Bitbox is a 26hp sampler module that can sample, clip launch and loop in interesting ways. Samples are saved on an SD card and the touchscreen gives easy access to loading and tweaking sounds. With the SatNav-sized screen, form factor and controls, it wouldn’t look out of place on the dashboard of your car.
Up to 16 samples can be loaded into the internal memory. They can be triggered via CV Gate inputs, MIDI or by fingering the touch screen. The 24-bit stereo input supplies the ability to sample but you can also load WAV files from anywhere via the SD card. Recordings can be up to 4 hours long, which would be a serious modular improvisation session. Although it does highlight that it’s a very handy way of recording a performance without having to route out to other gear.
Playback can be synchronised to analogue or MIDI clock and there are various modes such as one-shot, gate, toggle and repeat. You have control over the start point, length, pitch, gain, mode and quantization of the samples. These can also be manipulated via the 4 modulation inputs. You can also export the whole thing to Ableton Live.
Ultimately you can use Bitbox to sample loops and patches from your modular and then layer up more sounds over the top. Sounds like a lot of fun – very much like to see it in action somewhere.
Bitbox is shipping now for $599 from 1010 Music. 1010 Music are new to the scene but were formed by part of the team behind Native Instruments Traktor DJ. The Bitbox is their first module and by the looks of it there should be some more great stuff to come.