Byte Riot is full of 8-bit drum and synth samples.
The duo used a combination of modified video game consoles together with custom-built, circuit-bent units and vintage oscillators to record the samples. The pack also includes MIDI patterns based on music from classic arcade games.
Consoles recorded and hacked for the expansion include several Nintendo Game Boys, Windows instruments played through the Sega Mega Drive’s FM YM2612 chip “for primitive authenticity” and arpeggiators driven through Commodore 64 SID chips to sample chord variations.
Together with new sampled instruments, the expansion also includes presets for NI’s Massive and Monark synths as well as 43 drum synth patches. The pack costs $49/£44 from the NI website.
Byte Riot isn’t the only unusual sample pack NI has released this year – last month it launched a Kontakt instrument made from vintage toy recordings called Kinetic Toys.