de la Mancha has announced that its basic65 synthesizer instrument for Windows is now available for free.
basic 65 is a monophonic synth, inspired by the classic 80s home computer, the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip. Building on the waveforms and signal path of this famous chip, basic 65 adds further features and options to take things a step further.
The double arpeggiator allows complex versions of that retro 8-bit game sound and the modulation options inspire experimentation via the mod envelope and 2 comprehensive LFOs. Pulse width modulation, ring modulation and oscillator detune/sync are key ingredients in the signature sound. Throw in some pitch drift, bit drift, a sprinkle of dirt and randomisation and you have a wide range of lofi, chiptune, retro-tastic sounds at your disposal.
basic 65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the presets.
basic65 for Windows (VST) is now available to download as freeware. A donation to Cancer Research UK is appreciated.
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.
Xenos Soundworks has launched Computer Science, a soundset for the NI Massive synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.
‘Computer Science’ continues where the popular ‘Videogame Mania’ left off, with 66 chiptune patches inspired by classic sounds from such game systems as the Commodore 64, Amiga, Spectrum ZX and Nintendo Entertainment System.
All 8 Macro Controls have been intelligently assigned to each Patch. Please note: The soundset is in NMSV format only.
The soundset is available to purchase for $9.95 USD.
Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE is the final release in the Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions sample pack series. It comes with 30 multi-sampled instruments which were recorded directly from three different versions of the Commodore 64 home computer.
The majority of the sounds in the sample pack are completely new, but I’ve also included re-edited versions of some of the sounds from the previous two releases.
Many users of the first two packs asked for a custom Kontakt interface with on-screen controls. So, I decided to ask Rhythmic Robot to join the project since these guys are the masters of turning vintage instruments into Kontakt sample libraries. Thankfully, they said yes and created a brilliant custom interface for Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE!
In order to make the library accessible to virtually everyone, I’ve included SFZ and Zampler patches for all 30 instruments. All patches (including the Kontakt ones) are designed to alter the original sounds as little as possible, so that the original character of the SID chip is preserved as much as possible.
The sound library is a free download at KVR Audio.
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.