Coding & Composing in One Console – PocketC.H.I.P.

If the growing popularity of conventions like MAGFest tell you anything, music and gaming are the chocolate and peanut butter of entertainment. Delicious on their own, but combined they have the power to transport you to another universe.

Recently we wrote about the Arduboy, a card sized console made to run open source 8-bit video games. Today we’re excited to see that custom portable gaming has an option especially cool for musicians: PocketC.H.I.P.

The PocketC.H.I.P. is primarily a console that teaches you to code and edit using  1000’s of indie games as a template. The on board editing software also includes SunVox, a tracker format digital audio workstation. With this workstation, composers can create unique electronic music to support their games. Sound from the PocketC.H.I.P. emulates the feel of our favorite old school game tunes, but with 14-bit 32k audio the quality is noticably higher.


Composing with programs like SunVox can be a little intimidating for beginners, but there are many tutorials available online to help you on your musical journey. If franchises like Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda can tell us one thing, a memorable sound track can propel your game from cool to legendary. We applaud the makers of PocketC.H.I.P for highlighting such an important aspect of game development.

If you think you’re ready to give the PocketC.H.I.P. a try, they are available here for $75.

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