Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds: Vol 1

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The classic sampled sounds that defined a generation


 “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.)

Over 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)This has been thirty years coming.

Back in the mid-80s, the sampling keyboard that took the synth world by storm was the Emulator II. Far more pervasive in its influence than the Synclavier or the Fairlight, the Emulator II brought 8-bit sampling to a price point that took it into studios and onto hit records at a rate that helped to define the sound of a generation.

There were several secrets to the EII’s success, and central to these was the sound. At a time when sample memory was worth its weight in platinum, the EII managed a clever collaboration of 8-bit sample depth (keeping the memory footprint manageable) and very advanced, musical-sounding convertors which companded those 8 bits of data into the equivalent of a 12-bit output. This nifty bit of digital trickery made the EII more responsive and better-sounding than should have been possible given the limitations of the bit depth. Moreover, that combo of 8-bit grain and companding output lent the sound a heft and authority that punched sounds right into the thick of a mix. Although the aim was to emulate ‘real’ instruments – often acoustic ones – the EII’s forté was larger-than-life sounds that sounded simultaneously convincing and massive.

EII (3 of 4)Part of the explanation for this is the fact that the established workflow of the time was to record sounds to tape first, and then into the EII, in order to allow for precise level-setting. This two-stage process stamped the soundset with both analogue punch from the tape saturation and digital weight from the sampling conversion. It’s pretty magical, and that alchemy got a further mojo injection when the EII’s pure analogue filters came into play. This instrument was a real beast.

‘I still own every digital sampling synth E-mu Systems ever manufactured… I’m so excited to use this new EII library on my future projects!’

Frank Serafine, Honey Hills Music & Sound (Sound Designer – TronStar TrekField of Dreams, Hunt for Red October, Short Circuit, Peter Gabriel etc)

‘I use EMUs, Fairlights and a PPG Waveterm System every day, but I am so impressed by the sound and the ease of use of the interface of the Rhythmic Robot version that I haven’t turned on the EII in a couple of weeks. I am recommending it to all our composers on EML.’

Nigel Bates (The Electronic Music Library Ltd)

Though the EII shipped with an excellent set of factory sound disks, many of the standout patches that graced the tracks of the time came courtesy of one particular third-party library. That library was the OMI Universe of Sounds – a massive, multi-disk-spanning collection of orchestral stabs, soaring strings, funky basses, thick, punchy drums, classic synths, searing brass solos, chunky keys and loads, loads more. It’s this library that we’ve spent over six months resampling for Kontakt in all its glory – every note of every patch, in meticulous detail, yielding a total of over 31,700 individual samples spanning 21 Gigabytes of uncompressed data. Here are the actual statistics of the library, just for kicks:

  • 31,700 individual samples
  • 33Gb original 24-bit
  • 21Gb uncompressed 16-bit
  • 11.33Gb compressed .ncw format
  • 541 individual instruments, consisting of…
  • …14 Bass / 18 Bells & Chimes / 52 Brass / 51 Drums / 59 Ethnic & Folk / 8 FX / 36 Guitar / 38 Piano & Keys / 77 Orchestral / 41 Percussion / 61 Strings / 76 Synth / 12 Vocal

If the level of detail we’ve aimed for here borders firmly on the obsessive-compulsive end of the spectrum, it’s because our ambition with the Universe of Sounds library was simple: to produce Kontakt patches that sound and play exactly the same as the original EII patches. That meant a marathon of multisampling, covering every single semitone of every single patch, often at multiple velocity layers to preserve the exact behaviour of the EII’s glorious analogue filters. It also meant carefully gain-staging the EII’s output and looping the sustained patches so as to preserve their original loop points. Some of these are totally transparent, but others can be pretty audible – adding strange little crackles and twitches to the sound and paying testament to the fact that pushing the boundaries of sampling in the 80s sometimes meant trying to loop the unloopable. We’ve done nothing to disguise this; all the EII’s patches play exactly as they would on the original hardware. What you hear is the sound of the 80s, pure and simple.

EII (4 of 4)But of course we’ve gone a little further, too. The Emulator II had an approachable and intuitive front panel which used a healthy scattering of buttons and a bank of ‘soft’ assignable sliders to control a two-line LCD interface. Our Kontakt interface adds some useful further control: a secondary Filter array; Amp controls with tremolo; a convolved Lexicon reverb straight from the mid-80s to complement the EII’s signature sound (the Plates are great for thickening, while the Rooms and Halls let the sound swell and breathe); Chorus, Phaser, Echo and Rotary Speaker effects; specific control over Velocity response for both amplitude and filter cutoff; a stereo Spread knob; and a neat SSA (Skip Sample Attack) button that lops the start off sustained samples, turning them effectively into synth waves for you to use in creating your own patches.

There’s also a Vintage button, which works in the same way as the one we pioneered on Lambda. While we’ve been very restrained with the reverb and other settings – we didn’t want to swamp the sounds in effects – there’s usually a dab of reverb and some stereo spread on most of the patches. One click of the Vintage button, though, and all the effects, the Lexicon reverb, and the modern filter are disabled; the sound is panned to mono, just like the original; and you’re left with the exact sound of the original EII patch, no frills. This is an instant way to transport yourself to 1986. Click it again, and the other settings are reinstated exactly as they were before. Neat 🙂

But why stop there? We’ve also included some Kontakt Multis that layer and stack EII patches, go to town with the effects, and generally show off what you can do when you forget about vintage authenticity and just run riot with the Universe of Sounds library’s treasure-trove of material. The Multis folder is packed with subsonic basses, echoing synths, strange soundscapes and otherworldly presences… and there’s nothing to stop you rolling more of your own in a similar vein. This is the sound of the EII with turbo-boost rockets strapped to its disk drives!

EII (1 of 4)Reproducing OMI’s Universe of Sounds for a new generation has been a labour of love that has involved late, late nights, months of sampling and editing, a lovingly-reconditioned EII, a preposterous number of 5.25″ floppy disks, and a ridiculous amount of grinning as we auditioned the patches and got caught up in how good they sound. For anyone who lusted after an Emulator II but couldn’t afford one; for anyone who’s heard talk of this groundbreaking machine but not heard one in action; for anyone who’s watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and found their gaze drawn not by the Ferrari (or Ferris’s girlfriend) but by the EII in his bedroom… this one’s for you. Enjoy.

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 10 1Gb files, so when you receive your download link email, it will include links to ten 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 ten 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 ten, so the time it takes to complete the whole process will be about ten 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 I – patch list (not including the additional Multis we’ve created)


Accoustic keyboards

  • 1 Grand Piano bosendorfer UnvS1-0001
  • 2 Grand piano I UnvS1-0002
  • 3 Grand piano II UnvS1-0003
  • 4 Grand piano III UnvS1-0004
  • 5 Dan’s piano UnvS1-0005
  • 6 Plucked Piano I UnvS1-0006
  • 7 Plucked Piano II UnvS1-0007
  • 8 Piano thunder UnvS1-0008
  • 9 Eerie piano Efx UnvS1-0009
  • 10 Toy piano UnvS1-0010
  • 11 Toy piano Run UnvS1-0011
  • 12 Celeste UnvS1-0012
  • Accoustic keyboards/harmonica
  • 13 Harpsichord I UnvS1-0013
  • 14 Harpsichord II UnvS1-0014
  • 15 Harpsichord III UnvS1-0015
  • 16 Harmonica I UnvS1-0016
  • 17 Harmonica II UnvS1-0017
  • 18 Harmonica III UnvS1-0018
  • 19 Harmonica/accordion UnvS1-0019
  • 20 Accordion UnvS1-0020
  • 21 Harmonium UnvS1-0021


  • 22 Rock Organs UnvS1-0022
  • 23 Organ UnvS1-0023
  • 24 Sync Organ UnvS1-0024
  • 25 Buzz organ UnvS1-0025
  • 26 Vox Organ UnvS1-0026
  • 27 Pipe Organ II UnvS1-0027
  • 28 Pipe Organ UnvS1-0028

Keyboards electric & synths

  • 29 Electric piano I UnvS1-0029
  • 30 Electric piano II UnvS1-0030
  • 31 Clavinet UnvS1-0031
  • 32 Rds synth UnvS1-0032
  • 33 Sync Synth UnvS1-0033
  • 34 Water drops Rds UnvS1-0034
  • 35 Hollow Vibes UnvS1-0035
  • 36 Synth vibe UnvS1-0036
  • 37 Sync Synth vibe UnvS1-0037
  • 38 Sync Synth Lfo UnvS1-0038
  • 39 Oberhm standart UnvS1-0039
  • 40 Oberhm sync UnvS1-0040
  • 41 Sync Synth schultzies UnvS1-0041
  • 42 Xpander synch UnvS1-0042
  • 43 Gurglesweep Kbd UnvS1-0043
  • 44 synch synth sweep UnvS1-0044
  • 45 Xpander UnvS1-0045
  • 46 Xpander Unisson/genviv UnvS1-0046
  • 47 Digital synth 1 UnvS1-0047
  • 48 Digital synth 2 UnvS1-0048
  • 49 Fat midi UnvS1-0049
  • 50 Arp 2600 #1 UnvS1-0050
  • 51 Arp 2600 #2 UnvS1-0051
  • 52 Karimba synth UnvS1-0052
  • 53 Harpsichord synth UnvS1-0053
  • 54 Sync synth haprsichord UnvS1-0054
  • 55 Synth trumpets UnvS1-0055
  • 56 Brass synth UnvS1-0056
  • 57 Sax synth UnvS1-0057
  • 58 Syn Brass UnvS1-0058
  • 59 Heavy fuzz UnvS1-0059
  • 60 Bass synth bang UnvS1-0060
  • 61 Xpander bass UnvS1-0061
  • 62 Sync synth super fuzz UnvS1-0062
  • 63 Sync synth shimmer UnvS1-0063
  • 64 Good synth UnvS1-0064
  • 65 Synth wave UnvS1-0065
  • 66 Synch synth wave UnvS1-0066
  • 67 Synch synth Thrill UnvS1-0067
  • 68 Synch Synth UnvS1-0068
  • 1 Xpander modular UnvS1-0069
  • 2 sync synth eerie bells UnvS1-0070
  • 3 Tubular bells/clockbell UnvS1-0071
  • 4 Electronic whistling UnvS1-0072

Strings / synths

  • 5 Grand Piano/strings UnvS1-0073
  • 6 Oberhm electric piano UnvS1-0074
  • 7 Karplus Strings UnvS1-0075
  • 8 Arp strings UnvS1-0076
  • 9 Solina strings 1 UnvS1-0077
  • 10 Solina strings 2 UnvS1-0078
  • 11 Stacked strings UnvS1-0079
  • 12 Sync synth strings 1 UnvS1-0080
  • 13 Sync synth strings 2 UnvS1-0081
  • 14 Sync synth strings 3 UnvS1-0082
  • 15 Sync synth stringsloopd UnvS1-0083
  • 16 Strings choix mix UnvS1-0084
  • 17 Pro strings UnvS1-0085
  • 18 Mellotron UnvS1-0086
  • 19 Sync violin/cello UnvS1-0087
  • 20 6 track bass UnvS1-0088

Strings accoustic

  • 21 Solo violin UnvS1-0089
  • 22 Violins arco 1 UnvS1-0090
  • 23 Violins arco 2 UnvS1-0091
  • 24 Violins tremolandi 1 UnvS1-0092
  • 25 violins tremolandi 2 UnvS1-0093
  • 26 violins major thrills UnvS1-0094
  • 27 violins minor thrills UnvS1-0095
  • 28 Violins spiccato UnvS1-0096
  • 29 violins pizzicato 1 UnvS1-0097
  • 30 violins pizzicato 2 UnvS1-0098
  • 31 violas arco UnvS1-0099
  • 32 violas/celli arco UnvS1-0100
  • 33 viola arco sensa vibrto UnvS1-0101
  • 34 Violas tremolandi UnvS1-0102
  • 35 violas/bass tremolandi UnvS1-0103
  • 36 violas trem pontacello UnvS1-0104
  • 37 violas major thirlls UnvS1-0105
  • 38 violas minor thrills UnvS1-0106
  • 39 violas spicato/pizzicat UnvS1-0107
  • 40 violas pizzicato UnvS1-0108
  • 41 viola/cello/bass arco UnvS1-0109
  • 42 viola air chords UnvS1-0110
  • 43 solo violins/cello UnvS1-0111
  • 44 celli arco UnvS1-0112
  • 45 celli/bass arco UnvS1-0113
  • 46 celli arco sens/vibrto UnvS1-0114
  • 47 celli tremsul pontacelo UnvS1-0115
  • 48 ciolas/celli tremolandi UnvS1-0116
  • 49 celli major thrills UnvS1-0117
  • 50 celli minor thrills UnvS1-0118
  • 51 celli spiccato UnvS1-0119
  • 52 celli col legato UnvS1-0120
  • 53 celli bartok pizzicato UnvS1-0121
  • 54 viola/celli/bass pizzic UnvS1-0122
  • 55 celli air chords UnvS1-0123
  • 56 double bass arco UnvS1-0124
  • 57 bass arco & pizzicato UnvS1-0125
  • 58 upright bass UnvS1-0126
  • 59 double bass tremolandi UnvS1-0127
  • 60 celli/bass spiccato UnvS1-0128
  • 61 celli/bass pizzicato UnvS1-0129
  • 62 plucked bass UnvS1-0130
  • 63 basses pizzicato UnvS1-0131
  • 64 random pizzi/tremoland UnvS1-0132
  • 65 bass & organ UnvS1-0133
  • 66 bass/piano UnvS1-0134
  • 67 double bass/air chords UnvS1-0135
  • 68 high strings UnvS1-0136
  • 1 Strings section_open UnvS1-0137
  • 2 Marcato strings UnvS1-0138
  • 3 Arco octave tremolandi UnvS1-0139
  • 4 Strings tremolandi/Pizzi UnvS1-0140
  • 5 Violins/bass harmonics UnvS1-0141
  • 6 String clusters 2 UnvS1-0142
  • 7 String clusters 1 UnvS1-0143
  • 8 Portamento behind_brdige UnvS1-0144
  • 9 Seattle strings UnvS1-0145
  • 10 String whoosh UnvS1-0146
  • 11 Creepy pizzicato UnvS1-0147
  • 12 Marcato pizzicato octave UnvS1-0148
  • 13 Strings section_opn pizz UnvS1-0149
  • 14 Harp1 UnvS1-0150


  • 15 Harp2 UnvS1-0151
  • 16 Harp gliss major triad UnvS1-0152
  • 17 Harp dim gliss UnvS1-0153
  • 18 Harp glisses UnvS1-0154
  • 19 Harp gliss major 9 u/d UnvS1-0155
  • 20 Harp 6 chord dbl glisses UnvS1-0156
  • 21 Harp upward glisses UnvS1-0157
  • 22 Harp dom7 chord_dbl glss UnvS1-0158
  • 23 Kmart sitar UnvS1-0159
  • 24 Sitar & tabla UnvS1-0160
  • 25 Shakuhachi & sitar UnvS1-0161
  • 26 12 string guitar 1 UnvS1-0162

12 string guitar

  • 27 12 string guitar 2 UnvS1-0163
  • 28 12 string guitar 3 UnvS1-0164
  • 29 12 string guitar 4 UnvS1-0165
  • 30 Taka 12 strings guitar UnvS1-0166
  • 31 sweet 12 strings UnvS1-0167
  • 32 Delicate 12 strings UnvS1-0168
  • 33 Guitar Mix UnvS1-0169
  • 34 Grand dulcimer UnvS1-0170

Guitar accoustic

  • 35 Accoustic guitars UnvS1-0171
  • 36 Guitars UnvS1-0172
  • 37 Steel string guitar UnvS1-0173
  • 38 Accoustic guitar harmonc UnvS1-0174
  • 39 Nylon string UnvS1-0175
  • 40 Nylon guit/mandolin UnvS1-0176
  • 41 Mandolin 1 UnvS1-0177
  • 42 Mandolin 2 UnvS1-0178
  • 43 P’i p’a finger roll UnvS1-0179
  • 44 Accordion/banjo UnvS1-0180
  • 45 Samisen lute UnvS1-0181
  • 46 Banjo UnvS1-0182
  • 47 Electric guitar UnvS1-0183

Guitar electric

  • 48 Lp guitar UnvS1-0184
  • 49 Strat open strings UnvS1-0185
  • 50 Chorused fender UnvS1-0186
  • 51 Muted strat UnvS1-0187
  • 52 Mutes & harmonic Eguitar UnvS1-0188
  • 53 Pedal steel UnvS1-0189
  • 54 Fuzz guitar UnvS1-0190
  • 55 Lead guitar UnvS1-0191
  • 56 Power fifths UnvS1-0192
  • 57 Heavy metal guitar UnvS1-0193
  • 58 Cliches of heavy metal UnvS1-0194
  • 59 Metal guitar hits UnvS1-0195
  • 60 Guit shots_musical efxs UnvS1-0196
  • 61 Gibs explorer UnvS1-0197
  • 62 Guitar efx UnvS1-0198
  • 63 Electric bass UnvS1-0199

Bass electric

  • 64 Bass 1 UnvS1-0200
  • 65 Bass 2 UnvS1-0201
  • 66 Picked bass UnvS1-0202
  • 67 Bass/synthetizer UnvS1-0203
  • 68 Funk bass UnvS1-0204
  • 69 Funk rock bass UnvS1-0205

Percussion pitched

  • 70 Tympani UnvS1-0206
  • 71 Tympani u/d hits UnvS1-0207
  • 72 Steel drums UnvS1-0208
  • 73 Train whistles UnvS1-0209
  • 74 Drums UnvS1-0210

Drum kits

  • 75 Drums/bass UnvS1-0211
  • 76 Low toms UnvS1-0212
  • 77 Drums/tom UnvS1-0213
  • 78 Toms drew UnvS1-0214
  • 79 Linn toms UnvS1-0215
  • 80 Hip drums/toms/cymbagons UnvS1-0216
  • 81 Drums drew UnvS1-0217
  • 82 Basic simmons kit UnvS1-0218
  • 83 killer drums UnvS1-0219
  • 84 Drumulator UnvS1-0220
  • 85 LA drums UnvS1-0221
  • 86 Track kit UnvS1-0222
  • 87 Drums brick UnvS1-0223
  • 88 Drum machine UnvS1-0224
  • 89 Drum/clv/vibraslap/shker UnvS1-0225
  • 90 Drums & sfx UnvS1-0226
  • 91 and drums-electro UnvS1-0227
  • 92 Bass & snare-electro UnvS1-0228
  • 93 Pretty good drums UnvS1-0229
  • 94 Basic linn drum UnvS1-0230
  • 95 Beat box UnvS1-0231
  • 96 Wierd drums-blips UnvS1-0232
  • 97 Snares UnvS1-0233


  • 98 Snares/kicks UnvS1-0234
  • 99 White keys snares r us UnvS1-0235
  • 1 AMS snares/linn kit/clap UnvS1-0236
  • 2 Hand sounds UnvS1-0237
  • 3 Bass military drums UnvS1-0238

Percussion non pitched

  • 4 Percussion 1-electro UnvS1-0239
  • 5 Percussion 2-tr 808 UnvS1-0240
  • 6 Tambourine UnvS1-0241
  • 7 Wood blocks UnvS1-0242
  • 8 Guiro UnvS1-0243
  • 9 Shaker UnvS1-0244
  • 10 Castanets UnvS1-0245
  • 11 Assorted perc UnvS1-0246
  • 12 Gigglestick UnvS1-0247
  • 13 Flextone UnvS1-0248
  • 14 Waterphone UnvS1-0249
  • 15 Assorted perc Fx UnvS1-0250
  • 16 Mark tree UnvS1-0251
  • 17 P blast UnvS1-0252
  • 18 Pots & pans UnvS1-0253
  • 19 Machine creak UnvS1-0254
  • 20 Musical trash can UnvS1-0255
  • 21 Cymvbals swells & hits UnvS1-0256


  • 22 Cymbals ride crash roll UnvS1-0257
  • 23 Cymbals rolls UnvS1-0258
  • 24 Bowed cymbals UnvS1-0259
  • 25 Finger cymbals UnvS1-0260
  • 26 China clang UnvS1-0261
  • 27 Tunes salad bowls UnvS1-0262

Percussion metallic

  • 28 Salad bowl/bowl hits UnvS1-0263
  • 29 Sheet metal/pvc UnvS1-0264
  • 30 Metal hits hard UnvS1-0265
  • 31 Triangles UnvS1-0266
  • 32 Gong/bowed cymbals UnvS1-0267


  • 33 Gong hits UnvS1-0268
  • 34 Gong crash/roll UnvS1-0269
  • 35 Korean gong UnvS1-0270
  • 36 China gong/bowed gong UnvS1-0271
  • 37 Chimes/muted chimes UnvS1-0272


  • 38 Chime UnvS1-0273
  • 39 Chimes UnvS1-0274
  • 40 Chimes gliss u/d UnvS1-0275
  • 41 Wind chimes wholeton scl UnvS1-0276
  • 42 Wind chimes UnvS1-0277
  • 43 Celeste UnvS1-0278
  • 44 Orchestral bells UnvS1-0279


  • 45 Hand bells 1 UnvS1-0280
  • 46 Hand bells 2 UnvS1-0281
  • 47 Song bells UnvS1-0282
  • 48 Carillons UnvS1-0283
  • 49 Tubular bells UnvS1-0284
  • 50 Sleigh bells UnvS1-0285
  • Vibes marimba xylophone glocken
  • 51 Vibes UnvS1-0286
  • 52 Vibraphone/marimba UnvS1-0287
  • 53 Marimba full sample UnvS1-0288
  • 54 Mellow marimba UnvS1-0289
  • 55 Xylophone 1 UnvS1-0290
  • 56 Xylophone 2 UnvS1-0291
  • 57 Glockenspiel UnvS1-0292
  • 58 Glockenspiel u/d UnvS1-0293
  • 59 Musical box UnvS1-0294


  • 60 Didgeredoo UnvS1-0295
  • 61 Jews harp 1 UnvS1-0296
  • 62 Jews harp 2 UnvS1-0297
  • 63 Tabla UnvS1-0298
  • 64 Tabla/dunno drum UnvS1-0299
  • 65 P’i P’a UnvS1-0300
  • 66 Koto UnvS1-0301
  • 67 Eastern gamelan UnvS1-0302
  • 68 Thumb box UnvS1-0303
  • 69 Kalimba UnvS1-0304
  • 70 Plucked psaltery UnvS1-0305
  • 71 Hammered dulcimer UnvS1-0306
  • 72 Dulcimer UnvS1-0307
  • 73 Tambura(ethnic zyther) UnvS1-0308
  • 74 Bagpipes 1 UnvS1-0309
  • 75 Bagpipes 2 UnvS1-0310
  • 76 Ocarina UnvS1-0311
  • 77 Shakuhachi/sitar UnvS1-0312
  • 78 Shakuhachi UnvS1-0313
  • 79 Shakuhachi long tones UnvS1-0314


  • 80 Perky bottles UnvS1-0315
  • 81 High overtone wineglass UnvS1-0316
  • 82 Rubbed bowls UnvS1-0317
  • 83 Rubbed wine glasses UnvS1-0318
  • 84 Blown bottle full sample UnvS1-0319
  • 85 Lonely bottle UnvS1-0320
  • 86 Breathy bottle UnvS1-0321
  • 87 Low blown bottles UnvS1-0322
  • 88 Ted’s dance UnvS1-0323


  • 89 Vocals UnvS1-0324
  • 90 Voices 1 fairlight UnvS1-0325
  • 91 Choir/flute T8 UnvS1-0326
  • 92 Voices 2 UnvS1-0327
  • 93 Voices 3 UnvS1-0328
  • 94 Vocal Aahs UnvS1-0329
  • 95 Vocal oohs UnvS1-0330
  • 96 Voice ‘ bum ‘ UnvS1-0331
  • 97 Voice ‘ dum’ UnvS1-0332


  • 99 Flute/piccolo UnvS1-0334
  • 1 Flute UnvS1-0335
  • 2 Flute 1 UnvS1-0336
  • 3 Flute 2 UnvS1-0337
  • 4 Flute 3 UnvS1-0338
  • 5 Wood flute UnvS1-0339
  • 6 Pan pipe 1 UnvS1-0340
  • 7 pan pipe 2 UnvS1-0341
  • 8 Flute strings UnvS1-0342
  • 9 Flutophone UnvS1-0343
  • 10 Recorder UnvS1-0344
  • 11 Pepsi flutes UnvS1-0345


  • 12 Clarinet UnvS1-0346
  • 13 Bass clarinet/clarinet UnvS1-0347
  • 14 Clarinet/bass clarinet UnvS1-0348


  • 15 Baritone sax UnvS1-0349
  • 16 tenor/alto sax UnvS1-0350
  • 17 Vel switch tenor sax UnvS1-0351
  • Oboe/english horn/bassoon
  • 18 Oboe UnvS1-0352
  • 19 English horn UnvS1-0353
  • 20 Oboe/english horn UnvS1-0354
  • 21 Bassoon/flute UnvS1-0355
  • 22 Solo/kazoo UnvS1-0356
  • 23 Kazoo orchestra UnvS1-0357


  • 24 Crumhorns/alt/ten/bass UnvS1-0358
  • 25 Curtal & shawn/dulcian UnvS1-0359
  • 26 Racket & dbl flageolet UnvS1-0360
  • 27 Serpent & lizard UnvS1-0361
  • 28 Ophicleide UnvS1-0362
  • 29 Sackbut UnvS1-0363


  • 30 E flat baroque trumpet UnvS1-0364
  • 31 D piccolo trumpet UnvS1-0365
  • 32 C trumpet & stabs at top UnvS1-0366
  • 33 trumpets sfz UnvS1-0367
  • 34 Strait mute trumpet UnvS1-0368
  • 35 Cup mute trumpet UnvS1-0369
  • 36 Harman mute trumpet UnvS1-0370
  • 37 B flat trumpet mellow UnvS1-0371


  • 38 Bugle UnvS1-0372
  • 39 Flugelhorn/mute trumpet UnvS1-0373

French horn

  • 40 trumpet/french horn UnvS1-0374
  • 41 Le horns UnvS1-0375
  • 42 Horns of doom UnvS1-0376
  • 43 6 french horns UnvS1-0377
  • 44 French horn section UnvS1-0378
  • 45 French horn mute UnvS1-0379


  • 46 Assorted trombone UnvS1-0380
  • 47 Trombones UnvS1-0381
  • 48 Tuba UnvS1-0382

Full brass

  • 49 Octave brass UnvS1-0383
  • 50 Assorted brass UnvS1-0384
  • 51 Trum/horn/sax/fr horn UnvS1-0385
  • 52 Brass UnvS1-0386
  • 53 horn scoop UnvS1-0387
  • 54 Section licks UnvS1-0388
  • 55 Hey horns UnvS1-0389

Full orchestra

  • 56 Orchestra tune UnvS1-0390
  • 57 Orchestra finale UnvS1-0391
  • 58 Chords UnvS1-0392
  • 59 Orche_chords-Fairlight UnvS1-0393
  • 60 Mystery chords/heart tym UnvS1-0394
  • 61 Low hit pitz UnvS1-0395
  • 62 Orchestra hits 1 UnvS1-0396
  • 63 Orchestra hits 2 UnvS1-0397
  • 64 Orchestra North UnvS1-0398
  • 65 Orchestra Hits 3 UnvS1-0399
  • 66 Orchestra hits 4 UnvS1-0400
  • 67 Orchestra hits 5 UnvS1-0401
  • 68 Orchestra variations UnvS1-0402
  • 69 Orchestra stab UnvS1-0403
  • 70 Matrix 12 chung UnvS1-0404
  • 71 Famous hits UnvS1-0405
  • 72 Horn shots UnvS1-0406
  • 73 Bartok horns UnvS1-0407
  • 74 Drums/guit/voice UnvS1-0408
  • 75 Orchestra efx UnvS1-0409
  • 76 Musical space efx UnvS1-0410
  • 77 Tuning fork a440 UnvS1-0411

14 reviews for Emulator II OMI Universe of Sounds: Vol 1

  1. michael.topic (verified owner)

    I’m old enough to remember when the Emulator II was new, as I worked at Fairlight at the time and I had friends that were making sound libraries for the E-Mu. I’ve been looking for a software emulation of that machine for years, but have been disappointed by what’s on offer. The beauty about this library is that it uses the industry standard Kontakt sampler to do all the heavy lifting. Of course, the collection goes way beyond the factory library, which is another great bonus. If you want to add that 80s flavour to your productions, this is the answer.

  2. Stefano (verified owner)

    The EII has the most distinctive sounds of the 80s, and also has the magical power to catch the essence of an instrument and make its sound fit perfectly in the mix. The most of the current libraries, with samples in 24 bit and tones of articulations, can’t do this magic! Here every single note has been sampled and the result is fantastic!

  3. Martijn (verified owner)

    I bought both vol 1 and 2.
    I love having all those 70s and 80s soundbanks, they blend in perfectly with modern productions.
    Sometimes you have these plugins that you just have to have.
    This is one of them.

  4. The Professor

    See also this super review of the EII libraries from


  5. Jure (verified owner)

    If you are into 80s sounds this library will definitely add the signature sound of that era to your songs… Wide range of sounds from soft to percussive, from fat and warm to cold (in a good way). Also good for ambient stuff! This is great addition to analog synths (or analog synth emulations) for a wide palette of sounds.

  6. drew (verified owner)

    ……heaven on earth. i’ve messed with a lot of emu family vsts and sound libraries…. unlike those who simply cash in and slap something together….. these guys CARE. …justice has been served. you kids these days have it SOOOOOO easy, haha. I can’t believe how choice this is.

  7. Jonas (verified owner)

    By far my favorite library purchase of the year. The quality of these samples is just amazing!!

  8. John (verified owner)

    For years I have been searching for high-quality Emulator II samples. Here they are! The Prof has provided excellent customer support after my purchase. This product has exceeded my expectations.

  9. James (verified owner)

    The quality of the samples here is amazing. A huge library of sounds is included here, each conveniently set out as a Kontakt instrument with an extremely simple user interface. Various effects are included and easily accessible from the front panel. The Emulator II came out in 1984 and was featured on very many famous recordings from that decade – at the time it must have seemed incredible to have an instrument capable of producing these amazing sampled sounds, although at $8,000 for the entry-level model, it’s price was still out of reach for most musicians. These are originally 8-bit samples, so it’s astonishing to me how realistic many of them sound, and when they’re in the mix with some judicious use of effects, they stand up to scrutiny 30-odd years later.

    Rhythmic Robot have done a fantastic job in sampling this sound library in forensic detail. I’m only just finding my away around the library – it will keep me occupied for a long time to come! Given the amount of effort involved, the pricing is very reasonable. It will serve you well whether you want to re-create the spirit of the ’80s or find a place for these sounds in the most up-to-date electronic productions.

  10. norman (verified owner)

    if you have one library to buy this year, it’s EII !!
    far from coloring anything vintage (though it’s perfect at it) it’s very versatile and it can fit in any style.
    the samples are AAAA quality and the price is just waaaouu O_O

  11. Eugene (verified owner)

    I am really impressed with this Library, in fact I emailed the team to congratulate them after the first 10 minutes of browsing the banks. The sound is deep and weighty. I had some of the library with my EMU samplers and RR have done the legacy proud. The interface is pleasing on the eye and straight to the point, kind of “you know you want to use me” 🙂
    Top marks from me

  12. Erik (verified owner)

    I always wanted an Emulator. Now I have one! I spent two days (on and off) just playing around with these sounds. I was reminded of the days when music videos were just a minor thing compared to FM radio. Bliss out in the 80’s!

  13. Martin (verified owner)

    I haven’t tried any other EII-samples or plugins, but this one sure is great. At this price it’s even essential!
    Not having used an actualy EII, I thought it would be an expensive toy with a characteristic (cheesy) sound, but it can be so much more than that!
    Yet another fun, but very useable instrument by Rhythmic Robot.

  14. Richard (verified owner)

    So, I thought I had a couple of songs that I was putting the finishing touches out, but Nooooo, The Prof and Mongo decided they had to release EII. So I had me a listen to the demo’s, and I found my self uttering “ooh’ about every 13 seconds or so. It wasn’t like an ‘Ooh Cookies’ kind of ooh, it was an ‘Ooh truckload of Murphy’s Stout’ kind of ooh. So I did a purchase, and I have been thoroughly enjoying the pure electroretro goodness packed into this excellent instrument. It’s been like floating through the bliss of heaven on a cloud. Sometimes, a cloud passes by that has a rich, melodic patch that is just beautiful, and other times a cloud passes by that has a patch a Sam Kinison scream kind of brutality. I am particularly fond of those. So, thanks to the RR twins, my almost complete songs have been deconstructed and are slowly being reconstructed. But, it is worth it. At the asking price, it’s the bargain of the century. I almost felt like I needed to put a pair of pantyhose on my head because it is such a steal.

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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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