Posts Tagged ‘SC-88Pro’

Trippy MIDI bug: M (Above & Beyond Remix), JUMPING!! (Kin-iro Mosaic OP)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

If it starts with “Check Sum Error”, it’s gotta be good! This bug happens after using this MIDI interface for a long time. If I disconnect and reconnect it, it’s fine for several more hours, but I decided to record this trippy-sounding playback of this MIDI of mine. My favourite part is where the text at the end gets converted to a jingle bell.

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Here’s how it sounds when played correctly.

I decided to record how my “JUMPING!!” MIDI sounds when played in this state, too! This time, we have “No DRUM SET” _and_ “Check Sum Error” – this must be twice as good! Actually, it’s not.

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…And here’s how this one sounds when played correctly.

The synth is the Roland SC-88Pro, and the interface is a Roland Quad-Capture. I’m having to use an old driver (1.0.1) because the latest one is incompatible with a bad USB3 driver for my laptop. The bug might be fixed in later versions. The MIDI sequencer software is the wonderful Sekaiju.

(Guitars+Bass+Drums only) JUMPING!! (Kin-iro Mosaic OP) [MIDI]

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Because I concentrated so much on the guitars while making this MIDI, here they are playing by themselves. Well, I also kept the bass because it’s fun, and the drums because I can. Full version is here.

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[MIDI] Ayumi Hamasaki – M (Above & Beyond Remix) [SC-88Pro]

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This time, I tried to remake a trance song for the Roland Sound Canvas synth! I first heard this song many years ago on an internet radio site and became addicted to it, although I didn’t know its name. I re-found it about 4 years later in a StepMania song pack.

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This was surprisingly easy to make, despite having a few things that I’ve not used much before (delay echoes, changing of resonance over time, reversed kick). It took 6 days in total, but the majority of the work was done in the first 4 days.

[MIDI] JUMPING!! (Kin-iro Mosaic OP) [SC-88Pro]

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

I tried to remake the opening theme of the anime “Kin-iro Mosaic” as a MIDI for the Roland SC-88Pro synth. The song is “JUMPING!!”, originally by Rhodanthe*. Bawami is playing the MIDI just so that you can see what’s going on, and it’s sending the MIDI messages to the SC-88Pro synth, whose display is shown in the top-right.

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This was roughly as hard to make as “Mii-tan no Mahou de Pon!!” (perhaps there’s something about songs that have two exclamation marks in the title). I put a lot of effort into making the guitars as accurate as I could, so here‘s a version with only the GUITARS, BASS and DRUMS playing.

I started working on this 4 months ago, then lost motivation, and then continued and finished it over the last week. Also, holy crap, I’m going to take YouTube’s matching of third-party content at 0:17 as a complement of how accurate the trumpet part is.

[MIDI] Mii-tan no Mahou de Pon!! (Popotan) (Full instrumentation)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I finally finished this MIDI for the Roland SC-88Pro synth. This is Mii’s theme from the H-game “Popotan”, originally by UNDER17. Making a musical synth say “Iyaan!” was fun, amusing and surreal.

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I decided to do away with the “loli voice” effect that I used in the incomplete version, because the effect broke whenever there was a strong pitch-bend.

The 3D visualisation is MIDITrail, scrolling text is BaWaMI‘s MIDI message view (my MIDI player’s interpretation of them), and in the top-right is the Sound Canvas synth’s LCD itself.

Production time took about 4 days, including time I couldn’t do anything because I was at work or dead from this cold that I have. This is, without a doubt, the new most-complicated MIDI I’ve ever made, with many SysEx messages throughout changing the routing to the Insert FX and its parameters, along with tons of control changes, some instrument changes (16 just isn’t enough), a user-defined drumkit, 3 percussion channels, and a healthy dose of pitch-bends (with varying sensitivity). My “Suwa Foughten Field” MIDI remake had some of these, but I think this sounds better, and certainly posed more challenges.

[MIDI] Mii-tan no Mahou de Pon!! (highly incomplete WIP)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

[EDIT: This is now complete. Full version is here.]

I’ve started trying to remake this as a MIDI for the Roland SC-88Pro synth. Trying to make a loli voice on it was fun. It struggles with portamento on the tiny notes at the start, but hey, that’s what you get when you’re using a 15-year-old synth. I’ll probably remove the portamento for that reason.

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I’m not certain I’ll complete this, but that’s what I thought about the Kuusou Mesorogiwi one, and uploading it here gave me motivation to complete it, so who knows?

This is Mii’s theme from the H-game “Popotan”.

ひそやかな欲望 / Secret Desire ~ Inu Remix (MISAKA #10032′s theme)

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I finally completed this remix of 「ひそやかな欲望~ミサカは,発生させます~」, the character song of Misaka Imouto from the anime A Certain Magical Index. I think it shows off her more hardcore side, where the original showed a gentle side. I certainly tried to pack it with energy in the chorus.

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This was my first time using both the Roland SC-88Pro and Korg Radias synths together. The Radias is playing most percussion and a high-pitched lead, and also processing a guitar sound from the SC, while the SC plays everything else by itself (bass, pads, electric piano, lead synth, lead guitar, cymbals, etc). The 2 synths seem to work well together.

What genre could this be? I wasn’t aiming for anything, so I’m not sure. Hard dance, perhaps?

MP3 download (320kbps) is here, or you can watch on Niconico for scrolling comments.

It’s been 3 months since my last video. Wow.

[MIDI] Nomico – Suwa Foughten Field [SC-88Pro]

Friday, March 15th, 2013

I tried to remake the Alstroemeria Records song “Suwa Foughten Field” in MIDI form for the old SC-88Pro. The song is a remix of Kanako Yasaka’s theme (stage 6 boss of Touhou 10: Mountain of Faith).

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The original song was on the album “HARMONY”, arranged by “Masayoshi Minoshima” with vocals by Nomico.

This pushes the MIDI bandwidth quite far in places, and as a result, the timing of the notes is slightly off in those places (mainly when many notes need to start at the same time).

SC-88Pro attempts to play “Necrofantasia – All Hell Freezes Over” (MIDI)

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Should be named “Whole Synth Freezes Over”.

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This is the Roland Sound Canvas 88Pro trying to play this ludicrous adaptation of Yukari and Ran Yakumo‘s themes, “Necrofantasia” and “Necro-Fantasy” (from the game Touhou 07: Perfect Cherry Blossom).

There are over 166,000 notes in this MIDI file, and their speed peaks at over 3x the bandwidth of MIDI hardware, which results in inevitable playback slowdowns, but the synth has its own additional troubles and becomes totally unresponsive.

The MIDI file (not created by me) can be downloaded from here.

[MIDI] Kuusou Mesorogiwi (Mirai Nikki OP) on SC-88Pro (Full instrumentation)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This is my finished MIDI for the Roland SC-88Pro. The song is 「空想メソロギヰ」 (“Kuusou Mesorogiwi”), used for the opening of the anime Mirai Nikki, originally by Yousei Teikoku. I had great difficulty in making out the bass and the strings at times, so I may have (unintentionally) improvised at points, but I stayed as accurate as I possibly could.

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This is my first time controlling the Sound Canvas’s display via SysEx messages, and I ended up writing my own program to make messages to show the text. The MIDI also takes advantage of various other things the SC has to offer, such as a distortion insert effect with custom settings, cutoff frequency changes to make the down- and up-strokes of the guitar pick sound different, custom attack/decay/release times, and bank-changes for instruments such as palm-muted electric guitar, velocity-sensitive strings and explosion sound effect. Even though this sound module came out 15 years ago, it’s still quite capable of sounding modern. =D

MIDI sequencer program is Sekaiju (v3.0), originally by Kuzu.