The Byte is an 8-bit digital synthesizer that generates powerful synthesized tones. Create amazing sounds by combining a 5-waveform oscillator with a 2-waveform sub octave. Its low pass filter w/envelope gives you incredible versatility and the aliasing takes you to other worlds.
The Byte detects the sound of the bass and generates its own sound on response to it. The detector is monophonic (it only handles one note at a time). It has two independent oscillators with several waveforms, one running at the original frequency, and another one octave lower (sub-oscillator), which can be used together or separate.
The generated sound goes then thru a low-pass filter, whose frequency can be modulated by an envelope that responds to the note’s attack. At the end of the chain, there is a sample rate limiter that provides for interesting aliasing (phantom frequencies) effects.
8 bits μ-control synthesizer
Clean signal blend with Analog-dry-thru
Several powerful waveforms including square, triangle, sawtooth and pulses
Independent sub-oscillator with square and pulse waveform
Sample rate limiter with control by optical footswitch
LEVEL: Output level of the synthesized signal.
BLEND: Output level of the clean signal which is added in parallel to the effect.
WAVE / START: Double function
Wave: Selects the waveform of the synthesized signal between this five options, or silence:
Sawtooth (octave up)
Off: Stops this oscillator
For best results, position the knob to the center of the desired selection.
Start: With the Control activated, sets the initial frequency for the envelope filter sweep.
ALIAS / FILTER: Double function
Alias: Controls the sample rate of the D/A conversion. This causes the addition of phantom frequencies (alias), creating strange harmonics and subharmonics of digital destruction.
Filter: When activated, sets the final frequency for the envelope filter sweep.
SUB / DECAY: Double function
Sub: Select the waveform of the sub-oscillator between this two options, or silence:
Off: Stops this oscillator.
Decay: With the Control activated, sets the total time of the envelope filter sweep.
INPUT: Effect input, connect your instrument here.
OUTPUT: Effect output, connect your amplifier here.
DC 9V: Power supply input, connect your dc adapter here.
LED: Lights up when the effect is engaged.
TRUE BYPASS: Turns on/off the effect. The true bypass switch keeps your sound intact when the effect is off.
LED: Control mode indicator. The led lights up when Control mode is engaged. It also blinks when changing the selection on knobs Wave and Sub.
CONTROL: Double function. Optical switch with this functions:
By keeping the switch pressed, it makes a sweep on the sample rate set by the Alias knob.
By tapping on the switch, it enters/leaves the filter Control mode, which enables the Start, Filter, and Decay functions.
RV1: Treble: Hi-Shelving filter at the output of the effect.
RV3: A/D converter bias. Factory setting, do not change.
Model 2016 – BYT-1
Input impedance: 750Kohm
Power Input: DC 9v center negative (minimum 100mA)