Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Free Commodore 64 inspired software synth


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.

basic64 Commodore 64-inspired synth plug-in [via CreateDigitalMusic]


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