Welcome to Rhythmic Robot Audio: uniquely characterful Kontakt instruments built from the dusty hardware of the past.

“Kontakt instruments don’t get much more esoteric than this. Bursting with warmth, crackle and analogue life… uniquely evocative”

Computer Music Magazine

“Rhythmic Robot are a small outfit dedicated to breathing life into the strange and the obscure… impeccably sampled

Sound on Sound magazine review our Native Instruments Kontakt Instruments

Sound on Sound magazine

“Rhythmic Robot specialise in building software so vintage you can smell the dust in the code… a unique flavour from a bygone era”

Future Music magazine describe our Kontakt instruments

 – Future Music magazine

We are a small enterprise sampling vintage musical hardware to make software 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.

We sample vintage hardware and turn it into software instruments for NI Kontakt

Find your way around…

The Laboratory – for unique, original instruments created from a variety of obscure and peculiar musical sources. Go here for unusual music-making tools to inspire your creativity.

The Keyboard Vault – for recreations of classic vintage hardware keys, synths and acoustic instruments. This is where you’ll find everything from organs to synths to string machines. If it’s real, and it has keys, chances are it’s found its way in here.

The Beat Room – for vintage analogue and digital drum machines. Here we have software versions of some drum classics, plus more unusual oddities, in both analogue and low-bit-depth digital flavours.

The NanoMod enclosure – this houses our growing collection of NanoMods, tiny inexpensive Kontakt modular synths and drum boxes. With a lot of creative control packed into a small, powerful footprint, NanoMods are a one-stop-shop for cool tones.

Mongo’s Cupboard – for everything that doesn’t fit in the other categories. Downright strange stuff. Tread carefully…

We also curate a small but growing collection of free Kontakt instruments, to which you’re welcome to help yourself 🙂 And if you’re a fan of the factory patches of keyboards past, check out our PatchVault collection, at only 20c a sound!


Our instruments all require Native Instruments Kontakt (version 4.2.3 or later) to run; you can find out more details on the FAQ page. Kontakt is included in NI Komplete. We also sell our instruments on KontaktHub (you can find them here) and KVR’s Marketplace if you’re fans of those sites. And if you want hints on who else we think is cool in the world of Kontakt libraries, be sure to check out our list of indie Kontakt developers!