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
Famous Audio has released Heavy Bass Artillery, a collection of bass sounds for the Massive soft synthesizer by Native Instruments.
“Famous Audio” are very proud to present our latest release “Heavy Bass Artillery” loaded with 60 freshest presets that will put you right at the forefront.
The collection contains 37 Basses,11 Monophonic Leads, 7 FX, 5 Synths. All sounds use the Macro Control Knobs and are very versatile! They can be used with Massive 1.3.0 or higher.
“Famous Audio” proves it’ s professional and delivers the dirtiest and hardest NI Massive presets for your next hit. Designed for use in Heavy Bass, Moombah, Dubstep, Breaks, Trap, 8Bit and Chiptune productions.
The soundset costs £19.95 GBP.
More information: Famous Audio / Heavy Bass Artillery
Soundcells has announced the release of Digital Genome v3, a ReFill featuring the sounds of the Amiga 1200.
In modern molecular biology, the genome is the entirety of an organism´s hereditary information. It is encoded either in DNA or in case of this fine ReFill it´s the AMIGA1200 encoded in Reason´s NNXT samples.
The AMIGA1200 with it´s 8-bit Paula chip was extremely popular among producers all over the world in the early nineties. “Digital Genome” picks up the thread where Soundcells left with “bitBUMPER deluxe” with it´s funky, housy and spacy lo-fi character! Warm, gritty, sleezy, dangerous and nostalgic are the keywords.
This ReFill can be used as a full workstation since everything the old Amiga had to offer is in there: basses, keys, lead synths, warm pads and enough drums and percussion to eat your heart out. And do not forget the wonderful FX section. The 200+ Genome combinators are conveniently built up with the right button functionality. Version 3 adds 25 new combinator patches, new NNXT patches as well as revised backdrops…
Digital Genome v3 features
- 203 combinator patches in 6 folders, great for many different styles of music: 36 Basses, 28 SFX, 43 Keys, 18 Leads, 27 Misc, 51 Pads.
- 208 NNXT patches containing the basic sounds which were used for the combinators.
- 230 original AMIGA1200 samples, 178 MB uncompressed.
- 21 fresh and great useable rex loops.
Digital Genome v3 is available to purchase for the introductory price of 19.90 EUR until December 1st, 2012 (regular 29.90 EUR).
More information: Soundcells / Digital Genome v3
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of SuperDrums, a Kontakt recreation of Korg’s first digital drum machine.
The 8-bit sampled SuperDrum DDM-110 was a small but powerful, easily programmable machine with a surprisingly sophisticated editing system for its time, and its sounds – while not exactly naturalistic – were punchy and thick.
The 8-bit, limited bandwidth sampling lends its tones a crunchy warmth that sits very well in electro and house styles, though it can work well in any contemporary track. It had nine onboard kit pieces, with an Accent control for extra variation. Notable among its onboard sounds are the kick, snare and claps, all of which stand up well nearly thirty years after the machine’s release.
In creating SuperDrums, Rhythmic Robot have sampled the original DDM-110′s kit pieces in both Accented and unAccented variants, and the UI allows the user to select either a hard swap between these tones or a crossfaded, graded transition from one to the other. A gentle low-pass filter with a 6db/octave roll-off allows the upper frequencies to be toned down, while an output limiter, saturation control and drive distortion allow the sounds to be roughed up beyond their already gritty 8-bit origins.
- All 9 original kit pieces sampled at 24-bit quality.
- Accented and Unaccented versions, with switchable crossfade.
- Third “mid” Tom created for added versatility.
- Full complement of effects for further sound variation.
SuperDrums for Kontakt costs £5.95 GBP. Kontakt version 4.2.3 or higher required (full version).
More information: Rhythmic Robot / SuperDrums