UK-based midierror let us know that they have introduced the 8BitM8, a new bit-crusher pedal, inspired by the tonal qualities of vintage samplers, MPCs and lo-fi sounds.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Hardware bit crushers are hard to come by and are often simply ‘sample rate reducers’ without any effect on the number of bits. The 8BitM8 is a fully digital bit crusher with settings for 4, 6 and 8-Bit – meaning the sounds of early samplers, lofi keyboards and digital effect units at your fingertips.
The 8BitM8 processes sounds using an 8-Bit AVR Microcontroller, sampling the input signal from the pre-amplifier at high speed, going to the DAC at an adjustable interval set by the RATE knob. Prepare for a heady audio spectrum spanning subtle glitchy overtones to supercharged distortion, with a WET/DRY MIX knob to set how much of the signal is processed.
A simple LOW PASS FILTER is available for the wet signal to swoop from sparkly brightness to low end warbles. The LEDs reflect the outputted audio rate, and provide a snazzy representation of the processed audio, be it smooth and musical or edgy and raw!
The pedal has true bypass, controlled and engaged by a relay which is triggered by the arcade button; a genuine arcade cabinet component built to withstand extreme button bashing. It functions as a momentary switch or as toggle by simply pushing the button during power on or not. This gives you the chance to create quick staccato chops or engage the crusher for a more sustained period.
Bit crushing is a superb effect to use in conjunction with other effects and works supremely well on keys, vocals and bass sounds. If you’re a fan of the EMU SP1200, Akai S3000, Akai S950 or even the Casio SK-1, this pedal will process your sound with authentic degraded digital goodness.”
Pricing and Availability
The 8BitM8 is available now for $185.