Waveform Recordings has released Old Skool Tech, a sample library featuring 530+ MB of gritty organic grooves, funk-bustin’ basslines, Detroit synths, vinyl-like music loops, screwed vox, FX and more for producers of retro-inspired house, tech-house and techno.
Waveform have made a name for themselves delivering staggeringly authentic straight-from-vinyl-sounding loops and hits from the golden era of house and techno – and this latest offering is no exception. The drums are dripping with layers of analogue warmth, the synths are raw and the music loops are bursting with energy.
An enduring ode to the origins of house and techno, from New York to Detroit via Chicago, totalling 441 loops, Waveform use every ounce of experience to deliver this timeless toolkit.
Old Skool Tech is available from Sounds To Sample for 26.49 EUR.
vxxy has announced the production of the DCM8, a dedicated chip tune drum machine.
We announce the production of our first electronic musical instrument the DCM8 Digital Chiptune Drum machine, born from a desire to have chip music sounds in an easy to use studio desk sequencer and live performance package after wearing out our Gameboys with manic button bashing, and also wanting a few other sound styles thrown in for good measure.
64 Patterns in 8 banks of 8.
Selectable 8, 16 or 32 steps per pattern with half, normal and double speed timing scales.
Adjustable instrument volume, decay and pitch on per step basis.
Dual channel architecture with wide range of retro and unique preset sounds generated by a scripted synthesis engine.
255 digitally synthesized chip sounds, consisting of 223 presets and 32 user generated patches.
8 Levels of live undo on each pattern.
8 Songs with 128 pattern selections.
Clear, Copy and Paste 8, 16 or 32 steps between patterns.
EEPROM based storage of all patterns and user data, with SYSEX backup.
MIDI input and output.
The DCM8 is scheduled for release in early November. A special limited time pre-order price of €349 + delivery, with a choice of white, blue or red LEDs will be available soon.
de la Mancha has announced the release of basic 65, 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.
This version is the update to the popular basic 64, redesigned from scratch, with many improvements, new features and all new presets. basic 65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the amazing presets.
Basic 65 features
Monophonic synth in VST format for Windows based hosts.
3 oscillators with pulse, saw, triangle and noise waveforms.
Pulse width can be modulated by envelope or both LFOs [NEW - pwm modulated by envelope].
Each oscillator can be sync’d to another and/or ring modulated by another.
Each oscillator has its own ADSR envelope and can be routed to filter individually.
Resonant filter with low pass, high pass, band pass and notch modes [NEW - notch mode added].
2 tempo-sync Arpeggiators in series for complex arp sounds [NEW - 2nd arp, added arp patterns].
Arp tempo, range and note length can be adjusted [NEW - more tempo-sync options, note length knob].
Modulation envelope can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators as well as filter and dirt [NEW - modulates pwm, cut-off, res, dirt].
2 tempo-sync LFOs with wide range of waveforms, including random [NEW - more waveforms, more tempo-sync options, added phase].
Both LFOs can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators [NEW - individual oscillator pitch and pwm].
One LFO also controls filter and dirt, the other can modulate the depth and speed of the first LFO [NEW - modulates res, dirt and LFO1].
Envelopes are non-linear and can be retriggered from zero or smoothed on each new note [NEW - separate smooth for amp and mod envelopes].
Pitch drift models instability with variable depth and frequency [NEW - depth and frequency added].
Options for 4, 6, 8, 12 or 16 bit audio with randomising feature [NEW - added randomising, added 4 bit and 12 bit].
Developed with SE 1.1, so no problems with multiple instances [NEW].
128 presets by sink covering arps, leads, bass, drums and lofi sounds [NEW - all new presets].
basic 64 is also included in the download.
Basic 65 for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $24 USD. A free copy of dirty harry and PULS is included with a purchase until October 7, 2011.
Ableton has announced a limited time promotion, offering the Retro Synths Partner Instrument from Puremagnetik free of charge.
We invite you to enhance your Ableton Live experience with a free download of Retro Synths by Puremagnetik, our most popular Partner Instrument.
Retro Synths represents the best of Puremagnetik’s meticulously multi-sampled vintage synthesizer packs, including samples from classics such as the Korg MS-20, Roland D-50 and more. With intelligently selected macros, Retro Synths is immediately playable in Live.
Retro Synths is free for all Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8 users. It is also included with any upgrade or new purchase of Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8 until October 31, 2011.
Hollow Sun has released Techtron, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Using battered casework and components we salvaged from old Soviet Union submarine radio equipment that was languishing and due for cruel and ruthless de-commisioning, Techtron brings thoroughly modern sounds in re-purposed retro style.
With two ‘super’ oscillators featuring thick, detuned sawtooths (which we call ‘iSaw’ here at HS Towers and come courtesy of HS chum, BeMuso) through a multimode, dual slope filter, two envelopes, two LFOs, a pitch EG, mono and poly playback modes with glide, etc., Techtron offers instant ‘techno’ sounds that are powerful, wide, bright, brash, fizzy and anthemic and yet also capable of chunky basses, spiky arpeggios, thick leadlines and lush, luxuriously smooth pads plus dark, broody and moody textures.
Advanced Retro Synthesis Engine.
Two ‘iSaw’ Oscillators.
Multi-mode 2-pole/4-pole filter.
Two envelope shapers.
Poly and mono play modes.
EQ, distortion, chorus, phaser, rotary and echo multi-FX.
Convolved reverb featuring vintage spring reverbs.