Critter & Guitari Intros Black & White Video Synthesizer

BlackWhiteScope-Connected_grandeCritter & Guitari has introduced the Black & White Video Scope – their latest video synthesizer.

The Black & White Video Scope is a video synthesizer that generates visual patterns in response to sound. It features 16 patterns, including oscilloscopes, strobe effects, flashing squares, rotating blocks, and random pixels. Some of the modes respond continuously to the sound, and others respond to percussive sounds, advancing a pattern on each hit.

It also features a Randomizer mode where the modes change randomly at a selectable rate between 1 frame – 30 seconds.

Here’s a preview of the Black & White Video Scope in action:

To operate: Connect it to a television, projector or video rig and connect a sound source to the ¼” audio jack. Select one of the 16 patterns and, using the gain knob, adjust the sensitivity to the audio input.

The Black & White Video Scope is available now, priced at US $165.

New Lunchbeat Groovebox Offers ‘Impossibly Dirty’ 1-Bit Drum Machine Action. Nasty!

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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 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

Free Ableton Pack Makes Any Instrument Sound As If Was Sampled

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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.

Friday Freebies – Free Music Software & Samples

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!

BitWiz Audio Synth Updated

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!