Icebreaker Audio Toybreaker

Sample-based recreations of 3 different toy keyboards from the 1980s

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Icebreaker Audio Toybreaker Collection includes sample-based recreations of 3 different toy keyboards from the 1980s. Two of these were circuit-bent to have noisy mangled samples to complement to classic retro sounds.

The Toybreaker Collection is perfect if you need retro digital goodness that can be given extra lo-fi realism thanks to sampled impulse responses of the internal speaks as well as sampled key-click noises.

You can also push the sounds into more manic territory with the circuit bent options, or keep it nice and clean. The lo-fi 80s digital synthesis (in some cases 4-bit quality) would also not be out of place in chiptune style genres.

IceBreaker Audio ToyBreaker Collection includes...

Calc-U-Synth – a recreation of the Casio VL-Tone

HandySynth – a circuit-bent Yamaha HandySound

PortaSyntha circuit-bent Yamaha PSS130 

Click the tabs above to discover more about each instrument.

Please note that this is a 're-mastered' version of the original Toybreaker release, updated to make better use of the latest version of the Kontakt 6 engine, including updated effects and improved interfaces.

Calc-U-Synth is a recreation of the Casio VL-Tone. The full calculator-based programmable synth engine was recreated using a combination of samples and custom scripts. Every nuance of this instrument was captured, including its linear digital envelopes and even physical sounds like key-clicks and the internal speaker. 

The VL-Tone is a monophonic instrument that has 5 preset sounds as well as a user programmable 6th slot called ADSR. The ADSR slot was programmed by entering 8 digits into the calculator’s memory, then returning to synthesizer mode. Needless to say, this is a rather inconvenient way to program a synthesizer.

For this library, all of the original waveforms were chromatically sampled at 24 bit, 48 kHz quality. Precise measurements of the VL-Tone’s volume envelope, vibrato, and tremolo were then gathered in order to faithfully emulate the whole instrument in Kontakt.

This library was designed to present the full capabilities of the VL-Tone’s programmable features in a more convenient interface, while retaining the character of the instrument.

The VL-Tone had its own built-in speaker. 4 impulse responses of this speaker were taken at various different microphone positions. 3 other speakers were also recorded with similar microphone setups, giving you a choice of 4 speakers, each with 4 different microphone options, for a total of 16 different speaker impulse responses.

For added lo-fi realism, the key-click sounds of playing the instrument were also sampled and included. You can dial in as much, or as little as you like.

The controls available to you are (from left to right):

  • Waveform: Select from 10 available waveforms. The final three waveforms are actually pitch-modulated versions of other waveforms. See the appendix for more information on the available waveforms.

  • Attack: Sets the attack time (fade in time) of the volume envelope. Increasing the value increases the attack time.

  • Decay: Sets the time it takes for the volume envelope to go from the peak volume to the breakpoint. Increasing the value increases the decay time.

  • Breakpoint: (Sustain Level) Sets the level at which the rate of the first decay changes to the rate of the second decay.

  • Decay 2: (Sustain fade out) Sets the rate at which the sound fades out during the sustain phase. A value of 9 will give an infinite sustain.

  • Release: Sets the release time of the volume envelope. This is the fade out time of the sound after the key is released.

PortaSynth - a circuit-bent Yamaha PSS130, which (like HandySynth) has 8 original sounds and 8 complimentary bent sounds. The original feel of the instrument was preserved using Kontakt scripts and samples of the speaker and key-clicks. PortaSynth also includes a drum set with a very distinct digital sound. The drums are included in their own nki with a programmable pattern engine, circuit bent sound options, and a variety of effects.

The original PSS-130 was a revision of the PSS-30, with the same features, but with larger keys. It had 8 instrument sounds to choose from, and a 4 voice drum synth with 8 preset rhythms.

For this library, each instrument was chromatically sampled and analysed to provide a truly authentic recreation. Each instrument sound was then given a bent counter-part, for a total of 16 different sound sources.

The drum samples have been provided in a fully-featured drum machine interface. You can either play the drums direct from your MIDI keyboard, or sequence patterns with the on-board sequencer.

  • Instrument Select Buttons: select the instrument sound source. If the bend switch is active, this will select different bent sounds. The instrument select buttons can also be controlled via key-switches on the white MIDI keys from C0 to C1.

  • Bend: activating this switch changes the instrument sample set to the bent sample set.

Effects

  • Noise and Hum: controls the volume of background noise.

  • Key Noise: controls the volume of the mechanical key-clicks.

  • Filter: controls the one-knob filter. The filter is open and neutral at the centre position.

    Turning the knob to the left will close the lowpass filter and turning it to the right will close the high pass filter.

  • Distort: turning this knob to the right will increase the amount of distortion.

  • Reverb Type - Bright/Dark: selects the different spring impulse responses for the reverb effect.

  • Reverb: controls the dry/wet mix of the spring reverb effect. When set to the fully left position, the signal is completely dry, and when set to fully right position, the signal is 100% wet.

HandySynth - a circuit-bent Yamaha HandySound with 8 original sounds and 8 complimentary bent sounds. The original 4-voice polyphony, digital envelopes and internal speaker were all re-created using Kontakt scripts and impulse responses.

The original HandySound had 5 instrument sounds to choose from, with 3 hidden sounds at certain switch positions. For this library, each instrument was chromatically sampled and analysed to provide authentic recreation. Each instrument was then given a bent counterpart, to give a total of 16 different sound sources.

The HandySound had its own built-in speaker. During the bending process, several impulse responses of this speaker were taken at various different microphone positions. A smaller speaker taken from an original Nintendo GameBoy was also sampled in a similar fashion to give you even more options. A total of 8 speaker/ microphone configurations are available.

The volume envelopes of the HandySound are linear and stepped and thus have a particular character. They also do not reach zero before cutting the audio, which gives an abrupt end to the sound. Custom scripts were written to emulate these completely to provide something indiscernible from the original device.

  • Instrument Select: selects the instrument voice. If the bend switch is active, this will select different bent sounds.

  • Sustain: for sustained sounds, this switch extends the release time of the volume envelope. For keyboard style instruments (like the Piano), activating this switch will cause the instrument to ignore any key release messages.

  • Bend: activating this switch changes the instrument sample set to the bent sample set. Most of these are noisy and atonal, though a few are capable of melody...sort of.

    Effects

  • Noise: controls the volume of background noise.

  • Filter: controls the one-knob filter. The filter is open and neutral at the centre position.

    Turning the knob to the left will close the lowpass filter and turning it to the right will close the high pass filter.

  • Distort: turning this knob to the right will increase the amount of distortion.

  • Reverb: controls the dry/wet mix of the spring reverb effect. When set to the fully left position, the signal is completely dry, and when set to fully right position, the signal is 100% wet.

  • Reverb Type - Bright/Dark: selects the different spring impulse responses for the reverb effect.

Download Size

Download Size: 177.8MB

Expanded Size: 208.5MB

This products uses Kontakt Files. Please click on the link below to find out how to install Kontakt Files.

http://timespace.knowledgeowl.com/help/how-to-install-kontakt-files

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Tech Specs

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Sample Library

Format:

  • Kontakt files

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System Requirements 
  • This product requires the full version of Kontakt 6.5.2 or later