I am, and my Ninja 9000 project is, a sucker for 8-bit chip sounds.
After this impressive post by Peter Kirn over at CDM, I decided to try out the brand new chipsounds plugin from Plogue. Allegedly, it strives to emulate and reproduce a good number of the most legendary 8-bit sound chips. I took an hour off and investigated. A plugin that bundles multiple chip emulators and honour their original idiosyncrasies? It must be win?
Not quite. At the moment I think Peter's CDM post is slightly more impressive than the software.
- Indie developer.
- I am happy to have access to emulated sounds from multiple chip sources.
- Right-to-the-point interface, what I needed where I wanted it.
- Small footprint, installs quickly. Friendly protection scheme.
- Looking forward to explore the various sound mutation possibilities for each chip.
- You cannot automate anything at all (Logic 9), which certainly I hope is a bug.
- The SID emulation does neither sync nor ringmod. Compared to the faithful QuadraSID, this SID emulation is lackluster.
- The arpeggiator breaks down and creates horrible noise at synced speeds above 1/32, practically rendering it useless for regular chord arps. Must be a bug, but surprising it still is in a release version, if it is.
- The synth is built for multitimbral use, which I know this is a matter of taste, but personally I do not see the point of multitimbral plugins in a digital world.
- The GUI. I am not sure if the Windows 3.11 alternative graphics is ironic-bad or just simply bad.
- If the SID emulation is so lackluster, how do I know the others (which I don't know) is equally handicapped?
Promising, this could be really cool. Really wanted to love this one. But right now it needs serious bugfixes, proper SID emulation and a GUI overhaul before it becomes a keeper in my book.