Rhythmic Robot Audio has released Crank, a hybrid synthesiser for Kontakt melding acoustic and electronic sources in a 4-oscillator architecture.
Crank takes over six hundred samples of an Eastern European stringed hurdy-gurdy – and places them at the heart of a four-oscillator analogue synthesiser framework ideally suited to the creation of strange, eerie, evolving patches.
The acoustic hurdy-gurdy produces its sounds by rubbing a rosined wooden wheel over a series of violin-style strings: the sound is half violin, half hand-cranked barrel organ and can be both plaintive and raw-sounding. Rhythmic Robot has sampled a hurdy-gurdy extensively to create the basic tones for Crank, and named the instrument after the handle that the player cranks round to make the hurdy-gurdy play.
The twin Crank oscillators are independently controllable, with dual filters, envelopes, pitch control, LFOs and so on; they also run in tandem with twin Analogue Oscillators, adding some classic analogue waves to the tonal palette. The characteristic attack “squeal” of the acoustic hurdy-gurdy can be turned on or off individually, and the sound sources mixed and blended to create haunting and evocative instruments that sound “almost real.”
- Twin Crank oscillators drawn from extensive samples of the hurdy-gurdy.
- Twin Analogue oscillators sampled from the Roland SH7 flagship analogue synth.
- Twin flavours of noise: classic white noise, plus vinyl-style crackle.
- Extensive LFO modulation of pitch, amplitude and filter cutoff, independently for both Cranks.
- The Rhythmic Robot GLITCH button to randomise the instrument in musically inspiring ways.
Price: £24.95 – Crank is available now from Rhythmic Robot, at an introductory special-offer price of £19.95. Requires Kontakt v.4.2.3 or later to run (including all versions of Kontakt 5). Kontakt Player is not supported.
Vintage synthesizer track featuring the Roland M-VS1
supported by UVI: http://bit.ly/retrosound-uvi
all sounds: Roland M-VS-1 “Vintage Synth” module from the year 1995
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: reverb and delay
No vintage synthesizer but a synthesizer module with nice vintage synth sound. 😉
256 waveforms (Oberheim, PPG, Moog, ARP, Mellotron, Solina, CS-80, Roland SH, Jupiter, JX, Juno, MKS, VP330, TR-808 samples and a lot more)
Das Eurovisionssignet kennt jedermann. Dass es auch ganz anders klingen kann, zeigt der Musiker Bruno Spoerri und führt uns gleichzeitig in die Welt des Synthesizers ein. (“Perspektiven” vom 13.4.1972)
Here’s what the developer has to say about it:
Hey guys, since a lot of you enjoyed the 1.0 version, I thought it’d be a good idea to let you know that I’ve just updated my WEST// Reaktor ensemble.
This new 1.1 version adds a clone of the Buchla 296e Spectral Processor, Wave Folder, Master EQ, LFO Key Sync, new MIDI modulation sources as well as a bunch of bug fixes. Check the link for the full changelog.
Get it for free from the Reaktor user library
WEST// is a west-coast style monophonic synthesizer.
Since there aren’t too many of this kind of synths available for Reaktor I decided to try to create something. WEST// was inspired by the sounds of the Buchla modules and the semi-modular workflow from the ARP 2600 synthesizer.
It contains a Complex Oscillator (FM based dual-oscillator), a filter similar to a low-pass gate, 2 ADSRs, 1 Multi-Stage envelope, Noise generator, 3 VCAs, 2 mixers, 1 sequencer, 2 random modules inspired by the Source of Uncertainty, 2 regular LFOs, 1 Self-Influenced Random module, a frequency shifter and a Wave Multiplier.
The workflow on it is a bit particular so here are a few tips to get started:
– The VCA 1 is linked to the Master output and it’s always controlled by the ADSR 1.
– The sliders available on the Complex Oscillator behave as offsets when there’s no Modulation selected. Once you select a modulation source, the sliders turn into attenuators for the incoming modulation signals.
– Shape 1 and 2 are a bipolar slider
Here is a very serious review and sound demo of the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth I, a handheld noise synth with a twist … or tilt. More info below. Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c…
The Mute Synth is controlled by bridging connections with your fingers. It’s a weirdly fun noise maker and I’m looking forward to the Mute Synth II, which is just around the corner. What do you think?
The Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII), is a hand-held synth and sequencer designed in collaboration with the designer and writer, Adrian Shaughnessy. The MSII follows the first Dirty Electronics Mute Synth (MSI), originally created for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute event at the Roundhouse in 2011.
MSII’s elegant design and focus on usability pushes through a pick-up-and-play approach, with switches and knobs, in conjunction with the touch controls inherent in the MSI, to enable complex and infinite rhythms and sounds to be created simply.
Mute Synth II comes with a selection of works created using the synth by artists associated with Dirty Electronics and Mute.
Mute Synth II is available to pre-order now from: http://www.mutebank.co.uk/mutebank/3J…
- Designer circuit board
- Noise generator
- Buffered output
- Touch and pot control
- Mini patchbay
- Headphone/line output
Mute Synth II comes with a selection of works using the synth, by artists associated with Dirty Electronics and Mute. The CD features Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle / Carter Tutti Void), Simon Fisher Turner, Dominic Butler (Bronze Teeth / Factory Floor), Kidanevil, Dirty Electronics and more.
Daniel Miller showing Minimoog, Pro One, TR 808 / 909 and even the Anyware Tinysizer – shown on the last modular synth meeting – as well as polivoks, System 100m and SE1X along with Microwave and Matrix 1000 by Oberheim and Arp Sequencer.
Introducing our newest Tabletop ready phase distortion synthesizer, currently codenamed “Digits.” Louis, from the Adventures in Funk, is back to demo the prototype. Stay tuned to see Digits in development!
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Vintage synthesizer demo track
all sounds: YAMAHA DX7 II FM Synthesizer (1987)
drums: LinnDrum (1982)
recording: multi-track without Midi
fx: reverb and delay
Vintage Synths at Arturia HQ in France – 15th anniv.