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
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
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 to play with, plus four tempo-syncable rhythms.
Doctor 33 is a strange little creation from those funky folk at Boss. Unlike its big brothers, the Doctor 55 and Doctor 110 beatboxes, Doctor 33 isn’t a drum machine – it’s a metronome. Still, it creates a variety of little analogue clicks, blips and ticks which have a fun percussive style of their own; it hosts four combinable onboard rhythms, which we’ve tempo-synced to your host DAW (these include triplets, which can be rather cool); and we’ve grafted on a “Tone” control which actually brings a strongly resonant gritty-sounding filter to bear on the metronome sounds. Sweep this while the rhythms are playing and you can get some odd, engaging effects going, particularly if you layer it over a proper drum beat.
The percussive sounds can be level-adjusted and panned, and played along with the onboard rhythms if you wish. All in all, Doctor 33 is a neat little box for adding some analogue oddness to the background of your beats.
The library is a free download at Rhythmic Robot.
More information: Rhythmic RobotDoctor 33
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 a tone very much of its own. The basic synthesised waveforms of the original were processed by a complex modulation section and a thick onboard chorus effect to generate a rich and evolving string sound which then passed through treble and bass filters. The control set was minimal, but the resulting chorused string sound had a peculiarly sweet tone which has led Sound on Sound magazine, for example, to rank it as sounding better than the more famous Solina.
Godwin aims to recreate the Godwin String Concert as closely as possible while adding some touches of modern functionality. It takes multiple samples of the original instrument in a variety of states – chorused, with and without tremolo, etc. – and allows the user to blend them in exactly the same way as the original. The lush analogue chorus of the original is retained but can be switched in and out, while a contemporary stereo chorus can also be added in to generate a wide stereo spread to the sound (the original Godwin was mono only). Velocity sensitivity broadens the responsiveness of the original machine.
- 24-bit multisamples of an original Godwin String Concert.
- Retains original Chorus and “Tremolo” (modulation) effects.
- Modern stereo chorus and velocity sensitivity.
- Attack and Decay controls.
- Simple and immediate interface controlling a rich vintage sound.
The Godwin library is available for the introductory price of £12.95 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt 4.2.3+ full version.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Godwin
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 transistor organ with onboard rhythms, but before we could sample the keyboard sounds it died on us. There was smoke and everything Shit! So… all we’ve got is the drum sounds, and rather than trash them we’re giving them away free in the form of a little Kontakt instrument Smile
They’re probably not going to set the world on fire, but they’re fun and have a retro transistor-combo-organ kind of charm to them. The rhythms are syncable and combinable, and there are a handful of round-robined drum hits to play with.
So if you feel the need for a bit of Foxtrott (sic) or Walzer in your life, head on over to
…and drop us a note from the Contact Us page with JACKY as its subject title, and we’ll bung you a download link. The instrument is Kontakt-based, and will work in Kontakt 4.2.3 and later.
More information: Rhythmic Robot
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.
It features a crude four-operator sine-wave based additive synth engine harnessed to twin Interference Generators, each of which can access 111 samples of shortwave static, voices, tuning squeals, modulation noises, cyclic tonalities and so on. A rich combination of LFOs and randomisation features makes for complex, evolving soundscapes which hark back to the age of ham radio operators, Cold War numbers stations, attic antennae and “going out on the airwaves”.
Shortwave features a Glitch control which instantly randomises the settings, for spontaneous patch creation. The Glitch control is designed to be “intelligently musical” in its randomisation, tending to produce musically useful results more often than a pure randomiser would. Shortwave also boasts a series of custom Impulse Responses convolved from genuine radio speakers, plus an old-style graphite microphone, to give patches a compressed, narrow-bandwidth, vintage tonality.
Shortwave is intended for pads, textures, evolving soundscapes, cinematic washes and sound design.
- Primitive four-operator additive synth.
- Analogue sine waves, with varying levels of distortion and contamination.
- Two Interference Generators, each with 111 waveforms.
- Randomised sample start points for complex variability.
- Rich LFO modulation possibilities, with multiple random factors.
- Glitch control for instant random patch creation.
- 49 factory presets on-board.
- Effects include delay / echo and vintage plate reverb.
- Convolved impulse responses for genuine radio speaker sound.
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £24.95 GBP (regular £29.95 GBP). Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later full version required.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Shortwave
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 machine capable of producing ten preset rhythms, with no provision for anything beyond tempo and volume control. The Rhythmic Robot software version extends this usability considerably, breaking out the individual kit pieces so that the user can create their own rhythms, while still allowing the original presets to be played back, combined, and synced to host DAW tempo.
The tone of the New Rhythm Box is ideally suited to mellower musical styles which favour a more rounded, softer tone.
New Rhythm Box features
- Ten combinable onboard rhythms.
- Convolved Plate reverb for retro authenticity.
- Velocity Retrofit for humanising your beats.
- Multiple randomised round-robin samples to preserve a true analogue feel.
- Fully analogue sounds, all the way from Italy!
The sample library costs £5.25 GBP. Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later, full version.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / New Rhythm Box