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The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) musical chipset is limiting in so many ways, it is both a blessing and a curse. The medium makes it very difficult to develop a sound that’s unique and engaging with limited duty cycles and volume envelopes, but it’s very rewarding to creatively solve this puzzle and compose music that’s engaged gamers for over thirty years.

Keeping the inherent restrictions in mind, this sixth album by Zi uses only four instruments. Each instrument uses one of the 2a03 chip sound processor duty cycles (12.5%, 25%, 50% and 75%) at full volume across the four available tracks (Pulse 1 & 2, Triangle, and Noise – no DPCM or sample track used). Using Famitracker’s volume column and effect commands, Four extracts a melodic sonorousness from the rigid protocol imposed on the NES chipset.

If you're interested in a copy, head over to his website here and buy one today!
Haunted: Halloween '86 (The Curse Of Possum Hollow) has now been released on Steam!
While we realize that this wonderful community generally prefers authenticity we still want to promote NES games far and wide. There's little that we can offer the community that hasn't already been done but what we can do is try to bring more attention to it, especially our fellow homebrewers!! We're doing our best to play a part in bringing the NES experience to a new generation of gamers on new platforms. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and continues to support the NES homebrew community!!!
'86 on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/607490/
'86 on cartridge - www.cashinculture.com

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