de la Mancha has announced that his formerly payware basic65 virtual instrument for Windows is now available as a free download on his official website.
basic 65 is a monophonic synth, inspired by the classic 80s home computer, the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip. Building on the waveforms and signal path of this famous chip, basic 65 adds further features and options to take things a step further.
basic65 is available for free download via de la Mancha (4.15 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit VSTi plugin format for Windows, made with SynthEdit 1.1).
The plugin is an improved version of basic64, another freeware instrument which was also recently re-released by de la Mancha. Based on the architecture of the legendary SID chip, this virtual instrument offers the authentic 80s video game soundtrack feel.
basic65 is a monophonic virtual synthesizer with a built-in double arpeggiator and various pitch and bit depth drift controls. The arpeggiator works great for re-crating the famous retro patches from 80s video games. The instrument comes with a great set of 128 factory presets designed by sink.
Although the instrument is now released as freeware, please consider supporting de la Mancha’s cause by making a donation to Cancer Research UK and helping find a cure for cancer. You’ll find further instructions on the download page.
If you’re looking for more free instruments inspired by the SID chip, you should definitely take a look at the Dream 64 V2 virtual synthesizer by Odo. If you prefer samples recorded directly from the SID chip, grab the free Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE sample library which I’ve created in tandem with Rhythmic Robot. It supports SFZ, NI Kontakt, and Beat Zampler.
Check out the basic65 demo video:
Download basic65: click here