Rhythmic Robot has released SH Poly, a classic analogue subtractive synth for Native Instruments Kontakt, sampled from Roland’s 70′s flagship synthesizer, the SH7.
It features two main oscillators accessing six different waveforms between them, plus a white / pink noise generator, dual LFOs with sine, ramp or randomised output, and a host of modulation possibilities.
The two main oscillators can be thickened further using the Multi-Osc feature, which adds multiple extra detonable oscillators – up to a maximum of ten, for an intense, stacked, “supersaw” style sound. SH Poly also features a selection of 70s-inspired effects and Rhythmic Robot’s trademark Glitch button, which randomises the instrument in a musically-aware fashion, making generating your own patches extremely simple. The user interface is closely modelled on the classic Roland signature graphics and colour palette.
The original SH7 was a powerhouse monosynth that crowned Roland’s lineup in the late 70s. SH Poly takes that amazing sound and crams it into a poly machine: rich, lush pads and thick basses can be dialled up with ease; bubbling leads and squelchy riffs are right there too. The sound is characteristically dense, warm and rich, especially with the Over Load control turned up and a little dose of Multi-Osc.
SH Poly features
- Classic twin-oscillator subtractive synthesis in a Roland-inspired framework.
- Multiple samples of authentic SH7 oscillators.
- 58 factory patches to start you off.
- “Multi-Osc” allows extra oscillators to be switched in for a hugely rich, intense sound.
- “Glitch” button for instant, musically-randomised inspiration.
The Poly SH for Kontakt is available to purchase for the introductory price of £13.45 GBP (regular £14.95 GBP).
Kontakt 5 instrument based on the Crumar Trilogy.
Lots of great sounds made on a real Trilogy and placed under the control of a custom kontakt 5 user interface.
2GB of samples including the great Trilogy Organs and Ensemble sounds plus lots of raw analogue sounds fron the Trilogy synth section.
All sounds made with microtape 18 – Dromeda Strains, for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1.0 (full version)
Tritone digital API560 eq used on master bus.
135 different sci-fi synth effects mapped to every key, made with the Korg Polysix – in WAV format.
Inspired by the soundtrack by Gil Mellé to the 1971 cult sci-fi classic ‘The Andromeda Strain’,
much sonic mileage can be attained from these
samples through experimentation with the various microtape controls and effects.
Contains 24 presets (both looped and un-looped
versions of the sounds).
Recorded to vintage tape at 7ips .
KONTAKT 5.1.0 ONLY (FULL VERSION)
Analogue Drums has launched BlackSmith, a virtual drum instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
BlackSmith is a modern metal workhorse with an aggressive yet toneful sound. This kit will lay an unshakable foundation for any metal track, or any other genre where a tight punchy articulate kit is called for.
BlackSmith gives you several mic layers to blend to your taste, easily taking the sound of the kit from clean and tight to spacious or dirty with the push of a fader. Three swappable snare variations help fit the kit to your track.
The kit we sampled is a top-of-the-line Sonor SQ2 Acrylic set, with three snare options, and classic Zildjian A Custom cymbals. The kit was sampled in Melbourne’s Sing Sing South studio, a medium sized tracking room.
- Multi-sampling: each kit component contains up to 7 velocity layers for expressive detail and dynamics, and 6x round-robin hits for every single zone for realistic performances.
- Mic layers: 6x individually controllable mic layers: Close mics, Overheads, Room mics, Smash mic, Kick Sub, and Snare-Bottom
- eKit mode switch to ‘eKit’ mode when using a Roland V-Drum kit, or leave set to ‘Keyboard mode’ for direct MIDI sequencing. The layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.
- Output routing: stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.
- Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more intricate and subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for heavier tracks.
- Presets: for quickly accessing different sounds.
- Trigger maps: for sound replacement: kick, snare, toms – each with separated mic layers
BlackSmith is available to purchase for $29 USD. Requires Kontakt 4.2+ full retail version.
Native Instruments has released Drum Lab, an “advanced drum layering instrument” with an intuitive workflow designed for fast results for use with their Kontakt 5 Player (included in free Komplete Players), or Kontakt 5.
Drum Lab combines acoustic and electronic drum samples with a “groove library” of over 900 patterns for fast groove production.
Drum Lab creates a hybridized layering technique from the combination of the organic sound of acoustic drums with the weight and punch of electronic samples. Drum Lab’s acoustic layer is made up of 38 individual drums, each recorded in three different rooms with high-end vintage and modern equipment on analog tape. For Drum Lab’s electronic component 380 drum hits were sampled from a range of classic and modern drum machines, then matched, phase aligned, faded, and pitched to blend with the acoustic drum samples.
Drum Lab’s interface provides all sound-shaping controls (TRANSIENT MASTER, SOLID EQ, G COMP, an optimized drum compressor, and a rich convolution reverb) directly on the front panel. Producers can choose individual acoustic and electronic layers, blend them via slider, and adjust details with some of Native Instruments’ studio effects listed above. Drum Lab also integrates perfectly with Native Instruments’ Maschine for the ultimate in hybrid drum groove production.
Feeling Groovy. Drum Lab also delivers some authentic grooves. A new set of patterns were recorded by a professional drummer, then converted to MIDI files and arranged by genre in Drum Lab’s groove library. Users can drag-and-drop these patterns into their sessions, using the software’s unique visual display to line up grooves in their tracks for added visual reference when creating beats.
Native Instruments’ Drum Lab is available now from the NI Online Shop for $99 / 99 Euro / ¥ 9800.
Modular synth and Kontakt 5, details below:
Some ideas on the bass line sequence were to use the triple switch for ratchet timing. I used the Q960 for a pitch source, the Q963 Trigger Bus for note gate and switching in a double on beat 6. The faster 1/16th ratchet was randomly selected by a Yves Usson Random Gates module.
Two Q106′s were used with 32′ sawtooth and 16′ PWM. The filter was a Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter in -24dB. I routed a split line output from the filter through a VCA controlled by a slow LFO and back into the filter for boosted body which came and went. The output from the Q150 then went to a Q107 State Variable Filter. The Q107 had two slow LFO’s slightly modifying the resonance and frequency center. There was a third tap off the Q106′s sine wave through another VCA into the Q107 filter.This sine wave was slowly coming and going with an LFO which brought up the deep bass tone.
The midrange piano-like sound was a combination of two Q106′s controlled by an STG VMS and a Q119 row. The filter was an Oakley SVF in LP mode.
The percussive sound was noise through an Oakley Diode Ladder Filter with it’s center frequency modified by a quantized random voltage from a Sputnik WCRS. The trigger to the Oakley envelope generator was from an STG TMS. output skip timing was a Cynthia LPG under gate control from a row of the Moon 563 Trigger Bus.
A fast arpeggiation line was from the Future Retro Mobius into a Double-Dekka Ultrasonic VCO then through an EG, VCA and delay pedal.
The played chord parts are using Kontakt5 with three instances of Hollow Sun’s Vintage Strings VP330 choir, Polymoog Vox Humana and Arp Solina brass. Recorded in Cubase and edited in Final Cut Pro. All in one track.
Such Is the Path to the Stars!
TW-Sounds has announced the Yamaha FB-01 Bundle, a collection of vintage synthesizer sounds for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The samples are recorded from the old vintage FB-01 FM Synthesizer from Yamaha. The Bundle include 46 Instruments mapped in Kontakt 5 with a GUI for manipulation of the sounds.
The bundle is currently available to purchase from Sampleism for £7 GBP.
TW-Sounds is also offering all Sampleism users a free copy of the SampleWiz Sound Library as part of Sampleism’s Summer Sale.
Noisefirm has released the NF-01 Classic Synthesizer, which is inspired by the classic Yamaha CS01. Capturing all the nuances of its classic ancestor, NF-01 evokes the rich harmonics and fat sounds of a bygone era. Featuring 6 unique waveforms, with the ability to to be independently mixed and tuned, NF-01 can produce a vast array of synth textures. From warm evolving pads to percussive pluck sounds and aggressive basses, NF-01 can serve up a variety of inspirational synth elements for your next creation.
- Kontakt instrument (full retail version 4.2 or later) with custom scripting and GUI.
- Over 100 built-in patches for Kontakt.
- 1.15 GB of samples and instruments.
- Additional patches for Apple Logic EXS24 sampler and Ableton Live (version 8 or later).
- Fully recreated Yamaha CS-01 vintage synthesizer plus additional features.
- 6 unique waveforms including a noise channel.
- independent waveform volume and tuning.
- switchable 3-mode filter.
- Filter modulation by AMP envelope.
- Filter modulation by LFO.
- Switchable playback behavior (Mono, Poly, Legato).
- Unison option with up to 8 unison voices, detune and spread controls.
- Variable LFO with pitch modulation.
- Effects section with Delay, Reverb, and Internal speaker simulation.
- Each waveform sampled over the entire range of the original instrument.
- Over 1400 individual samples (including 1100 “one shots”).
- One shots of each of the built-in patches for quick and easy import into sampler of choice.
A short preview of the Kork M500 for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1.0 (full version)
A run-through of some of the tape effect presets provided with the m500, demonstrating some of the variations in attack and punch made possible with the custom tape effect.
Kork M500 Micro Preset – full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1.0 needed.
Here is a 38 Min look at what makes Kontakt 5 a monster power-house of a sample playback plug-in. Also showing how cool it is to take samples from other Kontakt 5 libraries and load them into the MegaMacho Drums Interface for tons of sonic mayhem! MegaMacho Drums comes out July 1st, 2013!