OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects

Vive Le Biscuit

Initially introduced in hardware in the late 00’s, 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.

The Biscuit offers incredibly detailed control of these essential sonic possibilities, with eight individually invertable or mutable bits, control of sample rate, waveshaping, delay, even pitch-shifting, and analog filtering (controllable manually or with a built-in step sequencer) to round off sharp edges and make even the harshest digital screech sound alive and organic.

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 and it always saves me when I am ready to give up !! Like a magic box.

Nicolas Godin, One half of the music duo AIR.

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, and the plug-in features a low-latency mode that makes live use possible – a particularly popular way to play with the Biscuit is to mangle drums or drops in a DJ set, or create seemingly studio-bound sounds live on stage.

amazing tool, I finally have the control i always wanted to have...!!!

Carsten Nikolai (Alva Noto), Artist

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.

OTO Biscuit is the magic box that brings style and character to sounds lacking flavor. Beats become juicy and bass lines roar. The possibilities of the filter enable to add a subtle or drastic touch to the famous 8 bit effect.

Stéphane 'Alf' Briat, Music Producer (AIR, Phoenix, Sebastian Tellier)

In short

  • 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.

OTO Biscuit 8-bit effects Sound Examples

An assortment of sounds made with OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects

OTO Biscuit 8-bit effects Sound ExamplesAn assortment of sounds made with OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects
OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects introduction video
Click to show Nicolas Godin

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 and it always saves me when I am ready to give up !! Like a magic box.

Nicolas Godin, One half of the music duo AIR.

Click to show Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto

amazing tool, I finally have the control i always wanted to have...!!!

Carsten Nikolai (Alva Noto), Artist

Click to show Stéphane 'Alf' Briat

OTO Biscuit is the magic box that brings style and character to sounds lacking flavor. Beats become juicy and bass lines roar. The possibilities of the filter enable to add a subtle or drastic touch to the famous 8 bit effect.

Stéphane 'Alf' Briat, Music Producer (AIR, Phoenix, Sebastian Tellier)

Click to show John Tejada

An incredibly fun unit to spice up my external synths and to give them extreme or subtle movement.

John Tejada, Electronic music artist, music producer, DJ and record label owner

Click to show Étienne de Crécy

Le biscuit changed my life!! I use it just as much live as in the studio. I simply don't use a TB303 anymore without pimping it with le Biscuit!!

Étienne de Crécy, DJ, Producer, Composer

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