covers/transcription encouragement thread
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Level 30 Mixist
post #157684 :: 2022.06.25 7:43am :: edit 2022.06.27 6:52am
  mirageofher, Viraxor, Tathar, Kot, Retro Gracz, goluigi, Thingerthing, fusoxide, cabbage drop, nitrofurano, RadamLee, Corell and damifortune liēkd this
this thread serves as a way to encourage people (and myself) to do covers/transcriptions. if you make a new cover or transcription (must be completed after this post), post it here and i will comment on it and give you 32 boons (until i feel i've spent too much). i will give more if someone wants to invest.

edit: by doing this, i would prefer transcriptions by ear and for source files or MIDI to be provided but not doing either of those things is fine.

edit 2: you don't have to transcribe/cover a full song, i will give 16 boons for something under 30 seconds
Level 16 Mixist
post #157685 :: 2022.06.25 7:45am :: edit 2022.06.25 7:46am
  kilowatt64, Kot and tennisers liēkd this
Hehehe I've been trying to cover all of MOTHER 3's soundtrack for a while now! I'll post my current progress shortly, and I'll start working on one of the ones I haven't finished
Level 30 Chipist
post #157686 :: 2022.06.25 7:46am
  Kot and tennisers liēkd this
i've been thinking a lot about doing some specific famitracker covers of songs i love; for me it's just a matter of finding the time, haha. i will try to start those later in the season when i'm not enveloped in summer chips
Level 10 Pedagogist
post #157693 :: 2022.06.25 5:33pm
  Kot, now_its_dark, damifortune and tennisers liēkd this
i'm working on covering an early depeche mode song with the ym2612 + sn76489. i think those early ones translate pretty well into chiptune. might do more covers too for fun
Level 22 Chipist
post #157701 :: 2022.06.26 6:41am
  Kot and tennisers liēkd this
  kleeder hæitd this
i did a cover of triangle in the club.nsf awhile ago on the 2151
Level 30 Mixist
post #157702 :: 2022.06.26 9:16am :: edit 2022.06.26 9:18am
  Kot and nitrofurano liēkd this
to start with, here's a transcription of the thing in the following video in .it form
Level 27 Chipist
post #157707 :: 2022.06.26 12:55pm
  Kot liēkd this
(half-offtopic: i think i saw somewhere Linus Abrahamson said used tab files for these transcriptions, and then rearranging them into midi files: - actually, was from there the first time i heard about gxscc )
Level 27 Chipist
post #157708 :: 2022.06.26 1:11pm :: edit 2022.06.26 1:46pm
  Kot liēkd this
i confess i have a terrible ear for distinguishing chords (no surprise! xD ) - i was about to try this one (a classic arcade chiptune actually! xD - not available at vgmrips yet, unsupported chip, or "chip"... (discrete logic?) ) - - so, as a start, before trying to transcribe by ear, i tried to use (i think it runs waon from the server), and then opening the midi file on openmpt - (didn't clean it enough yet..) (the sample i used was a simple sine waveform 32 bytes long, made on milkytracker) (i'm sharing this just in case it might be an useful tool/workflow, who knows..)
Level 27 Chipist
post #157709 :: 2022.06.26 1:16pm :: edit 2022.06.26 1:18pm
  Viraxor, Kot and damifortune liēkd this
Level 30 Mixist
post #157716 :: 2022.06.26 3:54pm :: edit 2022.06.26 3:55pm
  Grumskiz, Tathar, Kot and nitrofurano liēkd this
distinguishing chords by ear is mostly practice both in transcription and just playing random chords on whatever instrument to familiarize yourself with the sound, though for getting unclear bass notes, you can use a steep low pass filter, and add some distortion if you're using laptop/phone speakers.
Level 13 Chipist
post #157724 :: 2022.06.26 6:58pm :: edit 2022.06.26 7:00pm
  Kot liēkd this
i'm working on a cover of one of my favorite songs time loop

its not from scratch as I have a full midi, but remaking an hour long song while trying to make each part of the song different has taken me more than a month so far.

since i split it up into parts the project files are separate flp's but the two ones that are finished are here

(hopefully I did this right, I don't know if I read it correctly enough)
Level 23 Pedagogist
post #157725 :: 2022.06.26 7:11pm
  mirageofher, Viraxor, Kot, sean, iYamWhatIYam, kilowatt64, nitrofurano, fusoxide and Thingerthing liēkd this
my life is a cover of my childhood
Level 10 Pedagogist
post #157726 :: 2022.06.26 7:14pm
  Kot, kilowatt64, nitrofurano, ViLXDRYAD and Thingerthing liēkd this
mine is my childhood converted to midi and played on the megadrive GEMS driver
Level 20 Chipist
post #157740 :: 2022.06.27 6:18am
  Kot liēkd this
i'm doing a domi transcription but haven't made much progress on it yet
Level 30 Mixist
post #157741 :: 2022.06.27 6:43am :: edit 2022.06.27 6:51am
  Kot and nitrofurano liēkd this
@nitrofurano the beginning of the converted midi sounded ok but after that it was a bit too messy to parse the song, probably melodyne would work well but that's very pricey. to me personally it feels like it'd be faster to transcribe by ear.

@thingerthing i didn't listen to the full original version but it seems like you added a good amount of detail to make it more "polished" feeling, like the sidechain kick in the 2nd half that changes the original character.

@defmech domi has a cool style, i did transcribe the beginning piano riff here a while ago, though it would be cool to transcribe the drums and the solo too
Level 27 Chipist
post #157743 :: 2022.06.27 7:35am
  Kot liēkd this
@tennisers indeed, agreed totally! i only started to clean the beginning for seeing how it sounds like, the first patterns - what i removed was those notes in octaves 7 and 8, which sounded glitchy - when we unmute the first channels, like the first 5 ones, it sounds like playing the most relevant notes - i was actually about to try both approaches and compare them
Level 22 Chipist
post #157896 :: 2022.07.02 11:41pm
  Kot, now_its_dark, damifortune and nitrofurano liēkd this
idk if yt links are allowed but i just finished my cover of Massive X from Eschatos on the TX81Z (YM2414 or OPZ)
im super proud with the instrumentation lol
Level 20 Chipist
post #157902 :: 2022.07.03 3:07pm :: edit 2022.07.03 3:11pm
  Kot, Retro Gracz, A64 and tennisers liēkd this
Level 30 Mixist
post #157903 :: 2022.07.03 4:35pm
  Kot, DefenseMechanism and A64 liēkd this
@a64 nice, that reminded me that i hadn't listened to meta reflex by the same guy in a while, that one is a jam
@defmech cool, maybe you could try transcribing the drums too if you want
Level 20 Chipist
post #157910 :: 2022.07.04 8:00am
that's gonna be insane to do lol i might try it though
Level 27 Chipist
post #157972 :: 2022.07.06 3:16pm
  Kot liēkd this
i might try this one as well:
Level 30 Mixist
post #158042 :: 2022.07.08 4:31pm :: edit 2022.07.08 4:31pm
  Kot and nitrofurano liēkd this
i did another cover, "yoru no himawari" from the visual novel subahibi, it's live guitar and i used a score that was already online so there's no point in posting a source:
Level 27 Chipist
post #158453 :: 2022.07.20 10:36am :: edit 2022.07.20 10:37am
  Kot liēkd this
just a silly, simple and fast exercise for practicing, "converted" this vgm - - to this famitracker txt file:
Level 30 Mixist
post #158482 :: 2022.07.21 7:06am
  Kot and nitrofurano liēkd this
interesting that the arpeggio doesn't start from the lowest note and then go up in order, goes bottom, top, middle. a straightforward idea but something to keep in mind
Level 17 Chipist
post #158520 :: 2022.07.22 3:48am
  kilowatt64 and nitrofurano liēkd this
I have done a few OPLL covers of Mega Man tracks last year.
They effectively were my start in the 2-op FM sound design camp.
Level 27 Chipist
post #158521 :: 2022.07.22 5:16am :: edit 2022.07.22 11:09am
  Kot liēkd this
@tennisers they are actually volume macros, not arpeggio macros! :)

(edit: tried this one as well, i think it sounds a bit different because triangle channel? )
Level 8 Playa
post #158712 :: 2022.07.26 6:57am
  Kot liēkd this
I transcribed this to ABC shortly after you started the thread:

Everything but channel 2 was by ear, but I don't have a trained-enough ear to make out what channel 2 was doing at the start so I had to see what the GBC was doing for that one. I also had to make some minor changes to channel 2 to keep it from crashing abc2midi.

MP3 render (Fatboy soundfont):!AjkP0-5MRkZS6EbyDGkkZhhnZQKV?e=pcpgov
Level 30 Mixist
post #158909 :: 2022.07.31 5:21pm
  Kot and Tathar liēkd this
@tathar i dunno what abc is, the different instrumentation recontextualizes it in interesting way, maybe you could try adding some similar percussion
Level 9 Mixist
post #158912 :: 2022.07.31 8:01pm
  now_its_dark, Kot and nitrofurano liēkd this
Well, here's a transcription/piano solo arrangement I've been chipping away at ever since I watched Night on the Galactic Railroad and had the weirdest, drugless trip of my life:


Not sure how good my ear is for those chords, especially in the middle section, since this is a recording from the 80s for an obscure-ish anime movie that doesn't even have a proper remaster for its footage lmao

For the... chorus? I chose to go with the guitar chords over the walking bass though I'm not sure if I like it that way
Level 27 Chipist
post #158918 :: 2022.08.01 1:26am
  Kot and tennisers liēkd this
Level 30 Mixist
post #158920 :: 2022.08.01 5:28am
  pusakal and nitrofurano liēkd this
@pusakal seems pretty close to the original though i didnt closely examine. i like hosono's version of cosmic surfin on his nostalgia island album
Level 8 Playa
post #158946 :: 2022.08.01 3:18pm
@tennisers: ABC is a music notation format comparable to MML or MusicXML, but without the syntactical overhead of XML. I use EasyABC for my transcriptions, but that's really just a wrapper for a text editor and some open-source libraries.

In fact, here's just the transcription of the last tune in the ABC file exported to MusicXML (much bigger than all 8 versions I included in the ABC file combined):!AjkP0-5MRkZS6Ehvo_4c5OsHaMMH?e=L1dd8P
Level 22 Chipist
post #160090 :: 2022.08.25 10:36pm
  damifortune liēkd this
reviving this place, i made a cover of a snail's house track on the famicom
Level 30 Mixist
post #160123 :: 2022.08.26 8:57am
  A64 liēkd this
@a64 sounds great, thanks for reminding me of the thread, i'd like to do at least a few more covers
Level 30 Chipist
post #160975 :: 2022.09.21 6:31pm :: edit 2022.09.21 7:03pm
  kilowatt64 and doctorn0gloff liēkd this
i did a cover for pc-9801 because i wanted to practice bambootracker before making a glitch.98 entry

it took me a lot longer than i expected but i am happy with it
Level 9 XHBist
post #160980 :: 2022.09.22 8:27am
Back before I got my new SSD, I made an OPS7 cover of the hangar and briefing themes (they are the same) from Ace Combat 2. I would gladly provide the MIDI if I still had it available, but my old HDD broke before I thought about preserving it (I am still quite pissed off at myself for it)

I'll admit the drums are certainly too loud, but I was still struggling to make good drum patches at that time.

I'm still quite proud of it (especially the patch made for FM6 on the oscilloscope) despite the drums.
Level 30 Mixist
post #161203 :: 2022.09.27 7:50am :: edit 2022.09.27 7:51am
@damifortune cool, i wouldn't have thought you could cram that much vocals into 1mb. it's interesting how the low quality makes the words unclear part of the time but the melody still is clear

@enderjed nice, it feels sparser than the original though that's inevitable with the chip restriction
Level 20 Chipist
post #161947 :: 2022.10.21 1:03pm :: edit 2022.10.21 1:07pm
I did a cover of Sara's Theme from Breath of Fire. Just stock plugins in FL. This was good practice for trying to pick out notes by ear with a pretty simple but nice song. I struggle picking individual notes out of chords and have to listen a buncha times lol.



edit: stock plugins + a snes sample
Level 27 Mixist
post #161959 :: 2022.10.22 12:02am
woa this is awsom, i was not aware of this thread lol

the piece in question:'s%20leitmotif.mp3

i finished transcribing this a while ago into musescore piano. took me a bit longer because the reverb n the high piano made it hard to hear... i had to stretch th effort over 3 days, with bursts of maybe 20 to 30 minutes each day elapsing.

i hope this link works ahah
Level 30 Mixist
post #162528 :: 2022.10.30 4:53am
  mirageofher and kilowatt64 liēkd this
sorry for taking a while to get back to these
@kilowatt64 even though this is in the original arrangement as well, it's interesting how having a contrast between short notes and sustained notes can change the mood.

sounds like you got all of it, who did the original? the pauses are interesting
Level 16 Taggist
post #162580 :: 2022.10.30 4:19pm
  kilowatt64 liēkd this
Made a cover of the Pokémon Center theme in the style of the Zelda OoT Shop because I wanted to know what it'd sound like.
Level 30 Mixist
post #162630 :: 2022.10.31 4:33pm
  Tex liēkd this
nice arrangement , though i note its missing the dissonance in the earlier versions of the theme.
Level 24 Chipist
post #162731 :: 2022.11.03 4:37pm
Level 27 Mixist
post #162746 :: 2022.11.04 5:38am
@162528 this is one of multis songs c:
Level 20 Chipist
post #162821 :: 2022.11.06 10:36am
Completed a 2A03+VRC6 cover of All The Lights Went Out by Marcy Playground. One of my all time favorites of theirs and a hearken back to high school days of yore. I really loved the ethereal feel in the song and tried to capture that quality in the lead as well as the big distorted tremolo fades for the guitar. This was really fun to work on!




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