MODIFIED 8-BIT MADNESS

  • Captures the spirit of the chiptune and 8-bit scenes for any music style
  • A unique assortment of circuit-bent sounds, distorted leads, and noises from modified video game consoles and classic computers
  • Includes complex MIDI patterns based on classic arcade games



SHORT-CIRCUIT THE SYSTEM

BYTE RIOT surges with crunchy circuit-bent drum kits, warm 8-bit leads, and retro video game samples, charging MASCHINE with the lo-fi aesthetic of the chiptune scene.

RETRO REFORMATTED

For years, gaming consoles and obsolete computers sat gathering dust, long forgotten and considered useless – until the day 8-bit musicians hacked their hardware and transformed 80s nostalgia into instruments. Vintage audio chips became makeshift synths. Repurposed, modified video-game gear was pushed to make bleeps, blips, and distorted sounds. And a retro DIY counterculture of music makers was born – its influence seen in genres spanning from pop to hip hop, breakcore, and grime.

SONIC BIT SHIFTING

For BYTE RIOT, 8-bit digital sounds were meticulously sampled from old-school video game consoles, early-gen computer chips, and tons of modified vintage hardware. For example, to capture drums and percussion, various Game Boys were hacked using LSDJ and Nanoloop tracking software on custom cartridges. Fast arpeggiators were driven through Commodore 64 SID chips to sample chord variations. And Windows instruments were played through the Sega Mega Drive's FM YM2612 chip for primitive authenticity.

ABOUT IVO IVANOV AND ALEX RETSIS

As lead sound designers at Glitchmachines, Ivo Ivanov and Alex Retsis are experts on curating unique musical packages. For BYTE RIOT, Ivanov built custom units and tinkered with old-school oscillators, putting his circuit bending skills to use, while Retsis drew upon his deep first-hand experience in the world of video games, focusing on essentials like 8-bit drum parts and arpeggiated chords. The result is a collection of kits that reproduce and reimagine the classic chiptune sound for any genre.

AT A GLANCE

Kits 40
Projects 10
Instruments 17
MASSIVE presets 32
MONARK patches 27
Drum Synth patches 43
Total number of patterns 150+
Sample breakdowns 323 drums & 243 oneshots
Library Size 135 MB
System requirements Hardware: MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, MASCHINE JAM or MASCHINE MIKRO

Software: MASCHINE 2.6.6 or higher.
Additionally: Please update to the latest versions of MONARK, MASSIVE and REAKTOR 6 or the REAKTOR 6 PLAYER

ALSO FOR iMASCHINE 2

A compact version of this MASCHINE Expansion is available for use with iMASCHINE 2, the groove sketchpad for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
iMASCHINE Expansions

You can purchase this version from the Expansions Store in iMASCHINE 2. If you don’t have iMASCHINE 2, you can get it here.

ABOUT MASCHINE EXPANSIONS

MASCHINE Expansions are genre-specific packs created by top sound designers and artists. More than just samples, they come preloaded with Kits and studio-ready patterns to use as building blocks for your own tracks. Painstakingly recorded instruments give you an arsenal of high quality, genre-specific sounds for your palette. And customizable plug-in presets give you booming basses, lush textures, and specialized drums that always sound perfect.

For instant and exclusive use within MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, MASCHINE JAM, and MASCHINE MIKRO.

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