ABOUT

12-Bit Crunch is a site catering to producers, beatmakers and composers who can't live without crackly, lo-fi, hissy sounds. You might be a hip-hop producer looking for dusty grooves. You might be a media composer, trying to make something for a brief that stands out from the pile.

Our 'Machine' range of Kontakt instruments are sample-players based on record collecting and sample-chopping culture, specifically chord chops on solo instruments. When you sample a record though you might be restricted to only one or two chords. On our instruments you have hundreds, in all twelve musical keys!

The instruments are super fun to use: If you're new to music theory you can learn about chord types (you can even export the MIDI to learn the voicings yourself) and even pros can come up with new chord-progressions. The chords themselves are grouped in octaves by type and not musical key (i.e only the chords in the diatonic major scale)- So you never know what you might come up with if you bash away at the keys.

Whilst more instruments are coming for now we have the first in the series: Jazz Machine- inspired by the sound of Blue Note Records: Herbie Hancock, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson. Played on upright piano, electric guitar, electric piano and vibraphone.

We also have a few drum packs. To minimise time spent scrolling through a folder or website with 6380 samples in it, with no clue what you might find (that can also be fun, don't get me wrong), the drum packs on offer here are small and specific. For a specific purpose. You'll know pretty much what's inside even before you browse them for the first time.

We hope you have fun making music with our software!