ADM CHIP is a collection of Instrument Racks of the “chiptune” variety, offered by Brian Funk as AfroDJMac over the years. It includes 136 instruments reminiscent of the retro vibe of (and often directly sampled from) classic video game consoles of the 80s and 90s. These types of sounds were originally implemented back in the day with severe restrictions on the number of voices and available timbres due to hardware limitations, but those very limitations shaped an entire era of music to have a certain characteristic vibe.
Due to their ubiquitous saturation in the consciousness of kids growing up during that time period, “8-Bit” sounds have gained a lasting, permanent appeal (especially among “Generation X”) that tugs at the heartstrings of nostalgia. If you’ve followed Brian Funk for any length of time, you may notice a certain affinity for the retro 8-Bit aesthetic that shines through his work, and this collection is the zenith of that sentiment.
CHIP gives you the sound samples in an immediately playable form as Instrument Racks for Ableton Live with handy Macro Controls which have been expertly crafted to provide relevant additional controls, providing instant immersion into the video game audio zone. Bleeps, chirps, and apreggio flourishes evoke a nostalgic vibe which conjures up the joy and frustration of the past. In those days, tutorials were sparse… and auto-saves? Ha. Forget about it.
After CHIP auto-installs into your Ableton Live Library, you will find the instruments within your Factory Packs, as well as in the Sounds portion of your Library, under “Synth Misc.” Simply drag a preset onto a track in your project and get to work! Sample management is taken care of for you, so you don’t even have to think about it.
ADM CHIP contains sounds and instruments lovingly and carefully crafted by Brian Funk, an experienced Ableton Certified Trainer and curious sound designer. Each instrument was built to satisfy his own personal needs and desires in musical instrument design. ADM CHIP was curated and organized by Animus Invidious of PerforModule for Isotonik Studios.