Wavetables, Sampling, 8bit sound ability

(11 Votes)
1.0 (Updated 4 years ago)
March 23, 2015
Reaktor 5 or lower


Three Sixty Four

The monophonic three-64 synthesizer is a blend of the sound associated with 8bit home computer devices and the clean layout and structure of the mini-moog. The instrument can produce many of the hallmark sounds of the 80s computers and with the ring-modulation and custom waveforms of many more. Users can either use the preset waveforms, draw their own, calculate them with the wave-combiner or use the built-in 4bit sampler. The waveforms are very crude and have some unusual features and charm. Especially the triangle waveform has many more overtones than intended.


Three wave table oscillators.
- Each oscillator has three basic wave forms: Triangle, Saw, variable pulse
- Preset waveforms are calculated, not stored
- 23 steps per period
- Each oscillator allows for custom drawing of waveforms with recall
- Sync
- Ring-modulation
- Pitch modulation
- Pulse width modulation
- Oscillator three:
Can function both as a 4bit sampler and a wavetable oscillator
Can be taken off the keyboard tracking for LFO
Has a waveform calculator that allows to mathematically combine waveforms:
- Hold and drag the symbols under the waveform window of OSC3 to change calculation
A smoother can be applied to the waveform

4 bit sampler.
- Loop length, sample start
- Sampler is fed through Ext. in gain
- Sampler starts recording once it receives a signal ->Hold record and feed signal

- Choice between white noise and pseudo-random pitched noise

- Pitch modulation with fixed intervals (m3,M3,P5,8ve)
- Envelope to pitch
- LFO (Osc3) to pitch
- Seamless fade from Noise to OSC3 for modulation bus
- All modulation can be fixed or enabled with the mod wheel

- 12db HP,BP,LP Notch
- Resonance


- ADSR, hardwired to Filter and VCA, respectively
- Filter envelope can be routed to modulation bus


- The PWM works best with the pulse waveform, although it is available for the other waveforms. In combination with other waveforms it can produce something in concept similar to a pulse-saw.

This instrument is intended for a quick and dirty way to 80s 8bit sounds.This synth is not a 100% authentic reproduction of the SID or other 8bit sound chips. For the purpose of absolute accuracy there are other true and amazing emulations. This is primarily a fun hands-on synth for leads and quick sound effects.


8 months ago
Oh my >GOD
Christoph Thompson
4 years ago
@Samu: No, but I guess there could be ;) You can check my sound cloud for that kind of music.
samu salopelto
4 years ago
is there a longer version of "groove_2"?
Christoph Thompson
4 years ago
Thank you, Aynsley, glad you enjoy it. Have fun.
Aynsley Green
4 years ago
I love this, this is one of the best finds in the library! Just as a Moog emulation (of sorts) it sounds great, (how'd you get the Reaktor filter to sound that good?) but then all the possibilities with oscillator section make it killer. Please expand upon this!
Christoph Thompson
4 years ago
Hello Luc, nothing foolish about asking a question. I may have misread your inquiry, but this is a Reaktor ensemble, which means that it runs within the Reaktor software environment. If you have Reaktor installed it should open and run the ensemble once you open the .ens files. If by "recording" you refer to the sampling function, it is accessed by clicking on "osc" in the bottom oscillator. I hope this helps.
Luc Haeller
4 years ago
I maybe called a fool for this: But how does this software work? I've downloaded the .zip but all I find in it are some .wav data and one .ens for Windows and OSX each. Where do I find the actual program to start recording sound?
Christoph Thompson
4 years ago
Paule, thank you for taking the time to make these. These are dirty alright. I will include them in the next version of the synth. Die Firma dankt.
4 years ago
There are some dirty snapshots for your 3-64
Christoph Thompson
4 years ago
Thank you Marco. Enjoy and feel free to make suggestions.
Marco Scherer
4 years ago
So simple and so awesome! Thanks, you made my day :)
Dieter Zobel
4 years ago
sampling for each oscillator would be upsetting
Christoph Thompson
4 years ago
Thank you very much Dieter. I have always been impressed with your ensembles. I know that you probably have some good suggestions on improving for the next version, so please let me know if you can think of anything.
Dieter Zobel
4 years ago
the sampling option is the garlic in the soup. much thanks.