AudioThing has released miniVerb, an effect 8-bit/chiptune and lofi reverb effect inspired by the sound of 80s game consoles and retro computers.

Early consoles didn’t have much power for DSP effects, so the video game composers at that time had to improvise. The most common way to add a sense of space/reverb to the sound was to sacrifice one of the internal tracks to play a delayed version of the original sound, essentially using a slapback echo to add depth.

The technique evolved and eventually, consoles started to take advantage of more power for real internal effects.

miniVerb recreates that classic digital echo/reverb sound, made famous by iconic consoles such as the NES and SNES, topping it with two flters (post/pre), vibrato, and crusher (bit crusher, downsampler, pitch shifter).

miniVerb features

  • Pre/Post Filter (LP/HP).
  • Echo (single/double mode).
  • Vibrato.
  • Crusher (bit-crusher, downsampler, pitch shifter).
  • 45 Presets.
  • Preset randomizer.

miniVerb for Windows and Mac (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) is available from AudioThing and distributor Plugin Boutique at an introductory price of $8.95 USD until September 30th, 2018 (regular $19 USD).

miniVerb is free for owners of miniBit, which has been updated to v1.5.1.

Changes in miniBit v1.5.1

  • Added: Global Volume Boost.
  • Added: Pitch Bend Range (Up/Down).
  • Added: Sequencer Steps Amount.
  • Added: Online Authorisation Form.
  • Fixed: Random stuck notes in Pro Tools.
  • Fixed: Sequencer Waveform track bug.
  • Fixed: Digital Performer Plugin Validation Error.
  • Improved: Partial support for Retina/HiDPI displays.

miniBit is available for $20 USD at AudioThing and from distributor Plugin Boutique, and during the intro sale of miniVerb you can get it for free with a purchase of miniBit.