Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE is the final release in the Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions sample pack series. It comes with 30 multi-sampled instruments which were recorded directly from three different versions of the Commodore 64 home computer.
The majority of the sounds in the sample pack are completely new, but I’ve also included re-edited versions of some of the sounds from the previous two releases.
Many users of the first two packs asked for a custom Kontakt interface with on-screen controls. So, I decided to ask Rhythmic Robot to join the project since these guys are the masters of turning vintage instruments into Kontakt sample libraries. Thankfully, they said yes and created a brilliant custom interface for Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE!
In order to make the library accessible to virtually everyone, I’ve included SFZ and Zampler patches for all 30 instruments. All patches (including the Kontakt ones) are designed to alter the original sounds as little as possible, so that the original character of the SID chip is preserved as much as possible.
The sound library is a free download at KVR Audio.
Rhythmic Robot has released WurliBeat, a Kontakt sound library featuring the smooth groove and mellow chilledfulness of the Wurlitzer Swingin’ Rhythm.
WurliBeat is a Kontakt recreation of the rare Wurlitzer Electronic Swingin’ Rhythm preset rhythm machine. The Swingin’ Rhythm is an early analogue rhythm unit intended to accompany Wurlitzer’s organs, and features five preset rhythms in combination with four one-shot kit pieces (kick, brush, block and cymbal) plus a Snare kit piece that can either be one-shot or continuously rolled. The onboard rhythms are typical of the 50s era, and comprise Waltz, Latin, Foxtrot, Teen and March, which features the rolled snare prominently.
WurliBeat has a creaky, slightly crackly, varying analogue charm that can add a dose of real vibe to ambient, nu jazz, trip-hop, New Age, ambient house and other laid-back musical styles.
24-bit multiple samples, randomised on playback for analogue feel.
5 preset rhythms which sync to DAW host tempo and can be combined.
Inbuilt compression and era-appropriate convolution plate reverb.
Level trim and pan position controls for each kit piece.
Photo-realistic user interface.
The sound library is available to purchase for £5.95 GBP.
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Jennings, a synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
We promised you our best synth ever. Well, here it is, guys: all the way from 1946, give a big warm hug to JENNINGS.
It’s a recreation of the Jennings Univox, an astonishingly cool dawn-of-an-era synth that got used by the Fab Four and wormed its way into the consciousness of a generation when it did that lead line on Telstar.
It sounds absolutely amazing, and we’ve expanded and enhanced it so that it goes waaaay beyond its roots. It’s been being soldered together on the lab bench for months, but finally, finally, it’s done. Now it can be yours!
Rhythmic Robot Jennings: Sounds from the dawn of the synth age: the Jennings Univox all-valve synthesiser.
24-bit, 20-second samples of a professionally-restored Jennings Univox.
Convolved IR maps and multiple sample sets combine to recreate all front-panel tabs.
One or two oscillators, with detune and Osc Spread control for stereo width.
Multi-mode resonant filter switchable between 2-pole (12dB/octave) and 4-pole (24dB/octave), high or low pass.
Filter and Amplitude envelopes; Amplitude envelope with specific attack-curve control (for “sucky” or “snappy” attacks).
Filter LFO and switchable Amplitude (tremolo) / Pitch (vibrato) LFO, with adjustable ramp time.
Full effects section with Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Rotary Speaker and Amp Cab simulator.
Stereo Widening in combination with Osc Spread maps keys across the stereo sound field.
“Compliance Mode” makes creating authentic 1946-style patches simple.
Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later (including Kontakt 5). Not compatible with Kontakt player.
The sample library is available to purchase for £59.95 GBP.
Rhythmic Robot has released Analog Piano, a Kontakt instrument based on an entirely analogue electronic piano.
Analog Piano is sampled from a 1970s Crumar ColorSound electronic piano, an all-analogue stage piano capable of generating three basic tones: Piano, HonkyTonk and Clav. Of these the Piano tone is by far the most musically versatile, emulating an acoustic piano to some extent but with many of the warm, earthy qualities of a Wurlitzer-type electric piano as well. Although the original Crumar ColorSound didn’t respond to keyboard velocity, the software version incorporates several crossfaded velocity layers carefully adjusted in the studio to become progressively brighter and more cutting or mellower and rounder with playing dynamics. This velocity control can be switched in or out from the front panel.
Analog Piano suits contemporary musical styles where a typical multi-sampled grand piano might feel too “classical” for the context. It is particularly effective in roots rock, electronica and dance. Included in the instrument are key effects like tube saturation and tremolo, plus an amp cab simulator with a choice of classic models and a convolved spring reverb to add extra authenticity to the vintage tones. The three presets can be switched in in any combination, and envelope control over attack and release allows for gentler pad or texture sounds to be generated.
Analog Piano — The warm, earthy tone of the Crumar ColorSound piano.
Analog Piano features
24-bit multi samples with velocity crossfades.
Piano, HonkyTonk and Clav tones.
Amp cab simulator with choice of cabinets.
Convolved spring reverb.
Tremolo, stereo spread and envelope controls.
Velocity sensitivity switchable on / off.
Analog Piano is currently available to purchase for £12.95 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt 4.2.3 or later full version.