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Little drum companion from the yesteryear

Characteristic, harsh and metallic sounds that cut through the mix like butter. A whole spectrum of sounds is now at your fingertips – rumbling kicks, barky snares and completely unique, ear-grabbing toms and hi-hats.

Little drum companion from the yesteryear

Characteristic, harsh and metallic sounds that cut through the mix like butter. A whole spectrum of sounds is now at your fingertips – rumbling kicks, barky snares and completely unique, ear-grabbing toms and hi-hats.

An effect chain to bring out what’s best of the sound

The included effect chain will make your sound bigger and fatter straight from the output.

An effect chain to bring out what’s best of the sound

The included effect chain will make your sound bigger and fatter straight from the output.

A convenient and inspiring sequencer

A rich set of editing functions and sound articulations along with the easy-of-use interface will fill your head with tons of musical ideas.

A convenient and inspiring sequencer

A rich set of editing functions and sound articulations along with the easy-of-use interface will fill your head with tons of musical ideas.

Get under the hood

For the first time since its release in the 80s, you can explore what the 606 would have truly been capable of!

The 606 was designed as a companion of the 303 silver box; it may look deceptively simple, but it’s a very versatile unit. It’s found its place in a whole variety of music genres, ranging from the 80s pop, through to modern EDM and experimental.

A full set of mix-cutting, harsh and sizzling sounds

Its synthesis is special – even when compared to Nepheton’s. It has the characteristic hi-hats and cymbals you’d expect, due to precise software emulation of the original hardware circuits; the bass drum has unparalleled attack character and strong punch; the snare sounds sandy.

These unique attributes guarantee our 606 is not a sub-standard 808, but instead it’s a great instrument in its own right… with a unique timbre that brings an old school feel to your tracks.

Two bus-effect chains with lots of different algorithms

Get the exact sound; add grit with a bitcrusher or distortion, control space with reverb or delay, and fatten your sound with chorus; mix everything together nicely using dynamics and EQ algorithms. All these can also be used creatively with the addition of a filter - the possibilities are endless.

Your perfect beat is just a few clicks away

A super easy-to-use and inspiring sequencer is at your fingertips, along with a tap function, randomizer, and more. Still looking for inspiration? Just browse the hundreds of factory patterns we've included.

Articulations for greater expression

Enrich your musical dictionary with per-step flam or several variants of substep with editable properties; get ever more elaborate rhythms.

MIDI export via drag and drop

Once you have a pattern in Nithonat, the drag and drop MIDI export function lets you quickly finish work on your pattern in your DAW.

Full control over dynamics

Quickly adjust velocity for accented and non-accented steps, and add extra flair with the optional global accent boost.

Prefer recording your beats live? Nothing could be simpler

With the tap function, you can seamlessly record your ideas into patterns, then edit them like any other pattern. Use your screen or MIDI pad controller - whichever workflow you prefer.

Bored? Let’s randomize, baby!

With just the hit of a button, you can fill up your sequencer with unexpected ideas, get inspired and revitalize your workflow. Randomizer can fill a pattern however you specify, providing useful randomized drum lines you can edit or save seamlessly.

A variety of trigger modes

  • LIVE - To select patterns to play using GUI buttons or MIDI CC (when you assign the buttons to desired MIDI CC codes).
  • HOST NOTE - Trigger patterns using incoming MIDI Notes.

Big factory content to kickstart your work

Don’t want to dive into the technicalities of Nithonat’s signal flow just yet? Then we have you covered thanks to factory presets full of scenes, drum kits and patterns. You can get straight into making your music.

A full set of mix-cutting, harsh and sizzling sounds

Its synthesis is special – even when compared to Nepheton’s. It has the characteristic hi-hats and cymbals you’d expect, due to precise software emulation of the original hardware circuits; the bass drum has unparalleled attack character and strong punch; the snare sounds sandy.

These unique attributes guarantee our 606 is not a sub-standard 808, but instead it’s a great instrument in its own right… with a unique timbre that brings an old school feel to your tracks.


Two bus-effect chains with lots of different algorithms

Get the exact sound; add grit with a bitcrusher or distortion, control space with reverb or delay, and fatten your sound with chorus; mix everything together nicely using dynamics and EQ algorithms. All these can also be used creatively with the addition of a filter - the possibilities are endless.


Your perfect beat is just a few clicks away

A super easy-to-use and inspiring sequencer is at your fingertips, along with a tap function, randomizer, and more. Still looking for inspiration? Just browse the hundreds of factory patterns we've included.


Articulations for greater expression

Enrich your musical dictionary with per-step flam or several variants of substep with editable properties; get ever more elaborate rhythms.


MIDI export via drag and drop

Once you have a pattern in Nithonat, the drag and drop MIDI export function lets you quickly finish work on your pattern in your DAW.


Full control over dynamics

Quickly adjust velocity for accented and non-accented steps, and add extra flair with the optional global accent boost.


Prefer recording your beats live? Nothing could be simpler

With the tap function, you can seamlessly record your ideas into patterns, then edit them like any other pattern. Use your screen or MIDI pad controller - whichever workflow you prefer.


Bored? Let’s randomize, baby!

With just the hit of a button, you can fill up your sequencer with unexpected ideas, get inspired and revitalize your workflow. Randomizer can fill a pattern however you specify, providing useful randomized drum lines you can edit or save seamlessly.


A variety of trigger modes

  • LIVE - To select patterns to play using GUI buttons or MIDI CC (when you assign the buttons to desired MIDI CC codes).
  • HOST NOTE - Trigger patterns using incoming MIDI Notes.


Big factory content to kickstart your work

Don’t want to dive into the technicalities of Nithonat’s signal flow just yet? Then we have you covered thanks to factory presets full of scenes, drum kits and patterns. You can get straight into making your music.

 

A dedicated channel strip for every drum sound

With EQ and compression per instrument, you can quickly tweak sounds to your needs. The 606 is very flexible in that department.

The building blocks of a great-sounding kit

To give you a head start, we’ve included factory presets for every individual instrument to quickly put together a great-sounding kit without the fuss.

A musical filter section

Each instrument has individual high-cut and low-cut filters, with shared resonance settings, and a 2-band parametric EQ so you can mix any instrument nicely with the rest of the drum Kit.

In-chain dynamics

This is a must-have in any proper channel strip, especially with drums. Here’s a little tip: with a bit of look-ahead enabled, and both attack and decay set to zero, you can also use the dynamics as a saturation unit.

Blend in perfectly

Route / send the instrument to one of the two FX buses or directly to the master bus. The only limit is imagination.

Wait! While sending the sound to the FX buses, you can even choose what precise slot in the bus to send it to. Use buses creatively.

The building blocks of a great-sounding kit

To give you a head start, we’ve included factory presets for every individual instrument to quickly put together a great-sounding kit without the fuss.


A musical filter section

Each instrument has individual high-cut and low-cut filters, with shared resonance settings, and a 2-band parametric EQ so you can mix any instrument nicely with the rest of the drum Kit.


In-chain dynamics

This is a must-have in any proper channel strip, especially with drums. Here’s a little tip: with a bit of look-ahead enabled, and both attack and decay set to zero, you can also use the dynamics as a saturation unit.


Blend in perfectly

Route / send the instrument to one of the two FX buses or directly to the master bus. The only limit is imagination.

Wait! While sending the sound to the FX buses, you can even choose what precise slot in the bus to send it to. Use buses creatively.

 

Final touches are so crucial

A capable master section glues everything together nicely.

Master bus presets

Ready-to-use master presets can get you the desired results, fast. Also, use this feature to store your own settings and speed things up for grooves to come.

Multi-band compressor

A 3-band compressor integrates your soundscape so it works nicely as a whole. Its extremely responsive character will add some 'air' to your beats.

Limiter with soft-clip option

Use the limiter to control and add power to the output. It's not just a transparent, brick-wall limiter, it has its own distinctive punchy 'tone' to enhance your sound.

Master bus presets

Ready-to-use master presets can get you the desired results, fast. Also, use this feature to store your own settings and speed things up for grooves to come.


Multi-band compressor

A 3-band compressor integrates your soundscape so it works nicely as a whole. Its extremely responsive character will add some 'air' to your beats.


Limiter with soft-clip option

Use the limiter to control and add power to the output. It's not just a transparent, brick-wall limiter, it has its own distinctive punchy 'tone' to enhance your sound.

 

MIDI map and trigger outs

You’ll find an easily manageable MIDI map and classically-inspired trigger outs; they’re the cherry on top.

Audible trigger outputs

Some 606 mods had analog trigger outputs to control external gear using the internal sequencer. Producers often used this output musically, adding a trademark short pulse sound that became a hallmark of electro music; it’s a feature we’ve included for that authentic feel.

MIDI map editor

You can quickly rearrange mapping to match your MIDI controller, DAW or instrument… Nithonat's MIDI configuration puts the power in your hands.

Audible trigger outputs

Some 606 mods had analog trigger outputs to control external gear using the internal sequencer. Producers often used this output musically, adding a trademark short pulse sound that became a hallmark of electro music; it’s a feature we’ve included for that authentic feel.


MIDI map editor

You can quickly rearrange mapping to match your MIDI controller, DAW or instrument… Nithonat's MIDI configuration puts the power in your hands.

 

... and much more

Substantial factory content

Over 900 presets and patterns in factory content

Screen fit

Several UI sizes and HiDPI support for better screen fit

MIDI Learn

MIDI Learn for easy controller assignment

Sound examples

d16group · Nithonat 2 Demos
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Downloads

System requirements

Windows PC

OS version
Windows 7 or newer
CPU
Intel x86 / AMD x86
Software
VST2 / VST3 / AAX compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)
Sample rate
≥ 44.1 kHz

Apple Mac

OS version
Mac OS X 10.13 to macOS 14
CPU
Intel x86 / Apple Silicon
Software
VST2 / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host application (64bit only!)
Sample rate
≥ 44.1 kHz
(*) Hardware requirements / recommendations are based on estimates performed on available computers at D16 Group HQ, and therefore cannot cover all possible configurations available on the market. CPU usage may vary widely depending on the manner in which the product is used. Factors that may contribute to variance in CPU usage include particular patch and its complexity, the global quality setting, project sample rate. In order to form a better understanding of how a plug-in will behave within your current setup, we highly recommend downloading the demo and giving it a try.

Document containing system requirements for entire D16 Group plug-in line-up you can download from here Compatibility Chart

Note

This product is not a standalone program so you need a host application to use it.

The TB-303, TR-808, TR-606 and TR-909 were originally produced by Roland®. Roland® is a registered trademark of Roland Corporation and/or Roland Corporation U.S. The reference to Roland® is made here strictly for the legitimate purpose of comparison, and it does not in any way imply Roland®'s permission or endorsement of D16's products.