Available for download, Rob Papen’s eXplorer 6 is a virtual instrument and effects plug-in bundle packed with versatile tools for beatmakers, music producers, and contemporary composers. The featured virtual instruments include Blade, BLUE-II, Go2, Predator 2, Punch, Punch-BD, RAW, RAW-Kick, RG, and SubBoomBass 2.
Available for download, Rob Papen’s eXplorer 6 is a virtual instrument and effects plug-in bundle packed with versatile tools for beatmakers, music producers, and contemporary composers. The featured virtual instruments include Blade, BLUE-II, Go2, Predator 2, Punch, Punch-BD, RAW, RAW-Kick, RG, and SubBoomBass 2. Additionally, the effects plug-ins MasterMagic, PredatorFX, RP-Amod, RP-Delay, RP-Distort, RP-EQ, RP-Reverse, and RP-Verb 2 are provided.
As a powerful bonus, Rob Papen has also supplied the original versions of Predator, SubBoomBass, and BLUE, plus the flexible Prisma, a special plug-in that can host up to four Rob Papen synths for creative layering. With instruments ranging from kicks to analog synths, and a plethora of effects, the eXplorer 5 bundle is well suited to an array of production styles and music genres.
Available for download, Rob Papen‘s XY-Transfer is a virtual effect, one offering 36 different filters for use in creative sound design and music production. Its filters can be implemented on up to three individual blocks, each of which houses its own XY panel. This allows you to manipulate and modulate complicated effects rather easily, all in real time.
Set up a comb filter in one block, an analog-style high-pass in another, and a formant filter in the third. Manipulate their parameters through multiple controls, as well as the X/Y pad. Then, route them all in any order you choose, alongside a freestanding stereo delay module to further mangle the sound. The result is as esoteric and individual as you want it to be.
This software is compatible with Mac and Windows platforms. It will operate in AU, VST, and AAX formats. Over 200 presets are included with the plug-in.
Available for download, Punch 2 from Rob Papen is a virtual instrument providing both sampled and synthesized drums. Over 1700 samples are included for your kick, snare, tom, hi-hat, and clap sounds. Use synthesis and the built-in samples to construct your drum-kit, or load your own custom samples.
The sounds can then be crafted using the comprehensive feature set, including an FX page with choruses, delays, distortions, and filters aplenty. Each sound can be sent to up to four FX at once via the FX window.
This new version of Punch gives you an overhauled main screen, which lets you add drum kits or samples with ease. An Audition pad plays examples of what you’re going to hear inside any given preset pack, so you can easily survey a preset before you use it.
The main screen also lets you to edit selected pads with essential parameters, such as tuning, velocity, decay, and others. You’ll also find important master-section parameters for quick, easy adjustments to the whole kit.
A new Master screen gives you faders for each drum pad, a four-band EQ, and other controls. A Bank Manager page lets you sort through all your presets easily. Another exciting feature is the ability to slice your own drum loops and load them in your pads to create tweakable sequences. With the ability to slice drum loops comes the ability to load REX files as well.
Punch 2 has eight built-in sequencers, allowing you to implement multiple patterns. These grooves can be triggered in a live environment to build a song, but are also useful for improvising and jamming. This software is available for Mac and Windows operating systems, and will operate in VST, AU, and AAX formats.
Ideal for analog synth fans who prefer an in-the-box production style, the Rob Papen B.I.T. is a 16-voice virtual analog synthesizer offering pure analog-modeled synthesis instead of spectrum waveforms and samples. The B.I.T. (Back In Time) virtual instrument plug-in utilizes two main oscillators and a dedicated noise oscillator for the core sound generators and provides comprehensive routing and controls for inspiring tweakability.
With two customizable analog-modeled filters, an integrated 16-step arpeggiator, and five built-in effects, the B.I.T. delivers the sonic charm of vintage synthesizers along with the power and convenience that only virtual instruments can boast. Loaded with over 950 presets, a user-friendly preset manager, and efficient search options, the B.I.T. allows you to spend more time working on your compositions and less time trying to find the right sound.
The Rob Papen Go2 is a virtual synthesizer designed for ease of use by sound designers, producers, and musicians. The Go2 makes all controls visually available at the same time from a single window interface. The instrument offers a powerful, yet simple structure that allows for quick and easy creative exploration. The single oscillator features two morphable waveforms and a sub oscillator, while the Spread function creates a stacked two-oscillator sound. Additional symmetry controls allow for advanced sonic manipulation, especially when working with the XY pad section, which works as a live, interactive, and programmable modulation source with tempo sync and time quantization.
The analog-modeled filter offers several filter types including 12 dB LP, 12 dB BP, 12 dB Notch, 24 dB LP I, 24 dB LP II, 24 dB BP, 24 dB Notch, and Comb. The filter also includes its own dedicated ADSR envelope. A separate high-pass filter is available after the main filter for additional sound shaping. The amplifier section also includes its own ADSR envelope and features a distortion circuit and volume control.
Additional features include a play mode for setting voice allocation, portamento, unison, pitch bend, and analog drift. An arpeggiator section offers classic patterns with unusual features like sequencer mode and unison/chord control per step. The 8-way modulation matrix allows you to dynamically alter parameters by using both internal modules such as envelopes and LFOs, and external MIDI Controllers such as pitch bend, aftertouch, and other control messages defined in the MIDI-standard. Additionally, there are three effects including chorus, flanger/phaser, and stereo delay/reverb. The bank manager allows for quick navigation and selection of over 750 preset sounds, which are organized into banks and searchable by name or category.
Designed in collaboration with DJ Free-K and DJ Promo, the Rob Papen RAW-Kick is a kick drum virtual instrument plug-in offering powerful and highly customizable kick drum sounds for beatmakers, electronic musicians, remixers, and producers in a variety of music genres. Utilize up to three kick drum layers, each with a selectable model- or sample-based source, to form your primary tone. Further sculpt and enhance your virtual kicks via adjustable harmonics, distortion, filtering, EQ, and effects.
From the master section, tweak volume, pan, and velocity, apply parallel equalization, and tune the sum-to-mono control, which is ideal for focusing the low end without collapsing the stereo width of the mids and highs. A convenient preset manager allows efficient auditioning of presets, many created by famous producers such as Caine, DJ Mad Dog, Wavolizer, and more. The RAW-Kick supports AAX, Audio Units, and VST plug-in formats, and is compatible with Mac and Windows computers.
The Rob Papen MasterMagic is a mix enhancer plug-in designed to sit at the end of the main stereo bus plug-in chain for efficient sweetening of your mix’s top and bottom range. Ideal for producers, beatmakers, and mixing engineers, its Air section imparts high-frequency sheen while the Mono/Stereo Split Filter focuses the low end via a customizable sum-to-mono process. Both sections feature adjustable frequencies and individual on/off functions.
Master volume, metering, and bypass options are readily available for simple level-matching between pre- and post-processed signals. The integrated preset manager allows efficient auditioning of presets as well as quick A/B comparison. The MasterMagic supports AAX, Audio Units, and VST plug-in formats, and is compatible with Mac and Windows computers.
Building upon the success of the original SubBoomBass, the Rob Papen SubBoomBass 2 Virtual Instrument Plugin is a versatile synth bass sequencer plug-in, well suited for video games, film scores, music producers, sound designers, or anyone needing deep sound design capabilities. SubBoomBass 2 updates the graphical user interface for a more comfortable control of all features. The instrument uses analog modeled waveforms and introduces spectrum waveforms for out-of-the-box high-quality samples. Additionally, the sound engine harnesses the power of Karplus-Strong synthesis.
Additional updates include an X/Y screen with recording and playback, an updated pattern mode for running four sequences, and a bank manager with a star feature for quickly finding your favorite sounds straight away. All the original presets are onboard. The SubBoomBass 2 is Windows and Mac compatible and includes a variety of plug in formats such as AU, VST, and AAX.
The electronic download of Predator 2 from Rob Papen is a virtual synthesizer plug-in that combines inspiring presets and first-class features to make it a “go-to” synthesizer for contemporary music production. The user interface has been designed so that almost all controls are visible on screen, making it easy-to-use.
Predator 2 presents an Easy Page for users that don’t like too many controls. It offers you important parameters, allowing you to change a sound quickly or use the handy preset variation function. Predator 2 is packed with other features such as: ‘Waveform morphing’, ‘Waveform drawing’, “WaveSet playmode’, XY pad, new EQ, new Voice Level Distortion, and so much more.
BLUE II from Rob Papen is a virtual synthesizer plug-in that utilizes multiple forms of synthesis, including FM, Phase Distortion, Wave Shaping and Subtractive Synthesis.
The synthesizer features 6 oscillators which can be connected in various ways, a pair of analog-style modeled stereo filters, a wide range of processing and modulation options, a sequencer and a powerful arpeggiator.
The Rob Papen RG Virtual Rhythm Guitar Plug-in Instrument allows you to create custom guitar rhythms, grooves and effects using the plug-in’s unique synthesizer and effects features. Easily create classic rhythm guitar sequences, or edgy grooves by simply playing the desired chords on a MIDI keyboard controller. RG features models of the Fender Stratocaster, 8th & 16th note groove type steel string acoustic guitars, and a Power Chord groove type distorted guitar.
The Rob Papen RP-VERB 2 plug-in produces dense and warm reverb sounds using ten reverb algorithms including Hall Clean, Hall Cave, Hall Warm, Room Cold, Room Edged, Room Storm, Vintage Type 1, Vintage Type 2, Space Orbit 1, and Space Orbit 2. It features a Reverser section, which allows you to reverse the reverb sound, sync it to the tempo of your host DAW, and create unique ambiences for vocals, loops, percussions, guitars, and more.
The RP-VERB 2’s Mod Matrix enables you to route three controllers such as Envelope Follower, Envelope, LFO, Offset, or MIDI, to three possible parameter destinations. This set up allows you to produce effects ranging from subtle to bold or even use the Envelope Follower module to easily recreate the Phil Collins gated-reverb effect.
The Distortion module offers four types of distortion that let you add bite to your sound before hitting the reverb, ideal for boosting the presence of vocals or drums in your tracks. The plug-in ships with 500 presets to get you started right away.
Also included is the Rob Papen RP-Delay plug-in.
The RP-EQ from Rob Papen presents an 8-band virtual EQ plug-in with some additional twists. Aside from the core equalizer unit, the toolbox includes a Mid/Side equalizer mode, and a Mono/Stereo split filter, something frequently used in modern EDM/dance music. An Air section positioned on a master channel allows for boosting high frequencies with a wide bandwidth, while an X/Y Pad adds a dynamic and creative edge to an already very musical equalizer. Multiple presets are included.
Designed for electronic musicians, producers, and sound designers, Rob Papen’s Blade is a downloadable soft-synth designed around a feature Mr. Papen has dubbed the Harmolator. The Harmolator is your oscillator section foregoing classic waveforms like saw and square-waves for a more ground-up approach based around nine variable controls and several global setting options. The nine controls each impart their own characteristic on the sound and can be set to a static level with your mouse. Prominently featured in the soft-synth is an X/Y pad, which can control all the parameters in any way you see fit. Indeed, you’ll find nearly every Harmolator control listed twice—once along the vertical axis and again along the horizontal axis so you can fully manipulate how the X/Y pad interacts with your given set of parameters.
The X/Y pad can also be recorded so you can apply modulation to every note that you play. Once recorded, X/Y-pad movements can be synced to tempo, polarized in both directions, looped, sped up, and otherwise manipulated, allowing interesting possibilities in the creation and in the sound design of timbres, parts, and whole songs. You can assign X/Y pad controls to your MIDI controller.
In addition to the Harmolator section, Blade gives you a sub-oscillator, a multimode filter, a distortion module, a modulation matrix, an LFO, an envelope section and more. Blade provides a plethora of presets which you can access using a search function or by using a temporary browser that automatically lists your last ten accessed presets. You can also save your own presets.
Blade is compatible with Mac and Windows systems, and operates in AU, VST, and AAX formats.
Punch-BD from Rob Papen is a synthesized bass drum software instrument especially designed for the contemporary producer who wants “speaker busting” sounds. Use synthesis and the built-in samples to construct your own unique sounding kick drum, or load your own custom samples.
There are six pads, each offering either drum synthesis or sample modes. There are four synthesis models with built-in classic electronic bass drum samples and 31 punch samples. The sample mode offers a dual sample slot, each with their own amp/pitch envelopes and filter & filter envelope. There are several stacking modes that offer several ways to play the instrument, including Stack Mode for stacking up to 6 BD pads, Tuned Stack Mode for stacking 6 BD pads that respond to keyboard note playing, and Sequence Stack Mode, which plays up to 6 BD pads in sequential order. Punch BD rounds out its comprehensive feature set with several modulators, a mixer, and a full featured effects section.
Punch from Rob Papen is a synthesized drums software instrument especially designed for the contemporary producer who wants “body rattling” sounds. Use synthesis and the built-in samples to construct your own unique sounding drum-kit, or load your own custom samples. The sounds can then be crafted using the comprehensive feature set.
Punch has built in sequencers, allowing you to have multiple patterns at your finger tips. These grooves can be triggered in a live environment to build a song, but are also useful for improvising and jamming. Also featured are a growing number of drum-kits built by third party designers and well know DJs.
RP-Delay from Rob Papen is a delay plug-in that features regular delays, along with FX routings that allow the delay to function beyond typical delays. Six delay lines and eight multi-mode filters can all operate at once in each of several delay modes. In addition to the basic delay models like a simple mono delay and a stereo delay, the plug-in features a tape-sound delay which allows for changing tape length without inducing any clicks.
A sound reverser can reverse the input, while simultaneously reversing one of the delay lines. The reverse sound can also be triggered via an on-screen keyboard, generating totally new sounds, and sending them into the reverser with via dedicated filters and distortion. The delays, filters, and reverser can all be modulated by the built-in modulators. There are four modulation sequencers, four LFO’s, and four envelopes, complete with several trigger options.
RP-Distort from Rob Papen is not just a distortion plug-in, but offers more sound processing by allowing combining the distortion section with an analog modeled filter, compressor and widener unit. The order of the units can be changed and also turned on or off.
Controls can be modulated using MIDI sources, or by one of the four LFOs that can sync to the host tempo. Twenty-two distortion types are offered, included a ring modulator and Lo-Fi processor. EQ and a noise-gate are also available inside the distortion section.
Available for download, Rob Papen‘s RP-Reverse is an effects processor for use in pro audio mixing and sound design. It allows you to reverse incoming audio for creative purposes. Reversed audio can then be tempo-synced automatically to fit within your track, simplifying a production technique that often comprises a multistep process in your DAW.
The GUI shows you a visual representation of both the incoming audio signal and the resulting reversed effect. The interface gives you control over many parameters, including a handy offset knob that allows you to position the reversed sound to fit better with your song’s groove. Global controls are also provided for adding distortion, changing panning, and tweaking filters. You can modulate these parameters with LFO controls as well.
This plug-in is compatible with Mac and Windows computers. It can operate in AU, VST, and AAX formats.
RAW from Rob Papen is a two oscillator virtual synthesizer featuring an X/Y field to distort the waveform using phase distortion. The instrument also allows you to draw your own waveforms and use them as LFOs, enabling the creation of unique ‘wobble’ movements that are perfect for dubstep and other styles of electronic music.
RAW offers all of the Papen filters to further shape your sound. Additionally, the synth features EQ, waveshaper, distortion and lo-fi effects integrated into the synthesis voice level. Other effects include chorus, phaser, flanger, stereo delay and the HQ reverb. An arpeggiator and sequencer allow you to program your own patterns and rhythms.
The Easypage and preset bank manager are also included as standard and feature presets from well known producers and DJs including Promo, Ophidian, Mad dog, Deathmachine, D-Passion, Rob Fabrie, DJ Thera, N-Vitral, Tha Playah, DJ Hidden, The Viper, Warface and many more.