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.