Odo Synths has released Dream 64, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Dream 64 is not an sid emulator just a plugin that can recreate sounds that are used in chip-music
Its inspired on the SID chip from the old but good commodore c64 Of course with some extra features for the fun
Dream 64 features
5 Sequencers with 8 steps; All sequencers have a start and end loop but start always at step one.
Every sequencer has its own BPM rate or all have one Free Rate (manual).
1 Wavetable sequencer with audio on/off (gate effect).
2 Arp sequencer notes from C to C3 and one C4 note.
3 Extra octave sequencer.
4 Ring modulation sequencer notes from C to C3 and one C4 note.
5 Filter sequencer.
Oscillator with 4 waveforms and ring modulation mode.
Waves are saw triangle pulse noise. The noise is very special it can be pitched by key or fixed. Fixed is nice for percussion effects. Also you can pitch it on the GUI. Octaves from -3 to 2.
Ring modulation oscillator notes from C to C3 and one C4 note.
2 LFOs with 21 waveforms BPM rates and free (manual).
The LFOs can start at gate/free/first (first=host sync/Start when you hit play).
Destinations of the LFOs are pitch/pulse/ring osc and Filter.
2 modulation envelopes (with BPM re-trigger).
Destinations Pitch/pulse/ring modulation.
Filter Envelope can be switched to the filter sequencer.
Filters lowpass/hipass/bandpass/low and hipass/band and hipass/band and lowpass.
Random for most of the controls.
Rest most of the controls.
Double click is reset for most of the controls.
An extra nice feature a BPM MIDI arp. It’s nice in combination with the sequencers when the MIDI arp is set on low BPM rate (look at the presets with the name MIDI ARP xxxx. There’s also a free (manual rate) for the MIDI arp, but if the free rate to high you only hear the first step of the sequencers.
Total of 109 presets so even if you don’t understand the plugin it’s useful.
The Dream 64 plug-in for Windows (VST) is a free download.
Ueberschall has released 8 Bit Stylez, a new Elastik Soundbank featuring low tech sounds for high level music.
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.
Bedroom Producers Blog has released Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2, a collection of free samples.
Two different Commodore 64s were used for creating the sounds in this sample pack, although both have SID 8580 installed. The original plan was to record some bits from a SID 6581 this time, but my old C64 died literally 5 minutes after I plugged it in. To make that major bummer even major-er, there were no original C64s (aka C64 beige) to be found in the local ads during this three week period.
However, I did manage to get ahold of a C64G, which was sampled for one of the instruments in this sample pack (the BASIC Bass patch, pictured below). C64G also has a SID 8580 installed, but they do say that every SID chip is different, so there’s still a bit of variety in the hardware sense I guess. All other sounds were captured from a C64C which was also used in the previous pack. Hopefully, a C64 beige will pop up in the ads before I start working on part 3.
Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2 features
14 multisampled instruments and one multi patch.
Total of 142 samples in 16-bit WAV format (download size is 79.4 MB).
Bedroom Producers Blog has released Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 1 , a free sample pack.
This free sample pack is the first part of a project I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be publishing three more Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions packs, capturing the sounds of my two C64s powered by the MSSIAH cartridge and its brilliant Mono Synthesizer application.
Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 1 features
Includes 3 sounds: Legend Of SID, Dungeon Of SID, and Rainy Metropolis.
Created on a Commodore 64 with SID 8580 installed.
21.8 MB content, 16-bit WAV files.
Includes Shortcircuit 1 and Kontakt 5 patches.
Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 1 is a free download at BPB.
Xenos Soundworks has released Videogame Mania, a soundset for the Massive software synthesizer by Native Instruments.
Videogame Mania is a fine collection of 50 retro chiptune style patches for Native Instruments Massive in both KSD and NMSV file formats. This soundset contains classic SID arps, authentic videogame sound effects, gritty 8-bit basses and quirky leads which fans of such systems as the NES, Commodore64 and others will instantly recognize. Macro Controls have been assigned in each patch for maximum versatility and tweakability.
Videogame Mania is available to purchase for the introductory price of $5.45 USD.