Twisted Electrons shared this demo video for the AY3 Chiptune Synth.
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. Continue reading
Europe in 8 Bits is a new documentary (available on demand online) that explores the world of chip music, in Europe.
We’ve embedded the preview above – the full documentary is available to view via Vimeo. Continue reading
MoShang has announced plans to release kits for building the Groovesizer mk1 – a new open hardware DIY synth.
It’s in the same family as the larger Groovesizer, but is smaller, easier to build and features a 16-step sequencer.
Here’s a demo video of a prototype in action: Continue reading
This video, via deadhorse whatever, captures an 8-bit guitar Christmas medley.
Here’s a little 8-bit holiday action, Eight To Infinity’s There’s Nothing Very Interesting To Say About Snow.
via Arron Clague
Soulsby Synthesizers has finalized the design of the Atmegatron synthesizer – “a revolutionary new synth module that combines classic 8-bit sounds with exciting new features.”
It is expected to be available in February, with PCB and Complete options.
Here’s a sneak preview of the Atmegatron in action: Continue reading
Developer James Navarro let us know that he’s updated SquareSynth, an 8-bit style software synthesizer, based on the NES, adding AudioBus and more.
SquareSynth is a table-based synthesizer, and NES simulator for iOS, based on old-school chiptune trackers. Using the tables you can create sounds similar to 8-bit game consoles, and computers. Continue reading
Livid Instruments, best known for their line of MIDI controllers, has released two free Racks for Ableton Live users.
The first Rack features the classic 8-bit sounds of the Commodore 64/Mode Machines SID:
Livid’s KC Harvey-Taylor sat down with one recently to break out some sounds for some drums and samplers that are perfect for retro-game effects or just punching through a mix with the characteristic edgy sounds of low-bit, lo-fi, old-school computers.
This free set of samples are conveniently wrapped up in an Ableton Live Pack and includes a 23-sound Drum Rack, a multi-sample Bass, a couple nice lead synths with effects, and some MIDI clips to get you started. If you don’t have live, you can just download the WAV files.
Here’s an audio preview: Continue reading