Europe in 8 Bits is a new documentary (available on demand online) that explores the world of chip music, in Europe.
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
The MOS Technology 6581/8580 ‘Sound Interface Device’ chip, aka the ‘SID’, was the sound generator chip used in the Commodore 64 home computer. The SID, by the means of 3 wavetable oscillators, a real analogue multi mode filter, an ADSR and various cross modulation options, provided the soundtrack to a generation of computer gaming.
The Sid Guts takes the legendary SID chip and tailors it into the Eurorack modular environment. By use of a real SID chip, the classic sound is taken in a new direction with the levels of direct and voltage control only a modular system can offer.
Here’s a video introduction to the Sid Guts: Continue reading