The man behind the Commodore 64 – Jack Tramiel – has passed away

April 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

In remembrance:

The man behind the famous C64 computer . Jack Tramiel has passed away at the age of 83. Another technology visionary has passed on. Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore Business Machines, has died at the age of 83. The driving force behind one of the best-selling home computer systems in history, Tramiel was a pioneer in creating affordable hardware for the everyday consumer that still possessed enough horsepower to push the envelope. Tramiel was a true American success story that started with nothing in his pocket to become one of the leading experts in the computing industry.

The C64 had, hands down, the most awesome music in the business. It’s amazing what some very talented people (such as Rob Hubbard) were able to do with its SID chip.

So for your listening pleasure, here are some of the best pieces of gaming music (both in-game and intros) to ever come out of the Commodore 64.

Rest in peace

 

Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2 – free samples

April 5, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Bedroom Producers Blog has released Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2, a collection of free samples.

Two different Commodore 64s were used for creating the sounds in this sample pack, although both have SID 8580 installed. The original plan was to record some bits from a SID 6581 this time, but my old C64 died literally 5 minutes after I plugged it in. To make that major bummer even major-er, there were no original C64s (aka C64 beige) to be found in the local ads during this three week period.

However, I did manage to get ahold of a C64G, which was sampled for one of the instruments in this sample pack (the BASIC Bass patch, pictured below). C64G also has a SID 8580 installed, but they do say that every SID chip is different, so there’s still a bit of variety in the hardware sense I guess. All other sounds were captured from a C64C which was also used in the previous pack. Hopefully, a C64 beige will pop up in the ads before I start working on part 3.

Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions Part 2 features

  • 14 multisampled instruments and one multi patch.
  • Total of 142 samples in 16-bit WAV format (download size is 79.4 MB).
  • Incluides Kontakt 5 and Shortcircuit 1 patches.

The sample pack is a free download at BPB.

Get it here >>

Commodore 64 Drums for Ableton Live SID 8-bit

March 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

Commodore 64 SID chip drums for Ableton Live drum racks. This is a cool collection of retro 8-bit drum sounds. There are effects assigned to macro knobs to allow for extreme glitching and subtle finessing.

Download here: http://bit.ly/freesynth51

Samples provided by: http://bedroomproducersblog.com

One of the cool things about drum racks is the ability to give the instrument its own send and return channels.  It’s a very convenient way to add effects to your sounds without setting up additional channels in your Live set.  So, I’ve given the Commodore 64 drums three effect sends.  There is reverb which also has control over the reverb time.  Next is a delay, set to repitch, mode, allowing for some cool analog delay effects.  And finally, a New York Style or Parallel compression.  This is a really useful effect for drum sounds because it allows you to squeeze and beef up your sound, but also retains the dynamics of the original.  The rack has control of the pitch of the samples, allowing you to raise or drop them by 48 steps.  As you might imagine, this drastically changes things up.  Finally there is Ableton’s Arpeggiator effect, which can be helpful in creating rhythmical patterns.

Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions (Free Sample Pack)

March 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

BPB’s Tomislav Zlatic has released a free sample library, Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions, that features classic C64 sounds:

I’ve released the first part of what will be the “Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions” free sample pack series. The sounds were created in the MSSIAH Mono Synthesizer running on my Commodore 64 with the SID 8580 chip installed. All samples are recorded and kept 100% dry for maximum authenticity.

The goal is to capture famous SID sounds, as well as some classic synth sounds you wouldn’t expect to hear coming from a Commodore 64. The first pack includes two classic lead sounds and one called Rainy Metropolis, inspired by Yamaha CS-80 sounds used by Vangelis in the Blade Runner opening sequence.

Listen to a preview below:

Details and download are available at BPB.

C64 Fastfingers Lead Synthesizer Lightshow&Drums !

March 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 2 Comments 

“This is a video using the Fastfingers Lead Synthesizer software for Commodore 64 and my drumming. I added a new Lightshow feature to Fastfingers, which changes the color of the screen in time with the music.

All of the sounds are C64 Fastfingers sounds except for my drumming.”

New synth from Mode Machines called SID

January 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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

C64 Alien – SID Main Theme LIVE

January 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Live remix of an “Alien” main theme composed by Paul Clansey back in 1984. “We live as we dream: alone”..
Game was developed by Amsoft and released for Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.

The main theme is played by C64 with Cynthcart cartridge. Please note that Gameboys in this one are for decoration purposes only (unlike the bottle of Southern Comfort ^-^ ).

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New video from welle: erdball – Deutsche Liebe (C=64)

January 9, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

welle: erdball – Deutsche Liebe (C=64)
Offizieller Video-Clip zur Sendung “Der Kalte Krieg” (LP-CD)
http://www.welle-erdball.de
Eine Funkhausproduktion (c)2012

Enjoy :-)

Zx Plectrum retro application à la C64

November 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A short video introducing ZX Plectrum.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zx-plectrum/id477244691?ls=1&mt=8
Universal app available on ipod and iphone! Play the ZX Specturm loading sounds as a musical instrument on your iPhone/iPod/iPad!

Relive the crisp sounds of your youth!
Change the loading phase and pitch to make some weird but familiar sounds!

>> “Made this video with an ipod and nothing else, maybe I’m getting old but that impressed me!”

 

C64 LIVE DEMO – SID bassline (commodore cynthcart mssiah prophet64)

October 31, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

For all you C64 fans out there:

“Live demo of one of my songs.
Bassline is played by an good old C64 equipped with Cynthcart.
Tune is called “we ain’t finished yet” and has been featured on DEAD PIXELS long play.

In 2009 I began experimenting with SID chiptune (built-in sound generator chip of Commodore 64), and Cynthcart to create a blend of original 8bit sound from the 80’s and Rock music. ”

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