Rhythmic Robot has introduced Lambda, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of the Korg Lambda ES50 poly-synthesizer.
Main panel of the Lambda sample library for Kontakt.
The original Lambda, produced in 1979, was a preset-based synthesiser with genuine polyphony, two banks of preset tabs, and some unusual (and musically useful) touches like two filter circuits, one dedicated to the Brass patch; a separate key-click control for the Electric Piano patch; a global filter; and, unusually for its time, a stereo “chorus-phase” effect which output on twin jacks. This stereo effect, plus detunable oscillators in the synth section, gave the Lambda a typically rich, thick analogue sound and made it a coveted classic.
The Rhythmic Robot version builds on the capabilities of the original but allows the user to switch in a “vintage” mode, restricting the software to the hardware’s behaviour, for creating authentic patches. The more modern updates to the original include resonance on the global filter circuit, a full ADSR amp envelope, a dedicated AR envelope for the percussive sounds, a battery of additional vintage-style effects, velocity sensitivity and individual level trims for the preset patches – allowing combinations of sound impossible on the original.
- The rich, fluid tone of the Korg Lambda analogue synthesiser.
- Vintage Mode: absolute authenticity, restricting controls and features to those present on the original hardware.
- Contemporary Mode: advanced flexibility with individual instrument-level control, for sounds not possible on the original.
- 738 24-bit samples of every Lambda tone and all its variations: 2.4Gb total.
- Includes 30 factory presets covering basses, pads, synths and keys.
- Individual control over instrument levels allows sound-blending for rich, luxurious sounds.
- Stereo Chorus-Phase effect sampled from the original machine: lush, swirling and complex.
- A selection of vintage-style effects including Phaser, Leslie speaker, Amp Cab simulator and Reverb.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £29.95 GBP (RRP £34.95 GBP). Requires full version Kontakt version 4.2.3 or higher.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Lambda
Propellerhead Software has announced a limited time Reason 7 Special Offer, offering two Korg synthesizer instruments with a purchase of the Reason 7 music production software for Windows and Mac.
Korg Polysix and Korg Mono/Poly are two of the most popular Rack Extension instruments, now you can get them for free with your Reason 7 purchase (full version or Student/Teacher).
Purchase Reason before February 28th 2014 and register online to get your free download of the Korg instruments—software versions of these iconic analog synths from the 80s, with the same sounds and same hands on interface as the originals.
Reason 7 is available to purchase for 369 EUR.
More information: Propellerhead
Korg has announced Gadget for iPad, a mobile synthesizer collection for iPad.
Right from the beginning, KORG Gadget gives you 15 compact synthesizers and drum machines. Each Gadget possesses an irresistible presence and can function as the core of your electronic music productions.
The parameters are carefully constructed to take you right to the sound that you want, and they’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even if you don’t play a musical instrument, no worries! Each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function.
Just download KORG Gadget to your iPad, and start exploring 15 Gadgets. Which will be your favorite?
Gadget for iPad is available to purchase for the introductory price of $28.99 USD until February 23rd, 2014 (regular $38.99 USD).
More information: Korg / Gadget for iPad
Korg has announced the MS-20 Kit, a limited edition DIY monophonic analog synthesizer kit.
Build a real MS-20 with your own hands.
Creating an instrument your own hands is the part of the true enjoyment of an analog synthesizer. The MS-20 Kit lets you obtain a real, full-sized MS-20 by assembling it yourself. It goes without saying that, just like the MS-20 mini released in January 2013, the engineers who developed the original MS-20 have overseen this project – ensuring that its historic sound is reproduced with complete fidelity. In addition, the MS-20 Kit provides the filters from both the early and late versions of this classic instrument and it even allows you to switch between them.
Today, 36 years after this historic instrument was first unveiled in 1978, the MS-20 returns to its true origin.
MS-20 Kit features
- A full-size MS-20 that you can assemble yourself.
- Both the early and late versions of the filter are provided.
- Overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20;.
- a complete replication of the original analog circuitry:
- 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure.
- External signal processor (ESP).
- Extremely flexible patching system.
- MIDI IN and USB connector.
- Powered by an AC adapter.
- Replicates every detail of the original, down to the package binding and the included manual.
The Korg MS-20 Kit will be available in March 2014, priced at $1399.99 USD. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.
More information: Korg / MS-20 Kit
Korg has announced the Taktile and Triton Taktile, two small, lightweight USB/MIDI controller keyboards that provide a wide variety of functions for song production, and are available in either 25 or 49-key variations (semi-weighted).
TRITON taktile controller feature a stylish design that projects a sense of presence, together with the same great-feeling semi-weighted keyboard that’s used on synthesizers and music workstations such as the KingKORG and KROME.
It’s loaded with functions that make it fun to play and use, such as a touch pad inherited from the Kaossilator that lets you play melodies using just a single finger, trigger pads that let you generate chords in the key and scale of your choice and an arpeggiator that includes rhythm patterns. Of course, the taktile and TRITON taktile also delivers the functionality that you expect from a MIDI controller. It provides all of the basic controllers such as sliders and switches, and makes setup easy so you can start producing music right away. Convenience is not the only attraction of TRITON taktile; it’s a MIDI controller that’s full of features that will stimulate your creativity.
In addition, the TRITON taktile adds 512 sounds from the TRITON, KORG’s best-selling music workstation loved by top-ranking musicians around the world. From your desktop to live stage performances, it’s a USB MIDI controller that you can use in any situation.
The Korg Taktile and Triton Taktile will be available in June 2014, priced at $249.99 USD and $349.99 USD for the Taktile 25 and 49, while the Triton Taktile 25 and 49 models will be $349.99 USD and $499.99 USD respectively.
More information: Korg / Taktile / Triton Taktile
Softrave announced Korg Monotron Sounds and FX, a collection of analog synth samples and effects from the Monotron synthesizer by Korg.
This library represents 1 hours of recording mono 24 bit 44800 Khz flow of noise effects weird bleeps basses and fx
I did not make any loops, special melodies sample banks or any improvements. You are welcome to do that by yourself in a way it fits your sampler or DAW. I think you can find at least 1000 really cool analog sounds , loops & special effects in this recording
The sample pack is available to purchase for $9.99 USD / 7.39 EUR.
More information: Softrave / Korg Monotron Sounds and FX
Loopmasters has announced the release of Classic Synthology, a 1GB collection of classic synthesizer sounds.
Classic Synthology from Loopmasters is a nostalgic trip back in time to the hot and sweaty cable strewn studios of yesteryear, when analogue synthesisers and rhythm machines resembling overgrown calculators carved out a whole new genre of music for the world to hear.
Recorded and produced by Harvey Summers at Broad Oak Studios, Classic Synthology takes its inspiration from many of the early electronic music pioneers including Vangelis, Kraftwork, Brian Eno, FSOL and Orbital to name but a few and is intended to be used by todays cutting edge soundsmiths looking for historical sounds from the analogue behemoths of the past.
This collection includes sounds of now legendary synths including Yamaha CS-80, Arp 2600, Minimoog, Moog Taurus Mk1, Korg MS20, Korg M1 combined with a select few modern analogue counterparts heavily processed through boutique vintage equipment including Neve and RCA pre amps, a classic, 70′s Raindirk series III console, Eventide H3000 D/SX and a AMS DMX 15-80S for a truly authentic vintage sound.
The sample library costs £29.95 GBP. Individual parts are also sold separately.
More information: Loopmasters / Classic Synthology
Dark Side of the Tune has released Volca Sleaze, a free sample pack featuring a collection of 42 one-shot samples of the Volca Keys analog synthesizer by Korg.
This machine has many great “key” sounds. As usual, our aim is to think “hmm… what if…”
We took the Volca and ran it through multiple analog filters, LFOs for texture, multiple gain-staging, and parallel ring modulation for a gritty spatial tone. To take it even further, we focused mainly on drum sounds. Yes, drum sounds. But, never fear there are filthy sound effects, bass, and keys too.
All sounds are offered in 16 and 24 bit resolution, 44.1kHz wave files.
If you would like to contribute to the hard work it took to make these samples, please visit our store at www.darksideofthetune.com and purchase one of the many sample libraries available.
The sample pack is a free download at SoundCloud.
More information: Dark Side of the Tune / Volca Sleaze