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Magical 8bit Plug

What is the “Magical 8bit Plug” ?

Magical 8bit Plug is a plug-in style software-synthesizer for producing primitive electronic sounds like the old 8bit game consoles. In Macintosh environment, it runs with AU (Audio Units)-supporting applications: ex. Logic, Digital Performer, Garageband. In Windows environment it runs with VSTi supporting applications: ex. Cubase.
Most of the software/hardware synthesizers include the most primitive waveform: square wave and pulse wave. But almost none of them include the pseudo-triangle or the low-resolution noise that will most characterize the 8bit sound's unique taste. Magical 8bit Plug will help you producing the old 8bit sounds by providing those unique waveforms.

Features

Demo sound
  • Includes 5 waveforms (square, pulse (2 kinds), pseudo-triangle, low-resolution noise)
  • ADSR envelope assignment for volume
  • Supports pitch bending, bend range variable
  • Frequency sweep function
waveform feature
square The most primitive digital waveform made by only low/high of the voltage.
25%pulse, 12.5%pulse Also primitive waveforms made by only low/high's.
But the time ratio of low's and high's are different:
1:3 for 25%pulse, 1:7 for 12.5%pulse
triangle The pseudo-triangle waveform. Includes lots of aliasing noise due to the low control resolution of 8bit machines.
noise The low-resolution noise. A kind of white noise, but much more rougher than ordinary white noise because of the low control resolution of 8bit machines.

Specifications

waveform selection 5 waveforms (square, pulse(2 kinds), pseudo-triangle, low-resolution noise)
envelope setting ADSR(Attack, Decay, Sustain Level, Release)
control correspondence Velocity (0-127), pitch bend (±1-±12)
frequency sweep setting
Negative/Positive switch, Sweep time setting
number of voices 32 sounds (maximum)

Operation environment


Mac OS X
version Mac AudioUnits Universal-Binary Edition ver 0.4
hardware PowerPC Macintosh that operates following OS and host application.
OS Mac OSX [PPC] 10.3 or later*1
application Mac OSX application that supports Audio Units plug-in (ex: Logic, Digital Performer, and Garageband).*1
Mac OS X version Mac AudioUnits PPC Edition ver 0.2
hardware PowerPC Macintosh that operates following OS and host application.
OS Mac OSX [PPC] 10.3 or later*2
application Mac OSX application that supports Audio Units plug-in (ex: Logic, Digital Performer, and Garageband).*2
Windows version Windows VSTi Edition ver 0.2
hardware Windows PC that operates following OS and host application.
OS Windows2000 or later*3
application Windows application that supports VSTi (ex: Cubase).*3
*1
This does not assure the proper run result on your environment.
Below are the environments the proper run results are reported so far (for your information)
- MacOSX 10.4.11PPC with Logic Pro 7, Garageband
- MacOSX 10.5 Intel with Logic Pro 7, Logic Express 8 , Garageband
*2
This does not assure the proper run result on your environment.
Below are the environments the proper run results are reported so far (for your information)
- MacOSX 10.3.7 PPC with Logic Audio 6, Logic Pro 7, Garageband
*3
This does not assure the proper run result on your environment.
Below are the environments the proper run results are reported so far (for your information)
- Windows XP with Music Studio Producer

Version history

2014.04.01
Universal Binary version 0.4 release (Mac OS X (64bit) support. Vibrato function addition.) NEW!
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

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  • At the time you download this plug-in you are assumed to have agreed to

    Terms of use

    1. Terms of permission
    2. The Magical 8bit Plug software and the document / sample etc. provided at the same time as a package (referred just "plug-in" as follows) are provided for free of charge only for the purpose of the creation activity (Not personal nor the business are asked) that uses this plug-in.
      In using for other purposes (the redistribution for example), you need the permission by the author (Yokemura@YMCK) and also the agreement on the conditions to use it.
    3. Term 1 above is also applied to the program or document etc. that are considered to be the alternation of this plug-in.
    4. Terms of prohibition
    5. It is prohibited to analyze this plug-in by reverse assemble or reverse engineering etc. (If you need the source code, ask the author. If your purpose is not against the author's profit, the author may provide you the source code.)
    6. The algorithm used in this plug-in is the one the author originally developed considering the general processing performance limit of 8bit processing system, and not based on an illegal analysis (reverse assemble, reverse engineering etc.) of any hardware nor software. Therefore, when you introduce this plug-in to the public (introducing on web, magazine etc.), do not use the expression that gives people the impression like this plug-in is developed based on an illegal analysis.
    7. Terms of exemption
    8. The explanation of the system requirements in this plug-in is the one that the necessary condition for operation. We do not guarantee that the plugin works properly on your computer even if your computer satisfies the system requirements.
    9. The author doesn't owe the responsibility of any damage caused by using this plug-in.
    10. The author doesn't owe the obligation to answer the question concerning this plug-in. Even when the author answers, the author doesn't guarantee the correctness of the answer.
    11. Terms of protection from author's disadvantage
    12. When the author judges that author's profit is ruined remarkably by using this plug-in the author may order the user to discontinue the use of this plugin regardless of the terms above.
    13. Modification of the terms
    14. These terms might be modified without a notice.

    the Terms of use

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  • This plug-in is free software.
  • You may not redistribute this plugin for profit-making purposes. Please contact us for non-profit-making purpose of distribution.
  • Copyright 2013 Yokemura (YMCK) All rights reserved.
Audio Units
Mac AudioUnits
Universal-Binary Edition ver 0.4
(zip 331KB)
April 2014 Upgrade Released!
Audio Units
Mac AudioUnits
PPC Edition ver 0.2
(zip 289KB)
VSTi
Windows
VSTi Edition ver 0.2
(zip 247 KB)
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