CGQ Mixtape Vol. 1 – The Sega Genesis in 1991
On this first episode of CGQ Mixtape, we take a look back at the music of the Sega Genesis in 1991. The year was noteworthy for the release of a couple of blockbuster titles; Streets of Rage and Sonic The Hedgehog, but there were other games with great soundtracks like Gaiares, Midnight Resistance, Alien Storm, OutRun, ToeJam & Earl, and Sunsoft’s Batman.
The above video features audio recorded straight off of a Denon DRW-650 cassette deck. Most of the VGM audio files are FLAC rips, and each side of the tape was put together in my editing software so that I could normalize the audio levels. The audio was recorded onto a 2019 Maxell UR type I tape.
Make Your Own Mixtape
To make your own copy of this mixtape, you’ll need a cassette deck that can record to tape and has a line-in, a blank 60 minute cassette, and (ideally) a color printer. Clink the link below the image to download the PDF of the J-card (which is just a fancy term for the cassette insert), print it full-size (8.5 x 11) and cut it along the guide lines. The J-card looks best printed on semi-gloss photo paper on an inkjet or color laser printer:
Two sound files, in MP3 format, are linked below. Each audio file already contains 7 seconds of silence at the beginning to account for the leader in the cassette, so start playing the audio file at the same time you hit the “record” button on your tape deck. The file also contains several minutes of silence at the end, so that you can let each side of the tape record until it stops. Simply (and obviously) record one sound file to each side of the tape.