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Rhythmic Robot release WURLIBEAT for Kontakt: analogue rhythm machine
Old 25th September 2012
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SamplesLoops Rhythmic Robot release WURLIBEAT for Kontakt: analogue rhythm machine

Hi folks!

We promised you something pocket-change friendly after the big wallet-buster that was Jennings (totally worth it, though - watch out for upcoming reviews in Sound on Sound, Music Technology and Computer Music), and this is it. WurliBeat is a Kontakt recreation of the rare Wurlitzer Electronic Swingin' Rhythm preset rhythm machine, a groovy little box in woodgrain veneer that would look at home in a 50s diner. The Swingin' Rhythm is an early analogue rhythm unit intended to accompany Wurlitzer's organs, and features five preset rhythms in combination with four one-shot kit pieces (kick, brush, block and cymbal) plus a Snare kit piece that can either be one-shot or continuously rolled - a very neat feature we haven't seen elsewhere on units of this era. The onboard rhythms are typical of the 50s, and comprise Waltz, Latin, Foxtrot, Teen and March, which features the rolled snare prominently.

You can wedge two buttons in simultaneously to create, e.g., Latin Teen. Fantastic. Also the most-googled phrase in Mongo's browser history, I've recently discovered.

WurliBeat recreates the Swingin' Rhythm comprehensively. The preset rhythms can be combined and sync automatically to DAW tempo, while the kit pieces have been sampled individually multiple times, allowing for random sample selection to preserve some analog instability in the sounds. This is particularly important for the Kick sound, which has irregular vinyl-like components that strongly benefit from random playback. It sound kind of dusty, kind of groovy, kind of cool...

Complementing the sounds are two key built-in effects: an output limiter / compressor for adding weight and cohesion, and an IR convolved reverb of a 1950s Plate reverb, to bring authentic ambience to the beats. Finally, each kit piece can be panned and trimmed for level from the front panel.

The tone of the WurliBeat is compressed towards the midrange and offers a character that is ideally suited to chillout styles like ambient, trip-hop, New Age, nu jazz or ambient house; or for layering into other styles that depend on a more forceful basic beat but would benefit from its unusual and quirky midrange tonality. We like to think of it as taking the slow train to Chillsville, man.

  • 24-bit multiple samples, randomised on playback for analogue feel
    5 preset rhythms which sync to DAW host tempo and can be combined
    Inbuilt compression and era-appropriate convolution plate reverb
    Level trim and pan position controls for each kit piece
    Photo-realistic user interface
WurliBeat is available now from Rhythmic Robot and costs £5.95 Audio demos are up on the website now, so if you want to hear what Teen sounds like, this is your chance!

Best wishes,

The Professor (and Mongo)


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