Byte Riot: Classic 8-Bit Sounds from Native Instruments

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  • July 26, 2017

Native Instruments have just released Byte Riot, an expansion of their Maschine hardware, giving users access to a library of chiptune and 8-bit sounds.
 

Hungry to inject some 8-bit nostalgia into your next project? The Native Instruments Maschine expansion Byte Riot might be for you.

Far from just blips and beeps, Byte Riot offers up a serious amount of sonic variety in the form arpeggiators, distorted leads and drum samples. Byte Riot was created by Ivo Ivanov and Alex Retsis who are the brains behind the sound design outfit, Glitchmachines.

Retsis and Ivanov used modified, old school game consoles like Nintendo Game Boys, Sega Mega Drives and SID chips from the Commodore 64 to record the samples. They’ve also included MIDI patterns based on arcade games to get you up and running quickly.

The expansion is also packed with 43 drum synth patches and presets for the NI’s Massive and Monark synth and will set you back $79.

To find out more, visit the Byte Riot website.

 

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Dan Shaw is recording and mixing engineer at Enmore Audio. He also plays bass in Wells and Circle.

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