Soulsby Atmegatron Synthesizer Sneak Preview

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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

SquareSynth 8-Bit Style Synth Updated With AudioBus

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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

Free Live Racks From Livid Instruments

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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

ALM Sid Guts Puts C64 Sound Into A Eurorack Module

alm-sid-guts-moduleALM has introduced the Sid Guts – a new Eurorack module basd on the sound generator chip used in the Commodore 64.

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