Pethu SpecDrum, free vintage Cheetah SpecDrum sounds for Kontakt

Pethu SpecDrum

Pethu has released SpecDrum, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

All the 32 sounds from the 4 drumkits available for the vintage Cheetah SpecDrum drum sampler.

The Cheetah SpecDrum was a poor man’s Linn alternative – an 8-bit, 3-channel sample player that bolted onto the back of a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer. Both sequencer program and drum samples had to fit in 48KB’s of RAM, so no wonder long cymbal crashes are in short supply! Despite that, the sounds are surprisingly good.

This set was captured using the Spectaculator 7 Spectrum emulator which includes an emulation of the Cheetah SpecDrum hardware.

SpecDrum for Kontakt 4.1 or higher is available as a free download from the Pethu website.

More information: Pethu Music

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Pethu updates Hahaha CS33 to v2.0

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Pethu Music Hahaha CS33

Pethu has released version 2.0 of CS33, a free synthesizer instrument plug-in for Windows.

Whereas the CS01 is barely more than a synth-historical artefact, the CS33 builds on the concept and is quite a capable little synth even by today’s standard. While it can do all sorts of “bread and butter” sounds, its signature sounds come from the PWM oscillator waveforms, twin linked filter modes and the built-in distortion effects.

Changes in Hahaha CS33 v2.0

  • Better stability in multi-core computer systems.
  • On-screen keyboard.
  • New layout.
  • Simplified and improved controller inputs section.
  • 8-voice polyphonic with better voice stealing.
  • New MIDI Learn system.

Hahaha CS33 is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Pethu / Hahaha CS33

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Pethu updates Hahaha CS01 and CS01II to v2.0

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Pethu Hahaha CS01/CS01II

Pethu has released version 2.0 of Hahaha CS01 and CS01II, two free virtual synthesizer instruments for Windows.

Pethu writes:

My first – and probably only – attempt at a hardware synth emulation!

The reasons for this one is purely nostalgic – I used to own one of these back in the 80’s. The hardware version was manufactured by a Big Japanese Company, and it was quite popular as an entry-level, ultra-portable and above all cheap synthesizer. If there is one piece of old gear I truly miss now and then, this is it. Not for its sound, but just because it was so darn cute! Well, here it is again – in VSTi format. Hardware synth buffs and those who were there at the time, enjoy!

Changes in Hahaha CS01/CS01II v2.0

  • Better stability in multi-core computer systems.
  • Animated and interactive on-screen keyboard.
  • Better on-screen pitch bend and mod wheel behaviour.
  • Mod wheel attenuation button.
  • 8-voice polyphonic with better voice stealing.
  • Built-in chorus.

Hahaha CS01 and CS01II are available to download as freeware VST effect plug-ins for Windows PC.

More information: Pethu Music / Hahaha CS01/CS01II

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Pethu releases Hahaha DS-01

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Pethu has released the Hahaha DS-01, a freeware drum synthesizer plug-in for Windows PC.

This is a very “retro” drum synthesizer with lots of character and opportunities for tweaking.
If it had ever existed in reality, it would have been released in 1983. ;)

Pethu Hahaha DS-01
Pethu Hahaha DS-01 retro drum synth

Hahaha DS-01 features

  • Noise generator, filter and oscillator for each of the 8 drum channels (hi-hat and cymbal channels have a ring modulator instead of oscillator).
  • Sounds: kick drum, snare drum, closed/open/pedalled hi-hats, 5 toms, and a crash cymbal (the “High tom” channel can be triggered with a different pitch by two different MIDI notes).
  • Pitch, brightness, decay and a parametric EQ for each channel.
  • Separate volume and stereo pan controls for each channel.
  • All controls can be automated using VST automation.

Hahaha DS-01 is available as a freeware VST instrument for Windows PC. You can find some additional presets for Hahaha DS-01 here.

Visit Pethu for more information.

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Pethu releases Maxim 16-2EQ Mixer

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Pethu has released Maxim 16-2EQ Mixer, a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.

Pethu Maxim 16-2EQ Mixer

From the manual:

The Maxim 16-2EQ is a 16+2 channel stereo mixer, meant to be used in modular VST host environments like EnergyXT, SynthEdit and others, and was specifically designed for those who want a classic mixer solution for the Tracktion line of sequencers.

Maxim 16-2EQ Mixer features

  • Basic Channel Strips with Input Indicator Light, S1 And S2 Send Level Knobs, Pan Slider, Volume Fader, Meters, Mute & Solo Buttons and Text Labels.
  • Channel Strip EQ Sections with Low Cut Filter and a 1-Band Parametric EQ.
  • Send Return Channels, like the normal channel strips but no effect sends, no pan slider and return channels operate on their on “solo exclusive” group.
  • Master Channel to control the overall output level (includes Mute button).

Visit Pethu for more information.

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