Sunday, December 12, 2021

New Twisted Electrons BLASTBEATS

WALKTHROUGH video upload by Twisted Electrons

Twisted Electrons BlastBeats Sound Demo (no talking)
video upload by Limbic Bits

0:00 Electronica
0:48 True Electro Part I
1:50 Hang on
2:48 4am
3:52 True Electro Part II
4:45 Ambient & Bass
5:40 minimal
6:36 90s IDM
7:17 Space Night
8:20 Not a bonus sequence at all

Some effects have been used here and there to add some delay and reverb (Valhalla DSP Vintage Verb / Delay)"

via Twisted Electrons

"At the heart of BlastBeats is a vintage FM chip called YMF-262 also known as the OPL3 chip & previously found in computer sound cards of the early 90s.

These chips were notoriously hard to program and were rarely used to their full potential. However, they can produce surprisingly rich beautiful and utterly dirty sounds with a bit of exploring...

By putting so many parameters within easy reach BlastBeasts makes it fun and easy to master the signature sound of the DOS era!

BlastBeats is a 10 voice groove box offering 6 drum voices and 4 synth instruments.

The many faders offer full control over the parameters of the instruments and can be automated and modulated per step ​

Beats and melodies are a pleasure to program thanks to the high quality illuminated buttons"

OPL3 (YMF262) FM chip featured in vintage sound blaster cards of the MS-DOS era
Quad audio outputs with custom instrument routing
High fidelity audio amplification with low noise floor
mix and phones out each with volume control
6 drum tracks (bass drum, snare drum, tom, closed & open hat, cymbal) that can also be used for melodic parts.
4 synth tracks: two monophonic (2x2op or 1x4op) & two duo-phonic (4x2op or 2x4op)
100 kits
160 songs x 16 patterns x 64 steps
patterns of of arbitrary step lengths
Kits and patterns stored on included SD card for convenient management and sharing.
56 faders with per step automation and modulation
32 high quality illuminated switches
MIDI input and output on DIN5 ports
customisable MIDI input channels
Analog sync in and out on 3.5mm jacks
All Audio on 6.35mm jacks
Premium sandblasted anodised aluminum chassis
All instruments can be sequenced internally or played via MIDI allowing BlastBeats to be used as a 4-operator 8-waveform polytimbral MIDI synthesizer
Probability per instrument
Kit and pattern randomiser
Fader wiggling (randomiser with adjustable depth) per step
3 tricks ( pitch bend aka spin down, freeze and stutter with step sequencing of all tricks.
Synth pitch vibrato and tremolo with adjustable speed and depth
Several waveforms and algorithms yielding infinite sound textures.


  1. Oh, brave new world. Did you know public schools are no longer teaching children to write in longhand? Children don't even know how to sign their own names. They are provided with school system computers to carry about. This is in comparison with music making, which now consists solely of being able to operate a sequencer and arpeggiator and choosing which samples from previous era to repeat ad infinitum.

  2. Also, that button #6 has me a little concerned.


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