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Rhythmic Robot releases Cloud Chamber for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Cloud Chamber, a hybrid synthesizer instrument for Kontakt, based around samples of three kinds of acoustic wind instruments, wired to a “Sine Bank” of 8-bit sine waves pitched to the harmonic series.

Rhythmic Robot Cloud Chamber

The acoustic samples include Pipes (clean penny-whistle type tones with a small attack chiff), Flasks (blown bottle tones with a pronounced overblow in the attack) and Rotors (wind-wand “bullroarer” tones with a slow ramp-up attack and pronounced periodic tremolo). These can be played with their characterful attack portions switched in or out; with the attack removed, the sounds lend themselves to more abstract sound design, or you can graft acoustic attacks onto synthetic sustains created with the Sine Bank.

Cloud Chamber excels at creating strange, ethereal tones and textures with the sonic fingerprint of acoustic sources; “unreal” instruments that nevertheless sound like they should be real; and complex, varying, evolving soundscapes that conjure up steampunk-style futures, windy mountain peaks, industrial piston chambers, sussurating cave mouths, and a thousand other uniquely characterful locations. Whether you want a hissing pad from the Victorian steam age for an electronic track or a convincing Troll flute hewn from a solid tree-trunk for your fantasy soundtrack, Cloud Chamber can dial it up for you :D

It includes our Glitch control which randomises the controls in a musically intelligent manner for instant inspiration, several effects tailored to the wind-based tonality of the instrument, and a factory patch library of 30 starting points for your sonic adventures.

Cloud Chamber is available for purchase for the introductory price of £13.45 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later, full version.

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Rhythmic Robot intros Rytm16 for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Rytm16, a sampled Kontakt recreation of a late-1970s analogue drum machine from Poland.

Rhythmic Robot Rytm16

As well as individual drum instrument hits it has 16 onboard preset rhythms (all of which have been beatsliced so they sync to your host DAW), and each preset has two variations, which introduces a nice element of groove. Although it features the usual vintage drum machine suspects (slow rock, cha cha, bossa nova) the Rytm16′s real claim to fame lies in its five separate Disco beats, making it instantly applicable for anyone wanting to recreate classic Disco rhythms, or to reuse Disco motifs in a contemporary setting.

Rytm16 has a warm, soft-edged sound (though the ride cymbals are still sharp and clear). Used solo, it is ideally suited to downtempo styles, chillout, lounge, jazz fusion, and laid-back funk; or it can be layered with modern drum sounds to add a vintage flavour to a contemporary production.

Our recreation of the original machine adds individual pan controls, MIDI velocity control, compression, saturation, distortion and a convolved vintage plate reverb, allowing the user to dial up precisely the drum sound they need.

The library is available for the introductory price of £5.45 GBP for a limited time (regular £5.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt 4.2.3 or later.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Rytm16

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40% off Jennings by Rhythmic Robot at VST Buzz

Rhythmic Robot Jennings

VST Buzz has announced a 40% discount on Jennings, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt by Rhythmic Robot.

“Jennings” is a meticulously faithful recreation of one of the very first synthesisers -the valve-based Jennings Univox. The sound of the univox was a rich, warm, analogue wave which could be processed, adjusted and filtered using 12 “tabs” along the front of the keyboard. Cutting edge sampling and convolution techniques bring valves from seventy years ago back to life and put them right there in your DAW, ready to bathe everything in an amber glow (and a faint smell of warm crocodile skin). This is what synthesisers sounded like back at the dawn of an era. And you know what? They sounded good.

Jennings is rich, unique and raw – each preset was crafted with care and attention and provides an incredibly genuine and unusual sound. Its a Kontakt instrument you can’t afford to do without – whether you want authentic tones from the early days of synth history, or brand-new creations that still have that warmth and glow to them, Jennings delivers.

Jennings is available to purchase from VST Buzz for $45 USD until March 4th, 2014 (regular $75 USD).

More information: VST Buzz

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Rhythmic Robot releases Lambda library for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has introduced Lambda, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of the Korg Lambda ES50 poly-synthesizer.

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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.

Lambda features

  • 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

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Rhythmic Robot releases NanoMod 5: Analog Bass for Kontakt

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Rhythmic Robot has released NanoMod 5: Analog Bass, a new miniature synth instrument, part of the NanoMod series of Kontakt libraries.

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Analog Bass aims to provide you with a huge number of analogue bass tones in a tiny footprint.

NanoMod 5: Analog Bass is (as the name suggests) an analogue bass synth. Like the other NanoMods in the series it uses a simple, intuitive interface to control a wide feature set, allowing the user to program powerful sounds quickly and easily.

Key to the interface is the Glitch control, which randomises the settings in a “musically intelligent” manner, and making a great way to create new patches or get a sound starting point for tweaking.

The Analog Bass library is available to purchase for £3 GBP. Requires NI Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later (including Kontakt 5 and above).

More information: Rhythmic Robot / NanoMods

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Rhythmic Robot releases SH Poly for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot SH7

Rhythmic Robot has released SH Poly, a classic analogue subtractive synth for Native Instruments Kontakt, sampled from Roland’s 70′s flagship synthesizer, the SH7.

It features two main oscillators accessing six different waveforms between them, plus a white / pink noise generator, dual LFOs with sine, ramp or randomised output, and a host of modulation possibilities.

The two main oscillators can be thickened further using the Multi-Osc feature, which adds multiple extra detonable oscillators – up to a maximum of ten, for an intense, stacked, “supersaw” style sound. SH Poly also features a selection of 70s-inspired effects and Rhythmic Robot’s trademark Glitch button, which randomises the instrument in a musically-aware fashion, making generating your own patches extremely simple. The user interface is closely modelled on the classic Roland signature graphics and colour palette.

The original SH7 was a powerhouse monosynth that crowned Roland’s lineup in the late 70s. SH Poly takes that amazing sound and crams it into a poly machine: rich, lush pads and thick basses can be dialled up with ease; bubbling leads and squelchy riffs are right there too. The sound is characteristically dense, warm and rich, especially with the Over Load control turned up and a little dose of Multi-Osc.

SH Poly features

  • Classic twin-oscillator subtractive synthesis in a Roland-inspired framework.
  • Multiple samples of authentic SH7 oscillators.
  • 58 factory patches to start you off.
  • “Multi-Osc” allows extra oscillators to be switched in for a hugely rich, intense sound.
  • “Glitch” button for instant, musically-randomised inspiration.

The Poly SH for Kontakt is available to purchase for the introductory price of £13.45 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP).

More information: Rhythmic Robot / SH Poly

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Rhythmic Robot releases Haunted Piano for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot Haunted Piano

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Haunted Piano, a virtual toy piano instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Haunted Piano is created from multiple samples of two toy pianos which between them span a full three octave range. We sampled them at midnight, by candlelight, when the moon was full (and at 24-bit, natch). Using three velocity layers and two round robin sets, we created an eminently playable and responsive virtual toy piano, which can sound just as clunky and naive as the originals.

But then we went a bit further down the spookiness path, pushing the sound of the virtual instrument into sound-design territory. The samples can be reversed with the click of a button, to give eery builds and surprise tones, or to recall those “backwards masking” moments so favoured by demonic rock bands. They can also be force-transposed down by three octaves for groaning, bottom-of-the-sea, sepulchral noises and cavernous drones; or pitched up two octaves for tiny, sparkling fairy-bell sounds that glitter and gleam.

Haunted Piano features

  • A toy piano with several unsettling differences.
  • 3 octaves of chromatic multi samples, plus extras: 580 samples in total.
  • Truly expressive: three velocity layers and twin round-robin sets for natural variation of the sound.
  • 50 switchable randomised key-off samples.
  • 75 effects samples of noises, thumps, bumps, crashes and squeaks.
  • Reverse samples and groaning sub-transposition at the touch of a button.

The Haunted Piano library costs £9.95 GBP. Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later full version.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Haunted Piano

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