Category: Demonstration

GR-1 new firmware, manual, and sound pack.

As has become tradition, every spring we release a new sound pack for the GR-1. This is a total of 32 patches that explore most of the GR-1 sonic capabilities. They cover the full spectrum from tranquility up to full-blown chaos. Some of patches feature micro (very small) grains, for phaser like effects, amongst things. Download here: GR1 Spring Pack 2021.

In our ongoing effort for the most stable firmware, we’ve just released version 2.4.2. Again this eliminates annoying bugs and glitches in the workflow, especially concerning sampling. It also fixes a sneaky crash, and correctly implements sustain/hold pedal support, finally. All in all, quite a good reason to upgrade, and another step closer to “perfect” stability. Release notes. You can upgrade using LAN or by downloading it from our GR-1 downloads page.

The remaining firmware issues are mostly minor ones. We’ll release a version 2.4.3 that covers those. After this, we’ll start developing version 2.5 with a bunch of new features. We’re open for feature requests. Reach us at !

Front page of the new GR-1 manual 2.4.4

To show even more GR-1 support, we’ve completely re-organized the manual, and redone all the illustrations. Download or view GR-1 manual 2.4.4.

That’s all. Until next time!

New GR-1 Sound pack, New videos, ECR-1 progress

Dear all,

We’ve not been sitting still. For our GR-1 customers we decided to make video’s: a tutorial and a new teaser for 2019. The tutorial covers some of the more in-depth features that weren’t covered before, including the new multi-timbral mode. Enjoy, and watch and learn šŸ˜‰

We also produced a brand spanking new set of patches for the GR-1, 32 to be specific. We designed these patches to show how versatile the machine really is. Anything from field recordings to samples of classic bass synthesizers are usable for many musical applications. There are very lush sounding ambient tracks and pads in there, and just as many glitchy and noisy drumtracks. You can check some excerpts from this pack on Soundcloud:

The new sound pack is completely free and ready to go from our GR-1 downloads page: GR-1 downloads.

In terms of actual product development we’ve not been sitting still. We’re still updating the GR-1 firmware every month or two. And our new Eurorack Convolution Reverb module, the ECR-1, has now reached the stage where it is actually usable by a non-developer. It has a small full-color display mounted and has all the buttons, pots and audio/CV in and outs it needs.

The current prototype of our Eurorack Convolution Reverb module, the ECR-1.

You can also look at the convolution reverb thread on Muff Wiggler if you like to know more. Cheers!

Kickoff t-minus 4 days

The last days we’ve been working feverishly on the ST4 Kickstarter campaign preparations. We’ve already completed a feature-by-feature demonstration last week. This week we’reĀ focussed on making a trailerĀ video, much like the Sawbench one from last year:

But the ST4 more than 4 times as complex as the Sawbench. The feature list is enormous and it’s impossible to even list all features in a minute-long video. So we just have to make the best possible music with the thing..

That ain’t easy, though. We discovered:

* Renoise on Mac exports signed 8 bit WAV, should be unsigned.

* We need way better lighting in the studio to make decent film.

* The ST4 prototype firmware refused to reload the samples from its song.

* Hooking up a full-blown MIDI setup takes time.

Studio demonstration of the ST4.

Studio demonstration of the ST4.

Anyway, we’re good at what we do, and we’re big boys. We’ll manage šŸ˜‰

Edit: we did, thanks to 20k of filmstudio equipment and professional help!

Developing for the old woodboard, a new screen to display the full LFO MOD matrix.

Developing for the old woodboard, a new screen to display the full LFO MOD matrix.

The coming days we’ll also output some extra video’s: jam sessions and feature-by-feature explanations. There might also be a documentary about STU’s synth/chip history.

STay tuned!

Tasty Chips @ Outline2014



Tasty Chips were asked to present their synthesizers at this year’s Outline. For those of you that don’t know yet: Outline is an annual demo party held in the Netherlands, attracting creative computer enthusiasts who make music, graphics and complete real-time video’s (“demo’s”). The party has a 10 year tradition and recent editions have seen something like 140 visitors attending. Hence, we feel honored to be invited to the biggest demo party in The Netherlands and Benelux!

Outline also has an Atari background, going back to the Atari ST and Falcon, which are full-blooded classic MIDI machines. A good match, we’d say!

We will be there to present the company and its latest synthesizers, notably the TCE-1M. On sale will be the latest batch of Arduino Piggyback Synths (“Piggies”) and various cheap and powerful prototyping platforms such as Arduino’s and STM Discovery.

Presentation will be friday afternoon 16:00. We’ll be there the rest of the party to give demonstrations of TCE-1M and Piggy to everybody who’s interested (hey, it’s a demoparty afterall, right ;))

See you there!

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