So, what's your favourite NES expansion chip?
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Level 12 Chipist
post #180023 :: 2023.12.03 2:26am
  cabbage drop, Titan of Plasma, Opilion, damifortune and kleeder liēkd this
Felt bored so I'm kinda curious

To anyone who has used any of them before, what's your favourite?
(VRC6, VRC7, FDS, N163, S5B, MMC5)

I myself don't really have a favourite, but if i had to choose 1, it would be the N163, simply because of how overpowered it is to use.
Level 31 Chipist
post #180029 :: 2023.12.03 3:40am
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I'm boring x)
Level 24 XHBist
post #180041 :: 2023.12.03 5:13am
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Level 31 Chipist
post #180042 :: 2023.12.03 5:31am
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N163 for sure, even if it's a little larger than life when tracking for it, you can still make some really lovely and convincing "samples"
Level 17 Chipist
post #180044 :: 2023.12.03 6:12am
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Yes N163 is so cool! That's the one I would pick!

(never tried VRC6 and VRC7)
Level 19 Mixist
post #180046 :: 2023.12.03 6:17am
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uhh mmc1
or vrc7
vrc7 is something
Level 16 Mixist
post #180049 :: 2023.12.03 7:00am
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I really like the nu11 combo. VRC6, MMC5, and FDS. If I HAVE to choose one, VRC6.
Level 26 Chipist
post #180050 :: 2023.12.03 7:08am
  cabbage drop, SRB2er, Opilion and damifortune liēkd this
Also boring and claim VRC6 because it sounds closest to what I associate with the chip. That being said I love hearing what crazy stuff people come up with in VRC7 and N163
Level 15 Mixist
post #180055 :: 2023.12.03 8:24am
  Bravoman, lasersphaser, SRB2er, Opilion and damifortune liēkd this
N163 has the most variety in it's sound and it's capabilities are insane... though the S5B is still my favourite. I dunno what Sunsoft did with that chip but it'll forever be my favourite because of what they did with it. Gotta love Mr. Gimmick!
Level 21 Chipist
Titan of Plasma
post #180060 :: 2023.12.03 9:55am :: edit 2023.12.03 9:56am
  Bravoman, cabbage drop, SRB2er and Opilion liēkd this
Oh, nice topic. Some years ago, I remember answering this question at the FamiTracker server; a question that degenerated into turning Famicom expansion soundchips into waifus. That's a long story for another day, so here are my answers.

First: VRC7. Since my cover of Mario Land's Moon Theme got so unexpectedly loved, I love the chip too.

Runner-up: FDS. It'd be #1 wasn't it because it has only one channel.

Ironically, I've never wrote a single song using the N163... ever. And I was fairly known at the FT server because S5B hated me. No, I don't hate it, it hates ME ^_^.
Level 20 Mixist
post #180068 :: 2023.12.03 12:35pm
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Anything where I get to draw the Funny Shapes (N163/FDS)
Level 22 Chipist
post #180076 :: 2023.12.03 4:07pm
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MMC5 + 5B has been my go to for making covers for a while. If you use the noise for percussion and the envelope tones for bass, you can get a more gritty sound out of the 5B, which is quite nice as someone who covers rock/metal oriented stuff

VRC6 and 7 are also pretty solid for me, don't have much use for N163 and FDS tho, because I have no idea how to do good wavetable design

what the heck even is a EPSM
Level 20 Chipist
post #180085 :: 2023.12.03 5:35pm
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VRC7 is so powerful that it feels foolish to compare it to anything else
Level 23 Chipist
post #180092 :: 2023.12.03 6:50pm
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I like the way the VRC7 sounds with the NES, no other FM chips' sound comes quite close to the sound of the OPLL and it's derivatives.

However, an honorable mention for me would be the MMC5, it's very simple but it doubles the 2A03's firepower without causing it to stray so far away from that classic NES sound.
Level 28 Chipist
post #180109 :: 2023.12.04 3:14am
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vrc6 -- from a user tracking perspective
however no expansions is my preferred
Level 21 Chipist
post #180117 :: 2023.12.04 4:17am
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VRC6 -- similar sounds, (nearly) doubles the channel count so you can make fuller more interesting soundscapes, adds pulse waves with JUST enough steps to PWM with.
Level 30 Mixist
post #180128 :: 2023.12.04 6:10am
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long doritos
Level 12 Chipist
post #180133 :: 2023.12.04 7:25am
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personal opinion? MMC5 is underrated
It's like never used, and it's lesser known PCM feature is like only on furnace

Ik it's just 2 more pulse channels, but sometimes, 2 more pulse channels is just what you need (sure VRC6 had better pulse, but MMC5 is still good)
Level 18 Mixist
Arcane Toaster
post #180148 :: 2023.12.04 1:03pm
VRC6... the classic... FDS is a close second though, i love the kind of color it can add to 2a03
Level 18 Chipist
post #180151 :: 2023.12.04 1:28pm
N163 because i love extra waveform channels in my fami-chan, even if it might sound not good if you use more than 6 channels due to how cheap it is.
VRC6 would be a second option i think.

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