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PIXELTONE COLLAGE TUTORIAL by Rakugaki-otoko PIXELTONE COLLAGE TUTORIAL by Rakugaki-otoko
OK, before you go clicking full-view on this one. please don't. just download it for your own good. it's HUGE.

This was requested by a friend.
It took me about 5 hours to finish and I'm happy with how it turned out.
This is a tutorial for the freeware music composing program called Pixeltone Collage (also sometimes called pxtone) made by the man himself, Daisuke Amaya (aka Pixel), the creator of popular freeware game Cave Story.

Here's his website
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And if you're having trouble navigating, here's the direct download from his website.
[link]
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:icond--monik:
D--Monik Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
hey, I'm wondering about bringing in sound samples, mainly of instruments ect.  What note should I bring the instrument samples in at to get them to match up with the keyboard.  I have brought a few pan-flute sounds in that were apparently in C but they sound out of key pretty badly when i match them up with one of the packaged wavs that came with pxtone.  Any help would be great thank you! there is very little documentation about this program unfortunately.
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's true, there isnt much documentation about this program unfortunately. Im not sure what to tell you honestly. One thing you can do -which will be tedious- is to manually tweak each instrument in the "key correct" on the bottom left tab labeled Volume Panel. Im not sure what else
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:icond--monik:
D--Monik Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2016
hey thanks for the reply, I actually ended up figuring it out for anyone that mite still be having issues.  They key to import instrument samples or any other samples for that matter in at is A.  A matches up pitch perfectly with the included sounds, luckily, for what I was looking for I was able to find that the Philharmonic orchestra offers an entire library of instrument samples free for commercial use.   if you or anyone else is interested heres where you can grab them:  www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore…      unfortunately they must be converted to wav but a free converter will do this just fine, and they include many types of notes in basically every key, its a fantastic resource.

Also Raku, just out of curiosity,  I found you on twitter and love your music, I noticed you had some contact with Toby.  Any idea what programs he used to make the music for undertale?  I know I'm preaching to the wrong choir here but his music is incredible, would be interesting to know.

For now tho I'll stick to playing with PXtone, I really love the program, working on a game as well for 2 years with my artist buddy epictones.deviantart.com/ and trying to come up with some melodies.
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:iconrakugaki-otoko:
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ah thanks for the info. And no, Im not sure what Toby uses, probably FL studio I think
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KevinHilt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I would call "THE IMPORTANT BUTTON" the Quantize Value Selector, since it's setting what fraction a beat is perfectly split into with each pencil stroke. However, "the important button" is just as effective. (:

This is an amazing little piece of software and I'm surprised I've never heard of it before. Your walkthrough was immensely helpful, so thank you! I'm going to have a lot of fun playing around with this now since it's going to make creating chiptunes a lot easier than conventional DAWs. Thanks again!
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, good to learn, thank you.
And Im glad I could help spread the word about this program!
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DeadlyComics Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! This was a lot easier to get the hang of than trackers...
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it could help!
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Rukunetsu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Learning me a new program today.
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAS~!
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esztergnom Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
nice! i use FL studio as DAW, but i think im going to make some chiptunes with this!
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is probably intended for making chiptunes.
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Sorame Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
It can make far more epic music though.

I noticed from listening to various songs that PXTone-made songs generally tends to sound more impressive than other composers.
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed. It's mostly for lo-fi music. I'm actually using it to make the soundtrack of a game I'm making and it sounds pretty legitimate.
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Sorame Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
lo-fi?
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that's the right term for it, yes.
From wikipedia:
"Low fidelity or lo-fi describes a sound recording which contains technical flaws such as distortion, hum, or background noise, or limited frequency response."

Not so much the distortion, hum, or background noise parts, but it does seem that PXtone has a limited frequency response.
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Sorame Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Ah, I see. :3

I don't know if it's the lo-fi that makes PXTone good, but...
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Nebelstern Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Digital Artist
ooh I see... o.o'
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:iconjajitsu:
JaJitsu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student General Artist
sweet i need to read this sometime.
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:iconrakugaki-otoko:
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, you do.
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Opa2 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist
Now there are some stuff I didn't know about PXTone
Thanks for sharing this with us man :thumbsup:
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Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem~
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