Oli Larkin—SE64 VSTi (PC)
Oli Larkin—SE64 VSTi (PC) | 2.38 MB
SE64 is a monosynth that makes retro computer game noises.
- Two oscillators:
- One can be set to saw, triangle, sine or a variety of PWM waveforms.
- The other is a triangle wave which is ring modulated with oscillator 1.
- Envelope Generators for pitch, pulse width, amplitude and filter cutoff.
- Arpeggiator which can recreate the “chord” parts from C64 SID tunes.
- 2 Bit crusher effects.
Speaking of video game sounds, I have long lusted after the Elektron SIDStation, a synthsizer based around the SID synthesizer chip, most popularly used in the old Commodore 64 computer. As it happens, the chip is much more versatile than anyone suspected, and Elektron made a great machine out of it. Unfortunately it costs a thousand dollars.
Oli Larkin has put an end to my longing, and done it for free. His SE64 monosynth emulates the sound of the SID, and adds a number of useful, well-chosen features that set this synth apart from other SID copycats. The synth has two oscillators, one with a selectable waveform, the other a triangle wave. You can adjust the amount of each, and cross-modulate them for weird, harsh sounds. There’s a highly effective multimode filter (including bandpass!) and a “bit crusher” effects section, with one bit crusher per oscillator, and something called “SR,” which I assume is sample rate reduction. These are lo-fi effects that Larkin says makes your sound “more retro.”
But the most distinctive feature of this synth is the sequencer. You can create eight-note sequences, with each note detuned or panned however you like, and it is blisteringly fast, fast enough to create the illusion of chords. Within minutes you’ll be creating insane loops of blips, scrapes, and beeps. If you like it, check out Larkin’s VST effects as well; he sells an excellent series of “endless” plugins, based on the barberpole effect.