VirtualCZ phase distortion synth on sale at 40% OFF + FREE Retro Electro Expansion

Plugin Boutique has launched a limited time sale on the VirtualCZ software synthesizer, offering 40% off regular on the instrument inspired by the iconic Casio CZ series of digital synthesizers made in the 1980s. “Anyone that grew up with 80s tech would know how often we would throw in a bit of CZ into the […]

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Eplex7 DSP releases Replikorp 2249 futuristic sci-fi instrument

Eplex7 DSP Replikorp 2249

Eplex7 has announced the release of its new retro futuristic sci-fi instrument plugin. Replikorp 2249 features vintage analog/early-digital sounds, modular analog sounds, experimental, atmospheric sounds, pads, textures, FXs, soundscapes with vintage dirt and analog dust/noise with futuristic atmosphere. Replikorp 2249 includes multi-octaved / multi-sampled sounds, waveforms and synths which sounds perfect in wide range of […]

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Retro Percussions & 909 and Commodore 64 SIDbits by Multiton Bits

Multiton Bits Commodore 64 SIDbits

Multiton Bits has announced the launch of its first two sample packs of 2020. The Retro Percussions & 909 collection features various drum sounds often used in Techno and Minimal music. Sourced from a variety of analog drum machines, from Nord to MFB and Roland, this pack also adds legendary TR-909 to Multiton Bits catalogue. […]

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If you’ve got $7500, you can also have an E-mu SP-1200 sampler remake

Also new in 2020 – a remake of the legendary 1987 E-mu SP-1200. Just get ready for some sticker shock, because it’s not just a clone, it’s an actual SP-1200, rebuilt.

This one is an extremely, extremely limited edition because it starts with an original working SP-1200. So the price tag is similar to a top-condition refurbished 1200 because that is literally what it is. The new SP-1200 undertaking comes from E-mu Systems co-founder Dave Rossum, so we can think of this as passion project more than anything.

Rossum Electro-Music calls it “better-than-new.”

Starting with an original SP-1200 and upgrading and calibrating it, you get (copy-pasting here):

  • A new 3.5″ disk drive (seriously), plus an SD card floppy emulator integrated with the software (by Dave himself, no less).
  • Manual filter cutoff frequency control sliders for the SSM 2044 analog filters for channels 1 and 2 added to the rear panel
  • A new metal chassis
  • A new panel overlay
  • The top shell restored and painted “SP Grey.”
  • A new power supply with locking connector (and cool operation)
  • A new LCD display with adjustable brightness and a selectable red, blue, or green color LED backlight
  • All new play buttons
  • All new programming buttons
  • All new 1/4” and MIDI jacks
  • All electrolytic and tantalum capacitors replaced with high-reliability ceramic or aluminum-poly caps
  • All rotary potentiometers replaced with million cycle lifetime pots and installed with new knurled black metal knobs
  • All slide potentiometers replaced with 200,000 cycle lifetime sliders and installed with new slider knobs
  • All original trimmers replaced with 20-turn versions and precisely calibrated
  • New rubber feet
  • An individualized Dave Rossum signature plaque
  • A dust-proof, crush-proof, lockable Pelican™ brand case with press-and pull latches, wheels, and an extendable handle.
  • Full testing and calibration by Rossum Electro-Music

Yes, there’s a wait list. So Dr. Dre, if you’re reading, go get on it.

I’m lost, to be honest, so coming soon to CDM, I’m proud to launch a new feature: a round-up of what legendary classic gear isn’t being cloned/remade/rebooted.

Actually, if I wait a few days even that story may be unnecessary.

Also, anyone want to take bets on when we get a Behringer BS-1200? (for “Behringer Sampler,” you know…)

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Outrun Drive by Bingoshakerz brings retro-infused sounds and samples

Bingoshakerz Outrun Drive

Bingoshakerz has released its sample pack Outrun Drive, a collection of retro analog synths, neon chord progressions, vintage drums, shimmering pads, nostalgic leads and guitars. The pack features 10 construction kits with 1.4 GB of retro-infused sounds and samples. Featuring fat and analog bass loops, lush pads, melodic synth and lead sounds, soaring guitars, dreamy […]

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Sub51 releases EDG-20 Drums retro drum machine for NI Kontakt

Sub51 EDG 20

Sub51 has announced the release of its new sample-based instrument EDG-20 (Elektro Drum Generator), a Kontakt library based on a large set of meticulously produced samples derived from the legendary Linn LM series of retro drum machines. EDG-20 includes a separate ‘sub’ kick that can be layered to add weight. The library is especially well-suited […]

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ADSR Sounds launches Cyberpunk sample pack by Ost Audio

Ost Audio Cyberpunk

ADSR Sounds has introduced the Cyberpunk sample pack by Ost Audio, a collection of 330 loops and samples. Take your tracks beyond time and space to a place without creative borders. Ost Audio’s Cyberpunk is a sound pack that takes no prisoners. Combining the best Synthwave and Cyberpunk sequences with retro gear, dirty drums, and […]

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Save 70% on Zenhiser’s Neon 80s collection of retro sounds

Zenhiser Neon 80s sale

Loopmasters is offering a 70% discount on the Neon 80s sample pack by Zenhiser, a collection of sounds perfect for retro ’80s tracks, Synth Pop, Dreamwave, and more. Stimulate those memories and time travel back to the 80’s. Our pristine, synth heavy, drum machine abused collection of retro sounds capture the atmosphere and feel of […]

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Eine Retro-Tastatur, die würdig ist, neben einem C64 zu stehen…

DIY C64 TastaturDIY C64 Tastatur

Dies ist kein Produkt und einfach nur eine Inspiration, was man alles so tun kann, wenn man Retro-Design mag. Eine Tastatur, die in einem alten C64 Gehäuse steckt.

Das alles muss kein Hexenwerk sein. Der C64 ist kaputt und man kann ihn eher nicht reparieren und das Gehäuse ist noch ok? Das wäre der erste Teil, der zweite ist: woher das Keyboard nehmen? Mr California D hatte es offenbar aus einem Minibrute. Eine Alternative dazu sind diverse ansich günstige Controller, die man auseinandernehmen könnte.

Hier ist kein großes aufwendiges Bastelfieber nötig, denn es wird keine Elektronik benutzt, die nicht in einem Gerät schon mit drin wäre. Es gibt nur die normale C64-Standard-Keyboard-Matrix, die angeschlossen wird. Das bedeutet, dass man die Tasten des C64 spielt – und damit auch alle Software nutzen kann, die die einfach mit dem internen Keyboard des C64 arbeiten.

Es gibt natürlich noch mehr zum Thema Chiptune und 8-Bit-Sound.

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Teil eins – ein bisschen OMD spielen -es geht auch deutlich besser und einfacher als auf einem alphanumerischen Keyboard…

Teil zwei – der Selbstbau wird auf dem Kanal folgen – so kann man sich abschauen, wie es gemach werden kann.

BeatSkillz Black Friday: Save up to 80% on plugins & virtual instruments

BeatSkillz BF 80 OFF

Plugin Boutique has launched a Black Friday sale on BeatSkillz, with discounts of up to 80% off on its audio effect plugins and virtual instruments for a limited time. The sale includes the popular Retro KZ virtual instrument inspired by 80s soundtrack for films and TV series, Synthwave KZ, Dark KZ, Synthwave Drums, Retro Hit, […]

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