Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Meris Modular 8-bit FX unit, Ottobit, claims Audio In >> Video Game Out


Meris releases a new 500 series modular format sound processor, Ottobit

What is it? Here is how Meris describes it:
It is designed to give musicians and sound designers tools to sculpt any source into audio reminiscent of early 8 and 16 bit video game soundtracks... With all of these tools at your disposal, any audio source can easily be transformed into a video game sound from the early ’80s or ’90s. 
Features:

  • Sample Rate Decimation & Bit Reduction
  • Pitch Track Enabled Ring Modulator
  • Tap Tempo controlled Triggered Envelopes & LFO Modifiers
  • Selectable LFO and Ring Mod Waveshapes
  • Blendable Ring Mod AM/FM Modulation
  • Premium analog signal path and 24-bit AD/DA w/ 32 Bit floating point DSP 
This page has a quick history of the 500 series format. The list price for the Ottobit is $549. More info can be found at the Meris blog. Below is a video teaser for the Ottobit. However, the video never seems to take the effect into full 8-bit video game sound. Sound examples on the product page are listed as "Coming Soon."  What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.