A walkthrough of the AY3 synth’s essential features

July 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Checking out Twisted Electrons’ AY3 Chiptune Synth.

Features:

  • 64 preset memory (8 banks x 8 presets)
  • 5 pots and 1 endless encoder with push button
  • 40 blue leds
  • 16 step sequencer to sequence notes on/off, pitch and noise on/off
  • 4 Pitch modulation modes (aka lfo)
  • 4 arpeggiator modes
  • ultra fat 6 voice unison mode with detune knob
  • 6 chords to split the voices
  • 6 voice polyphonic mode
  • Glide mode
  • Stereo sound (3 voice per channel/chip)
  • intuitive 5×6 mode matrix to access and control:
    • volume, pitch, noise volume, envelope assignments, arp modes, sequencer assignments etc
  • control of all knobs and other features via midi CC
  • backlit front panel

The AY3 Chiptune Synth is available via Twisted Electronics for €197.00.

Chiptune style song with Korg Volca Keys, Beats and Arturia MicroBrute

July 16, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

A music I’ve made for a video game. I try to do sort of “8 bit music” only with my Volca Beats, Keys and my Microbrute.

Hope you’ll like it :)

©Arthur Eloy 2014

Chip tunes: GaMBi Trailer

July 12, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

GaMBi is an iOS app for chiptune fans, performers, DJs, and remix artists, allowing deep customization of classic video game sound and connection with other music-making apps via channel control, AudioCopy and Audiobus.

Shown in the trailer is footage of the Audiobus-compatible app, Loopy. Learn more about Loopy here: http://loopyapp.com/

Get GaMBi here >>

Chip64 Rack Extension has been released

July 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Chip64 brings the sound chips from vintage computers and video game consoles to the Reason rack.

Music by Tune Cooks.

Ochen K has released Chip64, described as a new synth Rack Extension that’s an emulation of audio chips from vintage computer and video game consoles. 

A spokesperson told us, “Chip64 brings the sound chips from vintage computers and video game consoles to the Reason rack. Chip64 includes mathematical modeling of 5 chips: the TIA used in the Atari 2600, the SID chip used in the Commodore 64, the TA0x series used in the NES and Gameboy, the Vic-I used in the Vic 20, and the SN76489 chip used in the ColecoVision and Sega consoles. With an on-board sequencer, as well as a multi-mode filter, LFO, modulation envelope, and more, Chip64 brings true chip emulation to your rack.”

Pricing and Availability:
Available at the Propellerhead shop.
€32.00

More information:

 

Twisted Electrons AY3 Chiptune Synth demo

May 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The AY3 features two 8912 chips, boasting 6 voice polyphony. You can apply sequences, arpeggiators, noise, envelopes and pitch modulation to each voice with a click of a button.

AY3 features:

-64 preset memory (8 banks x 8 presets)
-5 pots and 1 endless encoder with push button
-40 blue leds
-16 step sequencer to sequence notes on/off, pitch and noise on/off
-4 Pitch modulation modes (aka lfo)
-4 arpeggiator modes
-ultra fat 6 voice unison mode with detune knob
-6 chords to split the voices
-6 voice polyphonic mode
-Glide mode
-Stereo sound (3 voice per channel/chip)
-intuitive 5×6 mode matrix to access and control:
volume, pitch, noise volume, envelope assignments, arp modes, sequencer assignments etc
-control of all knobs and other features via midi CC
-backlit front panel

More info here >>

Dream 64 – version 3.0 of the free Chip Synth VST instrument plug-in for Windows

April 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Odo Synths has announced the release of version 3.0 of Dream 64, the free Chip Synth VST instrument plug-in for Windows.

Dream 64 is not an SID emulator, but it’s a plug-in that can recreate sounds that are used in chip-music. It’s inspired by the SID chip from the old but good Commodore c64 but with some extra features for fun.

Main features:

  • All sequencers have a start and end loop but start always at step one.
  • Start-step never can be higher than the end.
  • Every sequencer has its own BPM rate or all have one manual rate.
  • 8 step Wavetable sequencer with audio on/off (gate effect).
  • 8 step Arp sequencer notes from c to c3 and one c4 note.
  • 8 step Ring modulation sequencer notes from c to c3 and one c4 note.
  • A Bitcrusher only for the ringmod. This is nice if you use the Wavetable.
  • 16 step easy to edit filter-sequencer. Can be used for nice bass sounds because it has an end step (will sustain).
  • Waveforms for the oscillator are saw, triangle, pulse, noise, ringmod mode. The noise is very special – it can be pitched by key or fixed.
  • Oscillator octaves from -3 to 2.
  • Ring modulation oscillator notes from c to c3 and one c4 note and a bitcrusher (this is nice for the wavetable sequencer).
  • 2 LFOs with 21 waveforms BPM rates and manual with inverter.
  • The LFOs can start (key sync) (host sync) and (free run).
  • Destinations of the LFOs are pitch/pulse/ring osc and Filter.
  • 2 modulation envelopes with inverter and BPM retrigger.
  • Destinations Pitch/pulse/ring modulation.
  • Filter Envelope can be switched to the filter sequencer.
  • filters lowpass/hipass/bandpass/low and hipass/band and hipass/band and lowpass.
  • Random for most of the controls.
  • Reset most of the controls.
  • Double click is reset for most of the controls.
  • Bitcrusher before and after filter.

Dream 64 is a free download at http://chips.site90.com

Europe In 8 Bits – Opening Titles

April 3, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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

europein8bits.com

Retro Boy – free chiptune synthesizer VST

February 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Sound-Base Audio has released Retro Boy, a free chiptune synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Retro Boy is a virtual analog chiptune synthesizer/emulator. It does not specifically emulate a single device or sound chip, but it was made with a certain handheld gaming system in mind.

The goal was to make a simple, minimal, synth that could create “8-bit music” without being overly complicated or requiring much knowledge from the end-user.

Retro Boy features

  • Single oscillator with seven different waveforms: Pulse 1 (12.5% duty cycle), Pulse 2 (25% duty cycle), Pulse 3 (50% duty cycle), Saw, Triangle, Sine, Noise.
  • Volume, vibrato, decimation, ADSR envelope, and voice control (adjustable from 1 to 4 voices).
  • Low CPU usage, <1% on an i5 processor.

Retro Boy for Windows (VST) is available to download as freeware.

Get it here >>

8bit Harmonica

January 15, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Googlish from Japanese:
“8bit Harmonica by Fufu NES
It is a harmonica that you can play the 8bit sound.

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Office workers to challenge electronic work Good luck Saturday and Sunday.
Site that show, what you moved somehow.
http://www.ugoita.com/”

“I try to harmonica, the NES that was a long time ago Fufu well. I was particular that using the sound chip which is used for the NES of fact, it sounds like more NES. Harmonica sound high as it goes from left to right sound, I made three types of harmonica melody of the game indulge in the good feeling harmonica ringing and sound effects Koin ♪, and wherever you blowing blows.”

Note this is the first basami sentaku post.

Chips from Cakewalk: Polybius 8-bit Game Pack

November 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Polybius video game expansion pack is a free set for Z3TA+ 2, inspired by all your favorite old-school video game titles. Includes video game themes, game over themes, boss themes, attack effects, blaster effects, and even some timeless sounds you are sure to recognize. The Polybius expansion pack proves the true power behind Z3TA+ 2’s synth engine and best of all, it’s totally FREE!

Buy Z3TA+2 on the Cakewalk Store: http://www.store.cakewalk.com/default…

Also available on STEAM: http://store.steampowered.com/app/241…

 

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