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
, random posts
, Robert Henke
Posted in random posts
on Oct 01, 2010
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
, samples and sound libraries
Posted in news
on Jul 08, 2010
Puremagnetik has announced the release of PakBytes, a collection of free sound packs for Ableton Live, Kontakt, and Logic.
PakBytes is a free catalog of sounds derived from Puremagnetik’s content for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic. This initial release includes 8 PakBytes with sounds based on products from Buchla, Casio, Atari, Ensoniq and more.
PakBytes catalog includes:
- Phazeform Volume 1 & 2 – A collection of instruments, kits and looped clips based on Casio Phase Distortion and VL-Tone synthesizers.
- Analog Drums – An assortment of percussives captured from modular analog systems.
- Blip – A collection of multisampled instruments sourced from the original Atari 2600 sound chip.
- B-System: Percussives, Basses & Leads – A sampling of percussion kits, multisample patches and looped clips recorded from an original Buchla 200e modular synthesizer.
- Waveframe – A sophisticated wavetable synthesizer for Ableton Live based on the Transwave concept of Ensoniq’s FIZMO. (for Ableton Live only)
- Vector – An advanced wave sequencing instrument based on the classic KORG Wavestation. (for Ableton Live only)
Users must register for the free Puremagnetik plan to gain access to these downloads.
More information: Puremagnetik / PakBytes
de la Mancha has released dirty harry, a DIY lofi synth based on the samples of 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 feaures.
dirty harry features
- 20 unique waveforms sampled from my homemade lofi synths, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM.
- 3 oscillators, syncable to osc1 and ring modulatable with each other.
- Each osc can be routed to the filter independently.
- 2 tempo sync LFOs with many waveforms, can modulate filter cutoff, each osc pitch and the contact depth and wet level.
- LFO 2 can modulate the depth and speed of LFO 1.
- 2 envelopes for volume, filter or pitch, with various contours and options to modulate up/down.
- Tempo sync arpeggiator.
- Dodgy contact emulation.
- Pitch instability.
- Low quality, dirty, lo-fi options.
- 89 presets covering Lead, Bass, Arp, Drone, Fx and Basic styles.
dirty harry is available as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC, priced at $15 USD.
2 lucky winners will be chosen from anyone who buys dirty harry during the month of October 2009, one will receive a free APC kit from GetLoFi and the other a free BugBrand WOM kit.
More information: de la Mancha / dirty harry