounds then this can be done with virtually any synth by just using only one or two oscillators, little or no modulation, only simple effects and then putting it through a bit crusher to give you that 8-bit sound.
If you want to create a true chiptune track you are best to use software that is based on the original systems as it will constrain what is possible and force you into using sounds and song structures that were typical back in the day. I have used with good affect MilkTracker as an emulation of some of the original systems and I'm also fond of LSDJ for the gameboy (you can run it as an emulation if you don't have an original gameboy.)