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Rhythmic Robot release SHORTWAVE: radio wave synth
Old 30th May 2013
Gear Maniac

SamplesLoops Rhythmic Robot release SHORTWAVE: radio wave synth

Rhythmic Robot's shiny new Shortwave is a synthesiser based on the sound of shortwave radio transmissions, captured with our own hands in the attic, using a 60-foot antenna loop, an old shortwave radio receiver, and some long nights alone in the glow of the valves :D It features a crude four-operator sine-wave based additive synth engine harnessed to twin Interference Generators, each of which can access 111 samples of shortwave static, voices, tuning squeals, modulation noises, atmospheric anomalies, cyclic tonalities, Cold War-style numbers stations, and so on. A rich combination of LFOs and randomisation features makes for complex, evolving soundscapes which hark back to the age of ham radio operators and "going out on the airwaves".

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Shortwave features a Glitch control which instantly randomises the settings, for spontaneous patch creation. This Glitch control is "intelligently musical" in its randomisation, tending to produce musically useful results more often than a pure randomiser would. Shortwave also boasts a series of custom Impulse Responses convolved from genuine radio speakers, plus an oldstyle graphite microphone, to give patches a compressed, narrow-bandwidth, vintage tonality

Shortwave excels at pads, textures, evolving soundscapes, cinematic washes and sound design. Audio demos and full details can be found here:

  • Primitive four-operator additive synth
  • Analogue sine waves, with varying levels of distortion and contamination
  • Two Interference Generators, each with 111 waveforms
  • Randomised sample start points for complex variability
  • Rich LFO modulation possibilities, with multiple random factors
  • Glitch control for instant random patch creation
  • 49 factory presets onboard
  • Effects include delay / echo and vintage plate reverb
  • Convolved impulse responses for genuine radio speaker sound

Shortwave is available now from Rhythmic Robot at an introductory price of £24.95 (usual price £29.95). It requires Kontakt version 4.2.3 or later, including all versions of Kontakt 5, to run.

Happy music making!

The Professor (and Mongo)
Old 18th June 2013
Gear Maniac

Hi folks,

A significantly bugfixed version of Shortwave is now out for download: there was an irritating issue with impulse responses failing to load properly in Kontakt 5.x (though 4.x was working fine).

We're really sorry about that. If you've bought Shortwave you should be getting a mailshot in the next hour or so with details of what to do. If for some reason that doesn't reach you, please contact us and we'll make it right

Best wishes,

The Professor (and Mongo)
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