Obscura MIDI 8-bit Chiptune Synth / Arduino serial monitor mode

November 10, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a brief demo of how to use the Obscura 8-bit synth’s serial monitor mode. The Kickstarter campaign ends December 4, 2015. Back the Kickstarter campaign to receive an Obscura synth before it’s too late. Campaign page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

Obscura – an inexpensive minimal chiptunes MIDI synth

November 5, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Arcano Systems has introduced the Obscura – an inexpensive minimal chiptunes MIDI synth.

Obscura is an Arduino-compatible 8-bit synthesizer that allows you to create NES, C64, and Amiga-style chiptune music by simply connecting a MIDI device.

No programming is required. This monophonic MIDI synth comes programmed with software that includes 16 preset patches.

  • Patch 0: 12.5% duty-cycle pulse waveform
  • Patch 1: 25% duty-cycle pulse waveform
  • Patch 2: 50% duty-cycle pulse waveform
  • Patch 3: sawtooth waveform
  • Patch 4: 8-bit sine waveform
  • Patch 5: 4-bit triangle waveform
  • Patch 6: 8-bit triangle waveform
  • Patch 7: arpeggiated octaves (25% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch 8: arpeggiated octaves (50% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch 9: arpeggiated octaves (8-bit sine)
  • Patch A: arpeggiated octaves (8-bit triangle)
  • Patch b: vibrato (12.5% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch C: vibrato (25% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch d: vibrato (50% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch E: vibrato (8-bit sine)
  • Patch F: vibrato (4-bit triangle)

Users with programming experience will be able create their own custom software for Obscura using the Arduino IDE. (Obscura is based on the Arduino Leonardo platform.) Arduino pins 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 13 are broken out for hardware hacking and experimentation.

The Obscura is being developed as a Kickstarter project. The synth is available to project backers starting at US $95.

8Bit: How Oldschool Sound/Music worked

October 10, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

For more information:

Visit Rob’s Channel the Obsolete Geek:

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If you want to learn more about those keyboards that contain the Sound Blaster synth (YM3812) watch my other video on that:

In this video, we’ll cover 3 different eras of computer music, the Internal Speaker, FM Synthesis, and PCM Samples.

SidTracker 64 chiptune synth featuring True Survivor – Kung Fury – 8 bit Remix

April 24, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Chiptune Remix by Fredrik Segerfalk on SidTracker 64 for iPad

3 voices of chip bliss, and a slight reverb added. Nothing else.


Graphics by Vanja Utne: http://twitter.com/CheesePirateEq2
Video and extra GFX by Moppe
SidTracker programming by Daniel Larsson
SidTracker 64 for iPad

Want to make some soulful Bleeps?
Wether you just want some creative juice for your productions, or produce entire chiptunes , we have created the perfect chiptune platform for you.The SidTracker 64.

Original song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTidn…
David Hasselhoff – True Survivor – Jörgen Elofsson & Mitch Murder(P) 2015 Universal Music AB. © 2015 Universal Music AB.


Musikmesse 2015 Soulsby Atmegatron Synthesizer Odytron Update

April 23, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mr. Soulsby himself shows the new features for the Atmegatron.

The Atmegatron Complete is a revolutionary new synthesizer that takes classic 80s Chiptune sounds and adds powerful new features.
Musicians will love it because it is quick and easy to create and manipulate amazing sounds. The Atmegatron can do everything from bright square wave leads, to dirty basses, to wild sci-fi effects.
Programmers will love it because it is built on the Arduino platform and the software is open source. This allows programmers to change or add new features and upload them to the Atmegatron.


  • 8-bit monophonic MIDI synthesizer
  • Unique Wavetable PWM Synthesis audio engine.
  • Quick and intuitive controls, no complex menu systems
  • Stylish white aluminium case with walnut side panels
  • Many features controllable by MIDI:
    mod & pitch wheels, filters, portamento and more
  • 16 preset sounds that can be overwritten with your own patches


  • Huge selection of waveforms and filters
  • Upload your own waveforms using the included Atmegatron Librarian software
  • LFO and 2 envelopes
  • Powerful synthesis features that takes Chiptune beyond 80s computer sounds
  • Advanced arpeggiator sequencer
  • Unique ‘wave crusher’ effect
  • Analogue bass boost for warm bass sounds

Best 8-Bit/1-Bit/ChipTune music app!

April 12, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

And even more!
SunVox is a small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker). It is a tool for those people who like to compose music wherever they are, whenever they wish. On any device. SunVox is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Maemo, Meego, Raspberry Pi, Windows Mobile (WindowsCE), PalmOS, iOS and Android.

NESIZER (8-bit 2A03 synthesizer) demo

March 11, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

An update on the progress on the NESIZER. A lot of stuff has been done since the last two demos:

– Circuit boards have been designed and built
– MIDI support has been added (currently just note on/off, pitch bend and sysex for sending samples)
– User interface for editing patches
– Battery backed SRAM memory for storing samples, patches and sequences (eventually)
– ADSR envelopes for square and noise channels
– Three LFOs (sine, square, ramp up, ramp down, triangle)
– Detuning
– Transposing
– Pitch envelope modulation

For more technical information, take a look at https://github.com/Jaffe-/NESizer2

miniBit – new 8-bit/chiptune synthesizer

December 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


AudioThing has released miniBit, a 8-bit/chiptune synthesizer.

miniBit is 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, is it possible to 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 (32/64-bit).
  • Platforms: OS X, Windows.

Price: €20 / $24.50. miniBit is available for the introductory price of €16 / $19.60 until January 15th, 2015.

BitRate II – Major update to the BitRate semi-modular 8-bit drum machine for Reaktor

December 10, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


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.

MonoBoy features

  • 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.

More info here >>

Kraftwerk – Home Computer (PK Midines cover)

September 3, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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:

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