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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.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Analog Piano

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Rhythmic Robot launches Sizzling Summer Sound Sale – Kontakt libraries discounted

Rhythmic Robot Summer Sound Sale

Rhythmic Robot has announced its Sizzling Summer Sound Sale, offering its sound libraries at a discount for a limited time.

Yup, it’s sale time Very Happy Get your good selves over to www.rhythmicrobot.com and follow the links for Summer Sale to get deals like…

  • Drum machines were £5.95 now £4.95
  • Keyboards and things were £8.95 now £6.95
  • Mongo’s stuff like Snaps’n’Claps and Typewriter were £2.50 now £1.50
  • Loopscape down from £34.95 to £29.95
  • Tubes & Wires down from £19.95 to £17.50

…and, well, you get the idea. Things are cheaper, mostly. Don’t think we put anything up, at least.

The sale ends August 31st, 2012.

More information: Rhythmic Robot

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Rhythmic Robot SpecTone – Chip music tone synthesizer for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot SpecTone

Rhythmic Robot has released SpecTone, a sound library for Kontakt featuring the sounds from the onboard sound chip of a Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

SpecTone puts instantly familiar early 80s computer tones into the sonic toolkit of the producer, either for local colour in other styles of music, or to complement chip-music style productions.

It provides additional control in the form of an ADSR envelope, onboard effects (including a filter to tame aliasing artefacts), and velocity control of noise samples.

SpecTone features

  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum sound chip samples at 24-bit.
  • Further samples of the Currah MicroSpeech vowel sounds, with blend control.
  • 5 vowel sounds can be selected, with or without vibrato.
  • “Drum” sounds in the form of pitched and noise-based samples from the Spectrum.
  • ADSR envelope allow pad-style sounds.
  • Onboard effects include Drive, Compression, Filter and Bit-crushing.

SpecTone is available to purchase for £2.50 GBP. Requires Kontakt 4.2.3 or above (full version).

More information: Rhythmic Robot / SpecTone

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Rhythmic Robot LEL – 8-bit sampled Soviet drum machine with built-in rhythms

Rhythmic Robot LEL

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 Lel
Rhythmic Robot’s Lel contains 8-bit samples of real drums. Not for Soviet citizens poor-quality analogue imitations of drums. Real drums only!

LEL features

  • 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

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Rhythm Robot releases SpecTalk sample library for Kontakt

Rhythm Robot has announced SpecTalk, a sampled version of a genuine 1980s computerised speech synthesiser.

Rhythm Robot SpecTalk

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.

Rhythm Robot SpecTalk
SpecTalk 1980s-style 8-bit computerised speech synthesiser for NI Kontakt.

SpecTalk features

  • 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

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Rhythmic Robot releases Loopscape Tape Loop Synthesizer for Kontakt

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!

Rhythmic Robot Loopscape
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.

Loopscape features

  • 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

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Bedroom Producers Blog launches Rhythmic Robot Giveaway

BPB Rhythmic Robot Giveaway

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

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