Making Your Own OTO Biscuit Style Bitcrusher in Reaktor
When the world was introduced to the OTO Biscuit Bitcrusher…well, let’s just say it changed a few things. It was kind of a big deal. The essential effect is all 8-bit: using 8-bit converters and processing, you can add crunchy, digital waveshaping, delay, pitch shift, and step filter effects. But because those processes produce distortion and aliasing, BISCUIT combines its 8-bit effects with an analog resonant filter. (It’s switchable, so if you want to retain all the artifacts, you can – but you also have a filter at the ready.) The lesson that slamanderanagram presents today is going to emulate the OTO biscuit bitcrusher and give you the ability to toggle on/off individual bits, which will result in some incredible sounds!
If you are unfamiliar with how bitcrushers actually do what they do, you can refer to this other fantastic tutorial which helps to break it all down for you in easy to understand terms.
Once completed this little bitcrusher Reaktor ensemble will be able to process any of your sounds in a very unique way. Giving you the power to turn on and off the individual bits that make up the sound, or more precisely the bits that your sound has been broken up into. This is an incredibly powerful and interesting to affect your sounds and introduce a very cool type of distortion. You can easily take a sound form pristine to completely destroyed in a single beat, and anywhere in between. The effect works off of an integers macro, so any value between 0-255 is possible and selecting the bits is as simple as pushing buttons. You can also use the inverted instances to create even more unique sounds! So even if you don’t know what you’re doing you can still achieve some great results. This is a truly killer effect to have in your arsenal! Enjoy this one!