Rhythmic Robot releases Crank for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Crank, a hybrid synthesiser instrument for Kontakt, featuring acoustic and electronic sources in a 4-oscillator architecture.

Rhythmic Robot Crank

Crank takes over six hundred samples of an Eastern European stringed hurdy-gurdy – and places them at the heart of a four-oscillator analogue synthesiser framework ideally suited to the creation of strange, eerie, evolving patches.

The acoustic hurdy-gurdy produces its sounds by rubbing a rosined wooden wheel over a series of violin-style strings: the sound is half violin, half hand-cranked barrel organ and can be both plaintive and raw-sounding. Rhythmic Robot has sampled a hurdy-gurdy extensively to create the basic tones for Crank, and named the instrument after the handle that the player cranks round to make the hurdy-gurdy play.

The twin Crank oscillators are independently controllable, with dual filters, envelopes, pitch control, LFOs and so on; they also run in tandem with twin Analogue Oscillators, adding some classic analogue waves to the tonal palette. The characteristic attack “squeal” of the acoustic hurdy-gurdy can be turned on or off individually, and the sound sources mixed and blended to create haunting and evocative instruments that sound “almost real.”

Crank features

  • Unique blend of characterful acoustic and analogue electronic waveforms.
  • Constant erratic instability to add colour and organic warmth to the sound.
  • Multi-Osc adds up to ten detunable oscillators.
  • Two different noise types – white analogue and vinyl crackle.
  • Dual filters with different filter types and LFO control.
  • Factory library of over 60 patches.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £19.95 GBP (regular £24.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt v.4.2.3 or later, full version.

More information: Rhythmic Robot

comment

Rhythmic Robot releases Jennings Mk2 synth for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Jennings Mk2, a synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Rhythmic Robot Jennings Mk2

Jennings Mk 2 is a “timewarp” instrument, taking 1950s valve synthesiser technology as found on the Jennings Univox and reimagining it as a fully-fledged analogue polysynth in the style of Roland’s early 80s offerings.

Instead of a faithful recreation of the 50s original, this is a complete reinvention, taking the evocative, haunting valve sound of the hardware machine and harnessing it to a synth architecture massively more capable than the original. Complex, evolving, organic sounds just flood out of this thing – it’s a sound-designer or synth fanatic’s powerhouse.

Jennings Mk2 features

  • Four oscillators (two main valve oscs with shapeable waveforms; one retro-fitted analogue main osc with classic analogue waveforms; one valve sub-osc).
  • Four multimode filters (one per main oscillator plus one multimode switchable 2/4 pole global filter with resonance and envelope).
  • Multiple LFOs with selectable shape, including a smoothed random.
  • Dual Jennings wave-shaper tab bars running in parallel on oscs 1 and 2, to craft the sound.
  • Auto-Bend.
  • Controllable percussive key-click.
  • And loads more – effects, envelopes, mixer, our Glitch button for generating musically-sensible random patches…

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £24.95 GBP for a limited time (regular £29.95 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or later.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Jennings Mk2

comment

60% off Rhythmic Robot Lambda at VST Buzz

VST Buzz has launched a sale on Lambda, offering the synthesizer instrument for NI Kontakt by Rhythmic Robot at a 60% discount for a limited time.

Rhythmic Robot Lambda

First produced in 1979, the Korg Lambda ES50 was a monumental wedge of polished wood and analogue electronics designed to take the string synth concept to a higher level. It distinguished itself from string synths that had gone before on a number of fronts: it was fully polyphonic, not paraphonic; it had a host of real-time tonal and envelope controls over the sound; it combined string and ensemble sounds with key sounds like pianos, EPs and clav; and most of all, it included a rich, analogue, swirling, stereo chorus effect.

Lambda features

  • 30 factory presets included covering basses, pads, synths and keys.
  • Rich 70’s polysynth with lush stereo chorus, richly erratic detuned oscillators, and banks of classic tones that pack real vibe – this is analogue at its best..
  • 2.4 GB in size with all samples recorded in 24-bit.
  • Beautiful evolving analogue sounds perfect for use in multiple genres of music.
  • Built-in compliance mode allows you to only create sounds that the original keyboard could.

Lambda is available from VST Buzz for £13.99 GBP until October 7th, 2014 (regular £34.98 GBP). Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later (including Kontakt 5 and above).

More information: VST Buzz

comment

Rhythmic Robot releases Lorenzo & Busker for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced Lorenzo, a vintage reed organ instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Rhythmic Robot Lorenzo

We have a bit of a soft spot for reed organs. They can add an instant blanket of breathing, organic warmth to a track. Their tuning’s never perfectly stable. The reeds are never quite in sync. The fan noise adds a dash of high-frequency texture to each note. Overall, we can’t get enough of them.

The Lorenzo is a compact four-octave reed organ. No chord accompaniment buttons; no tone controls; just keys and reeds and a fan breathing air over them. So it only does one thing, but the sound it makes it just fantastic.

Lorenzo features

  • Rich, vintage reed organ tone.
  • Individual control over key on and key off samples, randomised for authenticity.
  • Vintage attack captures the original characteristic sound of the reeds; Clean attack gives a snappier, modern sound.
  • Tremolo, rotary and two types of distortion.
  • Tilt EQ to tailor the tone.
  • Separately adjustable fan noise.

Lorenzo for Kontakt is available for the introductory price of £4.95 GBP (regular £5.95 GBP).

Rhythmic Robot has also recently released its Busker percussion library.

Rhythmic Robot Busker

Busker takes its inspiration from those blond-dreadlocked chaps on street corners, and aims to put the smell of old sweat and weed into your DAW courtesy of some street-vibe percussion: cajon, knee-snare, foot stomp, and two kinds of tambourines.

Tambourines in particular always sound kind of anodyne in the big sample libraries; these are warts-and-all wonders of realism, with shakes, rolls, hits and many many randomised round-robins to add natural variation.

Busker features

  • Everything you need to add some hippie street vibe to your tracks.
  • Foot stomp, Cajon, portable wire Knee Snare, and two kinds of Tambourine.
  • Multiple round-robins and velocity layers for organic variation.
  • Hit things with hands or sticks and beaters.
  • “Street” knob adds instant trashy grunge for a more sweat-stained feel.

Busker for Kontakt is available for the introductory price of £5.95 GBP (regular £9.95 GBP).

More information: Rhythmic Robot

comment

Acon Digital Multiply wins KVR Developer Challenge 2014

KVR Audio has announced that the Multiply chorus effect plug-in by Acon Digital has won the Developer Challenge 2014.

Acon Digital Multiply

In first place is Acon Digital with their chorus effect plugin, Multiply, an Audio Unit, VST Plugin and AAX Plugin for 32- and 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X.

Being both Mac & Win compatible Acon Digital win 60% of the KVRDC14 prize fund! Of course they also win the fantastic A3E prize giving them the opportunity to present their entry at the A3E show in Boston, September 23-24, 2014! Congratulations to them.

The Nova-67P equalizer/compressor plug-in by vladg/sound takes 2nd place, while 3rd place goes to the Emissary dual channel guitar tube amplifier effect by Ignite Amps.

The winner in the Soundware category is NanoMod #7: 8-bit, a collection of vintage 8-bit digital synths for Kontakt by Rhythmic Robot. The Fifth Degree MIDI sequencer for iOS by Bernie Maier takes the Wildcard prize.

More information: KVR Developer Challenge 2014

comment

More posts that match this tag

Rhythmic Robot releases NanoMod 8-bit for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has launched NanoMod 8-bit, a free instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt. NanoMod 8-bit is a simple but versatile Kontakt synthesiser based on vintage 8-bit polysynths, featuring an “intelligent” interface that allows the … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / NanoMod 8-bit – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Aug 07, 2014 - comment 0 comments

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 … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Jul 08, 2014 - comment 0 comments

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. As well as individual drum instrument hits it has 16 onboard preset rhythms (all of … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / Rytm16 – Related: , , , Posted in news on May 07, 2014 - comment 0 comments

40% off Jennings by Rhythmic Robot at VST Buzz

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 … read more

Outbound link: VST Buzz – Related: , , , , , , , Posted in news, promo on Feb 26, 2014 - comment 0 comments

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. Main panel of the Lambda sample library for Kontakt. The original Lambda, produced … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / Lambda – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Feb 07, 2014 - comment 0 comments

Rhythmic Robot releases NanoMod 5: Analog Bass for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has released NanoMod 5: Analog Bass, a new miniature synth instrument, part of the NanoMod series of Kontakt libraries. Analog Bass aims to provide you with a huge number of analogue bass tones … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / NanoMods – Related: , , , Posted in news on Jan 23, 2014 - comment 0 comments

Rhythmic Robot releases SH Poly for Kontakt

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 … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / SH Poly – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Nov 15, 2013 - comment 0 comments

Rhythmic Robot releases Haunted Piano for Kontakt

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 … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / Haunted Piano – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Oct 31, 2013 - comment 0 comments

Rhythmic Robot releases free Doctor 33 library for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Doctor 33, a virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt, sampled from a Boss DR33 analogue metronome unit. Doctor 33 provides a handful of little ticks, bips and clicks … read more

Rhythmic Robot releases Godwin virtual string synth for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has released Godwin, a virtual Godwin String Concert instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt. This was an analogue ensemble string synth similar in function to the models offered by Logan or ARP but with … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / Godwin – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Sep 17, 2013 - comment 0 comments

Rhythmic Robot offers free JACKY analogue transistor drum samples

Rhythmic Robot has announced it is offering its website visitors a chance to get a free copy of the Jacky sample library. Rhythmic Robot Jacky for NI Kontakt. This was supposed to be a combo … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot – Related: , , , , Posted in news on Jun 25, 2013 - comment 0 comments

Rhythmic Robot releases Shortwave for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has released Shortwave, a synthesizer sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, based on the sound of shortwave radio transmissions. Shortwave is a chaotic, randomised, unconventional soundscape-generating synthesizer instrument for Native Instrument Kontakt 4/5. … read more

Rhythmic Robot releases New Rhythm Box for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced New Rhythm Box, a recreation of the vintage analogue drum machine of the same name, originally made by the Italian company EKO. The New Rhythm Box was a transistor-based preset drum … read more

Rhythmic Robot releases Snaps ‘n’ Claps PRO for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has launched its Snaps ‘n’ Claps PRO sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt. Since we started Rhythmic Robot, Snaps ‘n’ Claps has become one of our best-loved instruments. It seems that everyone needs … read more

Rhythmic Robot releases Elektrik Kalimba for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has released Elektrik Kalimba, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt This is, basically, a three-octave African thumb-piano sonically welded onto a traditional Rhodes EP. It sounds like the kind of keyboard a … read more

Outbound link: Rhythmic Robot / Elektrik Kalimba – Related: , , , Posted in news on Jan 28, 2013 - comment 0 comments