Hacking Game Boy for sound

[Gijs] cracked open his Game Boy and added some parts to give him more sound synthesis control. He uses Little Sound Dj (LSDj), a popular Game Boy program used to pump out those classic 8-bit sounds. The unit seen above and heard in the clip after the break has an added potentiometer and circuit board. He’s got a few other hacked Game Boys on his site as well, including an Arduino generating random music on the handheld.

Comments

  1. Jack says:

    It doesn’t seem like turning the pot changes the music all that much, but it is still pretty cool.

  2. Interesting. I see this stuff being real fun for 8bit music enthusiasts.

  3. Masterloard says:

    I got to see this setup at Anime Boston (2010), and OMFG! It was SOOOO cool! like, I’m not that big of an 8-bit fan, but there is nothing more awesome then hearing ppl go nuts over “better off alone” in 8-bit

  4. supershwa says:

    Interesting. Port the 8-bit to MIDI and use flash memory to store sample libraries for a complete new-and-improved sound. That would be a fun project…GameBoy with 44KHz thematic samples, surround sound and EAX. ;p

  5. TimePilot says:

    @supershwa: Actually, there are several options for MIDI on Game Boys. The LSDJMC2 and Arduinoboy in particular. Also, LSDJ already supports samples on the PCM wave channel. It evn has the ability to play two samples at once on a single channel! That said, the samples are of astonishingly low quality and have to be very short. It also takes an enormous amount of the original Game Boy’s processing power.

    Also @everyone: The Game Boy is 8-bit, its sound it 4-bit…

  6. Darkskynet says:

    My Site http://chiptunearchive.com has more than 100 thousand chiptunes made using gameboys and trackers

    check it out

  7. retiredpimp says:

    micromusic.net has been mode for sum timee

  8. tehgringe says:

    trash80.net rocks the shit out of this hardware.

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