How do people turn regular music into Nintendo sounding music?

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SpyKiller112 said:
On this site, and there are many others like it people turn a regular song into something that sounds like it came from Nintendo... What program do they use?

http://jesusnes.ytmnd.com/
Through the magic of MIDI.

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Back in the day analog music, music comes in waves to store a full orchestra at a great sound takes A LOT OF memory, couldn't fit onto things unless it was compressed. People started digitizing music with WAV and MIDI files to shorten memory but it took away from sound quality but allowed digitizing effects. So you could here something like "The Wind Cries Mary" by Jimi sounding like it came out of a crappy casio recorder. If someone wants to make something sound like an 8 bit videogame, they are most likely using MIDI on something with minimal memory array.

You can get free recording programs out there I'm sure and decent sound cards come with basic crappy recording programs. Any questions ask away I just started getting into home recording and use a pretty respectable setup using Cubase 3.0 SL with Steinberg which can do pretty much the same thing as Acid, Cakewalk, or ProTools but is much easier in my experience to work with.
 

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So i'm not really understanding. All i have to do is convert a song into MIDI and it will sound like a videogame? Or is there more to it?
 
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SpyKiller112 said:
So i'm not really understanding. All i have to do is convert a song into MIDI and it will sound like a videogame? Or is there more to it?
2 things:

1. What are you trying to accomplish(besides sounding like a video game), IE: making music for a movie, for part of something else, for a phone, etc.

2. MIDI can sound good too, it's just synthesized music. The easiest way to make video game sounding music is to use the cheapest program, with the cheapest keyboard, and a mid to cheap sound card. If you have something good that would be hilarious to say you can't make something sound like a video game, but honestly I've never tried it myself. I just know friends who had and they all did it through MIDI.
 

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djangojazz said:
1. What are you trying to accomplish(besides sounding like a video game), IE: making music for a movie, for part of something else, for a phone, etc.
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Sorry i haven't replied in a long time. I didn't get the email notification on the new post.

Anyway, I would want to make this music just to listen to... on my computer or my mp3 player.

So lets pretend I have the song "Hey Jude - The Beatles" What is my next step towards my goal? ex: what program
 
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