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Bit Crusher by BeatSkillz

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Vintage Sampler Emulator

In today’s advanced age of music tools that seek the "cleanest," most "perfect" sounds, there has suddenly been a desire for the gritty sounds of the machines of the past.

One such quest has been the acquisition of old, primitive samplers and sample drum machines. This has increased the rate of these machines to 10's of thousands of dollars.

The sound that producers and artists seek in these boxes is usually the low bit rates and sample rates resulting in an "aliased" sound or "artifacts" as we now call them. These limitations of the vintage machines have now become very desired and sought after sound. Just sample rate reduction and 'bit crushers' have yet to actually sound like old machines.

Beatskillz went on a quest to study the actual circuitry and found each and every step right from the A/D converters, preamps, analogue and digital filters and processes involved to recreate each stage and bring you a plugin that can not only emulate a sampler but many, and also lets you design your own sampler or vintage chip!

The Sample Rate Interpolation system that BeatSkillz has built-in DSP, lets you dial in any sample rate from 96 kHz to 2 kHz. You can also type in the values!

BeatSkillz has also done a very accurate emulation of a well-known ladder filter with resonance, this gets you the "Warm" filter sound of a very desired analogue synth. They have also carefully emulated the input drive of the S900 to give you all the parameters needed for multiple variations of the sound!


A/D Sample Section

  • Bits Control: Set the BIT Rate with this control. The range varies from the modern-day 24 bit right down to 4 bits! You can also “double click” the Bit Display LCD and manually enter the value that you desire.
  • SR Control (Sample Rate): Set the Sample Rate with this control. The range varies from 96kHZ (your DAW sample rate) down to 2kHZ.You can also “double click” the Bit Display LCD and manually enter the value that you desire.

Aliasing & Drive Section

  • Shift: The key process of getting those “aliased / ring” sounds from the vintage samplers was to lower the pitch of the samples. The effect caused by vintage samplers is emulated here, allowing a user to “dial-in” the exact aliasing sound that they want to hear, without actually modifying the pitch of the sample. “Double click “ and enter the value or use the dial.
  • Drive (On / Off Switch & Control): In vintage samplers, users often overloaded the pre-amp before the A/D converter to get a driven sound. BeatSkillz has accurately emulated the sound found in the S900 sampler to give you the same saturation and Drive, and get even closer to the sound of those vintage beasts! Double-click and enter the value or use the dial.

Analog Filter Emulation

  • Filter Type (The Red On / Off switch): BeatSkillz has accurately modelled the popular Vintage Analog Mono Synth used on countless recordings. This is a 24 DB/oct low pass filter with resonance. If you increase the resonance it does fo into self-oscillation creating a pitched tone, just like the original.
  • This filter is perfect for those warm and dark tones fit for lo-fi and hip-hop music. Extremely addictive! Use the red light switch to turn it on or off.
  • Filter Freq Control: Set the Cutoff Frequency for the low pass filter here. The range is 20 kHz to 20 Hz.
  • RES Control: Set the resonance of the low pass filter using the slider control. The range is 0 to 1.0, you can go extreme and get the filter into self-oscillation mode like the real analogue filter that it was modelled after.

Mix & Input / Output Section

  • Wet / Dry: The Wet Control will control the amount of the “effected” signal and the DRY control will mix in the original/ clean signal. This gives you the possibility of mixing just the right amount of processing to your input audio.
  • In / Out: The IN control lets the user increase or decrease the gain of the input audio and the OUT control lets the user increase or decrease the gain of the output audio signal after being processed by the plugin.

Presets & File Management

  • BeatSkillz has carefully matched various settings of SampleX to sound just like the original samplers that they are emulating, some great presets are available here to get you started and also give you a taste of the sound of some vintage samplers that are now unavailable or very expensive to purchase.
  • You can also easily save and delete your own presets and share them with your friends.
  • Have some rare samplers in your arsenal? Use SampleX to get as close as possible and distribute these with your friends or fellow Beatskillz users!

System Requirements


  • OSX High Sierra 10.13.6 or later (Catalina Supported)
  • Intel i3 or later
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST3, AU or AAX 64-bit host


  • Windows 10 or later
  • VST3 or AAX 64-bit host
  • AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

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