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Monday, October 25, 2021

Dirtywave M8 Demos by Avrilcadabra

videos by Avrilcadabra

Tutorial / DIY videos towards the end of the playlist. You can use the video controls to skip around.

1. Generative patch showing off Dirtywave M8 Macro Synth
A glimpse at some of the sounds from M8's Macrosynth engine.

The m8 has wavesynth, macrosynth, FM synth, sample and Midi
2. Dynamo ( Dirtywave M8 )
This is my new track Dynamo made entirely on the Dirtywave M8

The M8 creator Trash80 was kind enough to play my track on the fortnightly online meetup for the M8 using the real time 3d rendering that was used to make to m8 Demo video.

So with his blessing I have used it here to show my track. This track was made on M8 Headless using a Teensy 4.1. As I don't have a hardware M8 yet.

You can buy this track at
3. Dirtywave M8 basic workflow ( making a small track )
Take a look at the basic workflow of making music on the M8 tracker.

Hi I got asked what the workflow is like on the M8, it's kind of too hard to do with subtitles alone, so I did a voice over on this one. I am used to filming hardware, so screen recording and microphones is not something I am experienced at. Can only get better from here.

I preloaded some instruments to make this video go faster.

This is M8 headless version running on a teensy 4.1
M8 Headless is free you just need a teensy 4.1
Learn about setting up M8 Headless here
4. Dirtywave M8 Tutorial ( Wavesynth Deep Dive )
Lets go over wavesynth on the Dirtywave M8 and learn what everything does.

Wavesynth / WAVSYNTH is one of the synth engines in the Dirtywave M8 and it is my favourite one.
5. Dirtywave M8 hardware Unboxing
Lets check out the Dirtywave M8 hardware in this unboxing and demo.

I preordered the production version of the M8 when they first were available too and having been eagerly await for it, for months. During that time I have been using the headless software version a lot.

I had played with the M8 the day before so put it back in the box for this video, there was also some white packing paper in the box, not shown in his video as my cat took off with it, and the usb cable came in a plastic bag also if I remember correctly.

I wrote a fair few presets and my first Sid presets pack comes preinstalled on the M8, super happy to be able to do that. Since the production cards were finalized some time ago, I ended up making a tonne more presets. Which you can download here for free to put on your M8.

I did not mention in this video, but the M8 is class compliant USB audio and Midi, and also sends data to mirror it's display on a computer via a web app. so you can set up an external moniter on your computer and put the app on that window, then you can display M8 on a 4k tv, projector or CRT etc.
6. Dirtywave M8 - Connect to a bigger screen using M8WebDisplay
How to connect the M8 to a computer and 4k tv, projector or CRT

Today we are using the wonderful webdisplay created by DerkyJadex which is can found here

Just plug your M8 (or headless M8) into the usb on computer and it will appear on the web display. Worse case scenerio you have to select a serial com port in the ui on the webdisplay.

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Sunday, December 10, 2023

picoTracker - 8 tracks of audio and MIDI for under $50.

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"picoTracker ( is a new, lightweight 8 voice audio and midi tracker. Intro by @avrilcadabra ! ( , Table of contents:

00:00 intro tune
01:00 hi
01:38 unboxing
02:12 building
05:21 hardware overview
06:11 tutorial: creating a song and transfering samples
06:49 navigating the editors, key functions
07:23 song screen
07:38 chain screen
07:50 phrase screen
08:00 instrument screen, selecting samples
08:24 adding notes to a phrase
08:54 adding a second instrument
09:17 changing the instrument of a note
09:32 adding another instrument...
10:00 adjusting song tempo
10:35 important things to consider!
11:06 adding a bass track
12:19 listening to both tracks
12:34 creating a progression
13:23 using midi instruments (short demo)
15:26 verdict - a powerful box for small money, but ...
16:17 support the developers, please
16:25 conclusion

picoTracker development story


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Shimmer-like reverb on a Yamaha QY70 (following @Avrilcadabra 's recipe), plus update on LMN-3

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"A few days ago, @Avrilcadabra posted a rather ingenious video showing how to "fake" a shimmer reverb on the Dirtywave M8. You should watch it, it's short and to-the-point and it really deserves more views: [below]
In this video, I'm testing if the same ideas work on a Yamaha QY70 as well.
No table of contents today, but there's a demo at 4:36, and a short update on the LMN3 video at 6:00"

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How to make lush Shimmer reverb on M8

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"If there's a will there's a way.

#m8tracker #dirtywave

Sorry this video is fast, I tried to make it slow, but not slow enough, I zoom around the M8 so quick from using it so much. , so I'll explain here.

If you have the current firmware you can quickly render any bit of a song.
Hold shift and option to select what you want to render then press Edit 3 times, select OK to render, M8 will auto load a sampler instrument and add the render (how neat)

My pattern was 4 phrases long, so I make a new chain on the song screen, add new phrase, in that phrase add a c-4 note, it will be the new rendered sample.

then I add three empty FE phrases to the chain, to pad it out, so the sample plays uninterrupted for 4 phrases long.

Next we apply the time stretch method to our instrument, set LENGTH to 00, PLAY to FWD LOOP, set LFO to LOOPST, set OSC to Ramp UP, TRG to RETRIG,and finally FRQ to whatever length your sample is, mine was 4 phrases so I select 40 (help text says this is 4 phrases), if your pattern you rendered was 1 phrase long, then set FRQ to 10 for example,

Tweak LENGTH till it sounds less crap, between 2-4 usually.

Now adjust your C-4 to be C-5, shimmers are pitch shifted reverb an octave higher than the original sound. Because we have applied the time stretch technique our render will still be in time an octave higher. (if you want to make submarine reverb set it to C-3, or add another chain on song screen and have submarine and shimmer together!?) Now turn the DRY to 00 on the render, turn the reverb to A0, now we will only hear the octave up reverb tail, now to delay the reverb tail we use the FX command DEL02, to delay the render by 2 ticks. Now it will sound pretty good.

The final step is to add reverb on your original pattern, it will then blend into the octave up render reverb to create a full sounding Shimmer. I own a strymon reverb pedal, so I've made this to sound as close to that as I can."

Monday, June 17, 2024

Making Steve Vai inspired guitar on a Dirtywave M8 02

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"I'm an ex guitarist and wanted to make some lead guitar sounds using the m8's synth engine, This ones using macrosynth wavemap (think that was it).

If you have a M8 check the Avrilcadabra presets for
R0b0cleanr - lead guitar (or look for R0b0leader, rougher version)
Bass Sunset - Macrsynth FM
Rave chd FM - FM synth

They are also available on Impbox's Matey website for sharing M8 presets."

Monday, October 09, 2023

M8 RMX Flex and MetroGradeGoods skin

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Link to metrogradegoods

Not affiliated or sponsored with / by metro

I have wanted the ability the have coloured m8's for years had reached to companies but was never able to make it work so happy to recommend metro who just did it on their own. minimum you need is the acrylic plate, the screws available on the site are slightly longer than the screws the m8 comes with but you can reuse the stock screws. Then you need the print bit which is laser cut and quite delicate.

The dyed caps seems to be the most expensive option, don't tighten the screws much as you don't want to crack the acrylic.

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Monday, January 23, 2023

Dreadbox Raindrops complete guide & demonstration ( Synths & Stereo )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

0:00 Intro Song
1:22 Primary controls
4:22 Secondary controls
5:44 Modulation Mode
6:42 Pitch Shift Mode
9:03 Reverb Mode
9:46 Divisions
10:47 Casio VL-1 Pitch Shifter
11:48 Digitakt
12:04 Virus Bass LFO Mode
12:42 Casio SK-1 Reverb Mode
13:24 Virus Arp Reverb Mode
14:15 Ibanez RG550 Reverb Mode
14:51 Neutron Reverb Mode

"Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Monday, March 21, 2022

Out of Order ( M8 & C64 & OMX-27 )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Some sounds from the past with help from the future.

This track, I wanted to make my own breakbeat from scratch and resample it, stretch it etc to make it sound old and brutal. I also sampled some pinball sounds, slowed down pinball flippers etc, lot of sample manipulation going on with the M8. The weird arps and stuff are mostly from the M8, couple from the c64. I sampled the c64 into the m8.

Hope you enjoy the artistic flair of the video for some old school aesthetic.

Gear used.
Dirtywave M8
Commodore 64c with a 6581r4ar sid chip.
Kerberos midi cart
Cynthcart c64 software.
Sony 9045qm PVM

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

That One Time ( Dirtywave M8 ) + bonus DEFMON version

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"This ones a bit of an emotional chiptune pop song

When I was studying a lot of music theory last year this one one of the tracks I wrote. I recently was trying to port it to the C64 on DEFMON so figured I'd post them both.

No bandcamp release as of yet as well I have to make an Album cover which is the bane of my existence lately and I don't want to use A.I to do it. As usual if you would like it see it on bandcamp comment below and I'll make it happen, thank you.

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Warm Nights, City Lights ( Synthwave, M8 )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Synthwave track made on the Dirtywave M8

This started as a generative patch, which I have made into a full track.

if you like this track or want to support the channel you can purchase it here"

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Sandcastles ( Dirtywave M8 )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Little track made entirely on M8's wavesynth.

Hi all, made some sand castle patterns in the oscilloscope fun to sometimes when you are lacking motivation. Square waves are also cool.

Gear used. Dirtywave M8

Avrilcadabra preset packs -"

Friday, June 07, 2024

What Tomorrow Brings ( M8 Model 02 )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Hi everyone, new M8, new Track.

So had the new model 02 M8 for a week now, it's slick, I love the model 01.

enjoy the 4k, focus sorts itself out little bit into the video.

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Monday, February 21, 2022

DIY Dirtywave M8 headless using a Teensy 4.1 microcomputer

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Want to try a #Dirtywave #M8 tracker but don't want to wait until July of '22? Build one yourself, then, using a #Teensy 4.1 microcomputer and the M8 firmware. Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:05 shoutout to @Avrilcadabra
00:36 required hardware
00:55 how to get the firmware and software
01:49 installing, configuration
03:17 navigating the M8
03:39 create a drum track...
04:39 create another instrument
05:09 adding another track
05:44 using effects for one note
06:09 adding a subtractive synth track, sound design
07:09 adding an fm synth lead, improvisation
07:56 conclusion, important considerations

Dirtywave M8 headless setup instructions:
Teensy: [DE:] [US:]
ReWASD (for mapping your game controller to keyboard keys)"

Monday, June 06, 2022

Dirtywave M8 new Snapshots and Midi mutes 2.7.0 beta 3

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Lets check out some of the big features in coming in M8 2.7 firmware.

I've been testing beta for a bit and it's stable enough to show now.

2.7.0 will bring a lot of improvement and fixes but the three big things are Snapshot mode, load and save snapshots of the song state instantly from the mixer screen.

Because the M8 disk streams and Trash80 wizardry it can pretty much instantly save the song to to a temp file and recall it without interrupting playback.

This is similar to a feature on Elektron devices in which they snapshot the pattern into Ram.

The other big feature is the often requested ability to Mute and Solo tracks by sending a midi note. In the case of the omx-27 keyboard Mutes start at C-0

Also a new FM oscillator shape, the M8 FM synth doesn't just do Sines, and not it has a CLICK to help with making FM percussion.

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Friday, December 29, 2023

Endless Sands ( Commodore 64 & Sid Factory II )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Hi here is a SiD track I made using Sid Factory II.

listen to this on Deepsid

download the sid from drop box

Learn about Sid Factory II

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Monday, December 27, 2021

Clownfest 7 full 20 min set on Dirtywave M8

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"This was my set I put together for clownfest 7 using just the M8

Thanks everyone who caught it live at clownfest, was amazing to see the hype in chat and the support.

Dynamo track is available here You can buy this track at"

Monday, April 04, 2022

Commodore 64 + Cynthcart + Kerberos ( 6581 pure audio no talking )

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Pure audio of the 6581R4AR Sid Chip.

This commodore 64 is being controlled via Midi using a Kerberos cartridge and Cynthcart 2.0 software.

The midi controller is an omx-27 running impbox firmware, it is sending CC to cynthcart to control filter etc.

Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Generative M8 with Milkdrop and Raindrops

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Generative music from the Dirtywave M8 with winamp visualizer

Hi everyone, if you caught my last stream I had this track running, but here is a proper video of it. I try to find a balance between random and musical.

#dirtywave #milkdrop

So random pitches are locked to scaled and lots of use of the SNG command to jump between islands of chains on the song screen. USB from the m8 is driving old school winamps milkydrop 2 visualizer.

I had the M8 audio going through raindrops bypassed, but turned it on and it sounded nice, so theres some sweetening from raindrops, was just set to 50ms delay so very short.

Here is an affiliate link to perfect circuit for the raindrops Dreadbox Raindrops -
I have recently done a full review of demo of you should watch first if you are interested.

I have not put this generative track (I dont even have a name for it) on bandcamp, but if someone wants me to just drop a comment and I'll get onto it.

I am also on"

Friday, March 18, 2022

Commodore 64 as a Midi Synthesizer with Cynthcart & Kerberos

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Using the legendary c64 as a synthesizer with Midi

00:00 Intro Demo
00:27 Nerd out about the c64
07:54 Direct audio Demo

Kerberos Cart info here though I don't think they are for sale since chip shortage

Cynthcart info


Find my content entertaining or helpful? you can make my day by buying one of my songs at"

Monday, December 19, 2022

How to make some guitar lofi beats on the Dirtywave M8.

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Workflow for making some lofi with guitar on the Dirtywave M8


I guess this is intermediate skill level, I gloss over a few things most people familiar with the M8 should know, but feel free to ask in the comments if you need help with any of this.

My presets can be found here wowflutter (broken walkman preset) - Avrilcadabra preset packs -

The M8 ships with some of my presets but I have made a truckload since the M8 was released."

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Gameboy DMG Stock vs Pro sound mod audio examples

video upload by Avrilcadabra

"Just some Audio examples of before and after pro sound mod

While gameboys are fun and completely usable for music on standard form the pro sound mod is win win.

Here is a tutorial by 8bitjunkie on doing the mod:"

How to: Original Game Boy DMG Internal Prosound Mod

video upload by 8bitjunkie

"Tools you may need:
Hakko Micro Cutter, Hakko Soldering Iron, Cheap Soldering Iron, Solder, Solder wick"

Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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