A library of old-school computer sounds captured from a late 1970s 8-bit Apple ][ with an Alpha Syntauri music system."
The Alpha Syntauri was a music system designed around the expansion capabilities of the Apple ][. The hardware consisted of an external piano-style keyboard, with a 3-card set that plugged into the Apple ][, including a keyboard interface card, and the two-board Mountain Computer Music System. Software was designed to support music composition and performance.
Puremagnetik has captured the 8-bit charm of this early home computer music system and reprogrammed everything for the modern music workstation. Whether you are looking for aliased chippy sounds, lo-fi leads or quirky percussion, alphaSynth brings one of the best things about 1982 right to your desktop!
Available at Puremagnetik
This set comes from Chris Randall of Analog Industries & Audio Damage, with more to follow: "It is a heavily re-tooled and much improved version of the sample set I used to have here that I made from the alphaSyntauri. They are much, much better at that sort of thing than I, what with doing it for a living and all, and the alphaSynth set is available in several formats, including Live Rack, Kontakt, and ESX Universal.
"I've made a bunch of other samples for them with various pieces of Apple ][ based kit, and you can watch out for those in the future."
• Over 20 multi-sampled instruments with expressive articulations
• Hundreds of expertly recorded multi-samples
• Advanced Ableton Live Racks with customized Macro Controls
• Kontakt KSP easy edit GUI
• Logic EXS version includes Channel Strip Settings with Logic effect
• EXS Universal file format for easy importing into any audio host
Chip Music Maker is a “Power Up” for your iPhone or iPad! Fun, Easy to Use, and authentic 8 / 16 bit sounds
No time to delve into the big and serious music apps?
PixiTracker is what you need! It is a simple and fun tool to quickly create musical sketches or chip tunes. Without requiring a lot of musical knowledge!
* high quality 16bit sampler and pattern based sequencer (tracker);
* unlimited number of patterns;
* several packs with unique sounds;
* MIDI keyboard support;
* mic/line-in recording;
* Wi-Fi export/import;
* export to WAV;
* audio copy/paste;
* iTunes File Sharing;
* true warm pixel interface!
More info here:
This compilation presents chiptune artists from many different styles.
Such as Glitch Hop, Breakbeat, Bassline, Dubstep, Dub, IDM, Ambient, Cumbia, Hardcore, Speedcore, Breakcore, Synth Punk, Digital Hardcore, Grindcore and Noise.
Available for Free Download on http://chipndamned.com
Trash80 ends the first night of Blip Festival with some snazzy sounds.
You can find Trash80 at http://trash80.net
Blip Festival Australia was presented by 8bitpeoples and SoundBytes.
“7bit date: robot love is a collection of chips I began tracking in 2008, with one song reaching as far back as 1998. In 2008, having recently graduated from university, I reexamined my chiptune past and decided to get back in the game. Life carried on, and years later, I remembered my original goal of a new chipdisk release.. Here we are today, 2012!
For 7bit date, I didn’t limit myself to traditional chip sounds. I make use of Amiga ST-XX samples in a few tracks — a process which rekindled some of my imagination, as I remembered this or that MOD from back in the day with each Amiga sample I came across. Another characteristic of my chips is to use no external/post-processing effects, just some occasional Schism filters, so the original .IT files will reproduce pretty close to the MP3.
All in all, folks can look forward to a varied collection of chippy goodness: funky, poppy, videogamey, with a splash of reggae and hiphop in a couple tracks”
- pyramidium (2:19)
- archipelago (3:29)
- lunar FREAK on) (2:12)
- omega, omicron (3:20)
- (robot) luvr’s rock (2:20)
- rearrraaange (0:39)
- CHECK(me out)SUM (2:32)
- 3rd circuit reggae (2:00)
- funknium (3:50)
- doomkatek (0:49)
- circuit break (3:03)
- don’t let ‘em (4:21)
Here’s an upcoming box from Mode Machines called SID. Apparently there’s some controversy over it’s design (link). Chris Randall took the photo above at NAMM. It should go for about $600 USD.
“SID is an 8-Bit desktop synthesizer with a double personality. It’s simplistic layout and ease of use delivers pleasure at the first touch and it’s familiar step sequencer will have you programming patterns and beats in no time. 3 expression knobs control the key features of each Patch for instant results. But don’t let it’s simplicity fool you: The supplied SID STUDIO SOFTWARE enables you to tweak every parameter under the hood! Draw and design your patches with instant feedback from the SID. Also check out the NERD-PANEL, a powerful interactive blueprint which enables you to address the chip one pin at a time – also a great educational tool.” – modemachines.com
For more info: modemachines.com
I have not seen any video featuring this little nice app that is available for free on AppStore for the iPad/iPod. So I decided to make one, check it out below:
This is a really nice little 8bit drum app with several drum patterns and accompanying chip tunes. In the video I have not tried to do any performance drumming just showing what some of the sounds sound like, so please excuse out of sync drumming
And best of all it is absolutely free
♬ 24 drum kit appropriate for 80′s Video game console,Home computer,Vintage Drum Machine,Rhythm Machine
(NES/FC,GENESIS/MD,GB-DBG,ATARI2600,C64,TR808/909,VL-1,Simmons SDS-V etc)
♬ 24 drum sets that is appropriate for Soul, Funk, R&B, and HIP HOP are prepared.
♬ 24 lesson riffs are collected.
♬ The drum can be played according to the accompaniment of iPod if it starts after it reproduces with iPod.
- Collection drum kit 24
- Collection lesson riff 24
* When the sound doesn’t become it even if touching, it might be a manner mode as for the drum.
* Please confirm the volume setting of “Ring tone” by “Sound” of “Setting” application program when the lesson riff rings and it doesn’t sound the drum.
Experimental synth for iOS.
PixelWave is an experimental synth with old school pixel interface.
• multitouch arpeggiator;
• it is possible to draw waveform and play it at the same time;
• export to WAV (via iTunes File Sharing);
• copy to pasteboard;
• nine predefined waveforms;
• changeable number of octaves (from 2 to 6);
• Low-Pass filter (smoothing);
• MIDI IN support.
HackMe Electronics has announced that the Rockit synth – their DIY 8-bit synthesizer project – has shipped.
Rockit is an open source analog-digital hybrid synth, created by Matt Heins. Heins says that he’s shipped about 175 Rockits in some for (assembled, kits or PCBs). The Rockit is now available assembled for $229, or as a kit for $139.
- Two Mixable Oscillators with 16 Waveshapes/Sounds and Detune
- Analog Voltage-Controlled Amplifier with ADSR controls
- Digitally Controlled Analog Filter with Selectable Low/Band/High Pass and External Audio Input and Independent Envelope
- Two LFOs with 16 Waveshapes and 6 Destinations Each
- MIDI In and Out
- Open Source C Code with an AVR Microcontroller
- 16 Slots for Patch Save and Recall
You can preview the sound of the Rockit synthesizer below: