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
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 some fingersnaps or handclaps every once in a while, and our original Hippie In A Tin™ is just perfect for dialling them up quickly and simply.
But what if you need more control – over the sound of your snaps ‘n’ claps, or their precise timing in your track? What if you want to tweak them more specifically to the groove you’ve got in your head? Snaps ‘n’ Claps PRO is the answer. We’ve taken the original hippies that fuelled Snaps ‘n’ Claps, and put them through a rigorous boot-camp workout to instil some discipline and work ethic into those flower-power slackers. Only the strongest have survived. The result is an entirely new instrument, created from the ground up with new samples and a far greater degree of user control.
Snaps ‘n’ Claps PRO features
- Precision control over cluster size, spread, timing and variation.
- Filter controls help seat the sounds in your mix.
- Specify exactly what components you want in each cluster using the Low, Mid and High sliders.
- Tiny memory footprint.
The sample library is available for the introductory price of £8.95 GBP (regular £9.95 GBP).
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Snaps ‘n’ Claps PRO
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 Zulu teenager might hotrod up in his spare time when he’d got tired of the tribal rain dances and wanted to get his groove on. It’s organic, funky, a bit dusty and clunky at times, and can run the gamut from almost-EP tones (though with a strange and unique originality to them) through bell-like, almost steel drum sounds, to African percussion clicks and clacks, depending on which settings you dial in.
We sampled multiple tine scratches, thunks, clicks, ticks and finger noises, and these can be introduced as additional attack noises beyond the kalimba’s own tone. We also sampled release thuds, thumps and mutes, and these can again be dialled in separately. This allows you to go from a kind of warmly rattly Roots Rhodes through to a full-on world music machine with a couple of mouse clicks.
Elektrik Kalimba features
- Character of a Kalimba, body of an EP.
- Separately adjustable thumb attack and tine release noises.
- Multiple round-robins and randomised samples for organic authenticity.
- Overdrive and Tremolo controls to add movement and drive to the sound.
- Equally capable in a traditional EP role, or in a more world-music setting, or as a unique sound-design instrument.
Elektrik Kalimba is available to purchase for the introductory price of £9.95 GBP until the end of March, 2013 (regular £14.95 GBP).
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Elektrik Kalimba