I am pretty good at singing (terrible at piano and guitar), but I can kind of read sheet music. So I have been studying up on music theory on Wikipedia (chords, arpeggios, chord progressions, scales, etc.). It kind of makes my compositions a little simple right now in some ways, but they do sound different.
Also I have been using MuseScore (https://musescore.org/
), which is a free music composition software to where you place notes on standard staffs. It has a steep learning curve on some parts, but it is very visual, easy to move groups of notes around (both with Copy+Paste and raising/lowering the pitch). Its easy to tweak a measure and play it and tweak it again.
Still at the end I have to hand transcribe it into Famitracker. I don't see how to import a midi file into Famitracker even though I see it mention in the Famitracker forums. Also in Famitracker entering the music for more than a few notes is incredibly awkward. To speed up the process I start a composition, export to a text file, create a new text file for the arpeggios that I am using, Copy+Paste into the exported text file, and then import the changed file back into Famitracker. I made a few instruments in Famitracker, but I just saved and imported a bunch of other 2A03 instruments from the demo music files.
EyE6SoLoMoN wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:39 pm
While not compatible with the NES, I like to dabble in https://www.beepbox.co/
. It gives me an idea of what I'd like to hear. I see it as a way of "sketching out an idea". You can also export as a .midi file, as well as .json, and .wav.
Thanks EyE6SoLoMoN, this is great. Here's my quick composition
. It certainly makes composing just using a scale easier. Too bad I haven't figured out how to import the midis into Famitracker, so it would just have to hand code this in also.