AudioThing has announced the release of miniBit, a 8-bit/chiptune style synthesizer that emulates the sound of 80s game consoles and retrocomputers.
It features a main oscillator with 12 waveforms paired with a sub oscillator (a square wave pitched one octave below). The waveforms are not bandlimited and will produce aliasing. Furthermore, using the built-in bitcrusher, you can create even more noisy and retro sounds.
- 12 Waveforms.
- Sub Oscillator.
- Poly and Mono mode with Glide.
- 2-poles Low Pass Filter.
- Delay and BitCrusher effects.
- LFO with multiple destinations.
- 30 Presets.
- Preset randomizer.
- Formats: VST, AU, and AAX (32/64bit).
- Platforms: OSX, Windows.
miniBit is available for purchase for the introductory price of 16 EUR/$19.60 USD (regular 20 EUR/$24.50 USD).
More information: AudioThing / miniBit
Kyle More has released Super 64 – Retro Video Game Soundpack, a free Ableton Live pack.
Ever want to jam out on a midi controller with classic video game sound FX, or secretly add a few of those FX to your production? This is the Walkthrough of our massive 64 sample/ 4 bank Retro Video Game soundpack for Ableton Live.
There are also an additional 2.5 banks before and after the 4 main banks of additional samples we liked, but didn’t use in the core pack. This brings it to a whopping 104 total, retro 8/16/32-Bit video game samples to take you back to the 80’s and 90’s. Enjoy!
The pack is a free download from DJ TechTools (registration required).
More information: Super 64 – Retro Video Game Soundpack
Samplephonics has released Composite FX and 8-Bit Drum Hits, two new sample packs.
Composite FX features 71 sounds by EVAC.
With the imminent rise of the cyborg race there surely is no better time than now to equip oneself with the finest in manipulated percussive FX, modulated ambience and a twisted amalgam of aural insanity.
This precise collection of 71 genre bending samples provide producers from all backgrounds with an array of tonal shaping options perfect for any composition, sound design piece or abstract confusion.
Each sound has been painstakingly crafted by one of our resident mangler’s Mr EVAC himself giving each producer the chance to own the most futuristic of sample collections.
The 8-Bit Drum Hits sample pack comprises 71 8-bit drum samples by Soundbits.
Winding the clock back to the early digital era, sound designer Soundbits offers up his retro arcade inspired collection of original 8 Bit one shot drum samples and effects.
Perfect for chip tune, glitch hop or anyone looking for highly original, truncated sounds that cut through any mix.
The packs are available for purchase for £5 GBP each.
More information: Samplephonics
Odo Synths has announced the release of version 3.0 of its Dream 64, a free chip synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Dream 64 is not an SID emulator, but it’s a plug-in that can recreate sounds that are used in chip-music. It’s inspired by the SID chip from the old but good Commodore c64 but with some extra features for fun.
Dream 64 v3.0 features
- All sequencers have a start and end loop but start always at step one.
- Start-step never can be higher than the end.
- Every sequencer has its own BPM rate or all have one manual rate.
- 8 step Wavetable sequencer with audio on/off (gate effect).
- 8 step Arp sequencer notes from c to c3 and one c4 note.
- 8 step Ring modulation sequencer notes from c to c3 and one c4 note.
- A Bitcrusher only for the ringmod. This is nice if you use the Wavetable.
- 16 step easy to edit filter-sequencer. Can be used for nice bass sounds because it has an end step (will sustain).
- Waveforms for the oscillator are saw, triangle, pulse, noise, ringmod mode. The noise is very special – it can be pitched by key or fixed.
- Oscillator octaves from -3 to 2.
- Ring modulation oscillator notes from c to c3 and one c4 note and a bitcrusher (this is nice for the wavetable sequencer).
- 2 LFOs with 21 waveforms BPM rates and manual with inverter.
- The LFOs can start (key sync) (host sync) and (free run).
- Destinations of the LFOs are pitch/pulse/ring osc and Filter.
- 2 modulation envelopes with inverter and BPM retrigger.
- 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.
- Reset most of the controls.
- Double click is reset for most of the controls.
- Bitcrusher before and after filter.
Dream 64 for Windows (VST) is a free download.
More information: Odo Synths
Wavosaur has announced VST Speek, a free Text to Speech plug-in.
VST Speek is a free vocal synthesis VST plugin for recreating the old skool robotic text to speech we all love. Choose a preset, type any text and let’s speak !
VST Speek text to speech is 100% freeware, the plugin is based on the Software Automatic Mouth (SAM) vocal synthesis software created by Softvoice Inc for the Commodore 64.
The plug-in (v1.0 beta) is available to download for Windows (VST).
More information: Wavosaur / VST Speek
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