Free download: basic 65 – inspired by the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip

December 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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de la Mancha is continuing to put synths that were previously available for purchase online as free downloads. The latest is a monophonic synth, basic 65, inspired by the classic 80s home computer, the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip. Building on the waveforms and signal path of this famous chip, basic 65 adds further features and options to take things a step further. Here’s more details:

The double arpeggiator allows complex versions of that retro 8-bit game sound and the modulation options inspire experimentation via the mod envelope and 2 comprehensive LFOs. Pulse width modulation, ring modulation and oscillator detune/sync are key ingredients in the signature sound. Throw in some pitch drift, bit drift, a sprinkle of dirt and randomisation and you have a wide range of lofi, chiptune, retro-tastic sounds at your disposal.

This version is the update to the popular basic 64, redesigned from scratch, with many improvements, new features and all new presets. basic 65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the amazing presets.

Features

  • Monophonic synth in VST format for Windows based hosts
  • 3 oscillators with pulse, saw, triangle and noise waveforms
  • Pulse width can be modulated by envelope or both LFOs
  • Each oscillator can be sync’d to another and/or ring modulated by another
  • Each oscillator has its own ADSR envelope and can be routed to filter individually
  • Resonant filter with low pass, high pass, band pass and notch modes
  • 2 tempo-sync Arpeggiators in series for complex arp sounds
  • Arp tempo, range and note length can be adjusted
  • Modulation envelope can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators as well as filter and dirt
  • 2 tempo-sync LFOs with wide range of waveforms, including random
  • Both LFOs can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators
  • One LFO also controls filter and dirt, the other can modulate the depth and speed of the first LFO
  • Envelopes are non-linear and can be retriggered from zero or smoothed on each new note
  • Pitch drift models instability with variable depth and frequency
  • Options for 4, 6, 8, 12 or 16 bit audio with randomising feature
  • Developed with SE 1.1, so no problems with multiple instances
  • 128 presets by sink covering arps, leads, bass, drums and lofi sounds

Pricing and Availability:

basic65 VSTi for Windows used to be a payware plugin, but is now free to download. However, if you like and use any de la Mancha plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.

More info here >>

Celebrate Christmas in Commodore 64 style :-)

December 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Sing Along With Your Favorite Christmas Carols

Here’s a great way for you and your family to have fun with your Commodore 64™ or Commodore 128™ this Christmas. Our exciting Christmas Carols disk features 18 of your favorite holiday songs, with professionally-arranged music and entertaining graphics. For sing along fun, the lyrics appear in easy-to-read verse on your TV or monitor. Play just your favorite song or set your computer to play them all.

SONGS INCLUDE:
• Angels We Have Heard on High
• Deck the Hall
• O Come All Ye Faithful
• Away in a Manger
• The First Noel
• God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
• Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
• O Holy Night
• It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
• Jingle Bells
• O Little Town of Bethlehem
• We Three Kings of Orient Are
• Jolly Old St. Nicholas
• Joy to the World
• O Christmas Tree
• Silent Night
• What Child is This?
• Up on the Housetop”

Commodore 64 – Monkey Island – Kompositkrut (remeade, No Emulation)

October 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kompositkrut rocks with a C64, details below:

Yo I remade the Monkey Island after a request. And I made a little demo or something to watch wile listening.

The song is composed in the native c64 tracker SID Wizzard 1.4 (by Hermit)
http://csdb.dk/release/?id=115599

The visuals are coded by me and I used Kick Assembler (by Camelot), Notepad++ and Charpad (by subchrist) for the gfx. The program visualisates the 3 voice on the SID
http://csdb.dk/release/?id=89532
http://csdb.dk/release/?id=101863

Yea and I crunched my program with BongoCruncher by Samar Productions
http://csdb.dk/release/?id=115758

Sorry for the poor video quality I recorded it via my Video capturing device, I will make my self a s-video cable. That might give me some higher video quality.

I will uppload the SID and the prg to CSDB after I done some adjustments :)

Hack My Bits Up – Commodore and Atari – Kompositkrut

February 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Atari 520 ST 512kb RAM running the tracker Maxymiser. The Atari is hooked up to a composite to vga scaler and then to a LCD monitor.

The Commodore 64c is running MSSIAH and the monosynth program. and is not hooked up to any monitor during the movie. since the screen is black during “play-mode” it’s not necessary to have it hooked up ^^

The audio is connected to my Proton Stereo 520 amplifier, therefore the quite hard paining on the computers :)

I have composed the song myself and play a little extra bass on the c64.

Mode Machines SID Synthesizer

February 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

While perusing the vast NAMM convention this year I bumped into the Mode Machines booth which is offering a lot of cool designs. I briefly plugged in and sampled some of the new SID synthesizer, which utilizes the classic Atari Commodore 64 SID chip as it’s sound source.

More info here >>

Demo: Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE

December 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a video demonstration of Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE, a KVR Developer Challenge 2012 entry created by Bedroom Producers Blog and Rhythmic Robot.

Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE is a free sample library for Kontakt 4, SFZ and Zampler. It contains 411 audio samples recorded directly from three different versions of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Download: http://www.kvraudio.com/kvr-developer-challenge/2012/#dc12-6588

The Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Deluxe sample library contains 30 individual instrument patches. These patches cover a range of well known Commodore 64 era video game sounds, as well as some classic synth sounds which were recreated using the SID chip.

Our goal was to capture the true character of the SID chip, from its beautiful analog filter to the gritty digital oscillators. The 30 included patches are only a starting point, from which the users can further sculpt the sounds using the included SFZ, NKI and Zampler mappings.

The Hobbit – Far Over Misty Mountains – Commodore 64 8bit Remix

December 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A song that Aizerowe has worked on tor a while in CyberTracker 1.01 It’s a cover and a personal interpertation of the theme music in the Hobbit. Witch a touch of chiptune ;)

Music and Games: Commodore 64 – 8 Bit Legend

October 9, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

FOR ALL YOU C64 FANS OUT THERE, ENJOY :-D
Video info:

I’ve been a big fan of the Commodore 64 since its release way back in 1982. As 2012 is the ’64’s 30th anniversary, I wanted to produce something in honour of this great little machine that has given me countless hours of pleasure, frustration, and head-banging! Here it is. For reasons of time and space, I had to cut a few scenes that were originally planned (and have been created) but I will probably use them in another C64 video in the near future.

If you’re able to recognise all the games/references in this video then you truly are an Old School Commodore geek. I’m proud of you!

Please check this description out again shortly, as I’ll be uploading some HD Windows desktop wallpapers featuring many of the 3D models used in this video, plus some more that didn’t make it into the final edit.

Credits:

Video by Mike Berry, AKA The Kernal.
Music from Terra Cresta, arranged and remixed by Jess D. Skov-Nielsen.
Originally composed by Martin Galway.

Thanks to Jess D. Skov-Nielsen for giving his kind permission to use his music.

Thanks also to David “Jazzcat” Simmons for helping to supply most of the group/scener logos.

Mode Machines SID (Sneak Preview)

September 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Hello ladies and gentlemen, here you can find our new product SID. We work real hard to present the new SID as soon as possible.
Coming real soon!

The latest hardware melds the classic chip sounds of the SID chip with an x0x sequencer a la the Roland TB-303. The preview also reveals more of how this unit works, including per-note modulation and sequencing features. Earlier this year, they added a Mac/Windows/Linux editor; now, they’re adding an iPad editor as well.

Features:

  • Built around the original MOS SID chip, as heard in the Commodore 64, at least in the first 300 units.
  • x0x control layout
  • Step sequencing
  • 3 expression knobs for macro controls of each patch
  • Bundled editor software (see the video below, from earlier this year)
  • NERD-PANEL, “a powerful interactive blueprint which enables you to address the chip one pin at a time – also a great educational tool.”
  • 100+ Patches.
  • 50+ Wavetables drum sounds/effects.
  • Audio in, out; MIDI in, out. USB connectivity for MIDI control, too.
  • Onboard display.
  • German and English documentation.

More informations @:

www.modemachines.com
www.facebook.com/modemachines
www.modemachines.tumblr.com
www.twitter.com/modemachines
www.flickr.com/photos/modemachines
www.myspace.com/modemachines

MonoSynth Controller for Mssiah

June 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Testing the MonoSynth Controller for Mssiah (C64 Midi cardridge)
Available at the Apple AppStore for iPad

MonoSynth Controller for Mssiah

The Mssiah is a Midi cardridge for the Commodore C64. With this app you can easily control the mono synthesizer component of Mssiah via a midi connection.

– load/save patches
– generate random patches
– share your patches with your friends (itunes file sharing enabled)

a Commodore 64 and the Mssiah-Midi-Modul is required.

** this is not an official 8bitventures app **
** this is just a little homemade project to support the mssiah community **

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