Software and soundware wizards AudioThing (opens in new tab) - the minds behind CM's beautifully smooth, analogue-esque ValveFilter CM plugin - have brought the feel-good vibes of classic 8-bit videogame music to your DAW with miniBit CM, a VST/AU/AAX plugin just for Computer Music readers.
It's a monophonic, single-oscillator synth with resonant low-pass filter, LFO, bitcrusher, sample rate reducer and sequencer, and a single-window approach that's the antithesis of overwhelming, 'do-it-all' soft-synths. As you'll discover, miniBit CM oozes personality and is an absolute joy to program: see it in action in our video, and get the plugin with issue 218 of Computer Music.
Features and uses:
- Charming monophonic synth plugin with a gritty tone
- 15 oscillator waveforms
- Volume ADSR envelope
- Resonant 2-pole low-pass filter
- LFO (either clocked or free-running) with four wave types
- Bitcrusher and sample rate reducer
- Three-part step sequencer
- 50 exclusive factory presets
- Randomisation features
- 32-/64-bit PC VST/AAX
- 32-/64-bit Mac AU/VST/AAX
How to get miniBit CM:
Buy Computer Music magazine issue 218 (CM218) and you can download miniBit CM right away.
If you're smitten with miniBit CM's retro charms, don't miss the full version, miniBit (opens in new tab), which features extras like a sub-oscillator, Poly and Mono modes with glide, a switchable low- and high-pass filter, delay effect, additional LFO features and six sequencer lanes instead of three. More info on this, plus AudioThing's other excellent plugins (such as Frostbite (opens in new tab), Valve Exciter (opens in new tab) and Valve Filter VF-1 (opens in new tab)) and their instrument libraries can be found on their website (opens in new tab).