DSK Music has announced DSK DrumZ 8bitZ, a free drum instrument plug-in for Windows.
DSK DrumZ 8bitZ features
- 8 sound slots (C3 to C4 keys).
- Pitch control for each sample.
- Level and pan control.
- 6 full kits + extra sounds.
- Midi automation.
- Velocity response.
- Preset selector.
The plug-in is a free download for Windows (VST).
More information: DSK Music / DrumZ 8bitZ
Samplephonics has launched Arcade Transitions, a sample pack featuring a collection of heavy sound effects bloops, 8 Bit sweeps, bleepy impact samples and intricate chiptune style snapshots.
Painstakingly designed by our very own sonic scientist Soundbits, this collection of retro sound shaping tools and effects will take you right back to the good old days of Pacman and Streets of Rage!
Containing 299 one shot sound effect samples, and a collection of sampler instruments for EXS24, Kontakt and Reason NN-XT, this sample library contains a large collection of inspiring material for any sound designer, composer or music producer looking to inject complex and unique sound shaping into their productions.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £25 GBP.
More information: Samplephonics
ZenSound has launched Pixelations, a soundset for the Zebra 2 synthesizer instrument by u-he.
This soundset covers a wide range of 8 bit sounds. For making all the sounds I’ve used completely the modular capacities of Zebra 2, that gives to this soundset a retro and advanced modular taste.
This soundset is formed by keyboards, drums, basses, leads, atmospheres, SFX, sequences and arpeggios. All these sounds have an advanced 8 bit taste!
- 128 patches in Zebra 2 native format.
- A guided installation in pdf and txt format.
- All the patches are royalty free.
- Includes free updates (volumes will be normalized and Mod Wheel control will be added in next free update).
The soundset is available to purchase for 14 EUR. Requires u-he Zebra v2.6 or higher.
More information: ZenSound / Pixelations
Prime Loops has launched 8-Bitstep, a sample pack featuring 340MB+ of glitch dubstep, including half-tempo heavy drum loops, glitchy synths, devious basslines & much more.
Fusing low-fi sounds with Dubstep, 8-Bitstep is the latest audio experiment to breakout from the Prime Loops audio lab, so put on your surgical mask and get ready to dissect this brand new sample pack.
Extracting the cells of two downright twisted genres, we’ve poised them against one another to create another expertly-blended sample smash! Will Dubstep steal the limelight or will 8-Bit neutralise the competition? When these two team up, you’re in for a double-whammy of wobble-glitch sample superiority. We’ve taken some inspiration from the likes of Oblivion, Terror Danjah and Caspa who have all demonstrated fearless Dubstep prowess whilst invading and dominating the Glitch Hop scene too.
Weighing in at over 340MB 8-Bitstep will clog your download folder with 6 bulging folders containing Arps, Bass, Drums, FX, Lead and Synth loops. From anvil-heavy half-tempo beats to glitchy anarchic arps, unbridled bass deviations, dominant leads and greasy synths, there’s a substantial helping of slime to pour into your productions. Swipe any of these samples from your download folder and they’ll sync instantly with any major sampling software. Just click on your selected sample, drag it over your DAW and drop it in. It’ll sync instantly with any pre-existing mix and you can adjust the tempo by clicking the end of the stem and adjusting the length to meet the BPM that you require. Each sample is mastered in blissful 24-bit high definition clarity to cut through the dirt!
The sample pack costs £16.95 GBP.
More information: Prime Loops / 8-Bitstep
Open Music Labs has announced that it is crowdfunding its Mixtape Alpha pocket-sized 8-bit synthesizer at Crowd Supply.
The Mixtape Alpha project is based on the ATmega328p processor, which is also used in the Arduino. All of the source code is online, so it can be hacked to make your own custom sounds.
Mixtape Alpha was a successful experiment for us, so much so, we ran out of our first production run. And, after much soul-searching, we decided to retire the product. But, before we did that, we wanted to give one last chance for music enthusiasts everywhere to get a Mixtape Alpha. As Neil Young said, “it’s better to burn out than fade away”.
The Mixtape Alpha has a stylophone style input for continuous tone generation, and six buttons for discrete notes. With four voices, four effects, and five-note polyphony there is quite a range of expression. You can even loop a pattern and play a second part on top. But, the best part is, you can record the songs you make, and trade mixtapes with your friends! And it comes in its own cassette case, with instructions.
The project is looking to raise $6,000 USD before funding ends on October 15th, 2013. Backers can pick up the Mixtape Alpha for $42 USD. Shipping is expected in January, 2014.
More information: Open Music Labs / Mixtape Alpha
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Soundcells has announced the release of bitBUMPER deluxe v3, the ultimate 4 and 8 bit Pandora Box filled
with hundreds of low bit surprises.
This ReFill is your best friend when you´re looking for inspiring new sounds with a character and a bite. To catch this character some amazing sources were sampled: RozzBox One v2, QuadraSID, the old grey Gameboy from 1989 with “Nanoloop 1″ and “Littlesounddj”, the Gameboy Advance SP from 2003 with “Nanoloop 2″ and the Nintendo DS Lite from 2006 with “DS Electroplankton” and “Korg DS-10″.
Version 3 adds new rex loops, 20 new combinator & 25 NNXT patches, as also lots of new samples …
bitBUMPER deluxe v3 features
- 382 combinator patches.
- 185 NNXT patches, 138 rex loops, 650 unique samples.
- 12 demo tracks in Reason format included.
bitBUMPER deluxe v3 is available for the introductory price of 27.90 EUR until September 15th, 2013 (regular 39.90 EUR).
More information: Soundcells / bitBUMPER
Elektron has announced the release of the Nintari Flashback sound pack for the Octatrack dynamic performance sampler.
The Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Entertainment System are the consoles that helped form a generation. They are remembered not only for their amazing selection of games, but also for that special video game sound they were capable of generating. The great Puremagnetik team has sampled both consoles in detail and we are proud to present the fruit of their labor: the Nintari Flashback Sound pack. The mixture of seriously raw waveforms, lo-fi squeaks and 8-bit drum sounds will beam the Octatrack straight back to the future. Press start to continue!
The sound pack is specifically made for the Octatrack. Included is an Octatrack set featuring 1 project, 16 patterns and 4 parts. Also included are 16 scenes per part, providing a great starting point for experimenting with the demo patterns.
The Nintari Flashback pack costs 30 EUR.
More information: Elektron / Nintari Flashback
Future Loops has announced Arcadia – 8 Bits Invasion, a sample library featuring a collection of retro gaming inspired sound effects.
“Arcadia – 8 Bits Invasion” features bleeps, blips and bloops, noises, lasers and tracker synths divided into 8 different categories: Healers, 1-Up, Game Over, Checkpoint, Star Power, Hazards, Strange Beings, Shooters, Continue and Warp Zone.
This collection is 100% Royalty-Free ad includes 524 WAV samples.
The sample library costs 19.95 EUR.
More information: Future Loops / Arcadia – 8 Bits Invasion