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Alsonso Sound releases Massive 8bit Soundset

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Alonso Massive 8bit Soundset

Alonso Sound has announced the release of the Alonso Massive 8bit Soundset, a collection of presets for the Massive software synthesizer by Native Instruments.

The 8bit Soundset explores the classic sounds of the 80s/90s game era but also exploits its multi-use in today’s contemporary music.

So whether you want to make music with a classic gamey touch or delve into its eccentric use in present-day electronic dance music, the Alonso Massive 8bit Soundset is for you.

Massive 8bit features

  • 64 sounds programmed by Adam Alonso
  • 5 pads, 27 sfx, 32 synth sounds.
  • Core instrument patch mapping and programming.
  • Format(s): .nmsv (Massive’s Native Format).
  • Extensive read me (.pdf). Contains overview, installation and patch information.
  • Note: Requires Full Retail Version of NI Massive 1.3 or later.

The soundset is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Alonso Sound


Precious Sound launches with Presid sound library for Kontakt & Maschine

Precious Sound PreSid

Precious Sound has announced the release of PreSid, a sample library for Kontakt 5 and Maschine.

Presid is the most comprehensive 8580 Sid chip based library on the market.

PreSid is the first product based on our propriety “4Scoop” engine. Further releases will follow using the exclusive Precious Sound “4Scoop” engine. Our “4Scoop” engine has been developed to allow new features to be implemented and we have an open road map for our engine.

PreSid features

  • 4 Oscillators with independant Amp ADSR/Filter ADSR, 2–Switchable Envelopes per Osc Amp Adsr (Normal/Punch).
  • 20 WAveforms sampled from Sid chip–4 Selectable Flavours Per Osc (Raw/1073/512C/Tape).
  • 2 LFOs per Osc, each with adjustable Speed, Depth and Sync–Shape: Sine, Triangle, Rectangle, Sawtooth, and Random/Destination: Filter Cutoff, Filter Resonance, Osc Volume, Osc Pan, Osc Tune and Osc Fine Tune.
  • Octave function to shift +/- 3 octaves per Osc (natively plays samples does not tune sample)–Inv Phase per Osc, Sample start adjustment per Osc.
  • 7 FX per Osc–Lo-fi/Distortion/Flanger/Phaser/Chorus/Saturation/Limiter.
  • 6 selectable Filters per Osc–LP/HP/BP/Notch/Phase/Vow, Adjustable Key track and Velocity amount.
  • Copy paste Osc settings to another Osc.
  • Global Dual LP/HP Filter–Global filters can be linked to behave like a BP Filter.
  • Global summing mixer–Global Insert effects Width/Distortion/Tape Saturation/Eq/Limiter, Global send effects Phaser/Flanger/Chorus/Ir Reverb/Delay, Unison (up to 8 voice), Global Amp ADSR with a softer curve.
  • Onboard Preset system (load and save presets via the global panel)–All sounds heard in demo’s on site and in product video are availible in the preset folder, 45 presets to help get you started.
  • Intuitive design–Large LED info Panel for a visual aide when setting up the synth.
  • Double clicking the Precious sound icon will Init the synth (top right hand side).
  • 3.85GB Kontakt Library–1.31GB First instance 140mb per instance after.
  • 149 MB Maschine package.
  • Deluxe/Maschine pack only
    • 415 Raw Sid drums and FX.
    • 397 Processed Sid drums and FX, 88.2 24Bit Files (can be used in any sampler), Mapped and organised in Maschine, neat folder structure.
    • 20 Maschine kits (including patterns).

PreSid for Kontakt is avaialble to purchase for £39.99 GBP inc VAT/$49.99 USD; PreSid Maschine is £14.99 GBP inc VAT/$19.99 USD, and the PreSid Deluxe (Kontakt + Maschine) is £49.99 GBP inc VAT/$64.99 USD.

An introductory offer of 20% discount is available for the Deluxe pack until 15 October, 2012.

Precious Sound has also announced the “PreSid 8Bit Homage Competition”, in which you have the chance to win a free copy of PreSid Deluxe.

PreSid 8Bit Homage Competition Video.

Name the composer and the game the homage tracks 1/2/3 originated from. Please comment on the youtube video, the first person to guess all three correct we will contact and send out a free copy.
The tracks are also located on our website (Homage 1/2/3)

More information: Precious Sound


Ueberschall releases 8 Bit Stylez

Ueberschall has released 8 Bit Stylez, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring low tech sounds for high level music.

Ueberschall 8 Bit Stylez

The legend is back to consume your desires and take your feelings to the edge with fresh steps and tricks for your next mega mix. For serious gamers / DJ‘s/ producers.

We captured all the fire and modulations in the heart of SID‘s sonic arsenal. These sounds explode from the disk and gel onto your trax. From fast flashbacks to futurist attacks, you‘ll find the tools you need to squash the competition. C64 in every light, burned for the purpose of moving sound to new heights. Now as time moves forward, so does SID in an all new texture. The sound which is alive in all of us, evolves with us. But now these sounds are mapped out for you, and the game is pre-loaded. These samples are your secret codes and keys to move up to another level.

We feature 30 powerful energy-boosting Construction Kits to help you find and unlock the hidden motivation for your hit trax. In addition there are more than 1,000 unique SID synths, drums, vox, fx and grains with many styles and loops included as well.

The sound library for Elastik Player (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for 49 EUR.

More information: Ueberschall / 8 Bit Stylez


Prime Loops releases Arcade Flashback sample pack

Prime Loops Arcade Flashback

Prime Loops has announced its Arcade Flashback sample library.

Up your game with “Arcade Flashback”, the pixel pounding new sample pack from Prime Loops. More than just a nod to nostalgia, this retrospective take on old skool game sounds emulates the golden age of the arcade, bringing the 8-bit orchestra back to life!

K.O every enemy with this array of pulsating pings, rising chimes, percussive punches, frenetic fuzz and flipped out glitches! Scoring a mighty 350MB+, “Arcade Flashback” will reward you with some classic 8-bit crunch in blistering 24-bit clarity. Stretch and squeeze any of the loops and samples in this pack to any desired tempo and the quality will remain totally uncorrupted!

If you’re looking for a sample pack that blasts the past straight into your mix, “Arcade Flashback” is the name of the game – take control now and allow this fusion of classic and new sounds to leave you well and truly wired!

The sample pack is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Arcade Flashback


Short links for July 12th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:


An interactive architectural mapping.
Fete des Lumieres / Lyon / France / 2010

A mapping by 1024 Architecture, projected on the facade of former Lyrical theater the “Celestins”. The building deformations and figures were controlled by the audience, using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm.

More info at and

# Dan303: Tenori-On iPad app review

Dan Weatherall on the TNR-i for iOS:

Yamaha TNR-i

The official Tenori on iOS app enter the app store the other week but at £12 I was a little hesitant to buy it. After a little thought and a bit of googling I decided it was indeed worth the price.

The cheapest hardware Tenori-On (the TNR-O) is roughly £500 where as the current price of the iPad 2 is £499 (cheapest wifi only model) so considering that both the devices are pretty much exactly the same price (and I already own an iPad) it makes sence to get the iOS version.

# Thumbs Up for Madrona Labs AALTO Software Synthesizer (Modulate This! – A Blog for Electronic Music Artists)

Madrona Labs Aalto

Mark Mosher shares some info on the Aalto semi-modular software synth.

Peter Kirn over at Create Digital Music did a post on a new synth by Madrona Labs last month. Even though I wasn’t in the market for a new synth right now I ended up buying this Aalto within an hour or so of downloading the demo so I wanted to pass this along and help promote Madrona’s great work. At $99 this is an incredible value.

# From the Trenches of the Loudness Wars, A Broad Survey of Research
Peter Kirn writes:

You’ve heard the gripes, and heard and seen the somewhat unscientific demos. Now it’s time to examine the over-compression of music with – science! Earl Vickers of STMicroelectronics examines the Loudness Wars in an academic paper, as noted to us by reader photohounds.

# Flickr: LEGO Album Covers via wire to the ear

Flickr LEGO Album Covers

# little-scale: Tau Percussion Sample Pack

Sebastian Tomczak has posted a nice free sample pack.

I made a small set of percussion samples using a waveform generated from the first 614 digits of 2π. Download it here:

# Talking About The Upcoming Sound Packs With Elliott Fienberg

Nick of Nick’s Tutorials:

Elliot Fienberg aka MrTunes

I just finished recording a really enjoyable conversation with Elliott Fienberg, the man behind the Wobble Tech Radio podcast.

We chatted about some recording industry news and talked a bit about my upcoming Ableton Live packs that I’ll start releasing in the next month or so.

Check out the recording here, and be sure to check out Elliott’s other episodes:

# Dan303: Analog acid/minimal bass stabs (multisample)

More free samples from Dan303:

These multi samples were taken from my FreeBass FB383 bassline synth. It’s a rackmount analog bass synthesizer (clone of the Roland TB303).

Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit

# Open-Source Rockit 8-bit Synth Kit Coming

Peter at Create Digital Music:
Chicago-based hacker and synthesist Matt Heins is working on an open source synth kit. As a co-creator of the MeeBlip open source-synth hardware, I’m biased — I want more open synth hardware! So this is looking like some great company. The instrument is 8-bit, with analog filter circuitry, coded in C.


AfroDJMac releases Nintendo Rack for Ableton Live

AfroDJMac Nintendo Rack

AfroDJMac has released Nintendo Rack, a new download in a series of free Ableton Live racks.

Dirty, lo-fi, 8-bit, nostalgic. This weeks Ableton Live Rack was created with the sound card of a Nintendo Entertainment System. Maybe it’s just because I grew up spending more time playing video games than I’d ever admit, but the bleeps and blips that come from this magical machine have a warmth and familiarity that hits home. The samples that make up the virtual instrument were made by connecting a MidiNES cartridge to a Nintendo and sampling certain notes.

The Nintendo Rack for Ableton Live is available as a free download from AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac


Simple-Media releases retro-gsx & Cathedral + Striker & Voc-Two freeware

Simple-Media retro-gsx / Cathedral
Simple-Media Cathedral

Simple-Media has released retro-gsx and Cathedral, two new virtual synthesizer instruments for Windows.

A new addition to the retro-gs series of instruments with a completely new build, retro-gsx offers even more SID inspired chip sound goodness thanks to the built in ‘advanced wave sequencer’. Capable of recreating an incredible range of authentic SID sounds, easy to use, versatile and powerful. If you liked retro-gs01 and want even more creativity or you are just looking for a VST instrument to recreate those classic 8-bit sounds then look know further than retro-gsx.

Cathedral is a new approach to the task of recreating the sound of a pipe organ. Rather than use a large sample library, Cathedral uses a hybrid analogue synthesis and physical modelling approach to create an ultra-flexible instrument without a huge file size and with reasonable CPU performance. Cathedral offers up to 6 programmable, 4-level stops that can each be set to 1 of 3 pipe types and any 1 of 14 different footages. Cathedral includes a built in reverberation unit, essential in recreating an authentic pipe organ sound and additional filtering and modulaion to enhance the sound even further. Cathedral is presented in a beautiful and easy to use interface to allow for intuitive programming.

retro-gsx and Cathedral for Windows (VST) are available to purchase for £10 each.

Simple-Media Striker / Voc-Two
Simple-Media Voc-Two

Simple-Media has also released two new freeware instruments: Striker and Voc-Two.

Striker is a physical modelling instrument created to reproduce the sounds of various types of tuned percussion such as marimbas, vibraphones and other instruments where a hammer or mallet strikes a block.

Following on from Voc-One, Voc-Two allows you to create realisitc string ensemble and choir sounds without the use of samples. It includes a wide range of controls over the source sound generation and the morphable formant filter making it a surprisingly flexible instrument for creating rich and atmospheric pads and realistic ensemble sounds.

More information: Simple-Media