Developer Jan Cumpelik has introduced the Lunchbeat groovebox – an ‘impossibly dirty’ 1-bit drum machine.
It’s designed to be a ‘minimalistic groovemachine’ that also offers interesting lo fi sounds.
Here’s a demo of the LunchBeat in action: Continue reading
ALM 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
AfroDJMac let us know about a free Live pack designed to make anything sound like it was sampled from vinyl or tape:
Here’s what I consider an endlessly useful Ableton Collection of cassette and reel to reel tape hiss, along with vinyl crackling samples. The samples range from subtle to pretty unfortunate. They are presented as clips and in a drum rack with some useful and sometimes glitchy macro knobs.
I’ve also created an instrument rack that allows you to drop any synth inside and blend it with vinyl or tape noise, adding warmth and imperfection to the sound, giving it the effect of being sampled from tape or vinyl.
Get the details and download at the AfroDJMac site.
It’s Friday, so we thought you might want to start of the weekend right with some more music-making freebies:
The Control Centre has released a free Ableton Live Instrument Rack, Rickenbacker 4001.
OhDrat has released a free Reason Dubstep Combinator.
- SicknDstroy has released a free multimode lo fi filter for Mac & Windows.
Wavesfactory has released W-MusicBox – a free music box virtual instrument for Kontakt.
- Reality Jockey’s Dimensions, an iOS augmented sound game, is now free.
MauSynth is a polyphonic synthesizer VST plugin for Windows. It’s now in beta and available as a free download.
If you try out one of the freebies, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!
Developer Jonatan Liljedahl has updated BitWiz Audio Synth, a software synth for iOS that translates C-like code expressions into lo-fi 8-bit generative stereo audio in real-time.
Here’s what’s new:
- 3D oscilloscope with real-time visuals
- XY-pad for tweaking of variables. Play BitWiz as an instrument!
- Custom keyboard for easier editing
- Automatic update of audio while editing code
- Allow changing samplerate: 44100, 22050, 14700, 11025, 8820, 7350, etc.
- Open code in external application (for example DropBox)
- Status bar with running information and error messages
- Updated demo codes
- Lots of other improvements and fixes
BitWiz Audio Synth is $2.99 in the App Store.
If you’ve used BitWiz Audio Synth, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!
Kymatica has introduced BitWiz Audio Synth, a new iOS app that translates C-like code expressions into lo-fi 8-bit generative audio in real-time.
BitWiz comes bundled with examples and you can add your own codes to the built-in library. You can also share your codes by e-mail.
The entered code expression is used to calculate each audio frame, and can optionally include the microphone input as a variable, for crazy distortion effects.