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Rhythmic Robot releases Trixer sound library for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot Trixer

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Trixer, a Kontakt emulation of the Simmons Trixer, a drum-triggering module from the 80s (and early 90s) packed with authentic Simmons SDS sounds.

Drawing on the library of classic drum tones which had powered the hexagonal Simmons pads and “brains” from the preceding decade, the Trixer repackaged these into an audio-triggered mixer (hence “Trixer”…) In practical terms, it was an excellent way of getting THE Simmons Sound at a budget price.

Our recreation samples the original Trixer at 24-bit, with multiple round-robin samples to preserve its natural variation in sound. There are four kits to choose from: Rock1, Rock2, Jazz, and the mighty Electronic kit – instantly recalling 80s-era chart toppers from Phil Collins, Ultravox, Pink Floyd, Culture Club, Prince, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Talk Talk, Van Halen and more… basically, at some point everyone had some fun with a Simmons kit! Full control over kit-piece tuning, level and pan is presented nice and simply on the front panel, while a compliment of basic effects (saturation, distortion, bitcrushing and compression) allow you to sculpt the sound – a bit of compression gives you that instant “big 80s rock” sound. To round things off, we discovered a glitch in the hardware that allows a “rolled snare” sound to be triggered accidentally; of course, we sampled it and it’s now fully user-controllable.

Trixer is an ideal way to add the much-loved (?!) sound of the 80s to your tracks.

Trixer features

  • All four kits of the Simmons Trixer.
  • Simmons SDS sounds.
  • Rock1, Rock2, Jazz and Electronic kits.
  • Multiple round-robins capture all the nuance of the original.
  • Additional “rolled snare” sound.

Trixer is availableto purchase for £5.95 GBP. It requires Kontakt to run, and is compatible with Kontakt 4.2.3 and later (including all versions of Kontakt 5). It’s not compatible with Kontakt Player.

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Rhythmic Robot releases Grit Kit for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot Grit Kit

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Grit Kit, an analogue drum synthesiser sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

At its most basic, Grit Kit allows the user to create entirely original drum sounds using sampled analogue waveforms, transients and noise, multimode resonant filters, attack and decay envelopes, and other typical drum synth controls.

The difference that Grit Kit brings to this process is that every wave within the instrument has been recorded through the circuitry of three different vintage hardware samplers: the 8-bit Ensoniq Mirage, the 12-bit Akai S950, and the 13-bit Ensoniq EPS. These waves have been recorded over and over again using different settings of the source samplers, and pushing the input circuitry of those samplers harder and harder, allowing the user to dial in exactly as much hardware character as they want for their sound.

Grit Kit features

  • A uniquely inspiring source for analogue drum sounds with a hardware-sampler edge.
  • Choose from Ensoniq Mirage, Akai S950, or Ensoniq EPS samples.
  • Mix and match between samplers for absolute precision in creating your custom kit pieces.
  • Adjust the amount of grit and character from your hardware sampler by simply turning a dial.
  • Massive, pumping beats with an entirely individual sound: craft your very own signature drum tone.
  • Grit Kit ships with a pack of 16 preset kits covering everything from tight studio kits to total sonic mayhem.

The Grit Kit library is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.

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Rhythmic Robot intros SuperDrums Korg DDM-110 sample library for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of SuperDrums, a Kontakt recreation of Korg’s first digital drum machine.

Rhythmic Robot SuperDrums

The 8-bit sampled SuperDrum DDM-110 was a small but powerful, easily programmable machine with a surprisingly sophisticated editing system for its time, and its sounds – while not exactly naturalistic – were punchy and thick.

The 8-bit, limited bandwidth sampling lends its tones a crunchy warmth that sits very well in electro and house styles, though it can work well in any contemporary track. It had nine onboard kit pieces, with an Accent control for extra variation. Notable among its onboard sounds are the kick, snare and claps, all of which stand up well nearly thirty years after the machine’s release.

In creating SuperDrums, Rhythmic Robot have sampled the original DDM-110′s kit pieces in both Accented and unAccented variants, and the UI allows the user to select either a hard swap between these tones or a crossfaded, graded transition from one to the other. A gentle low-pass filter with a 6db/octave roll-off allows the upper frequencies to be toned down, while an output limiter, saturation control and drive distortion allow the sounds to be roughed up beyond their already gritty 8-bit origins.

SuperDrums features

  • All 9 original kit pieces sampled at 24-bit quality.
  • Accented and Unaccented versions, with switchable crossfade.
  • Third “mid” Tom created for added versatility.
  • Full complement of effects for further sound variation.

SuperDrums for Kontakt costs £5.95 GBP. Kontakt version 4.2.3 or higher required (full version).

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Bedroom Producers Blog intros Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE

BPB / Rhythmic Robot C64 Synth Sessions Deluxe

Bedroom Producers Blog has announced Commodore 64 Synthesizer Sessions DELUXE, a sound library developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2012, in collaboration with Rhythmic Robot.

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.

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Rhythmic Robot WurliBeat sample library for NI Kontakt

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.

Rhythmic Robot WurliBeat
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.

WurliBeat features

  • 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.

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Rhythmic Robot intros Jennings sound library for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot Jennings

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
Rhythmic Robot Jennings: Sounds from the dawn of the synth age: the Jennings Univox all-valve synthesiser.

Jennings features

  • 24-bit, 20-second samples of a professionally-restored Jennings Univox.
  • All-valve waveforms.
  • 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.

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Rhythmic Robot releases Analog Piano for NI Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot Analog Piano

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.

Rhythmic Robot Analog Piano
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.

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