After years of using one of the world’s most amazing synths, Predator, I have recently collaborated with it’s creator Rob Papen on utilizing his entire suite of software for my future recordings. This includes the addition of Albino, Blue, RG, RG Verb, and SubBoomBass to my studio. Below I’ll go over a brief introduction to each, and moving forward there will be in depth reviews of my experiences with each tool, as well as custom patch banks for sound designs I develop for the Earthside Massive community.
Be sure to check out the demo links I’ve included for each synth/tool above the pictures, I hope you have as much fun creating sounds with these as I do!
Rob Papen Software
Demo Link: http://www.robpapen.com/predator-demo.html
Predator is a “phat sounding” killer synthesizer that combines inspiring presets and first-class features to make this your ‘go-to’ synth for contemporary music production.
The user interface has been designed so that almost all controls are visible on screen, making it fun and incredibly easy-to-use. And if you’re unsure about a particular synth function, simply right click your mouse to access the help screen.
Predator is packed with powerful features such as Preset Morphing, Intelligent Preset Variation, MIDI and Synth Controllable FX, Unison Detune, Chord Memory and an extremely versatile Arpeggiator.
Included preset banks: HipHop (NY, Club, DirtySouth and Gfunk) banks. Jump, hardcore, breakbeat, various trance styles, DnB banks and more…
Last but not least …Predator also includes PredatorFX, allowing you to use the incredible filters, modulations, effects and vocoder as an FX plug-in within your music host.
Predator 1.5 is out now with even more presets (included Junkie XL presets) and new features like a great Bank manager!
Demo Link: http://www.robpapen.com/albino3-demo.html
In 2002 Rob Papen approached Peter Linsener of LinPlug with the idea of a sound-designers dream synth. A few months later ALBINO was born! This very unique synth stole the hearts of many musicians due to it’s high quality sound, usability and inspirational presets. Albino3 has loads of amazing new creative features added like the two new filters “Scream” and “Comb”; four FX units with new FX like LoFi and WahWah; a Compressor and an improved Reverb. But the biggest new feature is that you can layer up to four instances of Albino in one single preset!
Albino 3 has more than 2200 ‘Rob Papen’ presets in various styles of music.
Development stopped, but it is still avaiable as classic software synthesizer at linplug.com
Demo Link: http://www.robpapen.com/blue-demo.html
This exciting synth delivers FM Synthesis, Phase Distortion Synthesis, Wave Shaping Synthesis and Subtractive Synthesis is one creative combination! We call it “Crossfusion synthesis”.
BLUE has six oscillators which can be connected in various ways, two analogue style modelled stereo filters, an enormous range of processing and modulation options, sequencer and an incredibly powerful arpeggiator. Despite these heavy features, BLUE is so easy-to-use thanks to its user interface and the innovative ‘easy edit’ page for quick sound changes!
This all brought together with over 2000 inspirational Rob Papen presets and more, covering a wide range of musical styles.
Demo Link: http://www.robpapen.com/rg-demo.html
RG is a unique groove plug-in that is far more than just a “virtual Rhythm Guitar player !
New released RG 1.5 included ‘Muted Guitar’ model.
By using the RG onboard sequencer it is possible to create classic Rhythm Guitar grooves, but beyond that you can use the synthesizer features and effects to make fresh new edgy guitar grooves. To play the grooves RG is using a keyboard layout of “major chords” and “minor chords”, each with two sequence patterns (A or B) option.
It is only a matter of hitting a single note in the major keyboard range or minor keyboard range and the groove plays. The sound sets are clean sampled guitars, which gives you great freedom and flexibility when using the synthesizer features and effects of RG.
RG 1.5 Guitar types included are:
- The classic Fender Stratocaster ® electric guitar (major and minor7 chords)
- A 8th note groove type Steel String acoustic guitar (major and minor chords)
- A 16th note groove type Steel String acoustic guitar (major and minor chords)
- A Power Chord groove type Distorted guitar ( 5ths chords / absense of 3rd)
- Muted Low and Muted High groove type guitar (single notes / no chords)
The synthesizer parts of RG include a classic analog modelled synthesizer filter, LFO, envelopes and modulation section. The effect section can be built up by using up to 3 effects at a time. Included are midi time-based delays, chorus and also speaker simulators, phaser, flanger and many more. Included are over 1000 presets included 850 “RG” grooves and 300 “basic” grooves. Watch the “Video Tutorial” about RG!
RG…the very first “Rhythm Guitar Synth”.
Demo Link: http://www.robpapen.com/rp-verb-demo.html
You’ve spent hours on your track—working and reworking every part to bring your musical vision to life. And you know that the quality of your reverb can be the difference between the rich sounding mix you’re after and one that comes off as flat and artificial.
Face it: When it comes to pristine, authentic reverb, it’s the algorithm that counts. RP-Verb is the fruit of Rob Papen’s decades-long study of reverb and endless hours of exploring, testing, and tweaking by Rob and Jon Ayres. The result is exactly what you would expect: a stunning, musical reverb that brings unmatched dimension and fullness to your mixes.
But if you’re thinking that this sound quality must come at the cost of usability, fear not—RP-Verb has a straightforward, intuitive interface that puts all the most essential parameters right at your fingertips. And like all Rob Papen plug-ins, it inspires right out of the box with spot-on presets that range from intimate venues to abstract, surreal spaces.
RP-Verb is the reverb you’ve waited years to have in your setup. Try it out for yourself and see why pros describe it with one word: “amazing”.
SubBoomBass is filled with excessive amounts of low end ammunition to detonate your tracks! With presets designed by the legendary Rob Papen and other guest artists, this dedicated bass synth will supply you with huge cone-rattling sounds that will devastate any music track. This software instrument is great for Hip Hop and RnB but can also be used for Dubstep, video game music, film scores and more…
SubBoomBass has been carefully crafted to provide you with the tools to create fresh new bass lines. It includes unique tuned drum percussion samples which are great for Hip Hop and RnB basses but can also be used to add rhythm flavour to your tracks. Also check out the innovative ‘Wave-sequence’ feature which will open up brand new sonic possibilities for your music. Other features included are two effects slots which can be modulated using midi from any of the synthesizer parts. SubBoomBass also features a great ‘Easy Edit’ page and the unique ‘Quick Browser’ system that will allow you to find the sounds you need quickly and easily.