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1010music at Superbooth 17

We had a fantastic time in Berlin at Superbooth 17. The event was held at the children’s science museum, which made for many interesting displays with rocket ships and space stations. It was the biggest event of its kind in the world and it was exciting to see all the new developments in synthesizers and modular.

 

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Bitbox Firmware 1.2

We are pleased to make version 1.2 available to you. This is a release candidate, meaning we are gearing up to burn it onto new devices coming from our factory. We would love to get your feedback on this new version.

Bitbox 1.2 new features

  • Support of folders on the microSD card when reading WAV files
  • Record monitoring options that let you hear the incoming audio or not, plus an automatic setting to switch it off upon finishing a recording.
  • All the new features in version 1.1
  • Lots of bug fixes.

To install new firmware onto your Bitbox, please do the following:

  1. Copy the desired firmware onto a microSD card. Unpack the ZIP file if necessary
  2. Rename the file as MATRIX.BIN (On some systems extensions are hidden, so you can skip the .BIN)
  3. Insert the microSD card into your Bitbox
  4. While powering up the unit, hold the Home and Info buttons. When you see the message about upgrading the firmware, you can let go.
  5. When the upgrade finishes in about 15 seconds, the unit will restart with the new software
  6. You can check what version you are running on the top level screen by pressing home as many times as is necessary.

Bitbox Firmware 1.2.1

Thanks for your support.

The 1010music Team

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New Sample Set

Bitbox fans:

It is our pleasure to announce the availability of a new 1GB sound set for your Bitbox. There are 196 samples, including some incredible sound effects and ambience, that feel right at home in electronic music. This sound set was created by Nick Peck, audio guru and Bitbox fan. Please enjoy the set as much as we do. These sounds will soon come pre bundled with the Bitbox. For our early customers, here is the sound set in download form.

Bitbox Sample Library

Sound set Copyright (c) 2017, by Nick Peck, Perceptive Sound Design, all rights reserved.

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fxbox Production Release

We are pleased to announce the initial production release fxbox, our upcoming module. The firmware for fxbox can run on bitbox, so all our existing customers can try out the new functionality now. The fxbox module will be available in March from your favorite retailer.

fxbox feature set

  • 16 built in clock aware effects, including the following:
    • Chorus
    • Phaser
    • Flanger
    • Ring Modulator
    • Filter
    • Bitcrusher
    • Distortion
    • Freeze
    • Loop
    • Reverse
    • Vinyl
    • Pitch shift
    • Gater
    • Panner
    • Delay
    • Reverb
  • Build in step sequencer for enabling/disabling effects in rhythm
  • Modulation of various effects parameters using CV inputs
  • XY Pad to control most effects

To install new firmware onto your Bitbox, please do the following:

  1. Copy the desired firmware onto a microSD card. Unpack the ZIP file if necessary. Copy the *.fxb preset files as well.
  2. Rename the file as MATRIX.BIN (On some systems extensions are hidden, so you can skip the .BIN)
  3. Insert the microSD card into your Bitbox
  4. While powering up the unit, hold the Home and Info buttons. When you see the message about upgrading the firmware, you can let go.
  5. When the upgrade finishes in about 15 seconds, the unit will restart with the new software
  6. You can check what version you are running on the top level screen by pressing home as many times as is necessary.

Fxbox 1.2.0 Factory Image

To convert your module back into bitbox, get this firmware.

fxbox quick start guide

  1. Plug a stereo sound source into the In 1 and In 2 on your unit. Use the clock or MIDI inputs for the relevant clock source. Connect the Out 1 and Out 2 to your sound system.
  2. To engage an effect, press the corresponding touch screen button
  3. To edit the effect parameters, select the effect by touching it, then press info
    1. You will then see the parameters screen. Use the knobs to adjust the parameters to taste.
    2. To make the effect always active, set the Trigger to ON.
    3. Press Info again to see the step sequencer for that effect
    4. To return to the main screen, press home
  4. To engage the step sequencing, press the play button in the lower right. Please wait up to 2 bars for the sequence to begin.

We look forward to your feedback, suggestions, and bug reports.

The 1010music Team

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Bitbox Beta Version

1010music is proud to make available to our customers the new Bitbox features that we will be demonstrating at NAMM. This update should be considered beta software that requires further testing and validation before becoming an official release. If for some reason, you want to switch back to the production version, you can easily download and install it below.

Bitbox version 1.1.0 introduces the following features:

  • Scrolling waveforms on the clip screen
  • Slice mode, which allows you to play sounds one slice or section at a time
    • Scan mode will automatically detect slices
    • You can manually add or delete slices using the waveform
    • You can determine which slice to play via several methods:
      • Using the slice knob (which replaces the start parameter).
      • Live slice selection with 1V/Octave modulation input. A change on this input jumps to the new slice immediately.
      • Next slice selection with 1V/Octave modulation input. This input determines which slice to play the next time the incoming trigger happens.
      • Advance the slice position forward/backwards using a gate signal on a modulation input
  • Time shifting using a new Slice option
  • Pitch modulation via 1V/Octave control
  • Easier navigation between the sample and load screens
  • Various bug fixes

To install new firmware onto your Bitbox, please do the following:

  1. Copy the desired firmware onto a microSD card. Unpack the ZIP file if necessary
  2. Rename the file as MATRIX.BIN (On some systems extensions are hidden, so you can skip the .BIN)
  3. Insert the microSD card into your Bitbox
  4. While powering up the unit, hold the Home and Info buttons. When you see the message about upgrading the firmware, you can let go.
  5. When the upgrade finishes in about 15 seconds, the unit will restart with the new software
  6. You can check what version you are running on the top level screen by pressing home as many times as is necessary.

To use the new slice mode, do the following:

  • On the main screen, select a sample and press the info button
  • On the new sample screen, press the Slice button
  • On the popup toolbar, press the Scan button
  • Wait about 5-10 seconds for the scanning to complete
  • Adjust the slices as needed using the Split/Join buttons
  • Press the Atomic button to activate the single slice playback mode
    • Once in this mode, triggering the sample will only play a single slice
    • The Start parameter will determine the active slice. The length parameter has no effect in this mode.
  • To adjust which slice will play, go back to the main screen and select an available modulation cell (one of the dark gray cells on the right side)
  • Press the Info button to reach the modulation screen.
  • Specify the cell you configured in step 1 as the modulation destination
  • Choose the slice selection mode you desire
    • Slice Sel – Determines the currently playing slice using 1V/Octave sensing of semitone input. Use this input if the gate and pitch will be updated at the same time
    • Slice Next – Determines the slice that will play the next time the sample gate begins
    • Slice Inc / Dec – Advances the slice position for the next time the sample gate begins
We look forward to your feedback, comments, suggestions and bug reports. We are keeping a careful eye on the performance of the unit. Now that it is also showing waveforms, we want to make sure it performs just as much as it did before. Please let us know if you see otherwise as there are various ways to address it.
Thank you for your support,
The 1010music team.

 

Bitbox Factory Firmware Version 1.0.3

 

Bitbox Updated Firmware Version 1.1.0

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Introducing CarSynth

1010music proudly presents the world’s most powerful synthesizer: 285 Horsepower. More than 2 metric tons. 12 speakers. Seats 7.

CarSynth is a wacky project meant to explore what it means to synthesize music and sound effects using a full sized automobile as the controller, power source, and sound system. The CarSynth module plugs into the cars OBD port, which is typically used by your auto mechanic for diagnostic purposes. Then, you have access to some of the basic parameters of the vehicle, including speed and RPM. Power comes from the automotive 12V power supply. The audio is provided by our Bitbox eurorack module, which is a 24-bit sampler. Finally, the car stereo provides the sound reproduction.

The CarSynth module exposes 5 control signals as shown below, which can manipulate any kind of audio recordings.

The signals work as follows:

  • Vehicle Motion Gate – When the vehicle is moving, this signal is high or +5V
  • Vehicle Speed CV – This signal ramps from 0V to 5V indicating the overall speed of the vehicle
  • Accelerator Gate – When the driver presses the throttle or accelerator pedal, this signal is high or +5V
  • Accelerator CV – This signal ramps from 0V to 5V indicating the position of the pedal
  • Engine RPM CV – This signal indicates the current running speed of the engine

Behind the scenes, the custom part of this project is the ODB power to Analog CV section. It is comprised of these components:

The remainder of the module is a standard version of Bitbox. The video demo shows the RPM modulating the pitch of one of the audio samples. The extended demo shows two samples playing at once.

We hope you enjoy reading about CarSynth as much as we did making it. Let us know what you think.

1010music