Fairly Confusing Waveforms has released Cracklebot, a free vinyl noise machine for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Fairly Confusing Waveforms Cracklebot

Cracklebot is automated drum machine based on vinyl noise samples. I sampled worn and dirty, empty grooves from my vinyl collection. Lead-ins, lead-outs, silent parts in between tracks, those have been chopped to 115 short slices or pops, crackles, scratches and noises.

Cracklebot is sequencing them into tempo synchronized, noise grooves. The machine can create new, random patterns on a single click, so it’s quite fun play with.

Also available is Cracklebot Red, a modified version:

  • uses 4 convolution units instead of 2, replaced the delays, this needs considerably powerful CPU.
  • reverb mixdown knob now controls return of all 4 units, delay mix knob is replaced with dry signal level knob, so now you can listen to just wet output of all reverbs.
  • there are now 12 layers/tracks per groove instead of 9.
  • there are small adjustments in groove generation constraints, larger possible sequences, different possible sequence speeds, etc.

Both Cracklebot instrument libraries are available for download at no charge. Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2 or higher.

More information: Fairly Confusing Waveforms