Today we are featuring yet another cool VST by ToneBytes – the Bleep’ VST inspired by the MOS Technology SID chip. Bleep’ does not emulate the chipset, however it does aim to provide a similar synthesis and generation method, and sound. In my opinion it succeeds in these aims, and is a worthwhile download for musicians who want a retro, chiptune, old school techno or similar type of feel.
SID chips have been famed for music creation since their initial release. Typically they are famous for their use in the Commodore 64 PC platform. Numerous trackers and emulators can create this sound for you, however only a few are available in VST form. Further, few have as intuitive and immediately usable an interface as available in the Bleep’ VST. You will be able to generate sound like a real C64 in no time with this VST synth.
Standard ADSR as well as pitch fine tune, a filter module, cutoff, resonance, waveform selector and more are available with this VST. My personal favorite is the built in Arpeggiator, which allows one to create a synthesized old school “beat” in no time. A variety of arpeggiation settings are present, including Up, Down, Octave, triangle and more. I would recommend any new user to experiment with these options, as arpeggiators can be a very, very handy tool for musicians, especially “electronic” focused musicians.
Here is the complete list of features provided by ToneBytes:
- 3 oscillators with four total waveform options: sawtooth, triangle, pulse (with PWM) and noise
- Each oscillator has its own special detuner, ADSR env and multi mode Low Pass/Band Pass/High Pass filters
- Multi mode Low Frequency Oscillator which syncs with Beats Per Minute and with “Random” mode
- Modulation Env Generator
- Multi Mode arpeggiator
- Global multi-mode filter
- Adjustable degradation control
- Built in presets manager with ability to edit patch name