Rhythmic Robot Audio is a small enterprise sampling vintage hardware to make Kontakt instruments. Our mission is to take the synths, drum machines and keyboards of yesterday and bring them sparking and crackling back to life on our laboratory bench – before capturing their essence, bottling it in sampled form, and sending it out for you to play with. From classic hardware of the past to unique sonic creations built from humming walls of old signal generators, if you're looking for obscure and unusual signature sounds, you've come to the right place.
Our virtual instruments are built on meticulously recorded 24-bit samples of authentic old kit, taken to the next level with custom interfaces, clever scripting and tons of added functionality. We love our dusty old boxes, and hope you will too.
I'll start off by saying that I wrote a review on the Rhythmic Robot site jus now, so I'll just add that along with some extraness ;-)
I picked this up during their summer sale right now & The Professor & Mongo are pretty good at having their products available for cheap prices and on sale sometimes. This is by far 1 of my best purchases I have ever made for a Kontakt library. it's just what I needed. A retro sounding sound synth library with real world sounds but operates like a synth...however easy to control.
What I like best about Synthulator is that as complex as this sounds it's so easy to work with. Even just using the basic saw, sine, tri, & pulse sustain waves gives you something with character due to how well RR sampled it. Synthulator definitely has girt... but not sloppy grit. Soothing exfoliating grit if you will. Those reverbs play well in this instruments and it gives everything a nice smooth coating. I think what makes this synth so dope is the Glitch function. It's random but like a musically randomness. You can come up with some great ideas just by hitting the button & doing further tweaking. Again... this is not super complex to work your head around. It just feels right. Add a lil tape compression effect from Kontakt & maybe also for some craziness you could use Replika XT with this and you have yourself an 8 bit synth with lots of depth. My ONLY ONLY ONLY ONLY criticism of this that this scream for a mono poly legato mode to be implemented. I come up with nice lead sounds with this and to have that much more of control would make this perfect... and I don't believe in perfect LOL.
I'm impressed. Gimmickry aside, this is a quirky, analog-sounding VSTi that is capable of creating strange, imperfect but instantly useful sounds. And it's cheap. I guess they could add a few more loop sounds but considering the price, it's kinda great as-is.
If you're looking for a synth to use in Kontakt that actually works like a synth, don't want to spend a lot of money, don't want the library to be too huge AND want it to sound good, look no further than this baby.
For less than a ounce of weed, you have the choice to get something that you don't hide from the police... a synth in a sampler! I'll hit the good points first:
-Cheap (everything is about the money)
-Low footprint (About 170 mg download, so you're RAM will be safe & it's great if you have an older computer)
-Sound (Not oversaturated, unless you want it to be. It's not overdone, but it plays well. A great tonal range..sharp & tight at the high end. Consistent in the middle. Not too bad on the lows... it won't be able to do trap subs... but for playing actual bass lines it's terrific. It's the oscillators that make this synth, not the features).
-Versatility (This is the main reason I like SH Poly. The multi osc is great for pads, synth keys or even leads. You can tune each of the oscillators & modulate the pitch with very smooth LFOs. Those of which you have 2. The filter works great on them... with an envelope, LFO, & a highpass as well. A little bit of the white/pink noise can bring in some dark air if needed. If you need to get a stronger signal, that overload button will make your sound stronger, not just louder. Towards the back you have a well thought out effects section that accentuates rather than take over your sound. Not too mention you have a bass & high eq to further enhance things and the glide function can work in poly as well as mono)
-INIT patch (Most libraries are different instruments or NKIs that contain different samples. Especially the lower costs ones. It's nice to have a synth library that actually acts like a synth.. in which I can program all the sounds I need to with just the initial patch... just like a real synth. You can also hit the "Glitch" button when you don't feel like thinking or need some inspiration.)
Some libraries are meant to explore every sound possible by what synth (s) the developer used. Some libraries are meant to be focused. This is where SH Poly lies. If you know what you're doing with this, you can make it sound incredible. This is also a great synth to layer other synths with. It doesn't sound like tape. It doesn't sound like valve. it sounds like an SH-7. I'll be using this a lot in my productions in the future. Thanks Professor (and Mongo).
This creation and its companion Loopscape Vinyl are becoming essential in my studio. They provide a lovely patina to anything that might be too shiny. Perfect for a bit of background, they can stand on their own in the foreground too. I find myself trancing out with these as they provide a perfect soundtrack to late night experimentation. The level of tweakability makes it easy to come up with a fresh vibe every time.
It's as if the Professor and Mongo are circuit-bending the very fabric of spacetime itself. They went from 'I want this' to 'My perfect studio' in to time at all.