Heavyocity has partnered with Icebreaker Audio to release BitRate II, a major update to the BitRate semi-modular 8-bit drum machine for Reaktor.
BitRate II uses multiple methods of retro digital synthesis and sampling to produce charismatic and nostalgic drum sounds. The included sound engines cover chipsounds, FM synthesis, lofi sampling, and glitchy circuit bending.
On top of these unique sound engines, BitRate II also offers a 5-track mixer and a master fx section that includes an analogue modelled EQ, bus compressor, and speaker simulator for added lo-fi effect.
The drums can be triggered via MIDI or from the internal sequencer. The sequencer provides two modulation sequences per drum, which can be routed to virtually any combination of sound parameters in any amount.
BitRate II also comes bundled with the MonoBoy instrument, a melodic counterpart for BitRate II. MonoBoy uses similar sound engines, but in an interface more suited to melodic playing.
The BitRate II Bundle ships with a total of 140 preset snapshots including a variety of sounds from kits and beats to synths and samples.
BitRate II features
- 5 drum slots into which you can load any one of 4 sound engines.
- 4 lo-fi digital sound engines: Chip, FM, Sampler, Glitch.
- The ability to sample from the audio input into a custom-built sample engine.
- A built-in sequencer with 2 modulation sequences per drum.
- Per-track sequence length, allowing for complex poly-rhythms.
- EQ, Compressor, and Speaker Simulator master effects.
- 3 sound generator modes, including a unique DM sampler.
- Easy-to-use arpeggiator and Voice Controls
- 2 Modulation sequences.
- A master FX section that includes the one-of-a-kind Bit Delay effect.
The BitRate II & MonoBoy bundle is available for purchase for an introductory price of $29 USD for the first two weeks (regular $49 USD). During this period, original BitRate owners can buy BitRate II for $19 USD.
Nintendo 8-bit version of “Home Computer” by Kraftwerk. Everything except the vocals are recorded with the Midines, in one shot.
The synthetic speech is made with SayIt by AnalogX:
The Automaphone is a robotic synth that scans a4 pictures and turns them into songs, each song is different but the Automaphone has a unique glitchy 8 bit sound at its heart.
More info here: http://grandtippler.wix.com/rarebeast…
The Automaphone is a robotic synth that scans a4 pictures and turns them into songs.
Rhythmic Robot has launched NanoMod 8-bit, a free instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
NanoMod 8-bit is a simple but versatile Kontakt synthesiser based on vintage 8-bit polysynths, featuring an “intelligent” interface that allows the user to adjust multiple parameters with single controls. It is offered as part of the KVR Developers’ Challenge 2014.
NanoMod 8-bit brings the simplicity of Rhythmic Robot’s NanoMod interface to bear on the crusty, gritty, aliased sounds of classic 8-bit synthesisers of the early to mid 80s. Using source waves taken from vintage Ensoniq hardware and a front-end incorporating convolved Wasp and MS20 filters, this NanoMod is aimed squarely at big, powerful polysynth sounds – everything from warm and evolving pads to screaming leads.
The library is a free download, released as an entry to the KVR Developer Challenge 2014.
This is an edited version of my original 8-bit Matrix trimmed for time and with some changes to sound effects that were bugging me.
If you’re curious, you can see the original at
15-track collection of ”highly musical, lo-bit video-game hardware re-imaginings” of some of the band’s best-known songs from the past 30 years.
The album is due out June 10 and includes acts such as gameboymusicclub, ComputeHer, crashfaster, GOTO80 and Naomi Sampler, with tracks covered ranging from “But Not Tonight” and “Behind the Wheel” to “Boys Say Go,” “Dreaming of Me,” “Never Let Me Down Again” and more.
Tracklist: 8-Bit Operators, Enjoy the Science: Tribute to Depeche Mode
1. Bacalao, “But Not Tonight”
2. Herbert Weixelbaum, “Enjoy The Silence”
3. GOTO80, “Boys Say Go”
4. Matt Nida feat. Lisa Schumann, “Policy of Truth”
5. ComputeHer, “Strangelove”
6. gwEm, “Martyr”
7. Laker feat. ONTBG, “Clean”
8. 8-Bit Operators, “Photographic” (Megamix)
9. Patokai, “New Life”
10. Aonami, “(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me”
11. crashfaster, “Never Let Me Down Again”
12. gameboymusicclub, “Dreaming Of Me”
13. Naomi Sample, “Somebody”
14. Yerzmyey, “I Just Can’t Get Enough”
15. Inverse Phase, “Behind The Wheel”
The album, to be released on CD and digitally, is available for pre-order now.
The video demonstrates The Atmegadrum, an 8-bit 16-part 16-step drum machine.
Watch this video to find out how to upload the Atmegadrum software to the Atmegatron: http://youtu.be/-JT9BsZm2bg
Go to http://soulsbysynths.com/ to find out more about the Atmegatron.
Checking out the brand new Atmegatron synthesizers from Soulsby. It’s a crazy little desktop synth with tons of waveforms, 15 filter types, the ability to upload your own waveforms, and even change or hack the OS to turn it into a totally different synthesizer! It has a very different front panel so we go through the layout as well as the sounds and I even show you a few of the unreleased OS versions as well as the official Atcyclatron OS which turns it into a wavetable cyclling synth!
Get the synth here: http://soulsbysynths.com/atmegatron-c…
Read the full review here: http://soundsandgear.com/soulsby-atme…
This is a demo of the Soulsby Synthesizers ATMegatron 8-bit synth. Enjoy!
Opening titles for Europe In 8 Bits documentary.
Direction, Design, Animation & Music: Device
EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary directed by Javier Polo that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.
Watch the documentary: vimeo.com/ondemand/europein8bits