Rhythmic Robot has released LEL, a drum sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The hardware Lel’ was programmable but shipped with 32 onboard preset rhythms which made use of its 12 8-bit samples. It also featured a useful Accent control for introducing variation into programmed and preset rhythms.
LEL recreates both the 12 samples and the 32 preset rhythms, which have been time-sliced to sync automatically to the host DAW’s tempo. They can be triggered by MIDI note or from the front panel of the Lel itself. All preset rhythms are freely combinable and can be “stacked” to create new polyrhythms. In addition to pan and level controls for each of the kit pieces, the unit also features an effects block with bit-crushing, saturation, drive distortion and compression modules.
Rhythmic Robot’s Lel contains 8-bit samples of real drums. Not for Soviet citizens poor-quality analogue imitations of drums. Real drums only!
- 12 kit pieces (kick, snare, hats etc) sampled in both non-accented and accented variants, at full 24-bit.
- 32 preset original rhythms sampled in stereo and time-sliced to sync to host DAW.
- Preset rhythms freely combinable in any permutation.
- Pan, level, bit-depth, tape saturation, drive distortion and output compression built in.
- Unusual non-western rhythms included in the preset list.
- Front panel switchable between Russian and English lettering.
The sample library is available to purchase for £5.95 GBP. Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 and higher (full version).
More information: Rhythmic Robot / LEL
Rhythm Robot has announced SpecTalk, a sampled version of a genuine 1980s computerised speech synthesiser.
It creates monotone robot voices, robot sound effects, 8-bit vocal phrases and glitchy stutter effects. It includes a complete phoneme set allowing the user to create any vocal word or phrase imaginable, plus four banks of pre-prepared words and phrases covering a variety of styles (from dance floor ad-libs to old science fiction quotes). The sound is entirely 8-bit and far more authentic than using a vocoder to emulate “robot voices”.
It also includes a built-in drum kit made by the speech synthesiser “saying” drum sounds (so the bass drum is “buh”, the snare is “tshh” and so on). This is cooler than it sounds here: check out the audio demo on the website for proof!
The source for SpecTalk was the Currah MicroSpeech hardware add-on for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum home computer. This was an 8-bit hardware speech synthesiser that converted any key press on the Spectrum to a spoken word, and also allowed for specific word and phrase creating via simple BASIC programming. All the component phoneme sounds, plus full words and phrases, have been sampled.
SpecTalk is ideal for sound design, glitch, experimental and dance music, where its phonetic components can be treated as musical or rhythmical elements in their own right (they respond particularly well to further processing); and of course for creating robotic-style ad-libs, shout-outs, voice-overs, vocal phrases and stutter effects with a uniquely old-school 1980s flavour.
SpecTalk 1980s-style 8-bit computerised speech synthesiser for NI Kontakt.
- Complete phoneme set allowing the creation of infinite original vocal phrases.
- Built-in library of pre-recorded phrases and words.
- 8-bit quality throughout (sampled at 24-bit!).
- True 1980s-vintage robot voices.
- Phoneme components ideal for sound design and further manipulation.
The SpecTalk sample library for Kontakt (full version 4.2.3 or later) is available to purchase for £4.95 GBP. Previous Rhythm Robot customers can get SpecTalk free of charge (check your email).
More information: Rhythm Robot / SpecTalk
Rhythmic Robot has released the Loopscape Tape Loop Synthesizer, a sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Inspired by the experimental soundscapes produced by 70s pioneers like Brian Eno, Loopscape is a synthesiser that creates endlessly modulating, evolving complexities of sound from raw waveforms recorded onto looped sections of audio tape.
It is richly warm, thoroughly analogue, and every sonic inch of it has been printed to oxide and passed across the playback heads of vintage tape gear of the past. This is the sound of science meeting art: the depth of analogue synthesis run through real tape spools. And look – it’s covered in knobs and sliders, too!
Loopscape creates a sound so dense, rich and evolving that one single held note will quite simply not repeat its sonic fingerprint for thousands of years.
- Three virtual Tape Loops running 24-bit recordings of real analog tape.
- Each Loop can be loaded with Saw, Double Saw, Triangle, Square, Sine or Noise waveforms.
- Each Loop can have its length chosen from 0.5, 0.66, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13 and 17 seconds.
- Each Loop has a switchable High / Low pass resonant filter.
- Each Loop has four LFOs: Filter, Amp 1, Amp 2 and Pitch.
- LFO wave shapes can be chosen from Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square and Random.
- Full AHDSR envelopes for each Loop.
- Global tape-based Effects section with Saturation, Chorus, Flanger and Delay.
Loopscape for Kontakt is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Loopscape Tape Loop Synthesizer
Bedroom Producers Blog has announced BPB Giveaway #3, a chance to win a synthesizer and drum machine by Rhythmic Robot.
I’m very happy to announce BPB Giveaway #3!
The guys at Rhythmic Robot are giving away one virtual synthesizer and one of their snazzy virtual drum machines to one lucky BPB reader!
These are the available prizes:
- 1 x Tubes & Wires TW1.
- 1 x Beat Room series drum machine of choice.
Definitely a nice little collection of vintage sounds to add to your library.
To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on the giveaway page. The closing date is May 9th, 2012, after which the winner will be chosen by random number generator.
More information: Bedroom Producers Blog
Rhythmic Robot has released Skyline, a transistor organ sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Skyline is sampled from a rare Italian GIS Skyline keyboard. The Skyline was an early 70s analog keyboard-and-rhythms combo machine with 3 combinable keyboard tones (giving it a grand total of 7 sounds) and six preset analog rhythms. It was a strikingly designed instrument, with a contoured and beveled matte black case standing on twin columns attached to a pedestal base. The casing also housed an amp and twin speakers, which helped to take the edge off the transistor sound and gave the Skyline a surprisingly sweet, warm tone.
Rhythmic Robot’s sampled version of the instrument samples all of the tones and their combinations, ensuring that combined tones sound exactly as they do on the original Skyline (rather than recreating them in Kontakt). It also contains the Preset Rhythms, which have been sliced and are fully sync-able to host DAW tempo – and also can be combined for multi-rhythms. In addition to the Preset Rhythms there are individual kit piece hits for the rhythm tones, which have been multi sampled and are triggered randomly to avoid machine-gunning.
Skyline incorporates some carefully-chosen effects accessible from the front panel, with Compression and Level controls for the Rhythm section, and Tube saturation, Vibrato and envelope Attack and Decay for the keyboard sounds, plus a lush Chorus. Although the original Skyline was mono, the sampled version includes a subtle stereo spread from the low notes to the highs. Output can be run through an amp cab simulator for an extra “live” feel.
- All 7 possible keyboard tones sampled at 24-bit.
- All 6 analog preset rhythms sampled.
- Rhythms freely combinable and will automatically sync to host tempo.
- Compression and Level controls for rhythms.
- Tube saturation, Vibrato, envelope Attack and Decay, and amp cab simulation built in.
- Stereo spread tracks keyboard position for subtle width.
Skyline for Kontakt is available to purchase for £8.95 GBP.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Skyline
Rhythmic Robot has released Drawbar 350, a unique analogue drawbar organ instrument created from the overheated transistors of the enormous Stylophone 350S.
Drawbar 350 is both a homage to the original Stylophone 350S and a departure from it. You can imitate the original 350 perfectly by simply treating the drawbars as on / off switches – either fully out of fully in – and leaving the envelope controls set to minimum. (And why not? It’s a classic, after all!) Or you can go to town and create washes, pads, soundscapes and textures. Or you can turn the whole thing up to 11 for a really aggressive, Punk 70s sound that all but leaps out of the speakers and strangles you.
The Drawbar 350 is without doubt a snarling, spitting, angry character at heart, full of attitude and malice. But we’ve given you the tools to tame it and bend it to your will. It’s a sound that you simply won’t find anywhere else: original and dangerous. Welcome to the world of the Drawbar 350.
Drawbar 350 features
- All eight voicings of the Stylophone 350S sampled at 24-bit.
- Drawbar control replaces the toggle-switches with 12-stage blend-able drawbars.
- Voices: Woodwind 16″, 8″, 4″, 2″; Brass 16″, 8″; Strings 4″, 2″.
- Transistor organ sound enhanced by specifically-chosen effects processors.
- Bite, Anger, Fury and Vibe settings to roughen or tame the sound.
Drawbar 350 for Kontakt (full version 4.2.3 or later required) is available to purchase for £8.95 GBP.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Drawbar 350