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YMDJ – Sega Genesis/Megadrive Tracker

YMDJv007 - Screen Shot

Not to worry, that light-blue-on-red color scheme is set to change.



For those difficult holdouts who refuse to harness the convenience of a modern laptop – a native music tracker by the name of YMDJ (v0.07) has been released for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive/Nomad line of video game consoles. This new chip-based audio utility is still very much in it’s infancy, but shows promise now that it sports a familiar LSDJ layout with partial control of the PSG sound generators/one channel of FM.

If you have a Genesis, Mega Drive or Nomad in a box somewhere and you’re looking to add a bit of Rage House/Sprash Wave to your production, these systems are worth holding on to. If you don’t currently own any of the aforementioned consoles, the Sega Genesis can be had for much less than the cost of a Yamaha TX81Z these days. There doesn’t seem to be much point in paying a 2014 premium for a portable Sega Nomad handheld (+flash cart) just to say you can track on antiquated hardware, but to each their own. That’s so 2002 anyway.

It looks like there are many more updates in the works as well as a few rumblings of cross-pollination with modern PC tracker Deflemask. In short, if this momentum keeps up, YMDJ might soon become that proverbial Chaos Emerald your production has been searching for.

Follow the progress at Chipmusic.org or Spritesmind.net

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