Danish Droid-3 Sounds

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Danish Droid-3 Sounds

Postby Doktorfuture » Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:38 pm

The Danish Droid-3 sounds awesome. http://abildgard.com/droid3/

Demos at:

It's tough to get a unit, but I'm happy to contribute cash to adding Droid-3's capability to Chiptunes.

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Re: Danish Droid-3 Sounds

Postby davidv » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:42 am


First time I heard of it, pretty cool for 2003. very SID like in spec.
However chipsounds can do most of those sounds already, if you program the wave sequencer right.
I don't see anything new in the waveforms themselves. (also 2003 is not really vintage :)

The way i see it chipsounds could use some more flexible signal routing, more than the exact sounds of the D3
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Re: Danish Droid-3 Sounds

Postby Absurdist_Lover » Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:14 pm

Really interesting. I see two out-of-the-ordinary features here, one of which is the 'triangle filters' which apparently cause all waveforms to collapse to a triangle wave in LPF mode. I do know if you put a squarewave through a 6db LPF it makes a triangle with the right settings, but I think there's probably more to it than that. Will have to check the audio+waveforms.

The other standout feature is the in-oscillator distortion as a way of creating new waveforms. This is actually quite common on the more modern waveshaping synths. It has four modes, clipping, mirror, wrap and zeroing, which are just manipulating sample values that go over a threshold and either folding them back or mirroring them to the opposite sign, etc. Something like this is already in Chipsounds' LSDJ wave channel thing, or could be easily added methinks. Synths like Zebra and Zeta will also do these kinds of waveform manipulations in hi-fi.

I'm still hoping that Chips eventually gets an 8-bit version of the 'big N' wavetable (I can never rembmer the name of that chip! :P) and some new ways to manipulate the data. I'm a big fan of mid-fi digital wackiness... Such a thing would be perfect for emulating Amiga synth-sounds and the like.

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