Meet Chippy: a synth I wrote

I’m excited to share a long-burning project of mine that I’ve recently completed.  Chippy is a chiptune synthesizer, written as a Max for Live device.  It has lots of cool features.

  • 16 voice polyphony
  • 5 preset waveforms
  • 1 custom draw-able wavetable
  • interactive scope
  • vibrato
  • bit-rate destruction
  • low pass filter to negate bit-rate destruction

Chippy 2.0

I’ll probably add some features along the way, but for now this is what I will be using in my class for the chiptune assignment.  I’ve posted the device on maxforlive.com for all to enjoy.

Readers will recognize this as an extended version of the device built in the Chiptune chapter of Interactive Composition.  At one point in the chapter I actively decide not to go the path of writing the polyphonic version of Chippy – polyphony in Max is not a task for beginners or most intermediate users of Ableton or Max for Live.  Describing the process would almost warrant its own chapter, so I decided to skip it.

Enjoy Chippy, and I appreciate any feedback you might have!

Download Chippy

Author: Will Kuhn

I teach music technology to high schoolers. I do some other stuff too. @willkuhn on Twitter.