Song-A-Day & #RPM Challenge 14 – ‘End Credits’ Synthwave on PO-20 Po-28 & Blofeld

Published on Feb 15, 2019 ChrisLody

“So here’s a bit of chip tune inspired music on the Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade and PO-28 Robot, which are a match made in heaven in my opinion, joined eventually by a C64 style pwm lead sound on the Waldorf Blofeld. It has a really nice wavetable called Micro PWM which sounds like it must have been sampled from a SID chip to me as it’s very close to the

Two twisted desktop grooveboxes: hapiNES L, Acid8 MKIII

Now the Nintendo NES inspires a new groovebox, with the desktop hapiNES. And not to be outdone, Twisted Electrons’ acid line is back with a MKIII model, too.

Twisted Electrons have been making acid- and chip music-flavored groovemakers of various sorts. That started with enclosed desktop boxes like the Acid8. But lately, we’d gotten some tiny models on exposed circuit boards, inspired by the Pocket Operator line from Teenage Engineering (and combining well with those Swedish devices, too).

Well, if you liked that Nintendo-flavored chip music sound but longer for a finished case and finger-friendly proper knobs and buttons, you’re in luck. The hapiNES L is here in preorder now, and shipping next month. It’s a groovebox with a 303-style sequencer and tons of parameter controls, but with a sound engine inspired by the RP2A07 chip.

“RP2A07” is not something that likely brings you back to your childhood (uh, unless you spent your childhood on a Famicom assembly line in Japan for some reason – very cool). Think to the Nintendo Entertainment System and that unique, strident sound from the video games of the era – here with controls you can sequence and tweak rather than having to hard-code.

You get a huge range of features here:

Hardware MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)
Analog trigger sync in and out
USB-MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)
Dedicated VST/AU plugin for full DAW integration
4 tracks for real-time composing
Authentic triangle bass
2 squares with variable pulsewidth
59 synthesized preset drum sounds + 1 self-evolving drum sound
16 arpeggiator modes with variable speed
Vibrato with variable depth and speed
18 Buttons
32 Leds
6 high quality potentiometers
16 pattern memory
3 levels of LED brightness (Beach, Studio, Club)
Live recording, key change and pattern chaining (up to 16 patterns/ 256 steps)
Pattern copy/pasting
Ratcheting (up to 4 hits per step)
Reset on any step (1-16 step patterns)

If you want to revisit the bare board version, here you go:

255EUR before VAT.

https://twisted-electrons.com/product/hapines-l/

Okay, so that’s all well and good. But if you want an original 8-bit synth, the Acid8 is still worth a look. It’s got plenty of sound features all its own, and the MKIII release loads in a ton of new digital goodies – very possibly enough to break the Nintendo spell and woo you away from the NES device.

In the MKIII, there’s a new digital filter, new real-time effects (transposition automation, filter wobble, stutter, vinyl spin-down, and more), and dual oscillators.

Dual oscillators alone are interesting, and the digital filter gives this some of the edge you presumably crave if drawn to this device.

And if you are upgrading from the baby uAcid8 board, you add hardware MIDI, analog sync in and out, and of course proper controls and a metal case.

Specs:

USB-MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)
Hardware MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)
Analog sync trigger input and output
Dedicated VST/AU plugin for full DAW integration
18 Buttons
32 Leds
6 high quality potentiometers
Arp Fx with variable depth and decay time
Filter Wobble with variable speed and depth
Crush Fx with variable depth
Pattern Copy/Pasting
Variable VCA decay (note length)
Tap tempo, variable Swing
Patterns can reset at any step (1-16 step pattern lengths)
Variable pulse-width (for square waveforms)
12 sounds: Square, Saw and Triangle each in 4 flavors (Normal, Distorted, Fat/Detuned, Harmonized/Techno).
3 levels of LED brightness (Beach, Studio, Club)
Live recording, key change and pattern chaining

Again, we have just the video of the board, but it gives you idea. Quite clever, really, putting out these devices first as the inexpensive bare boards and then offering the full desktop releases.

More; also shipping next month with preorders now:

https://twisted-electrons.com/product/acid8-mkiii/

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New hapiNES 8 bit Desktop Groovebox from Twisted Elektrons

This one is in via Liquid Sky Berlin, via gearporn.berlin.

“available in march 2019 – 255 PLUS vat plus shipping

​Features

Hardware MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)

Analog trigger sync in and out

USB-MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)

Dedicated VST/AU plugin for full DAW integration

4 tracks for real-time composing

Authentic triangle bass

2 squares with

New hapiNES 8 bit Desktop Groovebox from Twisted Elektrons

This one is in via Liquid Sky Berlin, via gearporn.berlin.

“available in march 2019 – 255 PLUS vat plus shipping

​Features

Hardware MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)

Analog trigger sync in and out

USB-MIDI input (sync, notes and parameter modulation)

Dedicated VST/AU plugin for full DAW integration

4 tracks for real-time composing

Authentic triangle bass

2 squares with

Jetzt in „richtig“ – sehr klein, niedlich aber dennoch „mehr Pro“ – HaPiNes Desktop von Twisted Electrons

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Es gab einst eine Platine mit dem Namen HaPiNes, was ein Wortspiel mit NES andeutete, also dem Nintendo Entertainment System und damit Chiptunes, jedoch mit Sequencer und ein paar Sound-Einstellern.

Das alte Gerät war eigentlich kein Gerät, sondern ein Platine. So wie die Taschenrechner-Serie von Teenage Engineering war sie nackt und wirkte etwas unscheinbar. Das hat Twisted Electron bemerkt und eingesehen. Daher gibt es nun den Twisted Electrons HaPiNes Desktop.

Die Möglichkeiten des NES sind 5 Sound-„Kanäle“. Das sind genauer: 2 Rechteck-Wellenformen mit variabler Pulsbreite, eine Dreieck-Wellenform, ein Rauschgenerator und eigentlich noch ein 6-Bit PCM-Sampling-Bereich. HaPiNess kommt auch von Raspberry Pi und es gibt hier MIDI-In, Trigger-Sync für Eingang und Ausgang, ein Plug-in zu Steuerung der Parameter, 4 „Kanäle“ Echtzeit-Sound (nicht 5), also ohne Sampling, und 59 synthetische Drumsounds sowie einen speziellen weiteren, den der Hersteller mit „evolving“ beschreibt.

Bühnen-Action mit dem HaPiNes Desktop

Als Performance-Elemente sind 16 Arpeggio-Modes vorgesehen und ein Vibrato-LFO. Alles zusammen wird über 6 Knöpfe gesteuert, die über Controller oder das Plug-in noch etwas erweitert gesteuert werden können. Das kleine Gerät kann sogar Ratcheting, also das schnellere Spielen von Noten, die die Raster-Auflösung übersteigen (Roll-Funktion). Es gibt 256 Steps in 16 Patterns im Gerät und 3 Helligkeitsstufen für verschiedene Zwecke (Draußen, Drinnen und „normal). Ja, Hapines wird genau so geschrieben! Es ist ein doppeltes Wortspiel! Und ganz nebenbei auch vom Hersteller in allen Varianten, was Groß- und Kleinschreibung der einzelnen Buchstaben betrifft.

Mehr Information

Das alles soll es für 255 Euro plus Steuer ab März 2019 zu kaufen geben. Die Quelle ist direkt bei und auf der Website von Twisted Electrons zu finden.

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Retro Review & Demo – Waddington’s Compute-A-Tune Toy Sequencer

Published on Feb 3, 2019 ChrisLody

“This is the Waddington’s Compute-A-Tune which is a tiny toy sequencer and keyboard that was released, at my best guest, in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. Cool little thing I hope you’ll agree 😀

Here’s the song I made with it:”

#Jamuary Day 21 – Waddingtons Compute-A-Tone Toy Sequencer

Published on Jan 21, 2019 ChrisLody

“Day 21 of Jamuary

I have to

Plugin Boutique offers 50% off AudioThing Plugins Bundle (20 plugins!)

PIB AudioThing Plugins Bundle

Plugin Boutique has announced an exclusive sale on the AudioThing Plugins Bundle, offering a 50% discount on a collection of 20 instrument and effect plugins. Ranging from vintage tape emulation FX to powerful, complex drum machines, this bundle is perfect for composing, producing and mixing any kind of music. Save 50% off this incredible collection […]

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Twisted Electrons hapiNES meets Pocket Operator Arcade and Robot

Published on Jan 8, 2019 Dj Puzzle

“Just got a hapiNES from Twisted Electrons and I’m having a go at it for the first time. I’m still learning the device but I was able to quickly write some simple melody loops with a beat real quick. Synced it up to a couple of my Pocket Operators for more sounds. hapiNES is a Nintendo inspired synthesizer. PO-20 Arcade and PO-28 Robot in the mix.”

GAMEBOY MEGAMACHINE Playing a song on 8 gameboys VLOG 3

Published on Jan 1, 2019 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

“The gameboy megamachine! it feels as if the past week i had to go back to square 1 to sort out some hellish noise in the data signals issues and all that. but PHEW, after a fair bit of signal buffereing and power filtering its back on track!

Download the song here, aswell as frequent vlogs and stuff! :-
Patreon :- https://www.patreon.com/

Arcano NES Chiptune Synthesizer R4

Published on Dec 24, 2018 Arcano Synthesizers

“All of the audio track was created with the Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R4 prototype. There are no immediate plans for a production run of the R4; however, five R4 prototypes will be available for purchase at https://chiptunesynth.com/ starting on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.”