ScanScore Review

Recently I needed to import a bunch of PDFs of sheet music into Logic Pro X to make a remix for a project. I ended up having to basically just make a MIDI from scratch. This isn’t the first time I’ve come across this either. There are tons of MIDI collections of popular songs but there are even larger collections of sheet music PDFs out there. I’ve often found that the sheet music PDFs are more often than not, more correct and comprehensive than the MIDI version which sometimes takes short cuts, has wrong notes or is in a totally different key than the original.

I found that ScanScore is an excellent tool to help with this. I was actually impressed at how well it works. You can scan sheet music you have written or import a PDF or other image file you’ve gotten off the Internet. Once it’s scanned you can see the original vs the scanned version. If it gets a note wrong on occasion, you can just fix it up in the scan version which is basically an active playable piano roll just like you’d see in your DAWs. You can play the whole song to see how it was translated, and it has a nice piano sample actually, sounds fairly accurate for a program that’s focus is not outputting sound.


You can also do things like shift keys and change tempo, add notes ect. It most reminds me of editing in an old windows program called Noteworthy Composer I used in the 90s (this is a complement, Noteworthy was awesome!). Once you’ve gotten it cleaned up, you can export to MIDI or Music XML. ScanScore is not infallible however, I tried some complex classical music, and got some crazy mishmash of notes. It actually could still play it though, which was impressive. However, my success rate trying various PDFs was pretty good. Overall its a great tool for importing the occasional thing you need in a PDF format.

Timelapse ANSI Art Creation

Created in DosBox over about two hours. Lost the early creation footage but it was not very interesting.

GameChops Releases Epic Sonic Remix Album Spindash 2

450x450bbGamechops has long since established itself as the go-to label for awesome video game remixes. Dj Cutman’s crew has just released the extensive and polished Spindash 2. With tracks spanning the entire Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, you really get your moneys worth with this collection. Stand out tracks, in my personal opinion is Blind’s remix of Starlight (my all time favorite Sonic song) and Chjolo’s Totally Rad from Sonic Adventure 2. There is not a bad track on the album and I particularly like how they were able to breathe life into songs that have been remixed many times – especially those from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Grab this album today.

Beatscribe Sound Theme Now In Habitica Productivity RPG

I’m honored to announce that a new NES 8-bit sound theme I authored has been added to Habitica. If you aren’t aware of Habitica, it is absolutely one of the greatest apps I’ve ever used. As I’ve written about before, I feel like video games (especially RPGs) have taught me a lot and helped me to become a productive grownup.

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This is Beatscribe in Habitica

Habitica takes your every day task list and turns it into quests in a 8-bit RPG. The beauty of Habitica is there isn’t really anything to do except what you have to do in your day to day life. For example, you might set up a task “Write weekly article on blog” – clearly not one of my actual tasks, but it should be. When you complete it, you check it off and gain some experience and gold. When you and your friends start a “quest” you fight a monster or boss each night. Depending on how many of your tasks you did or didn’t do, you will damage the boss and/or he will damage you. You can also add bad habits in, like “Eat Donuts”, if you eat a donut, you click it and you will lose some HP that day. You do it yourself, so its basically honor system, but it wouldn’t be much fun if you cheated anyways.


A sample character in Habitica.

Theres an endless array of pets, mounts, armor, weaponry, hats, capes, etc. You never run out of things to do. It has really helped me to be more motivated. I just can’t stand knowing I’m going to miss out on a bunch of experience and gold if I decide not to floss. You can make a questing party with your friends to add further elements to it, and it really does help you all stay motivated, because, if your buddies start to slack off, the boss damages the whole party.

There are a bunch of great sound themes already on the site, but, I just had to add one that feels like the original Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy on the NES. The graphics just go so perfect with that kind of thing.

Try it out today, they have an iOS app but the web version is really best (thats where you can hear my theme as well). Its totally free but you can pay to unlock special things or progress quicker. Look me up (Beatscribe is my moniker of course) in the Retro Gaming guild too.

Play Original Legend of Zelda 3D in Browser

sdz5aalvkwmx2mpj2as4Celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Legend of Zelda, two programmers have created a WebGL 3D recreation of the Legend of Zelda. This is not a quick, cheap redo in 3D, it is incredibly faithful to the original and very polished graphically.

The fact that its all been done in Java script and you can play it right in your browser is also pretty awesome. Literally, just go to this page and you can play it. The controls are responsive and it really feels like the original. Enjoy.



Winter Chiptune Sale


I’m holding a special sale for the winter months (December to February) on all chiptune orders. You’ll be able to get 25% off anything you order. There are no limitations. You could order one song or 20 songs, straight chip style or a blended modern sound. Mastering and mixing is also included. Take advantage now! Just drop an email to with your needs.

MTRD – A minimalist tribute to NES Metroid with Music and Sound by Beatscribe

I’m happy to announce the results of our entry into the GameJolt MetroidJam competition. I did some ANSI art and all the music and sfx using Plogue chip sounds. MTRD is a minimalist take on the NES original. The graphics are fully ANSI-based and the music confines to the classic console. For me, it’s a double hit of nostalgia with the music and the text graphics.

The game jams gamejolt puts on are awesome. It’s great practice for programmers to work under deadlines and developer fast and efficiently. Some awesome games have come out of these jams and you should check them out. I worked with the talented Will Smith who did a great job in making a bunch of text characters really feel like the beloved classic.
MTRD is free and you can play it right now. It’s a quick hour-tops play. Go get it today! The soundtrack is free as well and comes with a bonus track if you grab it off Bandcamp. Aside from sticking to the NES chip’s limitations,  I also stuck to some of the classic Metroid sound design choices (no ARPs, very little vibrato, no dcpm samples).
The soundtrack includes abstract 8-bit covers of tunes from Metroid Prime and Super Metroid as well. It’s free so if you love the original game’s tunes check these out! Relaunched Today


Cutman has been a staple of the vgm remix and chiptune scene for some time with his awesome site and also the “This Week In Chiptune” podcast. As of today the site is being relaunched with all new content. More authors are signed on (I will continue to occasionally contribute stuff) and they’ll be lots great news, tutorials, rom hack lists and other things you’ve come to love from the site. Go and check it out today.

Beatscribe featured on uWin compilation now out on uCollective

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 7.01.45 AMIm very honored to share a release with some excellent and talented chip artists on the latest µCollective release “µWin“. It’s possibly the most diverse release I’ve ever been a part of. It features many submissions for Chiptunes=Win and especially seems to highlight less standard styles of Chiptunes music.

This is not a dance best kind of album, it has all kinds of tracks. Many of the tracks have a very moody and atmospheric feel which is just awesome. Some standout tracks in my opinion are Kubikami’s The Bothersomeness, Jentu’s Luna, and Evaleigh’s Apathy Syndrome. There’s so much variety its hard to pick a few to highlight.

My submission, “offline hours” is no exception. It’s one of the slowest pieces I’ve ever made. I wanted to make a Dave Gilmour style piece using the SNES. The entire thing is composed with only ten samples, most of them under a second in length. It really shows what the SNES was capable doing. These sounds come from a variety of games but I tries not to use them in their most standard way. I think I bent as many sounds as possible out of that tiny guitar harmonic sample. Go grab a copy today and keep supporting this awesome net label.
If you’re interested in making your own SNES tunes, this post from the past will get you started.

Spiddekauga Games Trailer for Voider – Upcoming Game With Beatscribe Music

This game is looking pretty sweet. The soundtrack is totally inspired by Metroid Prime and I think its some of my finest ambient-ish work. I will post more details soon.