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A Byte of Excitement.
All sounds except for drums are from the presets in 8bit Anthem.
“8bit Anthem” is a preset library featuring original UHM wavetables modeled after legendary sound chips used in famous video game consoles.
What is UHM?
UHM(U-He Math) is the wavetable scripting language developed by u-he, introduced in 2018.
UHM can generate very high quality wavetables expressed by math and logical formula. With its ability of very fine tuning, we replicated 8bit waveforms as much as possible.
The megahit game console from US famous for its unique sounds using arpeggiator and multimode filter.
It contains smooth tri and saw waves as well as pulse wave.
The most famous and typical video game sounds you may imagine. Above all, Its 4bit triangle wave is one of the icon of chiptune world!
The extended sound chip for the “N” console containing more variety of pulse waves and pseudo-saw, which produces very delightful crispy bass sounds.
A sound chip with characterful 2OP FM synthesis. The old good sounds of brasses, winds, basses…are reproduced in HIVE. In addition to the original 15 preset sounds, other new sounds such as saxophone or electric piano are packaged.
Every Little Bit Counts.
Waveforms generated from retro hardwares have super intricate shapes, which creates “that vibes” that catch your heart. The wavetables included in 8bit Anthem replicate those subtle nuances with the power of UHM.
Every curve is carefully sculptured to achieve the best possible sound quality. You can even look into UHM source code files and edit them!
Multi Frame Randomization
A wavetable is fated to sound static because a single short cycle waveform is consistently repeated on playing. To make it more like real hardware sounds, the wavetables in 8bit Anthem utilize redundant frames for subtle variations.
The presets in 8bit Anthem produce even more vivid reality by modulating WT position with an LFO.
Retro game softs do not have the ability to directly point the exact frequency of a pitch. Pitches are generated from the calculation between the master clock and integer values programmed.
And since input values are integer-based, it causes tolerance––pitches are very slightly off-tuned from 12-tone equal temperament. To replicate this, presets in 8bit Anthem use microtuning files. You can by default enjoy old good detuned sound, or you can make it perfectly tuned by switching mtun button off.
All these details contribute to the genuine sound character of the presets!