Ableton has released Retro Synths 1980s, a new Partner Instrument by Puremagnetik.
In the 1980s, analog synthesis entered a new stage, with the debut of classics like the polyphonic Roland Jupiter series and the revolutionary frequency modulating Yamaha DX7. Puremagnetik has meticulously multisampled these synths to create a brand new Partner Instrument: Retro Synths 1980s. Packed with 39 Instrument Racks made up of nearly 2,000 samples, this is an essential collection.
The originals from the 1980s don’t come cheap (or, in many cases, easy to program), but Puremagnetik has captured the fire in these classics, and made it available in Retro Synths 1980s. Featuring the cream of the crop of Puremagnetik’s library, Retro Synths 1980s boasts meticulously multisampled synthesizers that behave like the originals. With 38 Instrument Racks and one Drum Rack, made up of nearly 2,000 samples total, this is an essential collection indeed.
Retro Synths 1980s features
- Juniper — a rich collection of expertly crafted instruments based on Roland’s legendary Jupiter series of analog synthesizers.
- SixVoice — classic pure analog patches from the Korg PolySix synthesizer.
- Vespine — finely tailored instruments that fully capture the charm of the EDP Wasp synthesizer.
- DeeEx — instant 80s FM synthesis based on the famous Yamaha DX7.
- Phazeform Vol. 2 — the captivating sounds of the Casio CZ-1 and its unique phase distortion synthesis.
Retro Synths 1980s for Ableton is available to purchase for 29 EUR until January 15, 2012 (25% off regular price of 39 EUR).
mobileRhythm mR-7070 – Classic Drum Machine for iPhone and iPad. Universal App with an unmistakable 1980’s look and sound.
- MIDI in, out and MIDI clock out
- Precise tempo control with digital readout.
- 4×16 banks for pattern storage.
- Individual faders for each drum sound.
- Multiple beat divisions for crazy time signatures with adjustable last step.
- Rock solid timing.
- Grid-view pattern display.
- ..And much more.
The hardware drum machines and beatboxes from the 1980’s have defined musical genres from House, Acid, Hip-Hop, right up to and including the latest Dub-step, Grime and other electronic music beats.
The mR-7070 works just like the original beatboxes, and anyone who is a fan of music will instantly recognise the classic sounds it produces.
Its easy to program even complicated beats and with plenty of storage space to store your creations.
MIDI setting are in the iOS settings app, and will work with any “CORE MIDI” interface.
The app is priced at $5.99.
“Demo of this old fashioned styled synth. It’s an interesting sounding app but the dials are difficult to use. Hopefully a future version will clear up a few of the issues that will make this synth a must have. Will not work with a keyboard controller.”
76 Synthesizer is a virtual analog monophonic synth for the iPad. Inspired by synthesizers from the 70’s, the 76 Synthesizer combines playability with style.
For a limited time only, get 76 Synthesizer for 50% off!
• Three Oscillators with sine, sawtooth, triangle, square waves and switchable filter LFO.
• Voltage controlled filter
• Pitch bend/modulation touch pad
• Three octave touch pad for note input with nine different scales
• Eight different effects: reverb, phaser, flanger, chorus, overdrive, delay, tremolo and vocoder— tap the outputs to patch into two effects simultaneously
• Eight different writable presets
• Stunning retro interface
Rytmik Retrobits is an application for creating rhythmical and melodic themes and for composing whole songs. Its user interface blends the fast and well-arranged interface of classic drum machines with flexible pattern interface of popular trackers and with modern sound library. It contains more than 180 carefully selected authentic retro sound samples of electronic drums, percussions, bass, melodic instruments and effects from 8-bit and 16-bit computers and classic consoles.
With Rytmik Retrobits you can quickly and easily create the basic building stone – an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field, and modify their volume, reverse, shuffle (rhythm twist) and polyphony (with extended polyphony handling), chorus/widening stereo effect, echo and arpeggiator. You may arbitrarily combine up to 128 such clips in four tracks and create complex pieces of music. Moreover, you have a collection of 10 pre-made compositions at your disposal from which you may quickly compose your own pieces.
Available in the Nintendo DS shop
A short video introducing ZX Plectrum.
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!”
“Hey guys! just a quick demo of the iPad app “76 Synthesizer” by Never Be Normal. Enjoy!”
Keen on getting that true retro feeling onto your iPad, well here’s your chance. 76 Synthesizer is a virtual analog monophonic synth for the iPad. Inspired by synthesizers from the 70’s, the 76 Synthesizer combines playability with style.
For a limited time only, get 76 Synthesizer for 50% off!
If you have already tried it – let us know what you think
- Three Oscillators with sine, sawtooth, triangle, square waves and switchable filter LFO.
- Voltage controlled filter
- Pitch bend/modulation touch pad
- Three octave touch pad for note input with nine different scales
- Eight different effects: reverb, phaser, flanger, chorus, overdrive, delay, tremolo and vocoder— tap the outputs to patch into two effects simultaneously
- Eight different writable presets
- Stunning retro interface
The app is priced at $1.99.
Another useless device.
Imperial march played by two floppy disk drives.
How does it work?
“It’s nothing new and it’s very simple. The sound comes from a magnetic head moved by stepper motor. To make a specific sound, head must be moved with appropriate frequency.
FDD has a simple interface – the description may be found for example [ HERE ]. To move the head you need to activate the drive by pulling the DRVSB0 or 1 (depends on the cable you have and the connector – notice the crossover on the FDD ribbon cable) pin low and then falling edge on STEP pin makes the head move one step in direction dependent on DIR pin state.
An ATMega microcontroller is generating those frequencies and it makes the drives play music.”
Starting now, Ableton gives all users of Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8 its most popular Partner Instrument: Puremagnetik’s Retro Synths! Registered users of Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8 can now download Retro Synths free of charge. In addition, purchasers of Ableton Live 8, Suite 8 or any relevant upgrade before October 31, 2011 will also receive Retro Synths for free.
We invite you to enhance your Ableton Live experience with a free download of Retro Synths by Puremagnetik, our most popular Partner Instrument. Retro Synths represents the best of Puremagnetik’s meticulously multi-sampled vintage synthesizer packs, including samples from classics such as the Korg MS-20, Roland D-50 and more. With intelligently selected macros, Retro Synths is immediately playable in Live.
Retro Synths is free for all Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8 users. It is also included with any upgrade or new purchase of Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8 until October 31, 2011.
VNV Nation are ready to release their 7th studio album. Out this September.
On “Automatic”, the band have been put together something far more conceptualized and thematic than previous releases. Something you can witness by looking at the cover.
In a recent press release, were the album is called “an opus of retro-futurism”, it is explained that Ronan Harris has been streamlining everything into a concept that encompasses the industrialization and technology of late 30′s America while embracing the technology of today.
“Automatic” will be released on September 16th through the bands own label Anachron Sounds.
Tracklist to be revealed soon!
VNV Nation performs Illusion live on Fearless Music.