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