‘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.)
Doug Morton’s own loving recreation of the Emulator III Universe of Sounds Master Studio Collection library • Over 400 EIII patches covering 48 different categories • The same powerful interface as we used on our EII library, complete with Vintage mode
While we’ve been burning the midnight oil sampling the Emulator II for the astonishing Emulator II Universe of Sounds collection, our friend and collaborator Doug Morton over in sunny California has also been hard at work, except he’s been hunched over the Emulator III. We’re now able to bring you the fruits of his labours: the Emulator III Universe of Sounds Master Studio Collection. Volume 1 is out now, with Volume 2 to follow in due course…
Please note: Unlike the rest of our instruments, this collection requires KONTAKT 126.96.36.1999 or above.
The EIII saw E-mu capitalising on the enormous success of the EII by taking the same basic concept (a huge slab of keyboard with cutting-edge sampling under the hood) and pushing the hardware spec right to the max. Where the EII relied on 8-bit mono sampling and clever convertors, the EIII went straight for 16-bit stereo, giving it what everyone in the 80s wanted to hear – “CD quality sound”. Combined with more memory, an onboard sequencer, computer integration and retaining an EII-style analogue filter (at least in early versions), the EIII began to bring the concept of a workstation keyboard to fruition.
Again, the factory library was excellent; but again, the sounds that made it onto platinum hit records and box-office-busting film scores were often third-party in origin. Where OMI’s Universe of Sounds had helped to cement the EII’s reputation among pro musicians, their Master Studio Collection did the same for the EIII.
‘The Universe of Sounds [Master Studio Collection]’s finely tuned and exotic samples truly helped expand the texture of my score for The Sheltering Sky. I especially love the Persian santurs & zills, to name only a few of the many outstanding echantillons de resistance!!‘
Richard Horowitz (Film composer)
With well over 400 individual EIII patches, plus Kontakt multis taking them in new and exciting directions, and using the same sophisticated but instinctive control system as our EII collection, the EIII Master Studio Collection is a powerhouse of acoustic, ethnic, orchestral and synthetic sounds that have graced countless classic tracks.
While the EII Universe of Sounds collection saw us doing the sampling of Doug’s original patches, for the EIII collection he’s been in charge of the sonic side of things (though Mongo’s Kontakt scripting still powers the interface). Since the EIII’s 16-bit convertors bring far less character to the party than the EII’s 8-bit ones, it made less sense to re-sample every single note (as we’re doing with the EII) and more sense to keep the download size manageable by simply converting the original EIII master files that he’s kept all these years. Luckily the master Winchester drives from the 80s still exist, and it’s from these originals that Doug’s recreated the library.
This collection, then, is really a Q Up Arts production in which we’re proud to have had a programming hand or two. We normally don’t ever sell stuff that we haven’t sampled ourselves – it’s one of the defining points of Rhythmic Robot – but here we’re happy to make an exception, since if anyone knows their sampling, it really should be Doug 🙂
IMPORTANT: Unlike the rest of our instruments, this collection requires KONTAKT 188.8.131.529 or above. (Although we keep our instruments compatible with earlier versions, Doug only works with the latest and greatest version of Kontakt.) Also please note that, as this is a collaborative effort, the audio work on this instrument was done by Q Up Arts, not by us.