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L I T T L E   S O U N D   D J
HELLO

Welcome to the official homepage of Little Sound Dj, the Game Boy/Game Boy Color tool of choice for amateur & professional musicians and composers!

 
CONCEPT

The basic idea is to transform a plain Game Boy/Game Boy Color into a full-fledged music workstation.

  • Sequencer

    The sequencer of Little Sound Dj has a very open structure. It was designed to leave all the musical possibilities of the Gameboy in the hands of the user. The system can be said to be both simple and complex; it has a slight learning curve, but when learned, it is possible to transcribe a complete Bach piece to it on less than one hour.

  • Sound

    The Gameboy sound chip offers four channels with 4-bit sound. Custom waveforms can be created by free-hand drawing, or by using a subtractive synthesizer with resonant filters. For extra versatility, Little Sound Dj also contains a quite powerful arpeggiator, which possibilities go far beyond the classic C64-style chords.

  • Samples

    Sample-wise, Little Sound Dj boasts a set of 59 phonems for programmable speech. Besides that, it also features drum kits sampled from machines TR-606, TR-707, TR-727, TR-808, TR-909, CR-78, CR-8000, KR-55, DR-55, DR-110, DMX, Drumulator, RhythmAce, TOM and LinnDrum.

  • Synchronization

    It is possible to use a link cable to sync two Game Boys; great for party fun or for added polyphony! If you want to, you can sync LSDJ with Nanoloop. MIDI sync is possible too, if you are ready to build your own LSDj Midi Interface.

     

  • VISUALS



    Phrase Sequencer Instrument Editor
    Waveform Editor The Goods + 1 Classic Game Boy


     
    SOUNDS

    lsd_dmgvscgb.mp3 (GB Classic followed by GB Color, 220 kB)
    lsd_sweet_boy.mp3 (speech example, 62 kB)

    3step (By Puss, 2.7 MB)
    Dubslide (By Covox, 2.3 MB)
    Micro 2 Step (By EDMX (© Breakin' Records), 1.8 MB)
    Kinetiskt Porslin (By Role Model, 2.9 MB)

     

    HOW TO GET IT

    Official Little Sound Dj cartridges have not been produced for a very long time. There are no definite plans to start again, for several reasons. Sorry for the inconvenience!

    If you still want to use the software, an option is to purchase access to the full-version ROM image file. The software costs 0.01 USD + a voluntary (really appreciated) donation. It can then be used either with a Gameboy emulator (on PC, Mac or PSP) or a Game Boy backup device (e.g. e-merger, transferer, xchanger, pc-linker). Backup devices can be bought for example at HK EMS (on request), Console Goods, Kitsch-Bent, noiseandroid, Retro Towers or Nonfinite.

    It is really recommended to get a backup device, so you can backup your songs and protect yourself against data loss. Transferer cartridges are powered by a clock battery that eventually WILL run out (even if it can take many years if you're lucky).

    More information on how to put the program on a cartridge can be found here and here.

    ← Purchase the full version ROM here!
    ← "You rock!" price: 5$
    Donation through Bitcoin possible on request!
     

    FREE DOWNLOADS

    The latest demo ROM image and documentation can be downloaded here. Feel free to try it out with a decent Game Boy emulator; some good alternatives are BGB (best emulator, PC only), Gambatte (PC/Linux/Mac), and RIN (PSP).

    Keep in mind that sound emulation can never be 100%, mostly because the low-grade hardware used in Game Boys adds some characteristic noise. Little Sound Dj should however run OK with the emulators listed above. The recommendation should be to try out the demo version with some different emulators until you find one you like.

     

    MORE INFO

    For more information, check out the Little Sound Dj Wiki. It contains FAQs, artist links, tutorials submitted by LSDj users, and much much more.
     
    If you wish to receive the latest news about the project, join the LSDj mailing list.

    If you have bug reports or any questions that can't be answered by the FAQ, feel free to mail info at littlesounddj.com.
     

    Nintendo, Game Boy and Game Boy Color are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Inc.
    Nintendo, Inc. has not authorized, approved of, or licensed Little Sound Dj or this site.