Block - Bitcrusher 1.0
Multi-mode 16-bit Bitcrusher
Another Block in Michael Hetrick's "Euro Reakt" series!
This is a multi-mode 16-bit bitcrusher. Its primary purpose is to take a signal and reduce its sampling rate (time resolution) and/or its bit rate (amplitude resolution).
The bit reduction section has five different modes:
FLOAT - Smooth, between-integer bit-crushing. With this mode, you will hear smooth transitions between the bits. This is not technically true bit reduction, but it's what we most commonly hear on bitcrushers today.
INT - Integer bit crushing. You will not hear smooth transitions as you turn the knob. Instead, you will hear hard integer transitions. The overall sound of this mode is slightly harsher than the FLOAT mode.
AND - Bitwise AND operation between the input signal and a 16-bit integer generated by the BITS knob. It sounds great on audio, but it creates amazing fractal waveforms that work really well as modulation signals (run an LFO through it!). At the bottom of the knob, you will receive extremely harsh squarewave noise.
FOLD - Bitwise AND operation between the input signal and a wavefolded version of the input signal. Reducing the bit knob increases the wavefolding amount. I made this mode up, but it sounds pretty great and creates pretty interesting waveforms for modulation.
XOR - Bitwise XOR operation. Sounds very similar to AND, but has an interesting mirroring effect around bits 8 and 9. At the lowest settings, you simply get a phase-inverted version of the input signal.