ds music apps

updated 21/apr/09 with new programs!

the nintendo ds is an excellent platform for homebrew audio software – here’s a mostly complete list of some of the excellent free and commercially available sound toys that are available for the platform.

bliptracker
by dan/remaincalm
bliptracker
drum machine & sequencer
(source code available)
dsmcu
by dan/remaincalm
dsmcu
MCU-compatible mix controller
Seno
by A128
Seno
grid-based sequencer

groovestep
by bioroid
groovestep
incredibly powerful sequencer/synth
ds-10
by korg
korg ds-10
commercial sequencer, very good!
cellsDS
by Clone45
cellsDS
experimental lua sequencer

nitrotracker
by tobw
nitrotracker
awesome tracker, just updated to v0.4!
kaosDS
by tobw
kaosDS
converts touchscreen data into midi over wifi
Protein[DS]
(dscratch) by gorgull
protein[DS]
sample looper, scratcher, glitcher

dstep v2
by evil jed
dstep v2
cool looking sequencer
glitchDS
by Clone45
glitchDS
really powerful cellular automation sequencer
repeaterDS
by Clone45
repeaterDS
stuttering sample player

midipad
by Benji7905
midipad
a better kaoss clone
toypiano
by Brian Grogan Jr
toypiano
sampled piano
(source code available)
dstar
by therain
dstar
midi sequencer

monome ds
by GrizzlyAdams
monomeDS
monome emulation (midi control)
(source code available)
soundcells
by pakl
soundcells
cool-looking experimental synth
(source code available)
ukulele
by pakl
ukelele
sampled ukulele

dssynth
by evan morris
dsmi synth, looks interesting!
(haven’t tried it yet, source code available)
MIDI Jammer
by Andrew Buch
graphical midi tool
AXE
by tepples
chiptune solo! great fun
(source code available)

pulse ds
by tobw
psg midi synth
(source code available)
sampling keyboard
by tobw
kinda like a casio sk-1
(source code available)
drummers v2
(haven’t tried it yet)
FUDI Kaos DS
(haven’t tried it yet)
knobs and sliders
(haven’t tried it yet)
drum me
sampled drum kit
strum me
sampled guitar

please leave a comment if i’ve missed any!

if anyone knows anything about the wireless protocol korg are using for that thing, can they please contact me? cheers.

89 thoughts on “ds music apps”

  1. m3 real is an autopatching card so it should “just work”. probably.

    in case it doesn’t, some people have had success by starting dsorganize first and running their homebrew apps from there.

    i use the r4ds, so that’s the only one i’d personally guarantee – i know a lot of homebrew authors use this one to develop on, it’s quite reliable. i used to own a supercard cf and that also worked for most software (but it sticks out pretty bad).

  2. Scratch that, apparently the capital letters appear when submitting the comment, though they appear lowercase when typing the comment in the first place.

  3. Hey all. This sounds fascinating, and I would love to get some of this stuff.

    However I am fairly Tech ignorant, and have no idea on how to get or use these things!

    Could someone give me an idea what it takes, or how I do it?

  4. rev, you need:

    – a nintendo ds
    – an r4ds cartridge with a micro-sd card (or equivalent – you can get these all over the place)

    that’s enough for most of the above – you just extract the program you want to run to the micro-sd card, put it in the r4ds and run it from the nintendo.

    some other ones require you to download a program to your pc called a ‘dldi patcher’, and double-click the music programs after you extract them to the micro-sd. http://chishm.drunkencoders.com/DLDI/ has a program linked here: http://chishm.drunkencoders.com/DLDI/downloads/DLDIrcSetup.exe that’ll do what you want if you’re using windows.

  5. can’t get DS protein working on my dsxtreme card. it loads up but can’t get it going.have swaped drivers etc. anyone got idea what the story is? its suppose to work with my card. have spent hours messing with it but still no joy ;-(

  6. have you extracted all the files on there to the correct location? check the readme files to make sure you’re putting everything in the right spot.

  7. yea think so. it loads up but nothing happens. i can load up sample,go into scratch mode but its like the samples dont load up. theres no wave on the screen. im just wondering really if it works with my card. its suppose tooo?? thanks for reply

  8. have you done all of these steps? pay special attention to step 3, step 4 (it needs to be in /proteinds/ in your card!)

    (from the readme on http://gorgull.googlepages.com/home2 )

    1. unzip the archive
    2. enter the “ProteinDS” directory
    3. DLDI patch “ProteinDS.nds” file with your linker’s DLDI device patch (more info about DLDI on http://chishm.drunkencoders.com/DLDI/index.html)
    –> 4. copy the whole “ProteinDS” directory at the root of your linker’s filesystem <-- 5. place your own samples in "/ProteinDS/Samples/" directory 6. launch "ProteinDS.nds" on your DS

  9. sweeet. i just started from scratch. didnt know u had 2 hole L & r buttens to get working. happy days cos been trying it for ages. cheers

  10. well… psp has better sound quality and probably a bit more grunt. but my ds is pink, so i totally win. also, the touch screen is great for live stuff.

    some of these programs are really good! there’s a couple of new ones i need to add as well (and the korg ds-10 is gorgeous).

  11. excellent! I just bought a ds yesterday after using psp music homebrew for about a year (it was a tough choice between psp and ds originally).. so anyway I saw this site and had to buy one because of the upcoming release of the ds-10, and all this great stuff!

    so im thinking about buying a rds4, but I want to buy something that all of these programs should work on! whos got a lot of these and which card do you have?

  12. hey guys…

    i have a problem with the repeater ds…
    apparently when i boot up the sampler it states,
    ‘unable to load sounds from sound file”
    and i cant use it…

    so pls guys…help me out here…
    btw does the reapeater ds need midicables?
    thanx!!

  13. Does anyone know of a hack for the 1st version of the DS that would make it double touch screen simultaneously? I have the option to switch touch screens between the 2 so I would assume you could make it happen at the same time.

  14. cheers for the link. i’ve been a bit slack, there’s a whole bunch of new audio apps i need to get listed on here – will do that on the weekend or something.

  15. Thanks for these. I have been wondering about DS-10 back up and wondering about wi-fi. However I think there is another way. The DS-10 is quite a capable programme and I have been having a lot of fun with it. Looking forward to playing with some of the homebrews soon.

    Look forward to any new homebrew apps you may have found !

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