Forgotten Keys FK15 Bentley Rhythm Ace FR-3 V.4.2 KONTAKT
All the names dotted about on the front panel and serial plate of this early analogue drum machine denote it as: Ace-Tone, Bentley, Rhythm Ace Full-Auto FR-3. Quite a mouthful! I’m going to stick with FR-3 from now on. The FR-3 was a very similar looking machine to the Korg Mini-Pops 3 in that it had the usual range of preset rhythms plus a selector knob that assigned variations to the left most rhythm button, 2 buttons in this case. Being an early machine, inductor coils or tuned tanks are used to create the drum sounds. Some of the individual sounds can only be isolated for sampling by messing around inside the machine, which is often the case.
The drum machine used for this project was very kindly lent to me by Steve at SynthMagic. He had just had it serviced so it worked perfectly and sounded very clean. Check out his site if you haven’t already.
There are 8 sounds available on the FR-3 and they have all been isolated and sampled 8 times for the FK15. Unusually, the sounds are accented on certain beats. This is rarely seen on older machines and improves the rhythms considerably, especially the latin variety. The various accent levels have been sampled as well (8 times each) for all sounds that use it, making the rhythms very accurate to the original. When playing the sounds from your keyboard or DAW sequencer, these accent levels are assigned to velocity.
All the preset rhythms including the 2-beat and 4-beat variations have been re-produced for Kontakt. Rather than playing back sampled loops of the rhythms, the individual sampled sounds are triggered as and when needed. This is essentially how a real drum machine works except that the diode matrix has been replaced with Kontakt scripting and the sound generator circuit has been replaced with samples of said sound generator circuit.
The balance control of the FK15 adjusts the balance between the drum and cymbal sounds when playing one of the in-built rhythms. Far more control is to be had however by way of the Setup tab.
The Setup tab offers greater control over how the FK15 sounds and operates. There are volume, pan, tune and mute controls for each sound. Incoming MIDI notes can be mapped to any rhythm or sound and outgoing sounds can be assigned to any available Kontakt output. Random tune and volume controls add a little human element to the sounds.
Back In Time Records Korg Universe Vol 1 AKAI SCD-AMPLiFYiSO
Korg Universe Volume 1 is from the German company Back in Time Records who specialise in the production of sample CD's of older classic synths, we have also reviewed Minimoog Classics and Korg Universe Volume 2. Korg Universe 1 is the companion volume to Volume 2 and covers the sounds produced from 17 Korg synthesisers and drum machines, from classic mono synths like the 700S to the Wavestation AD. There is no duplication with Volume 2 and I'd find it hard to think of anything produced by Korg in the 1970-91 period that isn't covered by one of these sample CD's.
he synthesisers and drum machines have been accurately recorded with no additional sonic processing. In this volume there are over 1500 individual samples, however to facilitate the the accurate representation of the sounds of these machines there is extensive use of multi-sampling. Therefore there are fewer unique sounds than otherwise may appear at first sight. The advantage of multisamples is that it enables a wider, more accurate rendition of the actual sounds across a wider audio range than just a single sample would do. A single sample played a couple of octaves away from its sampling point can often sound nothing like the original sound would have done at the same point. As this is a CD-ROM release the inconvenience of multi-sampling is removed and the added sonic accuracy produces a more playable range of notes from each sound.
As an added bonus the package comes with a floppy disk of data for the Korg Trinity workstation with some 150 program, combination and effects templates. Unfortunately I didn't have access to a Trinity to test these but no doubt adds to the value somewhat if you own one.
Like other Back in Time products the presentation is excellent. You get a little booklet, here it runs to 36 pages and quite excellent. The samples are broken down by partition and then by "phase" or program and then further broken down into each individual program. The phases run to a maximum of 8Mb. Each sound is listed out then with its memory requirement. Additionally though as a nice touch is some background information and the odd photo of the machine being sampled.
There is also a page or two of additional user information, mostly about the Trinity disk, but also about key ranges and so forth.
The machines sampled for this collection are as follows:- Synthesisers - 700S, 800DV, PS-3100, Trident MkII, Poly 800, DW 8000, DS-8, Wavestation AD, T1, CX3 Portable Organ, SG 1D Digital Piano, P3 Piano, 03 Orchestra Module and drum machines Wavedrum, minipops 120W, MR16 & DDD1.
Channel Robot Grid Machine Matrix Vol 1 KONTAKT
Is it Tenori-on? Is it Monome? No its GRID MACHINE//MATRIX! the coolest most cost effective way to get into grid-based audio. GM//MATRIX is a massively powerful, engaging, fun way to develop unique melodic content from literally under your finger-tips.
Featuring 50 sound-banks in 5 Kontakt instruments all meticulously multi-sampled for use in the instrument by GM//MATRIX creators ChannelRobot. Sounds custom designed to match the grid based approach and for use across a wide range of genres from DnB, thru Dubstep and on into House and more. Rich, fat analog leads and basses, shimmering pads and leads and in the unlikely case that they're not what you want GM//MATRIX outputs MIDI thru Kontakt to your favourite synths for even more creative possibilities.
GM//MATRIX features nearly 30 different pattern approaches, heaps of scales and keys, variable tempos and velocities, random notes and stutter repeats all allowing unlimited new melodic content, as commercial or as dark as you need.
Plus as an introductory offer 45 CRX01 experimental sequencer instruments. Strange original and compelling sequenced/arpegiated noises, but be careful X stands for eXperimental...
Channel Robot Grid Machine Chain KONTAKT DVDR
GRID MACHINE//CHAIN, the third instrument from the grid machine series comes set up to deliver cascading melodic grooves for use in every genre of modern electonic music. From simple Phillip Glass like endless repeats, thru house key parts and on into downtempo atmospheric hooks. Not just simple 4/4 grooves either, Chain can build bubbling strange time signatures thru three/four, five/four, six four time and on. Anything that needs a melodic twist, or anytime you need melodic inspiration Chain is there to provide the input. Use the internal sounds or route Kontakt to your favourite synth for your own entirely unique compositions.
Featuring 50 sound banks custom designed and multi-sampled for use in Grid Machine Chain by GM//CHAIN creators Channel Robot. Endless engaging varying patterns are available at your fingertips. All this from a new approach to sequencing, that will have you building completely original tracks straight away.
Kontakt 4.2+ Instrument
50 Sound Banks
Over 2.1Gb of samples
Over 50 Presets
Sound DUST Modular Chaos Engine v1.1 Found KONTAKT
A chaotic drum machine for a chaotic world.
For the past 10 years or so I've always carried some kind of portable recording device and a pair of OKM in ear microphones around with me and kept a kind of aural diary of great sounding things and great sounding places. I've made literally gazillions of recordings in places all over this side of the world, and like most diaries these recordings have mainly been sitting in dark cupboards waiting for someone to rediscover them..
The Modular Chaos Engine is the perfect repository for 785 of them. I've selected the most usefully percussive, clangy, bangy, thumpy, boomy, itchy, scratchy, thwacky and whacky, added a really powerful sequencing engine and made a "found sound" drum machine.
What's inside 1.1?
Boom Engine page - 12 user programmable, key triggered patterns with 12 tracks per pattern. Up to 62 sounds available per note.
Snap Engine page - 12 user programmable, key triggered patterns with 12 tracks per pattern. 15 sounds available per note (K5 only).
One Shot Kit page -5 octaves of programmable one shot kits with chaos and order parameter randomisation control.
Sends and Master FX page - control of master levels , master EQ and Transient designer (K5 only).
700+ original 24bit samples.
Instrument presets (.nki's) for Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 5.
2 Vintage sampler emulation preset modes (K5 only).
Boom/snap Engines - drawable, per note control of: sound selection, volume, reverb send, hold time, low pass filter, pan, sample start, tune, compression (K5 only).
Boom/snap Engines - sound selection chaos control (K5 only).
Boom/snap Engines - timing chaos control (K5 only).
Boom/snap Engines - 'remix' control with 32 loop variations.
Boom/snap Engines - 16 or 32 beat per track selection.
Boom/snap Engines - solo & mute per sound.
Boom/snap Engines - copy/paste of patterns & tracks.
Swing amount control for extra hippity hoppity per engine.
One Shot Kits - individually editable note articulations with jitter, release, flam, drag, ruff, roll, muted, speed roll & geiger settings
One Shot Kits - per note control of reverb send, pitch, high & low pass filters, volume attack & decay, volume & pan.
Built in instruction manual in RTFM tab.
Jason McGerr Sessions REFiLL SCD-BNT
Want Jason McGerr, drummer for Death Cab for Cutie, to play on your next track? Might be a problem. But if you'll settle for his drumming, his sound and his studio in ReFill form, there's always Jason McGerr Sessions.
All the Styles, All the Time
The Jason McGerr Sessions ReFill contains beats and rhythms suitable for a wide spectrum of musical styles; if you're looking for live played drums for your track, you'll find them here. It's that simple. A versatile drummer and a lover of good music in general, Jason provides you with drum loops and kits whose sound and playing styles range from basic bread 'n' butter pop beats through hip hop to live played glitch (!).
The Jason McGerr Sessions Refill was created specifically for Reason, and with Reason users needs in mind. Which becomes evident the moment you load it up. For instance, each of the featured drum loops comes with a multi-sampled kit made up of individual, full release sounds - letting you combine REX loops and indidvidual hits, for maximum flexibility. Need we add that every multi-sampled kit is available in close as well as ambience versions? Probably not.
On Location Drums
Every sound heard on Jason McGerr Sessions was recorded in Jason's own Two Sticks Recording Studio in Seattle, the very studio used to track the drums on the upcoming and highly anticipated Deathcab For Cutie album. The Sessions were recorded using Class A mics, preamps and outboard gear, capturing faithfully not only Jason McGerr's drums, but also the air and ambience of the room surrounding them.
More than 450 unique REX Loop variations, fills, lead-ins and endings, each with close and ambience version - Total number of REX Loops is over 900.
- More than 2,000 individual drum samples
- Three different versions of every drum kit. Can be used on their own or in various combinations
- Two multiple velocity snare sample collections that include ghost notes, drags, and rolls
- One kick drum recorded at multiple velocities with a felt as well as a plastic beater playing both into and off the drumhead
- 18 Song Starters to help you make the most of the JMS Refill
- 40 MIDI Files to be used with any of the included drum kits
- 38 ReDrum patches
- 12 Effects patches
- 38 NN-XT patches
- More than 25 Combinator patches including various Style Kits and Drum Machine performance patches
Big Fish Audio Infinite Sound Ambient Atmospheres AKAI
Bring this colorful world of ambient, atmospheric sounds to your collection. Mysterious, and even explosive at times, these new and fresh sounds take you around themes and variations of illusions, landscapes, action and science. From "glassy shimmers" and "gently tapped cymbals" to "heavily processed gongs and sweeps," these samples range anywhere from 5 seconds to over a minute long!
"If you want to enhance your sound palette with a sample library that's designed for ambient electronic music, Ambient Atmospheres would be a fine choice." - Keyboard
MIDI Guitar Synth