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Review: Goldbaby Productions The FatJuno-6

Goldbaby The FatJuno-6

The FatJuno-6 is the second sample library in which Goldbaby combines vintage synthesizer sounds with UBK Fatso processing.

The Juno-6 was the first in the Juno series of Synthesizers. Released in 1982 it has become a legend for its warm, full sound and lush analog chorus.

Initially this synth was going to be part of Fatso Synths Vol 2. However it became obvious early on that this synth, through the UBK Fatso, deserved its own product… I’m proud to present The FatJuno-6!

The FatJuno-6 includes 140 instrument patches in both Kontakt and EXS24 formats, each featuring the following categories: mono, poly, layered, raw, and single cycle oscillator. The Kontakt version (which I am using) also has some additional arp instruments and a few multis.

I’m not sure how different the instruments sound in each sampler, but I’m seeing many patches with identical names so I reckon those will be very similar to one another. Regardless, both formats make use of the same 1,630 24bit wav samples.

The FatJuno-6 Arp instrument Kontakt
The FatJuno-6 – Arp patch (with Poly Step script) in Kontakt

The Juno-6 is a six voice polyphonic synthesizer with digitally controlled analog oscillators — pulse, saw, and square + white noise and a square-wave subosc. With its analog filter and chorus this synth is capable of some incredibly fat poly-synth sounds (punchy bass sounds, warm lush pads).

This particular model does not have any patch memory or MIDI so sound patches needs to be (re)programmed every time you want to use them.

The FatJuno-6 samples folder shows that Goldbaby created close to 40 different patches for this sample library. These are all multi-sampled, except for the single cycle oscillator patches.

Before the sampled sounds were crafted into Kontakt/EXS24 instruments they were processed with the UBK Fatso. This is basically a tone-sweetening Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso Jr. (features harmonic generation+soft clipper, high frequency saturation, transformer & tape head emulation, and classic knee compression), modified by KuSh Audio to feature three new presets.

The nice thing about using a sampler like Kontakt is that you can do a lot more than just map these Juno-6 samples across the keyboard. Effects, modulation and scripts are used, and various parameters (filter, LFO, pitch, etc.) are assigned to the modwheel and velocity making the sounds dynamic and expressive.

The 140 instrument patches included in The FatJuno-6 offer a wide range of sounds, including drum sounds and sound effects. In Kontakt’s instrument edit mode you can explore the patches to see what is going on and modify the sounds to your liking.

So what do I think?

Product: The FatJuno-6 by Goldbaby Productions
Format: Kontakt/EXS24 (24bit wav)
Price: $49 USD

Goldbaby’s work continues to impress me. The FatJuno-6 includes a wide range of sounds in 140 well designed patches. Apparently some of the instruments with sustain loops were hard to get right because of the chorus effect, but I think they came out great as well.

You can really tell that a lot of work went into making this library — High quality multi-samples, creative & expressive instruments, instant usability, and most of all… a huge fat sound.

If you are looking for the sound of the Juno-6 this is the sample library to get.

More information: Goldbaby Productions


Goldbaby Productions releases The FatJuno-6

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Goldbaby The FatJuno-6

Goldbaby Productions has released The FatJuno-6, a multi-sampled library featuring the sounds of the Roland Juno-6 synthesizer.

The Juno-6 is a 6-voice polyphonic synth. It has digital oscillators with analog filters and a lovely lush analog chorus. Its sound has been described as warm and full. Originally I was going to incorporate this synth as part of FatsoSynths Vol 2. However it became obvious early on that this synth, through the UBK Fatso deserved its own product… thus the FatJuno-6 was born.

The majority of the sounds were captured with the chorus on… this proved to be problematic when creating sustain loops, but well worth the effort! Some of the sustain loops aren’t as perfect as I would like because of this… but the payoff is that I was able to capture the wide, warm, wonderful chorus sound!

The FatJuno-6 features

  • 140 x patches.
  • Patch folders: Juno6_Arp (Kontakt only), Juno6_GoldPresets_Mono, Juno6_GoldPresets_Poly, Juno6_Layered, Juno6_Raw, Juno6_SingleCycle_Osc.
  • 1630 x 24 bit wav samples.
  • Most of the instruments are multisampled. Only the single cycle ocsillator patches are not.
  • Every sound has passed through the UBK Fatso to give you that super sweet analog tone!

The FatJuno-6 is available to purchase for Kontakt and EXS24, priced at $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / The FatJuno-6


Review: Goldbaby Productions The CustomDMX

Goldbaby CustomDMX

After doing two synth sample libraries — FatsoSynths Vol 1 and Tape101 —, Goldbaby returns with another drum sample library: The CustomDMX.

Besides drum machines recorded on tape machines, sounds sampled on the vintage MPC60 and SP-1200, and drum machine sounds pressed on vinyl & played on various turntables, we now have new type of treatment: The DMX + Prommer.

The Oberheim DMX is a classic drum machine that uses sampled PCM (Pulse Code Modulated) audio for its sound source. To store the individual sounds it uses EPROMs (Eraseable Programmable Read-Only Memory). The chips on these EPROMs can be erased by exposing them to ultraviolet light and you can (re)program them with a PROM burner, also called a Prommer. You can watch a video of Goldbaby creating a custom EPROM here.

Goldbaby writes:

Countless hours were spent creating these 8 bit custom EPROMs. Then installing them in the DMX and recording the result . This was definitely a labour of love! Get hold of some really unique old school drum sounds.

The CustomDMX features

  • 1182 x 24 bit – one shot wav samples.
  • Plus the DMX groove templates!
  • Battery, Guru, Refill and Wav formats.

I had a go with the Battery version which also includes 15 kits to get you going right away.

The samples include drum machine sounds from various sources (DMX, 808, 909, Drumulator, Mbase, MXR, MicroTonic, and more…), sampled and processed in several ways. The DMX standard drums are available as raw samples, re-sampled ones and you get a folder of UBK Fatso goodness. There’s also a folder with various sounds like eastern percussion, SH-101 fx, sampled vinyl hits, etc.

The CustomDXM is available for purchase for $24 USD (includes all formats).

So what do I think?

As you would expect from an 8-bit drum machine, the CustomDMX samples have that same lovely lo-fi sound that the original ones have. The DMX was used by a lot of artists in the early 80′s so you might recognize its sounds from hit songs like Holiday by Madonna, Rockit by Herbie Hancock & Bill Laswell, and Prince’s Purple Rain, to name just a few.

Besides the DMX samples there are plenty of other sounds in this library. Goldbaby even included a bunch of vocoded sounds. Goldbaaaaybaaaaaiyah! This is another top notch sample library of sounds I don’t really need, but does one ever have enough unique drum sounds? I guess not!

What else can I say… Just head on over to the CustomDMX product page and listen to the demo mp3s, these sounds speak for themselves.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / The CustomDMX


Universal Audio updates UAD Powered Plugins to v5.4.1

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Universal Audio FATSO Sr.

Universal Audio has released UAD Software Version 5.4.1, the lastest version of the UAD Powered Plug-Ins Software.

UAD Software Version 5.4.1 provides minor functional and sonic improvements to the FATSO Jr./Sr. Powered Plug-In, as well as a new “Clear CPU Affinity” setting for Windows users, which reduces CPU spiking on most multi-processor systems.

Changes in UAD Software Version 5.4.1

  • [UAD-2] FATSO Jr./Sr. – Minor functional and sonic changes improve usability and emulation accuracy:
    • All LEDs turn off when power disabled.
    • Ch 2 parameters default to OFF/”0″ in mono instance.
    • Improvements to interaction between Compressor threshold and Tranny circuit.
    • Removed discontinuities in the saturation curve at clip level.
    • Copy+Paste settings from mono to stereo now working.
    • IMPORTANT: FATSO Jr./Sr. v5.4.1 session and preset settings are not backwards compatible with v5.4.0.
  • [Windows] New “Clear CPU Affinity” setting reduces CPU spiking on most multiprocessor systems (UAD-2 only).
  • [RTAS] UAD v5.4.1 does not include the latest version of the Mellowmuse ATA RTAS plug-in. We recommend downloading and installing the latest ATA version after updating to UAD v5.4.1. The latest ATA version is available directly from the Mellowmuse website.

More information: Universal Audio


Universal Audio releases UAD Software Version 5.4.0

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Universal Audio FATSO Sr.

Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software Version 5.4.0 for the UAD Powered plug-in platform.

This free downloadable update includes three new and highly anticipated UAD Powered Plug-Ins: FATSO Jr. & Sr. Analog Tape Simulators (UAD-2), EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverberator (UAD-2), and Neve 31102 & 31102SE Classic Console EQs (UAD-2 and UAD-1). These new plug-ins can be freely auditioned in a 14-day demo mode. UAD Software v5.4.0 also provides significant RTAS performance improvements for Pro Tools users, integrated UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop support, and other enhancements for Windows-based users.

Changes in UAD Software Version 5.4.0

  • All Platforms
    • New EQ plug-ins: UAD Neve 31102 and 31102SE.
    • (UAD Meter) 1176SE no longer uses 1176LN RunOn setting in plug-ins tab.
    • (Fairchild) Automation is no longer overwritten when controls are linked.
    • (UAD 4K Channel Strip) Clicking “OFF” labels now disable HP and LP filters.
    • (Cooper Time Cube) Improved control resolution in lower ranges.
  • UAD-2
    • New special plug-ins: UAD EL7 FATSO Jr. and FATSO Sr.
    • New reverb plug-in: UAD EMT 250.
  • Windows
    • (UAD-2) Reduced host loads on multiprocessor systems.
    • (UAD-2) Improved host CPU spiking/dropouts in Vista.
  • Macintosh
    • (AU) Removed Fairchild Mono Audio Units plug-in.
    • (VST) Mono(m) plug-ins no longer load on UAD-2 when RunOn is set to UAD-1.
    • (UAD-1) Resolved intermittent kernel panic on certain systems during driver install, driver load, or system wake.
  • RTAS
    • Additional UAD RTAS presets.
    • Fixed issue with enabling Tempo Sync in CS-1, DM-1, and DM-1L.
    • Pasting 1176LN/SE or LA-2A settings via UAD preset menu no longer zeros parameter values.
    • (UAD-2) Latency is now 1x the hardware I/O buffer size instead of 2x.
    • (Mac) Pro Tools 8 no longer hangs using Precision Multiband on UAD-2.

More information: Universal Audio


Goldbaby Productions releases FatsoSynths Vol 1

Goldbaby Productions FatsoSynths Vol 1

Goldbaby Productions has announced the release of FatsoSynths Vol 1, a sample library for EXS-24 and Kontakt 3.

What’s is the Fatso? Well the Fatso is a fantastic tone-sweetening box. Harmonic thickening and tape-like saturation are easily created using the simple controls. The unit used for this product is a modded Fatso… Called the UBK Fatso. The compression settings have been tweaked by Greg at Kush Audio.

So this wonderful unit has been used to impart it’s analog goodness upon 5 vintage synths.

The Moog MG-1, Korg Delta, Roland JX3P, Ensoniq ESQ1 and the Yamaha DX100.

The result is some tasty sampled instruments just brimming with personality and old school character.

FatsoSynths Vol 1 features

  • 1365 x 24 bit samples.
  • 43 x Multi Sample Instruments.
  • 143 x EXS-24 Instrument patches.
  • 144 x Kontakt 3 Instrument patches.
  • Synths given the Fatso love:
    • Moog MG-1 (80′s Analog)
    • Korg Delta (70′s Analog)
    • Roland JX3P (80′s Analog/Digital Hybrid)
    • Ensoniq ESQ1 (80′s Analog/Digital Hybrid)
    • Yamaha DX100 (80′s Digital)
  • 6 categories for the Kontakt and EXS-24 instruments:
    • FatsoSynths1 Drums and FX – Drums and Fx, funnily enough…
    • FatsoSynths1 RawSounds – These are the Multi sampled instruments with little or no software sampler modifications. A great place to start creating your own custom sounds… or if you just want to use the raw Fatso infused vintage synths.
    • FatsoSynths1_Mono – Use the software sampler to extend and enhance the multi sampled instruments. These are mono synth style instruments.
    • FatsoSynths1_Poly – Same as above but polyphonic instruments.
    • FatsoSynths1 RawOsc – Pure oscillator sounds sampled (with Fatso love of course). These can turn your software sampler into a synth!
    • FatsoSynths1 SingleCycleOSC – This is a different method of making oscillators for your sampler. Made using one cycle of a waveform. Still with the Fatso touch.

FatsoSynths Vol 1 is available for purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions