Rhythmic Robot releases Jennings Mk2 synth for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Jennings Mk2, a synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Rhythmic Robot Jennings Mk2

Jennings Mk 2 is a “timewarp” instrument, taking 1950s valve synthesiser technology as found on the Jennings Univox and reimagining it as a fully-fledged analogue polysynth in the style of Roland’s early 80s offerings.

Instead of a faithful recreation of the 50s original, this is a complete reinvention, taking the evocative, haunting valve sound of the hardware machine and harnessing it to a synth architecture massively more capable than the original. Complex, evolving, organic sounds just flood out of this thing – it’s a sound-designer or synth fanatic’s powerhouse.

Jennings Mk2 features

  • Four oscillators (two main valve oscs with shapeable waveforms; one retro-fitted analogue main osc with classic analogue waveforms; one valve sub-osc).
  • Four multimode filters (one per main oscillator plus one multimode switchable 2/4 pole global filter with resonance and envelope).
  • Multiple LFOs with selectable shape, including a smoothed random.
  • Dual Jennings wave-shaper tab bars running in parallel on oscs 1 and 2, to craft the sound.
  • Auto-Bend.
  • Controllable percussive key-click.
  • And loads more – effects, envelopes, mixer, our Glitch button for generating musically-sensible random patches…

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £24.95 GBP for a limited time (regular £29.95 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or later.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Jennings Mk2

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AfroDJMac releases Univox Bass Lucy free Ableton Live Pack

AfroDJMac has released Univox Bass Lucy, a free Live Pack featuring a sampled Univox bass from the 70′s.

AfroDJMac Univox Bass Lucy

I’ve had a lot of experience recording this bass, and I’m often torn on how to best record it. Running it through a bass amp is usually my first choice, but I also really like how it sounds coming out of my guitar amp. So what I did while sampling was run the bass through an SWR bass amp and my Fender Deluxe tube guitar amp. Also, I put up an AKG C414 mic in the room to capture both amps simultaneously. On the Ableton device, you can mix the three signals together to meet your taste.

When you pluck a string on a bass, it will always sound slightly different. So to emulate that, I recorded 3 different samples of each note that I recorded. I set the LFO in Sampler to play any of these three samples at random. That means that any melody you play will always sound slightly different. Even a MIDI clip will never loop in exactly the same way with the same samples. You will always get a bit of subtle variation, just as you would with a real bass player.

The Univox Bass Lucy pack is available as a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Univox Bass Lucy

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Soniccouture launches The Attic instrument bundle for Kontakt

Soniccouture has released The Attic, a bundle of 10 virtual instruments for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Soniccouture The Attic

The Attic : a project to document and sample interesting, characterful instruments that may not always be the obvious choice when we think of classics.

Instruments which, when added to a track, instantly add some special magic, even if it is due to the fact that it sounds a bit cheap or quirky.

We asked around some friendly producers: Neil Davidge, Adrian Utley and Liam Howe were all happy to open up their attics to us, and the resulting collection is a fascinating journey into the corners early analogue synthesis, offering a huge palette of sounds to reach into when you need colour, character and exuberance.

The Attic features

  • 10 Unique Instruments: Roland RS202 String Machine, Korg LP10 Analog Piano, Suzuki Omnichord, Jennings Univox, Minikorg 700s, Hammond Solovox, Synthi AKS, Roland SH2000, Godwin String Concert, Philips Philicorda
  • Authentic Analogue Sample modelling.
  • Over 350 Presets.
  • Kontakt Player Compatible.
  • 7.8 GB Core Library.

The Attic is available for purchase for $149 USD / £119 GBP / 129 EUR. Until May 2nd, 2014, you can use coupon code URR3K3Y to get $30 USD / 20 EUR off.

More information: Soniccouture / The Attic

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40% off Jennings by Rhythmic Robot at VST Buzz

Rhythmic Robot Jennings

VST Buzz has announced a 40% discount on Jennings, a virtual instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt by Rhythmic Robot.

“Jennings” is a meticulously faithful recreation of one of the very first synthesisers -the valve-based Jennings Univox. The sound of the univox was a rich, warm, analogue wave which could be processed, adjusted and filtered using 12 “tabs” along the front of the keyboard. Cutting edge sampling and convolution techniques bring valves from seventy years ago back to life and put them right there in your DAW, ready to bathe everything in an amber glow (and a faint smell of warm crocodile skin). This is what synthesisers sounded like back at the dawn of an era. And you know what? They sounded good.

Jennings is rich, unique and raw – each preset was crafted with care and attention and provides an incredibly genuine and unusual sound. Its a Kontakt instrument you can’t afford to do without – whether you want authentic tones from the early days of synth history, or brand-new creations that still have that warmth and glow to them, Jennings delivers.

Jennings is available to purchase from VST Buzz for $45 USD until March 4th, 2014 (regular $75 USD).

More information: VST Buzz

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Forgotten Keys releases Korg Mini-Pops 3 for Kontakt

Forgotten Keys has launched FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3 (AKA Univox SR-55), a virtual drum machine instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Forgotten Keys Korg Mini-Pops 3
Forgotten Keys Korg Mini-Pops 3 (aka Univox SR-55 & Aria Diamond) for Kontakt.

The MP-3 or SR-55, depending or where it was purchased, is an all analogue drum machine from the 1970s. Although it has less sounds that the MP-7/SR-95 it has more rhythm patterns due to the 36 variations of the swing/foxtrot rhythm.

The nine sounds are similar to the equivalents of the MP-7/SR-95 though the bass and cymbals are a little different. If you already have my FK1 Kontakt instrument there will not be a lot new here but I thought it was worth doing for a “no-brainer” price as I believe the current expression goes.

FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3 features

  • 9 multi-sampled sounds.
  • 20 combinable re-created rhythms with 36 variations of the foxtrot/swing rhythm.
  • Volume, pan, tune and mute for each sound.
  • Note input and audio output routing.

The sample library costs £3 GBP.

More information: Forgotten Keys / FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3

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