Ugritone has launched a sale on the Koji 16-bit retro gaming sound library, offering nearly 90% off on the virtual instrument this weekend only. 1990: You had to blow into gaming cartridges, you probably had a mullet, and you first musical touch was a keyboard that played Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. Well […]
Sounds 2 Inspire has announced the release of its sound pack Quantum Waves, a collection of 150+ Synthwave sounds for the Hybrid 3 virtual instrument by AIR Music Technology. Quantum Waves comes packed with +150 presets of Synth wave, Retro wave, Synth-Pop, New wave, 80’s inspired electronic goodness. This series focuses on analog and poly […]
Plugin Boutique has launched the Synthwave Bundle, bringing the retro-futuristic sound of Synthwave to your productions at your fingertips. The bundle includes a collection of instruments and samples that delivers big, punchy drums, classic synths and nostalgic, analog atmospheres. With drums, percussion, basses, synths, pads, synth strings & FX all included, the Synthwave Bundle supplies […]
Producer Loops has announced its latest sample pack 80s Retro Pop Vol 1, a collection of construction kits inspired by the recent return of the 80s vibe in today’s charts, bringing the old school elements back, but with a modern twist. Drawing from influencers such as The Weeknd, Dua Lipa and Doja Cat – who […]
AudioKit has announced the availability of a new iPhone/iPad app that aims to create a vintage and nostalgic emotional sound. Retro Piano lets you create your own signature retro, lo-fi, or vintage piano sound. This is the second in a series of 10 limited edition apps, following the recent Bass 808 Synth. Hope you are […]
Martinic has introduced its brand new Retro Pack, a bundle of audio plugin that allows you to achieve authentic vintage vibes “in-the-box”. This bundle of precisely modeled instruments and effects will allow you to recreate that nostalgic mojo without the need for a time machine. Our Retro Pack includes Elka Panther, Kee Bass, Lem Echo […]
Blind Audio ruses retro nostalgia with modern four-to-the-floor rhythms in its latest sample collection Future Arcade – 8Bit, featuring 125 loops and 191 one shots. Future Arcade channels the spirit of arcade classics of yesteryear to bring you an all new collection of loops and oneshots. This is not just another chiptune collection, these sounds […]
In these trying times… well, we definitely need to hear rare 80s synths with some friendly, fuzzy VHS deck warble, right? Wish granted!
This saga starts with SampleScience’s Vaporwaves, which was a grab-bag rompler/multi-sampled instrument full of 80s sounds – FM mallets, glass pianos, Rhodes, onboard VHS effects. And yes, of course it also came with a triangle and a classical statue and some pink and purple vaporwave graphics.
But Vaporwaves 2 is really more than a sequel. This entire multi-sampled instrument focuses on one fairly obscure 80s FM synth. (I actually now know what it is, because I bugged Pierre until he told me. But I’m sworn to secrecy.)
There are 45 FM sounds recorded into there, with a full 1.04GB of sound. And whereas this could have just been a sample player with an amplitude envelope, call it a day, there’s more. So you get a preamp processor, multiple voice modes, multiple filter modes, and an LFO with both configurable target and source.
I’ve been playing around with it, and it’s really beautiful. So in addition to being able to get wonderfully retro sounds, I already can imagine it being bent into some other ambient and experimental contexts. Sometimes you just need a simple instrument for some added inspiration – and since we can’t get to flea markets for the moment, this downloadable instant gratification can fill in.
This being CDM, of course we need to know more. And – oh God, I’ve used this VCR. (It’s rare now? I hope I didn’t miss my chance.)
The VCR I used is the Panasonic PV-S4670, it’s an S-VHS compatible VCR which is rare. The sounds have been recorded on very bad tapes though because I wasn’t getting the effect I wanted with good tapes. I remember that in the 90s broke musicians were using VHS as a way to get “high” quality recordings for cheap. With good tapes and recording in SP mode, the sound is actually quite good.
For Vaporwaves 2, I artificially degraded the tapes by putting them in the freezer. I took the idea from Brian Grainger, a dub techno/idm artist mostly known for his work as Milieu/Coppice Halifax. In his case, he would burry his tapes in his yard for a day to see what would happen. I really like the sound he got by using this technique.
We have some behind-the-scenes photos, taken on a suitably grungy 2000s-era digital camera.
The freezer trick was never necessary before; we were able to just keep re-taping Fraggle Rock and Doctor Who over tapes again and again, so I’m glad to know this new technique.
45 FM synth sounds recorded on VHS
1.04 GB of sounds
Multi-voice mode and glide control
Amplitude range controls
Available as a VST/VST3/AU plugin for Windows and macOS (High Sierra and Mojave, Catalina via the Maize Sampler Player)
Oh yeah, and for more inspiration – Brian Grainger has a YouTube channel. I don’t know how I missed that.
Lunatic Audio has announced the release of Retro Pong, a free plugin that brings the video game from the 80s to your DAW. Lunatic Audio debuts with a ground breaking revolutionary plugin that is taking the industry by storm! As the name suggests: yes it is a straight up 80’s pong video game wrapped in […]
Ugritone has launched a weekend sale on two of its virtual instruments. Assault Drums is a virtual drum instrument with the sound of 80s/90s Heavy Metal/Rock. Multiple routing options and advanced humanizing scripts give each and every drum a natural feel so you can dial tones from Assault Drums as if you were processing real […]