Here is another of my latest modded old Game Boys. This one is sprayed in real aluminium and black. It has a white backlight biverted screen, ProSound and all the usual mods for making music. Link to external gallery.
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
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.
MVGEN is a really cool site where you can upload your music and get a crazy music video for it. Check out this retro thing it made for my Game Boy track Crunch Beats (Extended Version)
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?
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.
I did an extended version of my Gameboy techno tune and replaced the old one on Soundcloud. I think it turned out pretty good. Check it out.
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. 🙂
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!
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.