8Mode SoftSN Machine
Pre-release of a hardware emulation of the Texas Instruments SN76477 “Complex Sound Generator”. This was a popular analog/digital hybrid chip released in 1978 and was used in Space Invaders, Vanguard and numerous toys. This module simulates analog circuits including 4 RC oscillators and voltage/digital inputs into a chip emulator. The emulator is based on open source from MAME Arcade.
I made this because I’ve been obsessed with VCVRack and I also have great memories of playing with the SN76477 when I was a kid. You could get this chip from Radio Shack in the 80s for like $15. I got it to make all sorts of sounds! So it’s a little nostalgic for me. I think that it’s extremely close to the real thing including all the quirks.
Here is where I’m at with the module:
- Source and Linux/Win/Mac Binaries available (Thank you Dmitry Wolf and @pgatt for Mac Version)
- Hoping to get some input from others in the next few weeks and see about listing on the Plugin Manager
- Visit https://www.8mode.com/vcv-modules/ for video Demo and Download
looking good! i will try it out.
Lovely. Not only does the sound match my memory of that device, but you got that whole “Tandy Catalog” aesthetic on there.
Hi Matt! This oscillator looks very interesting, thank you!
Super cool. Hope someone compiles on Mac so I can kick the tires. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Omri! Thanks so much! If I may say so, your work has played a big part of my interest in VCVRack. Really appreciate it!
Hi Ben! Thanks to Dmitry Wolf who compiled it for me, I just added a Mac version to the release!
That was fast! Grabbing now. Can’t wait to check it out. Cheers.
… No way that it will updated for the new VCV release??
the homepage linked above no longer exists, so it looks abandoned.
but a github repository exists, so anyone who wants could pick it up.
Sure was a nice Module… @SkwareUawe in the meanwhile, if you want to emulate some 8bit sounds, get an analog oscillator, and put some light distortion on it you will get sounds very close to the NES games sounds. Also your white noise should be small lofi samples of actual white noise, for more authenticity ^^
Haven’t tried yet, but i’m sure making chiptune in Vcv rack must be quite fun !
vult debriatus is perfect for it
I wrote an email to the guy himself who realized the plugin, at the time, but still no answer.
I’d pick it up myself but I cannot program so it would be unuseful.
TBH I am still using VCV 0.6.2c because a lot of modules I was used to use are missing in 1.0
And well… I also use a lot of VST that emulate more or less perfectly the NES, C64, Atari and other retromachines but that one was really cool to play with.
Sigh, how many have been lost during the transition from 0.6.2 to 1.0
Here some examples I made time ago:
Yeah, i still miss some too… But i rebuild a new workflow i like
Btw, can you recommend me some Vst for Nes and c64 ? I would be very interested about these
so far i work with Sunvox and craft the sounds myself
There is the list of the ones I use:
They are all available online for free! Some are incredibly cool, some others are… Meh… You know… Commodore 64-ish
My apologies for the OT!