25th March 2012
Rhythmic Robot has released Drawbar 350 for Kontakt, a transistor drawbar organ whose 8 voices are sampled from the original Dubreq Stylophone 350S. It is available now for £8.95, and as part of a bundle offer with other Rhythmic Robot products.
The Stylophone 350S was a professional version of the consumer Stylophone, with eight onboard voicings covering three sounds (Woodwind, Strings and Brass), plus vibrato, two styli, and a light-sensitive wah-wah control.
While the original Stylophone 350S employed toggle-switches to switch its tones in or out, the Rhythmic Robot Drawbar 350 replaces these with 12-stage drawbars, allowing a much more sophisticated tonal palette to be created by blending the raw tones. There is also control over envelope attack and release, and a batch of processing tailored to the aggressive transistor character of the raw samples. These include Anger (a tube drive), Fury (a Skreamer distortion pedal), Vibe (for vibrato) and Bite (which rolls the top end off to mellow down the sound). Amp Cab simulation rounds out the effects and can help the Drawbar 350 to sit in a mix, giving it a convincing "live" sound.
This is a unique instrument whose tonal fingerprint is defined by the analogue transistor quality of the original 350S. Unprocessed it can sound very rough and raw, but the user interface incorporates a great deal of control to tame that sound. From punk organs to pads, aggressive leads to distant textures, this is a thoroughly unusual addition to anyone's sonic arsenal.
- All eight voicings of the Stylophone 350S sampled at 24-bit.
- Drawbar control replaces the toggle-switches with 12-stage blend-able drawbars.
- Voices: Woodwind 16", 8", 4", 2"; Brass 16", 8"; Strings 4", 2".
- Transistor organ sound enhanced by specifically-chosen effects processors.
- Bite, Anger, Fury and Vibe settings to roughen or tame the sound.
Drawbar 350 is available now from Rhythmic Robot for £8.95, and also as part of a bundle offer with other products.
Compatible with Kontakt version 4.2.3 and higher (including Kontakt 5 and above). Not compatible with Kontakt Player.