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
Rhythmic Robot has released Doctor 110, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt featuring the sounds of the Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-110 drum machine.
The DR-110 was a neat little analog drum machine from the early 1980s with six basic sounds, including a tight kick drum and some unusually metallic hi-hats. It was one of the earliest budget drum machines to feature an LCD to aid grid-based programming of patterns. It also featured an Accent control which could be applied to any kit piece.
The Rhythmic Robot Doctor 110 samples the original DR-110 at 24-bit, and samples each kit piece through the entire travel of the Accent control. This allows the user to set the Accent level on a per-kit-piece basis, either from the user interface front panel or via velocity, which makes creating humanised beats very simple. Further controls over the kit pieces include pan and level, plus a complement of effects including buss compression, Tube saturation, full-on Distortion and bit-crushing.
Doctor 110 features
- All kit pieces of the DR-110 sampled through the whole range of the Accent control.
- 24-bit samples.
- Either front-panel or Velocity control of Accent level.
- Compression, Saturation, Distortion and Bit-crushing as standard.
The Doctor 110 library for Kontakt (full version 4.2.3 or higher) is available to purchase for £4.95 GBP.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Doctor 110
Rhythmic Robot has released SpecDrum 2000, a Kontakt sample library featuring the Cheetah SpecDrum and its three add-on sound packs.
The SpecDrum was Cheetah’s first foray into drum machines, pre-dating its popular MD8 and MD16 hardware units, and took the form of a hardware expansion to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum home computer. Once the SpecDrum expander had been plugged into the Spectrum’s expansion port, the user could load up dedicated drum pattern editing software that played the eight onboard samples of the SpecDrum. These were 8-bit samples of real instruments. The add-on sound packs came on cassette, and could load in three further drum kits: Afro, Latin and Electro.
SpecDrum 2000 samples all four kits at 24-bit quality and spreads them across four octaves for instant access. The UI allows access to level, pan and tuning controls for the kit pieces, plus a group of Effects which operate across the whole kit. These comprise Tube saturation, Drive distortion, Bit-reduction (to take those 8 bits down even further) and buss compression. Subtle velocity control of kit piece volume is built in for “humanising” if needed.
SpecDrum 2000 features
- 24-bit samples of each of the SpecDrum sounds, plus all expansion pack sounds.
- Basic kit, Afro, Latin and Electro.
- Tuning, level and pan control on a per-kit-piece basis.
- Drum-specific effects built in: Compression, Distortion, Saturation and Bit reduction.
- Velocity control of kit-piece volume.
The SpecDrum 2000 (requires Kontakt 4.2.3 full version) is available to purchase for £4.95 GPB. It is also included in a bundle offer with other Rhythmic Robot drum modules.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / SpecDrum 2000
Rhythmic Robot has released Logan, a meticulous emulation of the famous Logan String Melody II.
Logan samples each of the original String Melody II’s five “Preset” sounds chromatically across the keyboard, incorporating all onboard chorus and LFO effects, and adds to these features such as tube saturation, a full ADSR envelope control, further LFO control over vibrato and tremolo, amp cabinet simulation, Chorus and Phaser.
Logan features long samples at 24-bit, hand-looped to preserve the original’s characteristic cyclical sound components. The original keyboard split-point is preserved, and the Red and Blue sliders address the tones left and right of the split point respectively. Bass and Perc[ussion] sliders allow for further blending options left of the split.
Logan is Rhythmic Robot’s largest and most detailed Kontakt instrument yet, dedicated to preserving the richness of this classic instrument. The five Presets of the original have been broken out into individual Kontakt instruments, allowing the user the freedom to stack, layer and blend the sounds in ways not possible on the original.
- 6 octaves of tone (full keyboard plus two further octaves) sampled chromatically at 24-bit.
- Long samples to allow the sound to develop naturally.
- Hand-looped to preserve cyclical variations in the original chorus effect.
- All five Presets sampled individually.
- Each Preset available as a separate Kontakt instrument, allowing for stacks and layers within Kontakt.
- Additional ADSR, Tremolo and Vibrato controls, with Tremolo / Vibrato depth, rate and delay.
- Tube Saturation, additional Chorus, Phaser and Amp Cab emulations built-in.
- Purely authentic tones can be recreated, or new tonal possibilities explored beyond those of the original.
Logan – Complete for Kontakt is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP. Individual Logan Preset modules (“O”, Acc., Solo, Orch., and Organ) are available at £4.95 GBP each.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Logan
Rhythmic Robot has introduced ShelTone Suitcase, a funky electric reed organ sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The original ShelTone 226 was sampled twice, once chromatically across its four-octave keyboard, and once for its Chord and Bass buttons, which work rather like accordion buttons to produce bass notes and full chords. The bass button samples have been integrated with the keyboard samples to extend the four octave original range considerably further, while the Chord buttons have been spread across two octaves and made switchable.
A switch on the Kontakt interface front panel switches between a full keyboard mode and a “split” keyboard, with key tones to the right and chord buttons spread out across two low octaves. This makes it easy to access the Chord sounds, which, because they use different reeds to the keys, have a subtle tonal difference. Adding to the versatility of the instrument are controls for envelope attack and decay, plus cabinet simulation, Leslie simulation, Chorus, Saturation and Distortion effects. The electric fan noise of the original instrument has been sampled separately and can be either switched off completely or blended back in to taste. Stereo spread of the sound is also controllable.
The ShelTone Suitcase is ideal as a left-field alternative to Hammond tones. It can sound either like a traditional reed organ — i.e., much like an accordion or melodeon — or can be driven hard to produce a more raucous, indie rock set of sounds.
ShelTone Suitcase features
- Extended keyboard range incorporating bass tones.
- Switchable access to the original Chord functions.
- Electric fan sound can be blended to taste for authenticity of sound-design.
- Envelope attack and decay control.
- Chorus, Drive distortion, Valve saturation, Cabinet simulation and Leslie speaker effect.
- Stereo spread control.
ShelTone Suitcase (requires Kontakt v4.2.3 or later) is available to purchase for £4.95 GBP.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / ShelTone Suitcase
Rhythmic Robot has released Typewriter, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Typewriter is a sampled version of a 1920s Imperial wide-carriage typewriter. It includes a pool of randomly-selected keystrikes, plus a host of carriage-return, bell, platen wind, spool wind, shift, tab and other mechanical noises. Keystrikes can be “played” with one hand from a MIDI keyboard’s white notes while shift, tab, carriage return and so on can be added at will via the black notes.
Typewriter is ideal for special effects, stutter-type glitches, foley effects or sound design. It is being released in time for Valentine’s Day so users can “write love letters straight from their heart… in style”.
- 21 randomly-selected keystrike samples: no machine-gunning.
- Mechanical noises, platen winds, tabs, shift up and shift down, space bar etc.
- Mapped so as to be “playable” from a MIDI keyboard: type from your synth.
- Requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later (including Kontakt 5).
Typewriter for Kontakt is available to purchase for £1.50 GBP.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Typewriter