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Here is a short YouTube video tutorial series to get you started.
Part 1 - Your First Song
The quickest way of getting started with FamiStudio is simply to follow this tutorial video step by step. It will walk you through the creation a simple song, from beginning to end.
Part 2 - Advanced Edition
This second part will cover some more advanced topics that could not be included in the first tutorial.
Part 3 - Advanced Tempo
This third part will show you the 2 tempo modes that are supported by FamiStudio.
Depending on how you download FamiStudio, you might get scary warnings the first time you try to install or run it.
On Windows, if you get an error trying to start the application, but sure to install these 2 requirements:
- You will need the Visual Studio 2015 runtime (x86 version)
You also may need (especially on Windows 7) to install this rather old and cluncky DirectX package
- It is going to ask you to extra the files to somewhere, extract to a temporary folder
- Run DXSETUP.exe inside that temporary folder to really install.
- Delete the temp folder afterwards to cleanup.
On Windows, SmartScreen might say "Windows protected your PC".
To bypass the warning, simply click "More Info" and then "Run Anyway".
On MacOS, you will need to install Mono.
GateKeeper can be quite agressive when first running the application. At first it will look like you simply cannot run it and it will give you the option to throw FamiStudio in the recycling bin.
To bypass this warning, open the "Security and Privacy" settings and look for the warning saying that FamiStudio was blocked.
Click "Open Anyway" and then you will have the option to launch it.