Magical 8bit Plug 2 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.
Magical 8bit Plug 2 can produce the 8bit-specific sounds, namely pseudo triangle and low resolution noise, that are hard to reproduce with ordinary synthesizers. And on top of that it implements precise controls for 8bit-style expressions like pseudo polyphony, duty envelope etc.
Magical 8bit Plug 2 is technically distinct from the previous one(Magical 8bit Plug), so you can install both and keep using them separately.
|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.|
|Polyphony||Variable. Max 64|
|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|
|Arpeggiator||Up-down selection / Interval|
|MacOS applications with Audio Units or VST support|
|Windows applications with VST support|
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.
It’s already been a long time since the initial release of Magical 8bit Plug 2. Thank you for keeping it in use in your music creation.
I’ve received lots of bug reports, code propositions and donations, and thanks to that I’ve been able to keep updating the plugin.
I still have many more fixes and updates in mind, so please keep supporting me and YMCK to let us keep going.