- Lo-fi 8-bit magic in a fun and easy-to-use package
- Take control on a bit-by-bit level
- Built in digital effects – waveshaping, delay, pitch-shifting
Initially introduced in hardware in the late '00s, the French-made OTO Biscuit quickly became a cult classic with DJs and electronic music producers around the world. Gritty bit-crushing, lo-fi multi-effects, a sweet and smooth analog filter, and a quality look and feel, made it a go-to awesome-sound-maker in clubs and studios alike.
Now it’s available in software, bringing those crunchy, dirty, edgy sounds closer to the DAW-based studio or laptop-based performance rig, and making it more intuitive than ever before.
"I feel stimulated to create new sounds with it... and the really cool thing about it is that when I have tried everything on a song and nothing works, I can rely on the Biscuit to propose a good idea. It always saves me when I am ready to give up!! Like a magic box."One half of the music duo AIR
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Lo-FI 8-Bit Magic
Send anything into the Biscuit, and you can be sure of getting gritty lo-fi textures out. Awesome for chippy, glitchy beats, or for roughing up guitars or vocals, for example.
Sweet, Smooth Analog Filter
A special feature of the Biscuit is the super-smooth analog filter. We modelled it in obsessive detail to give our plug-in the very same warm, organic shaping capabilities of the original hardware.
Awesome Digital Effects
The Biscuit has a whole section dedicated to effects. Send your bitcrushed sound through a delay, a pitchshifter, a waveshaper, or use the built-in sequencer to operate the filter.
This product supports
We love VU meters, Bakelite knobs, and analog quirks. But we want modern precision and workflow. The answer? Softube Extended Features. Easy-access panels with the innovations you need close at hand.
Detailed lo-fi control
The Biscuit offers incredibly detailed control of the sonic possibilities of bit manipulation, with eight individually invertable or mutable bits.
Add control of sample rate, waveshaping, delay, even pitch-shifting, and Biscuit starts to look like far more than a simple loss-simulator.
Analog filtering (controllable manually or with a built-in step sequencer) rounds off sharp edges and makes even the harshest digital screech sound alive and organic. This is a truly manipulable timbre-creation tool.
Great for the studio and the stage
Try it on a drum loop for gentle lo-fi digital distortion, or complete screaming chaos, and everything in-between. Take synth sounds to the next level, creating arcade game blips and bloops, adding insane aliasing and overtones, making pads move and swell with the filter. Even apply to vocals or guitars to turn analog sounds into electronic, robotic, futuristic fantasies.
We’ve modeled both the digital and analog parts of the Biscuit, with unrelenting detail. Use the Biscuit to mangle drums or drops in a DJ set, or create seemingly studio-bound sounds live on stage.
More than just a sweet treat...?
And it’s simpler than ever before with the plug-in, as the added visualisations of the lower ‘brain’ section make working with the digital effects on board far easier and more enjoyable. See the shapes of the 8 different waves as you apply them to your signal. Drag delay time and feedback around with their own dedicated knobs, and sync to the DAW tempo or tap in your own. Pitch-shift and blend with your dry signal for ringing bell overtones or super-fat sub-bass.
At first, the Biscuit can seem like a novelty, only for crazy once-in-a-while sounds, a totally optional cherry on the cake. But dive in a little deeper and you’ll find it’s its very own confection, sweet and moreish. Before long you’ll be using it on pretty much every project and wondering if it’s good for your teeth.
- Lo-fi 8-bit magic in a fun and easy-to-use package.
- Take control on a bit-by-bit level.
- Slow the sample rate and hear that aliasing glitter fall.
- Smooth analog filter.
- Built in digital effects – waveshaping, delay, pitch-shifting.
- 8-step sequencer to drive the filter.
- Very distinctive sound, but good for many styles.
- Turn any run-of-the-mill electronic track into a vibrant classic.
All Softube products require a computer with appropriate DAW host software (none of which are included).
Versions from 2.5.18 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:
All native versions
- Mac OS X 10.13 up to 11.6.1 - MacOS 12 Monterey support pending
- Windows 10 64-bit - Windows 11 support pending
- Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon - M1 support pending
- Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer
- Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
- 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
- Softube account
- iLok account
- Internet access for downloading installers and managing licenses
- iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok key for authorizing your plug-ins (note that a physical iLok USB key is not a requirement)
In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work. However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper, and Cakewalk. Softube plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.
Note: We have checked the basic functionality of our plug-ins, and Softube Central, in macOS Monterey running under Apple Rosetta 2, and initial tests do look promising. Silicon M1 native support is pending.
Note: We have run initial tests of Softube Central and our plug-ins within Windows 11 with positive early results. Further testing and announcements will follow.
With regards to the different VST formats, we strongly recommend using VST3 as some of our plug-ins have features that are not present in the older VST format. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo. The most recent maintenance release of your DAW application is recommended. AAX DSP is not currently in active development. TDM/VENUE is no longer supported (old downloads are available on the Legacy Installers page)
Find the Softube installer you need both Softube Central and individual plug-ins.
AAX DSP version
- For AAX DSP you need to meet the above requirements for the Native versions. You also need to have an Avid HDX processing card. For plug-ins available for AAX DSP, see Which Softube plug-ins support AAX DSP?