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Magical 8bit Plug

What is the “Magical 8bit Plug” ?

Magical 8bit Plug is a software-synthesizer developed by Yokemura@YMCK which generates primitive electronic sounds like the old 8bit game consoles. It can be used as a plug-in for the host applications that support Audio Units or VST.

In this version all the waveforms including the 8bit-specific pseudo triangle and low resolution noise are available as well, and on top of those more precisely emulated noise waveforms and more detailed controls over the sound are newly implemented.

This version is technically distinct from the previous one, so you can install both and keep using them separately.

Features

  • Basic 8bit-style waveforms (See the table below)
  • As the new waveforms, 1bit noise is introduced, which can emulate the sound of original 8bit console more accurately
  • Envelope forming with so-called ADSR.
  • Pitch bend capability with depth control
  • Auto Bending(a.k.a Frequency Sweep) which is suitable for making sound effects and drum sound etc.
  • Vibrato to enrich your musical expression
  • Custom envelopes, which gives you more precise control over volume, pitch and pulse duty values.

Demo


waveform feature
Pulse: Rectangular Waves The simplest waveforms which can be generated only by switching high/low voltages. You can get different timbres by varying the time ratio between high and low states.
Triangle: Pseudo Triangle Wave The waveform which is intended to form a triangle but actually results like a stepladder because of the limited capability of the console. The unique high frequence noise is best for reproducing the distinct 8bit taste.
Noise: Low-bit Noise The random waveform. Like the Pseido Triangle above, this noise waveform is also jaggy and it results in a unique 8bit taste. The previous version had Magical 8bit Plug original “4bit Pure Random noise” which is formed with randomly generated 4 levels of voltage, and this version inherits it. On top of that the new version has more exact real console emulation: 1bit Short Cycle/1bit Long Cycle waveforms. These waveforms only have high and low voltage control and randomization is pseudo-random, which makes it sound rougher and adds some sort of tonality.

Specifications

Polyphony Variable. Max 64
Waveforms 7 types

  • Square
  • 25%Pulse
  • 12.5%Pulse
  • Pseudo Triangle
  • 4bit Pure Random
  • 1bit Long-cycle Pseudo Random
  • 1bit Short-cycle Pseudo Random
Envelope Setting ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain Level, Release)
Controls Velocity(0 – 127) / Pitch Bend(±1 – ±24)
Frequency Sweep Initial Pitch / Duration
Vibrato Depth / Rate / Delay
Custom Envelopes Volume / Pitch / Pulse Duty
Color Themes 6

Operation environment

Mac OS X MacOS applications with Audio Units or VST support
Windows Windows applications with VST support

Download

  • This software is distributed underGPLv3software.
  • Copyright 2013- Yokemura (YMCK) All rights reserved.
Previous versions “Magical 8bit Plug”
Magical 8bit Plug 2 is built as a completely separated program and your data made for the previous version cannot be used with the new one. In that case please keep using the previous version. Saying that, however, because of the new security functionality introduced from macOS Catalina the binary which had been distributed is no longer usable. If you are using the previous version on macOS Catalina or later please use this binary, which has only added the fix for Catalina.

Version history

2020.02.26
“Magical 8bit Plug 2” release NEW!
2014.04.01
Universal Binary version 0.4 release (Mac OS X (64bit) support. Vibrato function addition.)
2009.05.24
Mac Universal Binary version 0.3 release
2007.01.08
Mac Universal Binary version release
2006.06.19
Mac PPC ver0.2 release
VSTi version release (Thank you for Naka-san)
2005.04.12
Mac PPC ver0.1.1 release
2005.03.10
Mac PPC ver0.1 release
開発者: YMCK Yokemuraより
Comments from the author Yokemura

Finally, after 5 years, here comes the new version of Magical 8bit Plug!
This version is totally written from scratch based on JUCE Framework. Thanks for this awesome framework I've been able to add more features than previous version and also able to develop the Win-VST version at the same time in a shorter period of time. I cannot be more thankful to JUCE.
What's more, from this version on, Magical 8bit Plug is open-sourced! If you want to add any feature or any fixes you can grab the code and implement by yourself. And hopefully please contribute it back to improve Magical 8bit Plug.
As a method other than the program code to help Magical 8bit Plug we accept donations. This also can be a mighty force to keep my development happening for the future.
I'm sorry again to say that I'll not be able to answer any basic questions like how to install, how to plug it in etc. because my time is quite limited. Of course I'll be open to listen to the bug reports and requests for new features.
Thanks!