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.
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
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