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As previously threatened, we have created a collection of simple (1-2 nodes, 1-2 envelopes) Picotron instrument patches for anyone to use in their programs. All of the instrument patches are released as CC-0 public domain - you are free to use, modify, and sell without credit. (Although we would appreciate credit if you do make something with it as long as the thing is not, like, evil or bigoted - Nazis, TERFs, and channers, go away.)

With the 1.0 release, there are 25 instruments (mp3 preview), sorted into five categories:

Drum Kit

  • kick
  • tom
  • snare
  • hi hat
  • crash cymbal

Pitched Idiophones

  • marimba
  • celesta
  • steelpan
  • glass pad

Chordophones

  • piano
  • shamisen
  • guitar
  • e guitar
  • violin*
  • harp

Aerophones

  • pipe
  • flute
  • organ
  • oboe*
  • trumpet

Electrophones

  • synth bass
  • fm bass
  • acid bass
  • 64ish pulse
  • bleepbloop

Directions for use are simple: use the scrollbar or mousewheel to navigate the list, click the name of the instrument to get a short preview, and click "copy" to put the data on your clipboard for pasting into sfx.p64's instrument editor. The volumes are roughly (by ear) matched to the default triangle wave instrument to aid in mixing.

* Technical note: the violin and oboe instruments will not preview correctly in the instrument editor, as ENV 1 on each uses a special 0 value on FREQ and SPD, respectively. With this setting, the vibrato of each of these will be synchronized with the SPD of the SFX in which they are used. To change this, simply change this value in the righthand column.

P.S. A commentary track elaborating on the design of each instrument is now out for anyone interested! It has a lot of info, including a random personal anecdote about the Chemical Plant Zone music from Sonic 2!

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As previously threatened, we have created a collection of simple (1-2 nodes, 1-2 envelopes) Picotron instrument patches for anyone to use in their programs. All of the instrument patches are released as CC-0 public domain - you are free to use, modify, and sell without credit. (Although we would appreciate credit if you do make something with it as long as the thing is not, like, evil or bigoted - Nazis, TERFs, and channers, go away.)

Directions for use are simple: use the scrollbar or mousewheel to navigate the list, click the name of the instrument to get a short preview, and click "copy" to put the data on your clipboard for pasting into sfx.p64's instrument editor.

Planned for 1.0:

  • five more instrument patches (thanks to everyone who's made suggestions so far!)
  • a list that's sorted in a way that makes sense instead of being a total jumble

Edit: Small update to add the marimba - current instrument list:

  • piano
  • violin
  • pipe
  • organ
  • kick
  • snare
  • hi hat
  • crash cymbal
  • synth bass
  • fm bass
  • acid bass
  • glass pad
  • guitar
  • trumpet
  • celesta
  • flute
  • e guitar
  • shamisen
  • 64ish pulse
  • bleepbloop
  • marimba

Edit 2:

  • harp
  • oboe
P#146304 2024-04-10 18:37 ( Edited 2024-05-03 15:50)

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For anyone who wants to hack the cart to make their own patch collections: put your instruments in slots starting at 0, use the SFX with the same number as the instrument to make a preview of the instrument, and fill out the sfx_info table in the code tab with the names of each instrument. Also, update metadata and code comments as needed.

P#146309 2024-04-10 18:46
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This is awesome!!
The shamisen is a good approximation! I think you did a good job!
Another one that came to my mind was harp.
I'll definitely be using this pack!

P#146327 2024-04-10 23:58
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Thank you for these.
I've made a little tune from some of them that I edited.

Cart #kamasimodo-0 | 2024-04-11 | Embed ▽ | No License
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P#146357 2024-04-11 12:49
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Longer remixed version:

Cart #sugarsprite-0 | 2024-04-11 | Embed ▽ | No License
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P#146392 2024-04-11 21:12
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Sorry if I'm being dumb but how do I paste the instruments into the instrument editor? I can ctrl+c or click copy and it does make it to the clipboard but pasting in sfx.p64 doesn't seem to work for me? I know the data's there, the console shows the unpod command if I paste it there.

P#146555 2024-04-13 17:27
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@Chuckapotamus: That's odd - our understanding is that if you:

  • open the app,
  • click the "copy" button (it'll show a message at the bottom of the screen),
  • open the SFX editor,
  • select the instrument editor within the SFX editor,
  • select the instrument to be updated, and
  • paste (Ctrl+V)

...it should overwrite the instrument you're looking at with one from the cart.

If that still doesn't work, can you tell us what version you're running? We copied the code out of v0.1.0e, I think.

P#146563 2024-04-13 19:40
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@packbat Haha that was it. I didn't realize my copy of Picotron was out of date :P. Wah wah. Looks like it's working now, thanks!

P#146570 2024-04-13 20:11
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Ahh, I remembered something in the changelog about this:

0.1.0e

    Added: sfx tracker: undo / selections / copy + paste single instruments / track data / patterns

If you were on an earlier version, it definitely wouldn't've worked. Glad to be of help!

P#146572 2024-04-13 20:43
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@packbat, wow, love the "64ish pulse", especially for deep notes! Thank you.

P#146596 2024-04-14 03:53
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@packbat: This is amazing 👌
(+a great packaging/testing/installation method!)
Thank you for putting these together - I'm sure they'll come in handy 🤓

P#146623 2024-04-14 15:41
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This is what I neeeeeeed! Wheee! Thanks much!

P#146662 2024-04-15 01:43

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