Ochen K. has released Chip64, a synthesizer Rack Extension instrument for Propellerhead Reason.
Chip64 brings the sound chips from vintage computers and video game consoles to the Reason rack.
Chip64 includes mathematical modeling of 5 chips: the TIA used in the Atari 2600, the SID chip used in the Commodore 64, the TA0x series used in the NES and Gameboy, the Vic-I used in the Vic 20, and the SN76489 chip used in the ColecoVision and Sega consoles.
With an on-board sequencer, as well as a multi-mode filter, LFO, modulation envelope, and more, Chip64 brings true chip emulation to your rack.
The Rack Extension is available for purchase for 32 EUR.
More information: Ochen K. / Chip64
Ivory Bunker has announced 4 new free sample packs.
I’ve opened up the Ivory Bunker Samplepacks page a couple of months ago with the idea of sharing some of the sounds I’ve recorded or created over the last couple of years. I may have used some of those already and/or might in the future, but a lot of them are probably doomed to gather binary dust.
Trusting that there are plenty creative people out there who can make good use of some sounds that go beyond the scope of most commercially (including the freebies coming with magazines) packs and libraries, I decided to start out with a focus on my collection of recordings of my DIY- and Circuit Bent Instruments and the like, as well as the occasional field recordings.
New packs at Ivory Bunker
- Samplepack 2: Waves Mallorca 24bit/44.100 (38MB) — rec wavs16 selections from field recordings of waves captured on Mallorca March 2013. Recorded with the built-in mics on a zoom h4n. Post processed for ideal results. 24/44.100.
- Samplepack 3: Atari Punk Console 16bit/44.100 (24MB) — APCC142 (fortytwo) 16bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* all recorded from either my “Atari Punk Cassette Console” or an Atari Punk Console Circuit built with two 555 chips on a breadboard.
- Samplepack 4 Kid’s Electronic Lab: 24bit/44.100 (38MB) — ElectronicLab 30inONE18 24bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* of recordings of circuits with the 30 in ONE Electronic Lab. All from Audio-related Experiments – simple oscillators, siren, etc on a Maxitronic 30 in ONE kit.
- Samplepack 5 The Poor Man’s Synthesizer: 24bit/44.100 (54MB) — This sample pack contains 113 24bit/44.1kHz/mono wav files* sorted into four categories – Bass n Synth, Drones n FX, Loops and Percussive. These have to be read with a grain of salt, as those are probably not your classical construction kit variety sounds. The Poor Man’s Synthesizer (or Chocolate Box Synth) based on a design by Andrew Bentley. You can find the schematics, BOM and layout at John Richard’s Dirty Electronics website, should you be interested in building one of those for yourselves.
The packs are free to download at Ivory Bunker.
More information: Ivory Bunker
de la Mancha has announced that its Dirty Harry lo-fi synthesizer plugin for Windows is now available as freeware.
dirty harry is an unashamedly DIY lofi synth based on the samples of my two homemade, lofi noisemakers, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM
dirty harry offers 20 unique waveforms in all their mono/monophonic glory. For extra grit the oscillators can be sync’d or ring modulated. Fidelity can be lowered further still with reduction in sample quality, distortion and a unique ‘bad contact’ emulation. 2 tempo sync LFOs allow modulation of filter, pitch and contact, with one LFO modulating the depth and frequency of the other.
There are envelopes for volume, pitch and filter, with different contours and pitch options. Throw in an arpeggiator, pitch drift and portamento and you can see that whilst it may be lofi in sound, it doesn’t lack for sound design features.
Dirty Harry is available to download as a VST plugin for Windows.
More information: de la Mancha / Dirty Harry
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
Tek’it Audio has announced the update of the APC, a synthesizer instrument for Windows.
APC is a square wave synthesizer that creates “low-fi” sound, re-creation of a popular DIY circuit the Atari Punk Console.
This update come with a revamped GUI, the wonderful zero-delay-feedback state variable filters used for the high-pass and low-pass mods, the key tracking mod to play different tones using your MIDI keyboard or sequencer improving greatly the playability and finally the possibility to sync the LFO on the BPM.
Changes in APC v1.3
- Added key tracking to bleep (MOD).
- HP and LP zero-delay-feedback filters design.
- Added BPM sync right click menu to LFO knob.
- GUI improved general design.
- GUI updated social screen.
- DEMO url’s updated.
APC for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 15 EUR / $19 USD.
More information: Tek’it Audio / APC
Tek’it Audio has released version 1.1 of APC, a virtual re-creation of a popular DIY circuit the Atari Punk Console.
“APC VSTi” is a square wave synthesizer that creates “low-fi” sound, re-creation of a popular DIY circuit the Atari Punk Console.
This update comes with four new user mods like an LFO or a lowpass filter and some rework on the GUI giving it a more realistic feel.
Changes in APC v1.1
- Added BitGlitch Mod.
- Added LowPass filter Mod.
- Added “Bloop” LFO Mod.
- Added Atomic Filter Mod.
- Optimization on various parts.
- Reworked some elements on the GUI.
- GUI new Mods preference menu.
- GUI corrected some Hint texts.
- Added new presets.
- DEMO Updated nagscreen.
- DEMO replaced noise system by audio breaks system.
- Setup updated and new languages added.
- Updated the user manual.
APC for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for €10 EUR/$15 USD.
More information: Tek’it Audio / APC
Tek’it Audio has announced the release of APC, a square wave synthesizer that creates fun “low-fi” sound, re-creation of a popular DIY circuit; the Atari Punk Console.
Also known as “Stepped Tone Generator”, published in 1980 by Forrest M. Mims III, the circuit consist of a frequency oscillator that drive a monostable which emits square output pulses. The circuit has become very popular in the DIY electronic music scene and now you can experiment it directly in your DAW.
“APC” comes with modifications of the original circuit, the tone push buttons that change the tone by +/- 1 octave, a resonant highpass filter that self oscillate and a gate controller with a hold function.
Users can submit new ideas online to mod APC, based on modifications existing in the DIY scene, or their imagination.
The APC for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 10 EUR / $14 USD.
More information: Tek’it Audio / APC
, field recording
, Mark Mosher
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, Robert Henke
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on Oct 01, 2010 - 0 comments
Some interesting things I found recently:
# Skale Tracker
Tracker goes online with a Flash based web version.
Skale Tracker is a music tracker developed by Ruben Ramos Salvador (baktery) in the year 1998. The first version was released for Windows, later a Linux version was presented and now a web version is here.
Skale Tracker web version
Brings me right back to my FastTracker 2/GUS days. I feel like pulling up some of my old .xm files and doing some remixes.
# Show Report: Two Days in Denver with Robert Henke (aka Monolake)
Mark Mosher of Modulate This! writes:
Robert Henke of Monolake and one of the creators of Ableton live came through Denver and performed his work "Intersection" on Monday and then delivered a lecture at Denver University on Tuesday. This invitation only event was hosted by The Digital Media Studies program at the University of Denver.<br />
This was a real treat as this was one of only a small number Robert's performances in the US. Here is a show report.
# Making music on a microscopic scale – University of Twente
Strings a fraction of the thickness of a human hair, with microscopic weights to pluck them: researchers and students from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente have succeeded in constructing the first musical instrument with dimensions measured in mere micrometres – a 'micronium' – that produces audible tones. A composition specially written for the instrument will be performed in Enschede on Sunday 26 September.
# little-scale and Poppi Doser: Antia (2010)
"A recent project saw little-scale collaborate with electronic music composer and researcher Poppi Doser. Antia – the resultant eight track EP – is best described as ambient and smooth sonic landscapes, interrupted by harsh and rhythmically complex lo-fi beats.
A work of contradiction, Antia manages to create a convincing merger of various stylistic elements. Poppi provides field recordings, plays piano and sings, and little-scale is on the SEGA Mega Drive and Atari 2600."
Available as a free download.
# Fallon and Timberlake give rap history lesson