NitroTracker, DS Music Tool, Now Open Source

One of the most beloved tools in Nintendo DS homebrew has become free software, under the GPL v3. Talk about restrictive platforms – the DS requires special hardware just to get this app to run. But even with a couple of people involved in development, that could mean better, more frequent updates. I also wonder if we might see this largely-native code ported or adapted to another platform. (It’d work especially well with hardware that’s got a stylus.) The code release is not for everyone, as indicated by the phrases that mark the site: Do you write VBlank handlers instead …

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Arduino Piano Gets an Open Source “Squealer” Synth Engine

Clean is overrated. If you’re ready for a little digital dirt in your synth life, powered by the open-source Arduino hardware, Marc Nostromo’s Squealer is for you. Built atop the wonderful, Arduino-based Pocket Piano kit by Critter and Guitari, it’s a full-blown, simple, digitally-gritty synthesis engine. You get a monosynth, some fixed waveforms, a resonant filter, decay, and some aliasing tricks for extra grit. The big news: the Arduino Piano Squealer is now under a GPL license. Official Arduino Piano Squealer Synth Page has everything you need Announcement of GPL v3 All at Mustalk@createdigitalmusic.com Here’s what it sounds like: SAP+BOM+Dodgey …

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