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‘Ghostbusters’ Theme Played on 8 Floppy Drives

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By HVvids on August 20, 2012

Each drive is a different chord. Technology hacks like this one never cease to amaze us.

MrSolidSnake745 breaks down his extensive recording process:

When I decide to do a song, these are the steps or stages I go through:

1. Find the song in MIDI format
2. Determine if the song is do-able on floppy drives
3. Create a project in FL Studio and start editing the MIDI
4. Test on drives
5. Edit MIDI some more
6. Test on drives
7. Make a decision whether to record or not
8. Record (Left Channel, Right Channel, Both, Video)
9. Edit audio
10. Edit video
11. Merge

Let me break it down a little further for you =D

1. Find the song in MIDI format

There is a reason this is a step, even though it might seem trivial. Sometimes it’s really difficult to track down a good MIDI of the song I want to do. There’s a ton of MIDIs out there that really aren’t the exact song, but instead a popular bit/piece of it.

Then you have the MIDIs that just don’t sound like it at all or there might not be a MIDI available at all! The worst situation is when there is a good MIDI, but I can’t get my hands on it because I have to contact someone to get it, but that person NEVER replies! WTF!

2. Determine if the song is do-able on floppy drives

I know a lot of tricks/techniques for making songs sound good on my drives, but there are definitely some major exceptions.

So at this point, I’ve got a decent MIDI, but I still need to make sure it will work for the drives. One of the things that stop me from doing a song usually are songs where the notes travel more than 5 octaves. The drives are limited to octaves (as denoted in FL Studio) 1 to the very first note of 5, which is C of course.

Another thing that stops me is songs with a lot of low, long notes. They’re meant to just be played in the background against some other, more prominent instrument/track, but I have no such thing as volume control.

I also think about whether there will be enough and suitable parts for my 8 drives. If it falls short of eight unique parts, I look for ways to fill it in. What I mean by suitable is that not all my drives were made equal. Some do things better than others. Drive 7 for instance is my ultimate bass drive. Nothing is better at it than that one.

Read the full thread on AbyssalGaming.

Also, because you can never have too much Bill Murray, here’s Eclectic Method’s supercut of the Ghostbusters star, uh, introducing himself:

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