Super-mellow analogue drum machine • Thick, warm sounds with individual kit piece control • Built-in syncable preset rhythms to take you back in time • Perfect for chillout, lounge, downtempo styles
Another car-boot-sale score by Mongo, the Concert RF-FIVE is a little wood-veneered preset rhythm unit featuring five onboard rhythms (hence its name) and a lovely warm, mellow sound. We particularly like the kick, which is thick and almost woolly played “raw” but which comes to life in a really interesting way if you dial in some saturation and compression: you can hear this in the second audio demo, where we’ve cranked the controls a bit to give the sound some extra heft. The snare is very laid-back and the hats tick away very nicely… plus there’s a neat little woodblock / click sound hidden away in there too.
All five preset rhythms sync straight to your DAW tempo and are combinable, so you can splice together weird and wonderful mashups of the originals, or just use them as fills and layer patterns over your own beats (which is what we did at the end of Demo 2, in fact). The individual kit pieces are split out as usual so you can use them to craft slightly more modern grooves than “foxtrot”; plus of course there’s level and pan control for them, and Velocity Retrofit so that more humanised patterns sound authentic. It’s a very simple little box, just like the original!
Concert RF5 blends very nicely into a mix, sitting back and gently steering the groove without pushing itself forward. It’s ideal for chillout styles or tracks where you want to showcase the vocalist without the beat competing; and we’ve found it goes particularly well with acoustic guitar. If you want to kick back and get a mellow tone going, this could be your friend 🙂