Free Commodore 64 inspired software synth
By James Grahame
basic64 is a software synthesizer inspired by the renowned Commodore 64 SID sound chip. It's not an exact replica, offering extra flexibility and a distinctive pseudo-8-bit sound. basic64 includes 3 oscillators and the ability to select between 16, 8 or 6-bit sound quality. Other features include a unique 'subtle' pitch wobble option, ring modulation, hard oscillator sync, and a bunch of other cool stuff.
The instrument includes 128 presets to get you started. It's absolutely free, so there's no excuse not to take it for a quick spin. Unfortunately, basic64 is only available as a Windows VSTi plug-in -- you'll need a flavor of Microsoft Windows and a VST-compatible music/audio sequencer such as Renoise to get started.
If you're a laptop musician, this little beast is the perfect portal into chiptune nirvana. Come to think of it, there are now a handful of intruiging 8-bit software instruments include the Syntendo NES clone and Morgana, inspired by the 8-bit Ensoniq Mirage sampler. Don't forget to drop us a line when you release your 8-bit magnum opus.