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I completed another Game Boy build. This one has 10 mods

July 9, 2018  |  Blog, Gameboy, Portable, Retro

Another refurbished old Game Boy finished. I’m selling this on E-bay.

It has ten mods:

– New blue shell
– White backlight screen.
– Bivert chip, for improved contrast and less ghosting.
– Brand new plastic screen lens.
– ProSound mod to the original headphone jack.
– Bass Boost mod for more sub bass.
– A second Bass mod that increases audible bass sounds.
– 1000 uF decoupling capacitor for less noise.
– New green buttons
– New green silicon parts

My Play It Loud Gameboy Clear with 7 mods

May 27, 2018  |  Blog, Gameboy, Portable, Retro

I’m having another round of Game Boy mania at the moment. Been refurbishing and modding the old original and Play-it-loud models. This one turned out pretty nice don’t you think? It’s specifically modded to be used for making music/noises with programs like LSDJ and Nanoloop.

First mod on my Game Boy DMG-01

September 5, 2016  |  Chip music, Gameboy

Game Boy Crystal

I haven’t had time to do the GBAmp3 mods yet but today I reserved an hour of my time to remove the innards of the gray/yellowed 1989 Game Boy classic and put it inside a new see-through case. It looks pretty cool now don’t you think?

GBAmp3 is an amplifier module for Nintendo Gameboy

August 31, 2016  |  Chip music, DIY, Gameboy

GBAmp3 for Nintendo Gameboy
Two GBAmp3, one new speaker and swedish coin for size.

I haven’t grown tired of making chip music on my two Gameboys yet but one thing I have come to dislike is how quiet they are. Like, how in the world could kids hear anything on these things back in the day. It’s close to impossible to sit on a train with headphones and try to make music on it when there are people around talking.

I searched the net for a solution and found this little wonderful amplifier made and sold by Anton Veretenenko on Tindie. Not only does it bump up the volume a lot, but it also cleans away the high pitch noise. I bought one for each Gameboy and one new speaker to the Gameboy Color. I haven’t installed them yet but I will try to get it done this weekend. Stay tuned for sound examples.

Crunchy Beats [Nintendo Gameboy]

August 20, 2016  |  8-bit, Chip music, Gameboy

I still think it’s pretty fun to make noisy noises on my Gameboy so I’ve just spent a few hours finishing up the track I made a demo of the other week. I have given it the name Crunchy Beats and you can listen to it below.

Now I must concentrate on finishing my album, which will sound completely different. More analog and much less 8-bit digital. 🙂

Listen to my new Gameboy live mix

August 15, 2016  |  Chip music, Gameboy

After I did the so called Prosound mod on my Gameboy Color I spent a few hours to get to know Nanoloop again. In the beginning it’s a bit of a hassle to work with, but after a while I managed to do some interesting lo-tech loops. Here is a live recording from last night. Everything was done in one take, without any editing except noise reduction, EQ (for beafier bass) and a tiny bit of compression. Check it out if you’re into chip tune music on the more techier side. Lo-tech techno!

One Nintendo Gameboy open and ready for modification

August 11, 2016  |  Chip music, DIY, Gameboy

The inside of a Game boy

Today I got that special screwdriver I needed to be able to open up the Gameboy. The tool is called a Philips Triwing and it can be used to unscrew other Nintendo things as well. Alas my old original, yellowed Gameboy is now open and ready for some serious fixery.

I’m planning to do three things: Fixing the D-pad, fixing the dead pixels on the screen and soldering a new line-out to improve sound quality.

Update: The plastic thing under the D-pad was broken so I had to order replacement parts. While I wait for that to arrive from Hong Kong I decided to do the Prosound mod on my Gameboy Color instead. It was pretty simple and took maybe one hour and a half from start to finish. It sounds a bit better now so I will start to make some Nanoloop noises on it and upload to Soundcloud.