Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Crank, a hybrid synthesiser instrument for Kontakt, featuring acoustic and electronic sources in a 4-oscillator architecture.
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.”
- 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
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Jennings Mk2, a synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
Rhythmic Robot has announced Lorenzo, a vintage reed organ instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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KVR Audio has announced that the Multiply chorus effect plug-in by Acon Digital has won the Developer Challenge 2014.
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
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