6 Ways to tell your subwoofer is set incorrectly.

  1. You set it by ear. Our ears are not perfect and neither are our perceptions. Mostly what we know is relative. We may have chose to set the subwoofer to a certain level only because its what we are used to. Maybe we guessed. Its probably too loud. We cannot match calibrated microphones or electronic software.
  2. You set the crossover to to match the factory specs on your speakers. In the real world you probably don’t get the promised bass extension. Smaller woofers just don’t produce the levels you need in your room or listening position. You must set the crossover correctly and not by the factory specs.
  3. Audible distortion. Maybe you are pushing your subwoofer too loud and its clipping during those movie explosions. But it could be your room. Check your levels again. Use subwoofer protection in your receiver if it has it.
  4. You hear a drop out during the THX DVD crossover test. Set your crossover higher and do the test again. Repeat till its perfect. If you have a major loss of bass its probably not set up right and it isn’t your room.
  5. Bass is indistinct or feels floaty. Check your phase switch. Most likely + is the correct setting if your subwoofer is near the front of the room. Make sure all your cabling is set correctly too to avoid phasing.
  6. You aren’t happy with its sound. Try putting it in a different place in the room.
May 11, 2012 on 11:26 pm

Hosa Cable is Donkey Shit

Hosa sells shitty cables that pollute the earth. A low-end cable should be able to function for years. The Hosa I bought can’t meet this requirement. Their cables sound scratchy even when they look brand new. Hosa cable sucks. They should stop selling cheap products in the USA.

May 5, 2012 on 6:17 pm

Sample Store Has Gone "Pay What You Like"

New: Pay any amount you think is appropriate for all sample products in the web store. Just click on “BUY” in the navigation tab to enter the web store. Use the donate buttons and you will be taken to paypal where you can enter any dollar amount.

April 30, 2012 on 8:50 pm

Don't sell synthesizers to hipsters

If you give a hipster a synth they’ll ask for a glass of milk.

April 21, 2012 on 9:32 pm


April 19, 2012 on 12:45 pm

Ubiktune Releases Soundshock FM Funk Terror 2

funk terror by ubiktune

This release is of various artists of artists who deal solely in FM synthesis. Completely amazing compositions. Free Download.

Links http://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi044-various-artists-soundshock-2-fm-funk-terrror

April 6, 2012 on 1:13 pm

Chip Tune Live Performance Video – Mail Order Monsters

Mail Order Monsters is a group from Michigan that uses many synth-controlled SID chips live.

April 6, 2012 on 12:33 pm

What genre of patches would you buy for a synth?

What do you think of the Arturia Microbrute?

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March 28, 2012 on 1:34 pm

Roland Gets It Wirelessly

Rolands Connect Wireless Recording for iPhone

Roland's Connect Wireless Recording for iPhone

-Compatible with Roland’s JUNO-Di, JUNO-Gi, JUPITER-80, JUPITER-50, Lucina AX-09, BK-5/BK-5 OR. V-Drums Sound Modules (TD-30, TD-15, TD-11) and V-Accordion FR-1x

What is it? A USB adaptor for many current models of instrument that lets you record wirelessly to the iPhone. Only “Air Recorder” and “V-drums Friend” is supported for now, but thats still pretty cool and hopefully continued support for this kind of thing happens and is available in more apps.

March 21, 2012 on 9:17 am

Jupiter-50 Is The Nail In The Coffin For Korg


Jupiter-50 is the nail in the coffin for almost all current Korg fans. With its screen looking like the same as a Juno GI, Roland has learned to create an affordable and reliable platform to present sounds that surpass anything Korg has ever had to offer. Korg’s Kronos line is based on an out of date machine, the old OASYS with technology from 7 years ago. Korg has absolutely nothing to compete with the Jupiter-50. Recent reliability issues and questions about its build quality have cropped up for Korg. The price of its premium piano, the SV1 has dropped again today for the same reasons: a bad reputation. Roland is taking lessons from its Juno hardware to create the Jupiter-50 in what should be a solid keyboard with the cutting edge of technology. If you wanted a cheaper version of the Jupiter-80, or a portable version of the Supernatural Piano here it is. Hopefully it isn’t Jupiter-expensive, negating the benefit to the user. It should be released in late spring.

March 21, 2012 on 8:30 am

Roland is perfect for Dubstep, Dirty bass, and "Skrill...

Newer Roland synthesizers are perfect for formulating “modern” bass sounds. The super saw, FM modulation, Filter LFO, Lo-fi processor, and sideband filters on the V-synths, Jupiter-80?, Gaias allow for the hard insectile sound found in drum n bass, and dub.

Here are some settings to try:

2 Super saws. 2nd is detuned- and one an octave lower. Pitch envelope optional ->

FM Modulation ON->

-12db Filter with slow LFO, sync, and fade in. triangle shape.

Lo-fi Processor Filter->

->Analog Chorus Master Effect.

You can substitute Sideband filter for the lo-fi processor and you start getting “transformers” type sounds, and it will also take some of the top end off.

Enjoy & Experiment.

March 17, 2012 on 11:56 am

Windows XP 50% Photogray Theme for Editing Download

I made a windows XP theme for photo editing that uses mostly 50% gray as not to colour your eyesight when editing. It could also be an efficient theme for mixing. Text size has been bumped up for high resolution monitors. Download Here

If you are on an LCD monitor (most are) download the ClearType Tuning control panel for windows xp. It anti-aliases fonts for readability.

March 11, 2012 on 2:20 pm

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March 7, 2012 on 9:47 pm

iPad Docks Are Outdated In 2012

Captain Picard never put his data pad in a dock. It is not something he’d travel with. In a fictional world filled with data pad docks, he’d have to make sure the ships he was traveling to had docks compliant with his data pad. Picard would be switching iPad adapters, trying find the right one that transfers “the virus” while the Borg take over. This would be unacceptable. Thankfully all the functions of the data pad were wireless. He was able to save the day. Musical connections should be wireless & digital too. Leave the interfaces, docks, and wires out of the future. They don’t fit in a bag and nobody wants to carry them around.

If you are thinking, but hey, how am I supposed to connect a microphone or other instrument? Ask yourself this: If it was were truly worth using in conjunction with a portable device, wouldn’t it already have its own wireless connections built in? Leave the docks and wires out of it. They are nonstandard, not portable, and add an extra cost for the user.

February 11, 2012 on 10:26 am

News: Switched to Vimeo, RSS Feed UPDATE

Most of my videos have been switched from Youtube to Vimeo.

Check my new channel

That means you may have trouble with my RSS feed, which previously used Feedburner & Google. I no longer use any Google products. I don’t like their companies any more for many reasons. All youtube embeds will be gone. Not every video will be back on Vimeo

Vimeo is easier for me to use. The uploads seem faster. The descriptions are easy to edit. Load times are good. I don’t have to deal with the spam either. At the moment I don’t use any google products whatsoever. With my youtube & google account gone I don’t have to worry deal with their crap. It is my data after all and it should show up where I like.

Updated RSS FEED: feed://www.chipcollection.com/feed/rss/ Try that link or http://www.chipcollection.com/rss

Later this year I may make a new radio stream for this site, and also change webservers to my own hosting, but I’m not sure yet.

February 7, 2012 on 1:15 pm

First Look: Waldorf Pulse 2



Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

  • 3 analog oscillators + 1 noise generator
  • Pulse width modulation
  • Hard sync
  • Filter FM from Oscillator 3
  • Ring Modulation from Oscillator 3
  • XOR Osc Mode
  • 8/4 Voice Paraphonic modes
  • Cascade Filter
  • 24dB/12db Lowpass, 12db Highpass/Bandpass filter modes
  • Powerful Arpeggiator
  • 8-slot Modulation Matrix
  • USB
  • MIDI
  • External analog signal input
  • Stereo line out
  • Headphone out
  • Backwards compatible with classic Pulse
  • 128×64 character backlit LCD
  • 8 stainless steel knobs
  • 500 Sound Programs
  • Electron-absorbing black case
January 19, 2012 on 9:01 am

Dat Synth



Dat Brute!


Dat Kaos!201201182341.jpg



January 18, 2012 on 9:43 pm

Joining the Internet Blackout Jan 18th

This site will be joining the internet blackout Jan 18th to protest internet censorship and government control. The site will be “offline” with a redirected homepage. Also, the site will be moving from evil Godaddy hosting, as soon as convenient. There has been no problem with our host, but they clearly lack leadership and responsibility. In the meantime the “censorship” bar will be displayed, which links to an anti-censorship resource.

The fact I have to do this is kind of annoying, but I had no idea that government would try to turn our the internet into the plot from Metal Gear Solid 2. I’d hope international people would also protest.


January 15, 2012 on 9:54 am

ArmedSynth – Juno 60, Moog Prodigy, Nordlead G2

Roland Juno 60 – Moog Prodigy – Nordlead G2 by Armedsynth

Great music!

January 13, 2012 on 8:20 pm

Casio XW-P1

So far we have small korg-like mod wheels, a cryptic model name, and maybe some step faders/switches? Keys look on the small side. http://www.casiomusicgear.com/

Unless we find it does something new sound-wise, I’m not looking forward to it yet.

casio unveiled

January 8, 2012 on 9:51 am

NEW V-synth Patches Available

Roland V-synth

V-Synth Demo by Chip Collection

Available in the webstore is a bank of new V-Synth Patches. 180+ of them! Previous soundbanks are included but have been carefully remastered and retouched! These are versions that have not been released anywhere.

A total of 188 patches! 19MB.

Dubstep Patches

Moog Little Phatty Recreation patches

Orchestral Bank (Violins, Viola, French Horn, Tuba etc.)

Amp & Distortion for Guitars/outboard gear.

All remastered and rechecked with new FX setups.

Arpeggiations, Melodic Rhythms, and MORE.

Product Link:


I hope you like them!

September 3, 2011 on 5:13 pm

Making the "Sexy Bitch" dance lead.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a sound similar to the “Sexy Bitch” dance lead. It uses harmonic 7ths which are also used in the classic Korg M1 organ sound. Make note of the sub oscillator.

OSC1: Juno Saw (or regular saw)
Coarse Pitch: 0
Sub Oscillator: -1 octave, level 127

OSC2: Square
Coarse Pitch: +19 (this is a whole octave and a 7th above)
Sub Oscillator: OFF

FX: Limiter 4:1 ratio, hard attack, high threshold
Guitar Amp Lead Distortion, Bass Guitar Speaker.
Reverb: Light reverb or chorus if desired.

This is only part of the sound. You could use noise in the attack if you have a third oscillator. You could also use another sub bass harmonic to be more like the original dance lead.

You can use this formula and play with it some more to get the sound you want. The reason this works in the mix is because the pitch difference of OSC1 and OSC2 allows space for other instruments or vocals in between.

May 13, 2011 on 11:50 am

Ambient Whaler

Ambient Whaler by Stealthgear

A new track I made with Roland V-Synth, Sylenth, and Purity. Downloads enabled.

May 7, 2011 on 12:21 pm

Roland Jupiter-80 Second Thoughts On Lack of Sampling


After listening to the Jupiter-80 again I have to say I’m very impressed. One issue keeping people from liking it is the lack of sampling. I think Roland’s reasoning is that the Supernatural sounds take place of any multisampling or single shots of everyday instruments. They went to a lot of trouble to program these sounds in a way that is not static like a sample, but flowing and dynamic. Also, If you are making your own sounds from complete scratch with all layers this machine is capable of, its going to be ridiculous to get into single shot or multi samples. I’m sure the idea is to build off what they have already provided for you. Compared to something like the V-synth GT or V-synth factory presets I think they’ve got better presets on the Jupiter-80. After listening to more demos, I think they have given you more than enough to start tweaking useful sounds.

One other thing to note was the possibility of layering an arpeggiator with other sounds. You can play a pad with a chord and automatically have a different arpeggiator cycling in the “background”. I’m not sure what other roland equipment does this, but its very powerful. It sounds like you are playing an entire song with a few keys. The amount of layering on the Jupiter-80 can save a lot of time and sound very good.

The other problem Roland has on their hands is all the comments from analog purists. Jupiter-80 obviously is digital and getting a lot hate because it isn’t like the Jupiter-8. It is still meant to be their top of the line keyboard. This is probably the most advanced keyboard they’ve ever made, lacking sequencer. From one perspective, the Jupiter-80 can sound much better than what the Jupiter-8 does. If you want your music to stay in the past, get something thats been available for 30 years. If you want to go to the future get the Jupiter-80.

Things I like on Jupiter-80:

- Layered Sounds + Arpeggiator.

- Super Natural Sounds & rom take place of sampling (save time)

- Color Scheme

- Sheer Power

More Jupiter-80

Jupiter-80 in french (skip to the end-ish)

April 13, 2011 on 5:19 pm

Korg Monotribe



This might be fun for making patterns if the price is low. It looks to have the same ribbon controller as monotron. Thats very disappointing if you need a keyboard. There is no midi or usb so it does not fit in with other Korg gear. It looks to have a sequencer so I’m thinking standalone pattern use only.

April 5, 2011 on 5:57 am

Roland Jupiter-80 Pictures Leaked





Well it looks to be exactly like I predicted; A compliment to the V-synth (pianos/orchestral synth) and lacking features so it doesn’t tread on Fantom G sales. (no sequencing & sampling).

April 3, 2011 on 6:45 am

What will the Jupiter-80 be?

Roland has hinted at an “upgrade” from the original Jupiter-8. I suspect its not a new product line and I am guesing that it will not compete against the Fantom G. It will likely be:

-Multitimbral Synth Engine (high powered V-synth)

-Auto-tune & Vocoder builtin.

-Substantial Pianos / Orchestral sounds builtin or something with a sample set like what AX-synth has.

-Built for live performance, with multi d-beam, and touch pad matrix, and knobs.

It is obvious Roland needed a product that is more oriented to synthesizer music with extra features for a long time, kind of like a V-synth that goes beyond the scope of its purpose. I’m sure it will also be missing something obvious so that it doesn’t retread on another product that is currently in existence, like the Fantom G or V-synth GT. They wouldn’t cannibalize those products again, because the new Junos already do that. They also would not kill the V-synth line by including all of its features, so it is likely not to have the same structure.

we will find out soon….

March 30, 2011 on 12:28 pm

Korg Kronos Revealed

Korg Kronos found on Hipasonic.com

What is it? A premium piano, electric piano, tonewheel organ, MS-20, Korg PolySix, AL-1 Analog Synth, Waveshaping, Plucked String, and HD-1 High Definition synthesizer.

AND a sequencer!!!


This is definitely a M30 replacement/companion. It comes in 61, 76, and 88 keys. I want to hear this mafucka!

Might have to wait till tomarrow or friday. It might be expensive, but very quiet. It contains a Solid State Drive (SSD)





January 12, 2011 on 8:44 pm

Major New Synth from Roland (?)



Sell your V-synth GTs, looks like another synth is coming.

January 10, 2011 on 12:31 pm

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