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Classic sampled sounds that defined a generation… vol 2

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 “Sampled soundbanks don’t get much more classic than this.” –Computer Music Magazine

Computer Music 8 out of 10

“There is old-school digital character on offer here in every one of the 534 instruments… brilliantly retro” – Future Music MagazineFuture Music 8 out of 10

“Rhythmic Robot strike again… it’s these sounds that made the 8–bit Emulator II the mid–’80s sampler we lusted after. The hits and chords still sound immense [and] it gets even better with a great selection of strings. Whether you’re writing ’80s retro tracks or you simply love the sounds of the Emulator II, these collections should prove invaluable.” Sound on Sound MagazineSound on Sound magazine review our Kontakt instruments


‘I’m a fan of this Rhythmic Robot outfit. Using their instruments is like discovering a lost tribe in the digital jungle… pure, but slightly uncivilized.’

– Stephen Hague, producer (Peter Gabriel, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Melanie C, New Order, etc.)

ANOTHER 500+ superb sounds from the biggest, bluest sampler of the 80s, brought to Kontakt with the blessing and collaboration of their original publisher, Doug Morton • Vintage EII companding convertors add punch, weight, grain and texture to the classic 8-bit sound • Every key of every patch sampled across the whole EII keyboard – no interpolation means you get the exact tonality of the Emulator II

The Emulator II UOS Library is available in two parts: Volume 1 and Volume 2. If you buy Volume 1, you can get Volume 2 half price. See here for details of this awesome offer!

 

EII (2 of 4)Volume 2 of the Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds library follows on from Volume 1, adding well over 500 further instruments and expanding the sound palette of the first library hugely.

The emphasis this time is a little different from before, with a wide range of classic analogue and digital synths represented, while brass, string and orchestral sounds are characterised by smaller selections but greater fidelity, rather than the sheer breadth of sounds covered in Volume 1.

The standout patches (to our ears at least) come in the form of synths, keys and solo instruments, while there are some neat left-field choices as well (like Mellotron strings). The synths delve deep into analogue classics, but also take in the then-modern crop of mid-80s digital machines, so you get both DX-style glitter and D50-style movement along with more typical subtractive fare. This expanse of rich synth tones makes layering the patches very rewarding: blending together an orchestral patch with a synth patch nearly always leads to something special happening. A quick tweak of the envelope attack to join the two together and the results are magical – tons of 8-bit grit from the EII, tons of warmth and depth from the sources themselves. This is something we’ve taken advantage of to great effect in the Multis, which cherry-pick some cool starting tones and then go to town on them with everything the interface has to offer. We hope you’ll have a go, too!

Ethnic instruments also get a good showing, with a wide variety ofThe Professor at work on the Emulator II (smaller) folk patches (including some great harmonicas) as well as indigenous instruments from around the globe – perfect for those Peter Gabriel moments! And to underpin your tracks there are some truly weighty basses, both electric and synthesised, ready to make your speakers shudder. There’s something incredibly punchy and rock-solid about the EII’s bass response which makes these kinds of patches a joy to play.

As always, we’ve gone the extra mile with the sampling itself, and as well as sampling each patch chromatically and in obsessive detail, we’ve also taken care to multi-sample anything that draws on the EII’s filters, so you can be sure of getting the same velocity response on our patches as you would on the original hardware. Hit harder, and on the patches that support it, the filter opens up just like the real thing!

“Volume 2 is slightly smaller [than Volume 1] but still contains over 530 patches in the same categories. It fills in some of the gaps of the first, contributing improved piano sounds, gamelans, a generous dose of African percussion and yet more metal bashing. But for me its best entries are the eerie solo strings, wood flutes, a whole host of other strings (including Mellotron) and a superior selection of vocal samples. Were I forced to choose just a single volume, this one’s strings and choirs would probably give it the edge.” – Sound on Sound magazine review

The icing on the cake is the convolved Lexicon reverb, offering three plates, three rooms and three halls to choose from; period-correct reverb really helps to seat the sounds in a space of their own. Our personal favourites are Plate 3 and Room 2; though of course if you’d rather go dry, you can just hit the ‘Vintage’ button and all effects and modern tweaks will be disabled.

Recreating the Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds for Kontakt has been a real labour of love; here, with Volume 2, we bring you the fruits of six months of painstaking sampling, looping, tuning and editing. We think it’s well worth the wait, and we hope you do too!

Here are the actual statistics of the library, just for kicks:

  • 37,238 individual samples
  • 25Gb original 24-bit
  • 16Gb uncompressed 16-bit
  • 8.83Gb compressed .ncw format
  • 534 individual instruments, consisting of…
  • …21 Bass / 4 Bells & Chimes / 39 Brass / 48 Drums / 46 Ethnic & Folk / 3 FX / 22 Guitar / 47 Piano & Keys / 45 Orchestral / 73 Percussion / 25 Strings / 139 Synth / 22 Vocal

Downloading and installing the Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds soundset:

This is a big, big set of instruments. As such, we’ve partitioned the download into 8 1Gb files, so when you receive your download link email, it will include links to eight separate .zip files. If your internet connection is on the slow side, you’ll get better performance if you download these one at a time rather than setting them all going at once.

When you’ve downloaded all the parts, Mac users will need a copy of Stuffit Expander and Windows users will need a copy of 7-Zip, both of which are free to download – just follow the links.

Launch your decompression utility. Mac users can drag the first .zip file only onto Stuffit’s window. Windows users should select the first .zip file only using 7-Zip, and click Extract. The utility will (slowly!) decompress all eight files into one consolidated folder containing the instruments and samples. NB Simply double-clicking the file will not work; follow the procedure above. Decompression will take a long time and it may look like the utility has stalled; but don’t panic, there’s a lot for it to do (and in the case of Stuffit, the little progress bar shows progress for only the first file of the eight, so the time it takes to complete the whole process will be about eight times longer than the progress bar suggests.) Perhaps make a warming beverage while it gets to it 😉

EII Universe of Sounds ships with a factory sound library of over 540 original EII patches, and also a collection of Kontakt Multis most of which were designed by our good friend Ed Ten Eyck. Ed does sound design for other synths too, so take a look at his brilliant patches here.


(All our Kontakt instruments require a full copy of Native Instruments Kontakt v4.2.3 or higher (including all versions of Kontakt 5). Kontakt Player is not supported: instruments will load, but will time out after 15 minutes. See the FAQ for further information.) You can read more about the original hardware E-Mu Emulator II here, and you can get more of Doug Morton’s classic samples on his awesome website, Q-Up Arts, here.

Rhythmic Robot OMI Universe of sounds Volume II – patch list (not including the additional Multis we’ve created)

Piano Acoustic

1 baby grand
2 grand piano
3 killer piano 1
4 killer piano 2
5 plucked piano
6 prepared piano
7 smoke piano
8 toy piano 1
9 toy piano 2

Piano electric

10 ano diggo piano
11 digipiano
12 digital electric piano
13 digital piano
14 electric piano
15 electric piano & guitar
16 electric piano & voice
17 midi piano 1
18 midi piano 2
19 octave piano
20 rhodes-type piano
21 synth piano
22 tube piano
23 wurly electric piano

Keyboard acoustic

24 accordion
25 guitano
26 harpsichord grand

Organ

27 killer organ
28 pipe organ 1
29 pipe organ 2
30 rock organs
31 sixties organs
32 synth B3

Synthesisers

33 analog midi
34 analog perc & vibes
35 assorted synth tones
36 bass & orchestra
37 belano
38 bell tones & razors
39 bells/trumpets synthetized
40 big blend
41 big pad
42 bigstack
43 bliss bell
44 brass synthetized
45 brass blend synthetized
46 bulb horns
47 choir synthetized
48 dark glowing sparkles
49 digiflute
50 digital blend
51 digital harps & electric piano
52 dreams
53 eastern synth
54 edge synth
55 elliptical synth
56 expensive synth stack
57 fm fx
58 harsch waves
59 hendrix synth
60 kotomod
61 lead synth lead
62 midi lushness
63 midi squonk
64 molten lava synth
65 pitz-synthetized
66 pitzwang
67 regal pads
68 string mutant
69 superclav
70 synorgus
71 texture pad
72 thor
73 unihorn
74 warm pads

String synths

75 bob’s biggie
76 high strings synthetized
77 karplus strings
78 megaloid strings
79 midi stack
80 salinas strings
81 soft strings
82 synth strings

Voice

83 ah! liz
84 ah oh ooo
85 big breath
86 big mens & maidens
87 boys choir
88 boys in the band
89 female vox
90 female choir
91 femme classique
92 gothic monk
93 gregorian chant
94 jon choir
95 men & girls
96 multi-voice
97 ooo boys
98 pro voices
99 synth voice
100 various vox

Combo

101 12 strings guitar & voices
102 arranger disk
103 band noir
104 bass/lead guitar
105 bass/vocal split
106 big band assortment
107 brass punches & drums
108 dulcichords & strings
109 ethereal atmosphere
110 ethereal blend
111 ethnic combo
112 exotic monks & shakuhachi
113 flute,drums,synth & bass
114 flute/trumpet
115 fretless bass & piano
116 guitar & synth strings
117 guitar/voice
118 japanese vacation
119 log drum/piano
120 metal/voices split
121 midi string piano
122 piano/cello
123 primal boogie
124 rythmdream
125 rock department
126 rock shop
127 serangi/tabla
128 small beam
129 snare,bass & toms
130 songwriter’s aid
131 synth combo
132 tine strings & big hits
133 tron strings & electric rain
134 tuff rythm
135 two pianos

Guitar acoustic

136 12 strings guitar
137 acoustic guitars harmonics
138 acoustic guitar & flute
139 classical guitar
140 dulcitar
141 mandolin
142 nylon string guitar
143 rin guitar

Guitar electric

144 335-type guitar
145 chorused clean guitar
146 guitar fx
147 lead guitar
148 open string guitar
149 pedal steel
150 power chords 1
151 power chords 2
152 synth guitar
153 twisted guitar

Bass

154 arppegiator synth bass
155 fretless bass 1
156 fretless bass 2
157 funk rock bass
158 groove bass
159 melody bass
160 pick bass
161 rock bass
162 snap bass
163 stein bass
164 stick
165 synth basses
166 upright jazz bass

Drum kits

167 ambient drums
168 big groove
169 bunch’o drums
170 coustitones
171 digital drums
172 drum stuff
173 drums & anvils
174 drums & fills
175 large tones
176 machine perc 1 tr 707
177 machine perc 2 tr 727
178 mongo drums
179 rythmetized
180 room’o drums
181 room drums
182 snares ‘n toms
183 toms in space
184 tough tones
185 wazz drums

Cymbals

186 mallet cymbal 1
187 mallet cymbal 2

Percussion

188 assorted percussion
189 cowbell,block & shakers
190 digital percussion
191 gym toms
192 major percussion
193 metal percussion
194 pool hall rock
195 strange percussion
196 thation percussion
197 talking percussion
198 war drums

Percussion pitched

199 african timbre
200 bizarre percussion
201 didgeriperc
202 glass panes
203 kemal drum 1
203 kemal drum 2
204 metal hit
205 ripping percussion
206 sequence tone
207 simulated log drum
208 tympani roll
209 tympani

Percussion ethnic

210 african percussion
211 beta bongo
212 conga
213 cool congas
214 gamelan
215 hi tumba
216 lo tumba
217 peruvian drum & bamboo
218 quinto
219 small gamelan
220 tabla banya traps

Vibes/marimba

221 marimba string
222 music box 1
223 music box 2
224 vibes
225 vibes/marimba
226 xylophone

Percussion metallic

227 gong bowed cymballs
228 metal pipes
229 salad bowl ,metal pot
230 watery pots

Ethnic

231 bamboo
232 didgeridoo
233 plucked box
234 serod
235 shakuhachi
236 sitar
237 tamboura plus
238 tamboura/gong

Strings acoustic

239 basses detaches
240 basses pitz & tremolandi
241 basses spiccato
242 celli section
243 celli section marcato
244 celli section pizzicato
245 celli section spiccato
246 celli section tremolandi
247 high strings
248 solo cello & violins
250 spiccato basses & celli
251 viola section detache
252 viola section legato
253 viola section spiccato
254 violin solo
255 violins 6
256 violins 6 marcatto
257 violins 9 legato
258 violins 9 spiccato
259 violins 9 tremolande
260 violins pizzicato

Full Brass

261 bones/trumpets
262 brass hits
263 brass pipes
264 digibrass
265 horn stabs
266 horns a plenty
267 identity horns
268 le horns
269 midi brass
270 sections horns/solo fluegel
271 short horns stabs

Trumpet

272 flugelhorn/trumpet
273 sforzando trumpets
274 synth trumpet
275 trumpet

French horn

276 french horn section

Trombone/tuba

277 bones 1
278 bones 2
279 bones: stack & gliss growl
280 classical trombone
281 trombone
282 tuba

Flute

283 flute
284 flute/oboe
285 hot air
286 pan flute
287 pan pipe
288 piccolo
289 recorder & tibetan bell
290 wooded flute

Clarinet

291 bass clarinet
292 clarinet

Double reed

293 bassoon
294 curtal & shawn
295 oboe
296 oboe & english horn
297 sackbut

Saxophone

298 baritone sax
299 golden gate sax

Harp

300 harmonica
301 harp arpeggios
302 harp gliss
303 harp patterns
304 heaven harp
305 ice harps
306 minor ninth heavenly harp

Full orchestra

307 big orchestra fx
308 evil orchestra
309 grand finale
310 orch hits 1
311 orch hits 2
312 orchestra hits & synth brass
313 orchestral conclusions
314 super orch shots
315 symphonic slams
316 the big one
317 X-men

Bells

318 large bells
319 space bells
320 tubular bells

Gongs

321 fu yin gongs
322 korean gong

Chimes

323 NY church bells
324 sun chimes & tambourine
325 tibetan chimes

Glass sounds

326 ethereal glass
327 glass pan pipes
328 percussive glass
329 rubbed glass

5 reviews for Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds: Vol 2

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stefano (verified owner)

    Great volume! The synth section is wide and the sounds brings you right back in the mid of the 80s!!! The brass section is rich, and some harp glissandos are sublime.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rafael Kasinski (verified owner)

    Like it’s predecessor, volume two of the E-Mu II library is pretty f**king cool. How cool? Imagine Luther Vandross telling you, Sugar & Spice, that you’re the one who brings better love. That’s the level of awesomeness brought to life in the second volume of this sampler’s library.

    Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds: Vol 2 sounds exactly like you’d expect Rhythmic Robot’s (RR) products to sound like, which is to say rich, lush, genuine, and fun. In that dept., there’s really not much to add (which speaks volumes on RR’s professionalism). As for the built-in effects and whatnot (the LFO, filter, the verb, etc.), the quality is as good as the samples. Again, exactly what you’d expect from RR.

    If you’re looking to use Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds: Vol 2 (or Vol 1, for that matter) to make oldschool-sounding music, all you have to do is get Kontakt going and find the patch or patches that suit you. If not, this library will require (by virtue of its sample’s age) some work. Nothing spectacular, but still, it’s work. The best thing to do is get some proper Kontakt multis going (I’d suggest starting with RR’s factory patches) to find a sound that is full, rich, modern-souding. Totally doable, but it’ll take some time. After that’s done, I’d layer the entire multi (or instance of Kontakt) with some modern synth such as Massive, Serum, Diva or Sylenth. Proper layering and signal processing should get you an oldschool sound that feels perfectly at ease in 2017. Even if you are NOT a fan of the eighties and nineties, the sounds in this library, coupled with a synth like Massive, can get you something absolutely out of the ordinary that sounds quite unique. Kinda like Luther’s voice.

    Cheers.

  3. The Professor (verified owner)

    See also this super review of the EII libraries from samplelibraryreview.com:

    http://www.samplelibraryreview.com/the-reviews/review-emulator-ii-omi-universe-of-sounds-vol-1-2-from-rhythmic-robot/

    🙂

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rafael (verified owner)

    Absolutely impeccable. The sampling is stellar, of course, and makes everything sound alive, but there is much to be said for RR having taken the time to think through the GUI and make users’ experience that much more pleasant and entertaining. It is HIGHLY recommended that those considering the Emu libraries acquire both of them, batch re-save the lot, and get to know the sounds inside out. Another monster effort from RR, well worth every penny.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    James (verified owner)

    Another huge library, complementing Vol 1 but certainly different – more sophisticated, greater sound quality (this is a result of improvements in the original between Vols 1 and 2 – the Rhythmic Robot sampling is impeccable and detailed in both volumes). This is an historic instrument, albeit seminal and in its day revolutionary. In the mid-’80s, this was state of the art and also mega-expensive – so far beyond my means in back then, but now available at a tiny cost compared to then.

    Volume 2 adds depth and improved original samples compared to Vol 1, and comes with the same, simple interface making tweaking of the sounds extremely easy. These are sampled sounds from the 1980s, and you can’t expect them to sound as refined as modern instruments in isolation. But when you put these sounds in the mix, their true quality shines through. Layering sounds into multis also expands the possibilities here also endlessly. There is a huge variety of patches; for many of the sounds, particularly the ethnic instrumental sounds, there are few or no modern analogues available, making the library very useful for filling out your mix with unusual solo instruments.

    Do use the built-in effects and also other insert effects you have to bring this excellent raw material to life – you’ll find yourself going back to the library time after time. Another exemplary library from Rhythmic Robot.

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Rhythmic Robot Emulator II Universe Of Sounds Vol 1 & 2

Sound on Sound magazine full review

 

Published April 2016
By Paul Nagle

Rhythmic Robot Emulator II Universe Of Sounds Vol 1 & 2

Rhythmic Robot strike again — and with a double whammy! I can only speculate about this labour of love, feeding an Emulator II with a near–endless supply of 5.25–inch floppy disks (the genuinely floppy type) then sampling every note. In the patches where velocity is mapped to filter response, multiple samples were taken to better capture the sound of the original filters, exploiting Kontakt’s morphing capabilities in preference to its own filters.

 

While the sampling of this venerable machine was performed at 24–bit, RR have sensibly dithered down to 16–bit for the final package. Even with this size reduction, the two volumes total a massive 20GB, the downloads partitioned into manageable chunks of 1GB. (This represents approximately double the amount of data once Kontakt’s lossless compression is taken into consideration.) I couldn’t help a wry chuckle at the web site blurb describing the library as: “a 16–bit dither of 24–bit recordings of 12–bit conversions of 8–bit samples.”

So what do you get? Well, not the basic Emu sampler library, if that’s what you were expecting. The Universe Of Sounds was a third-party collection created by Doug Morton, here licensed for ongoing Kontakt use. Arguably, it’s these sounds that made the 8–bit Emulator II the mid–’80s sampler we lusted after. Fans of Tangerine Dream, Thomas Dolby, Pet Shop Boys and Peter Gabriel (to name just a handful) are going to hear much that is warm, fuzzy and familiar.

An uncluttered GUI offers basic synthesis and effects, the highlight of which is a mid–’80s convolved Lexicon reverb. Although effects are tastefully employed to enhance each patch, the purist option is available too in the form of a ‘Vintage’ button. With a click you can have plain mono, effect–free sounds just as they originally were. Alternatively, to explore the creation of new patches from this vault of material, the SSA (Skip Sample Attack) button tells Kontakt to ignore the samples’ distinctive start portion, leaving the sustained part for processing by the filter and effects.

 

Volume 1 contains over 540 patches, divided into the categories Bass, Bells & Chimes, Brass, Drums, Ethic & Folk, FX, Guitar, Piano & Keys, Orchestral, Percussion, Strings, Synth and Vocal. A batch of Multi patches have been assembled too, just for the fun of it. It soon becomes obvious that this isn’t a collection to audition quickly; these patches are made to be played, their odd sample transitions exploited rather than reviled, the sometimes clicky loops taken as creative challenges.

 

The huge spread of offerings begins with basses that cry ‘Stock, Aitken & Waterman’, followed by chimes and tinkles that wouldn’t disgrace a modern library. If you’re like me and find most sampled brass almost as tasteless as the synthesized variety, there are beauties here that could change your mind. Amongst the scoops and Yello–like stabs are gems such as ‘horns of doom’, its raspy bottom end undiminished by the passing decades.

 

Many of the drum samples stand as a brutal lesson in how tastes have changed but, looking on the bright side, the cymbal rolls and bowed gongs have not aged as badly as the thwappy, mullet–propelled toms. More varied material is found under Percussion, its stonking metal hits a lure for Depeche Mode tribute bands everywhere. The various shakers, tablas, resonant synth blips and assorted pots and pans are all pretty groovy too.

 

Skipping past the horror of the bagpipes, you’ll find several enduringly impressive ‘ethnic’ entries; these include a gorgeous blown bottle, the obligatory pan pipes and classic Shakuhachi. Several of the latter’s keys trigger two layered samples, which is fairly unpleasant — but in keeping with the ‘warts and all’ philosophy. Honourable mentions go to the thumb piano, waterphone and wine glass, all of which are thoroughly playable.

 

In contrast, I doubt the guitar and keyboard samples were ever considered highlights, but they’re here for completeness. The orchestral samples, though, are a different matter; they gave artists of the ’80s powerful new sounds, and the hits and chords still sound immense. One immediate favourite patch was ‘orchestral finale’, a keyboard’s worth of slamming samples begging for a modern context.

 

It gets even better with a great selection of strings. In particular, the rich, resonant cellos, creepy pizzicato plucks and atmospheric tremolo patches cut through beautifully. They’re a testament to the original recordings and performances as well as to Rhythmic Robot’s gentle noise–reduction techniques. Notable synth samples include Solina strings, wavering PPGs, the lovely ‘Streich Choir’ patch and a fabulous Fairlight choir.

 

Volume 2 is slightly smaller, but still contains over 530 patches in the same categories. It fills in some of the gaps of the first, contributing improved piano sounds, gamelans, a generous dose of African percussion and yet more metal bashing. But for me its best entries are the eerie solo strings, wood flutes, a whole host of other strings (including Mellotron) and a superior selection of vocal samples. Were I forced to choose just a single volume, this one’s strings and choirs would probably give it the edge.

 

Fortunately, both are available separately and if the price is rather higher than Rhythmic Robot’s usual offerings, this doesn’t seem excessive given the sheer enormity of the task (involving around 70,000 individual samples). By insisting on faithful reproductions of the originals, both collections have a smattering of clicks, crackles and glitchy loops, but despite such imperfections, they sound fantastic! The originals pushed the limitations of the technology, memory and media to create sounds of real character. The strings and brass, in particular, are blessed with exactly the right kind of raw wonkiness to make them credible instruments in their own right. Sure, not everything has stood the tests of time, but for every cheesy banjo or saxophone, there’s a throaty Mongolian monk or classic synth sample to love. Whether you’re writing ’80s retro tracks or you simply love the sounds of the Emulator II, these collections should prove invaluable. – Paul Nagle

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