Showing posts with label Rob Papen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rob Papen. Show all posts

Friday, November 17, 2023

Rob Papen Introduces Go2-X Software Synth w/ Ability to Draw and Morph Waveforms

video upload by Rob Papen


"In the Rob Papen world of synthesis, there was one type of synthesizer missing…

A synthesizer that has all of its controls and features available visually all at once.

So, the original Go2 was developed, and it instantly became very popular and used by many musicians and composers in their productions. Now it has been upgraded to Go2-X and it has been enhanced with even more useful features and enhancements to what already was the ‘Go To’ synthesizer!

As you might know, the current Rob Papen collection contains synthesizers that contain many features and types of synthesis which sometimes can be daunting to the average user.

Still, we thought that it would be awesome to add even more features to Go2 without losing its powerful concept and yes, we added in the X factor!

With Go2-X you can now draw in your own waveforms and morph between them. We have expanded the ARP section with ratcheting and the Magic Mode (from BIT-2).

You now have the option to use the Stereo Delay and Reverb at the same time... and many more cool new features and presets!

Yes, Go2-X has many new features that make sure that it will boldly ‘Go2’ where no other synth in this category went before……"

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Rob Papen Introduces LowSane

video upload by Rob Papen

via Rob Papen

"Welcome to the world of breaking down the digital world! Yes, in our music production world, we are proud to record on 24bit and 192kHz to provide pristine audio for music lovers.
BUT... as we are, we are keen on crushing things as well, which means that LoFi audio quality is not a side effect of cheap Chinese child toys, but has become a creative tool in today's music creation and post-audio productions! Who could have thought of that in the 80ties when everybody screamed for 16bit instead of 8bit!
Yes, humans are creative and many years later the ‘LoFi’ sound sculpting became an art of its own.

Well, LowSane adapts to this creative process and adds some additional creative options like the ‘Disrupt Sphere’ to this world of crushing down the digital bits!

It offers in the audio route a Distortion module, Band Pass / Notch Filter, Lo-Fi section, Hi and low Pass Filters, and a Noise Gate.

These parameters can be controlled by the ‘Disrupt Sphere’, and additionally there is also an Audio Follower which again can control the 'Disrupt Sphere' or any of the other parameters.

Last but not least there is a 2-slot modulation matrix in which you can connect again parameters, or use MIDI to control parameters and also the ‘Disrupt Sphere’.
With LowSane you get your bits and pieces together going LoFi!"

LowSane is part of the eXplorer-8 bundle.

Friday, July 14, 2023

Rob Papen Live Stream 13 July 2023 BLUE-III 'Klangwelt' soundbank preview!

video upload by Rob Papen

Friday, May 26, 2023

Rob Papen Live Stream 25 May 2023 all kind of things...

video upload by Rob Papen

"BLUE-III presets from the live stream

Unzip below:

Unzip and Copy the preset in one of your own choice bank folder.
PC: documents\Rob Papen\Blue3\Banks Folder\
Mac: applicatons\Rob Papen\Blue3\Banks Folder\"

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

BIT-2 Synth Sounds

video upload by Rob Papen

Wednesday, May 10, 2023


video upload by Rob Papen

"Some ARP and SEQ sounds of BIT-2"

See the announcement post for Rob Papen's BIT-2 for additional details.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Rob Papen Introduces BIT-2 Analogue Synthesis-Modelled Virtual Instrument

video upload by Rob Papen


Rob Papen Live Stream 27 April 2023 BIT-2 & how the introduction video was created

Press release follows:

Rob Papen takes trip back in time to boost BIT-2 beyond namesake plug-in predecessor as analogue synthesis-modelled virtual instrument

ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effect plug-in developer Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware is proud to announce availability of BIT-2 as an analogue synthesis-modelled virtual instrument — with which it takes another trip back in time to take its namesake plug-in predecessor (released in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim with outstanding audio quality) to the next level with numerous new and creative features — as of April 27…

As an apt acronym if ever there was one, BIT stands for ‘Back In Time’. This alludes to the fact that the BIT-2 virtual instrument plug- in — like its namesake predecessor — mainly focuses on modelling analogue synthesis from a pre-digital era that has a still-sought- after charm of its own, one which had not been covered before BIT by the Rob Papen brand, whose virtual instrument products previously combined the best of analogue modelling with hybrid synthesis so successfully. Since self-confessed synth freak and world- renowned sound designer Rob Papen himself had started working with synthesizers at the tender age of 15 when purchasing an analogue Korg MS-20 semi-modular monosynth and accompanying analogue SQ-10 sequencer way back when, taking this trip back in time — and now a second time — makes perfect sense, both business-wise and otherwise.

On the face of it, BIT-2 has no (virtual) patch cables, but make no mistake: it is modular in nature. Indeed, its MOD (modulation) MATRIX is used for patching, though several connections — such as LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) and ENV (envelope) to the OSC 1 and OSC 2 parameters — can quickly be made when switching on the smart ADV (advanced) panel below the oscillators.

Oscillators are actually where boosting BIT-2 begins, with additional Super Saw (1/2/3) and Super Square (1/2/3) waveforms generating a three-oscillator sound within one oscillator to provide even more flexibility for sound creation. Conversely, though, it made sense to leave BIT’s ability to modulate OSC 2 with OSC 1 in several ways — expanding the sound palette profusely with PM (Phase Modulation), FM (Frequency Modulation), and RING (modulation) — as before. But boosting BIT-2 further still are its two top- notch analogue-modelled filters — FILTER 1 and FILTER 2 — expanded to include new types and modes for further enhancing its sound-shaping capabilities, while its AMP (amplifier) section has also been expanded to include multiple distortion types that are all at a ‘per voice’ level to make them much more usable — avoiding any ‘ugliness’ if playing chords, for instance.

Additions are also to be found in BIT-2’s ARP (arpeggiator)/sequencer section, including an ability to dynamically change the start STEP and end STEP number, resulting in interesting patterns that can be changed in real time, as well as the MAGIC MODE parameter that adds musical variation to the active ARP or sequencer. Saying that, the ARP/sequencer can now also work as a modulator, thanks to an additional FREE row that can be used to modulate other parts of BIT-2 in conjunction with the MOD MATRIX.

BIT-2 benefits from the addition of the RIBBON CONTROLLER section located at the bottom of its GUI (Graphical User Interface). It allows users to control several parameters at once using a mouse or external MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controller, and — unlike a hardware ribbon controller — also has a tempo-based SPRING BACK feature with QUANTIZE and BIPOLAR mode. Performance-wise, PLAY MODE now features a LOCK PLAY function — helpful if using an MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) keyboard.

Expanded effects really represent the finishing touch to BIT-2 with some superb-sounding additions alongside other improvements, including Rob Papen’s proprietary REVERB that sounds superb, so no need — necessarily — to add reverb externally.

Ending where we began, BIT stands for ‘Back In Time’ but when working with the boosted BIT-2 it could just as well be taken to mean ‘Be Inspired Today’ — thanks to the analogue synthesis-modelled virtual instrument’s improvements and additions. As Rob Papen proudly points out by way of ending on a hands-on high note, “We now have animated dials in BIT-2, more modulation slots and modulation options, and last, but not least, many new presets by both myself and others have been included in this update... enjoy!”

BIT-2 is available as a 64-bit AAX-, AU-, VST- and VST3-compatible virtual instrument plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.13 or higher) and as a 32- and 64-bit VST- and VST3-compatible virtual instrument plug-in for PC (Windows 7 or higher) — with 64-bit AAX compatibility available for PT 12 or higher (PC) — at an introductory promo price of €74.00 EUR/$74.00 USD until June 1, 2023 — rising thereafter to its regular price of €99.00 EUR/$99.00 USD — from authorised Rob Papen resellers worldwide or as a download directly from Rob Papen itself for the same pricing from here: (Owners of BIT can upgrade to BIT-2 at an introductory promo price of €26.00 EUR/$26.00 USD until June 1, 2023, rising thereafter to its regular price of €35.00 EUR/$35.00 USD.)

BIT-2 is included in the latest version of Rob Papen’s all-encompassing eXplorer-8 bundle ( at no additional cost, so existing owners only have to download the latest installer and run it to add BIT-2 to their Rob Papen virtual instrument and effect plug-in collection.

For more in-depth info, including some superb-sounding audio demos, please visit the dedicated BIT-2 webpage here:

peek view Rob Papen Studio 2023

video upload by Rob Papen

"Just a short video about the studio...

The background music is from the PERU album.

And... music is entirely created using VST only. :o"

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Rob Papen - Signature Sounds for Waldorf M (Sounddemo)

video upload by WaldorfMusicChannel

"Rob Papen is a well-known sound designer from the Netherlands and many of his sounds and plug-ins have become legendary. Back in the 90s, he supplied several sound sets for the Microwave 1, which just saw the light of day. His 'Techno' and 'Signature' cards inspired many users and can therefore be heard on countless productions of the 90s. The two sound sets have been freshly reworked by Rob Papen and optimized on the M.

Both sets have been combined into one soundbank. The current signature set contains 128 patches and offers different lead sounds, basses, percussive sequencer sounds, pads, plugs and much more.

For external effects, the two FX plugins Delsane and RPVERB2 by Rob Papen were used. If you purchase the soundset you can get a discount on the two plugins. Please send a proof of purchase to :"

Monday, July 04, 2022

Rob Papen TECHNO card for Waldorf Microwave

via this auction

"The most beautiful card from the twenty cards made at the time.

In near mint condition, fully working.

The inlays in the screenshots are not included in this sale nor is the synth."

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Rob Papen Introduces Blade 2

Rob Papen

And the press release:

Rob Papen sharpens soft synth breakthrough by bringing boosted BLADE-2 to existing bundle owners and wider world beyond

ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual synthesizer, instrument, and effect plug-in developer Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware is proud to announce availability of BLADE-2 — boosting its original BLADE soft synth with fantastic features making it a dream synth for synth lovers who like to think out of the box while working in the box, and available at no extra cost to existing owners of the company’s expansive eXplorer-6 and sure-fire SoundDesign-X bundles — as of October 28…

When the original BLADE was released back in 2012, it had a unique concept — controlling the waveform harmonics (HARMOLATOR) using its recordable XY PAD, which was a very different approach to additive synthesis, and remains so to this day. Indeed, it was the first Rob Papen soft synth to include this feature, facilitating flexible sound editing, recording, and tempo-based playback. Put it this way: when putting this extraordinary combination into action, BLADE users can creatively generate very different tones — far from the sound of the subtractive synthesis crowd, and even those of other additive synthesizers.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Create a Jarre style track using RP Plugins

Published on Apr 8, 2020 Waveform

"A Jarre style track created using Rob Papen plugins with a breakdown of all the sounds used in the final piece. Created as a competition entry for Rob Papen Soundware."

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Rob Papen BIT Presets 01

Published on Dec 19, 2019 Rob Papen

"Demoing some of the new December 2019 presets for B.I.T.
You may download the new preset list below.

If you own B.I.T. please log in to and visit 'My Products' and download the latest installer to add these new presets, included the new Filter Types and new Monophonic Play Modes."

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Rob Papen RP XY Transfer Introduction

Published on Nov 20, 2019 Rob Papen

"Release planned for 21 or 22 November 2019.
Note: part of eXplorer-6"

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Rob Papen Predator 2 Live Streams

Published on Oct 24, 2019 Rob Papen

"Download the 3 pad sounds of this Live Stream:"

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Prisma and BLUE II some presets played

Published on Aug 27, 2019 Rob Papen

"Some spacy presets played using Prisma and BLUE-II"

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rob Papen Live Stream 22 August 2019 BLUE-II and the magic of Prisma

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Rob Papen

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Live Stream 13 June 2019 B.I.T. sound creating

Started streaming 18 minutes ago Rob Papen

"Diving more into B.I.T."

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rob Papen Introduces B.I.T. Analogue-Modelled Soft Synth

Live Stream 11 June 2019 B.I.T. -Virtual Analog Synthesizer -

"Rob Papen progresses back in time to bring B.I.T. into being as analogue-modelled soft synth fit for today

ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effect plug-in developer Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware is proud to announce availability of B.I.T. — bringing namesake company founder and acclaimed sound designer Rob Papen’s persistent passion for subtractive synthesis into being as an aptly-named, analogue-modelled software synthesizer fit for today’s DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) workflow — as of June 11…

B.I.T. stands for Back In Time — an apt acronym for Rob Papen, collectively or otherwise. On the face of it, namesake company founder and acclaimed sound designer Rob Papen’s passion for subtractive synthesis remains as strong as when he first started working with synthesizers way back when, purchasing an analogue Korg MS-20 semi-modular monosynth and accompanying analogue SQ-10 sequencer at the tender age of 15 — more recently reaffirmed by self-publishing the publicly praised The Secrets Of Subtractive Synthesis combined book and DVD package based on his The 4-Element Synth© teaching method. Moving back to task — to the wondrous world of B.I.T. specifically and Rob Papen collectively, the virtual instrument and effect plug-in developer’s newest software synthesizer sets its inspirational sights solely on analogue-modelled synthesis, rather than combining the best of analogue modelling with hybrid synthesis techniques that have hitherto formed the much-admired musical backbone of the company’s classy creations.

What’s with the apparent change of musical direction, then? The concept behind B.I.T. comes down to this: classic analogue synthesizers still show an appeal that the renowned Rob Papen brand is perfectly positioned to tap in to. This is not surprising since Rob Papen himself still has a pristine example of Roland’s (former flagship) Jupiter-8 analogue programmable polysynth — purchased brand new back in the ‘dying days’ of analogue in 1983 (albeit now seriously sought after and astronomically priced) — taking pride of place in his studio setup; several other analogue classics comfortably reside there alongside it, including that ‘teenage’ Korg combo. Clearly inspired by backward progression, pure analogue-modelled synthesis is the order of the day when it comes to B.I.T. — no spectrum waveforms or samples required!

Really, making the most of Korg’s classic MS-20 requires patch cables, but B.I.T. does not need any as an analogue-modelled software synthesizer plug-in par excellence — despite demonstrating masterful modular-like attributes. An advanced MOD MATRIX makes for painless patching while a smart ADV (advanced) panel positioned below the oscillators offers a helping hand. Activating ADV allows users to quickly make useful connections, such as the LFO and ENV (envelope) to the oscillator parameters. Pushing further forward, B.I.T. also allows OSC 1 to modulate OSC 2 in several ways, which increases its sound palette to take in phase modulation, frequency modulation, and ring modulation.

Musically, of course, any Rob Papen software synthesizer would likely be viewed as being incomplete without an arpeggiator — as, arguably, would Rob Papen’s prized Roland Jupiter-8, and B.I.T. is no exception to this unwritten rule. Indeed, its fully-featured ARP can also work in sequencer mode and has an additional FREE row that can be used to modulate other elements of B.I.T. by using the MOD MATRIX.

Making it to the finish line, B.I.T. brings with it some superb-sounding effects, comprising CHORUS, DELAY, FLANGER, and PHASER, plus Rob Papen’s proprietary REVERB, so no need (necessarily) to turn to an external reverb of any kind to bring some space to the virtual instrument and effect plug-in developer’s newest software synthesizer.

So while B.I.T. stands for Back In Time it could conceivably stand for Be Inspired Today! After all, Rob Papen has added a 16-voice, authentic-sounding, analogue-modelled software synthesizer fit for today’s DAW workflow to its lengthening line-up of virtual instruments, intermixing innovative design, uncompromising sound quality, and musical, production-grade presets — over 950 this time — to make tracks truly shine. Still better, B.I.T. brings with it the secrets of subtractive synthesis, thanks to namesake company founder and acclaimed sound designer Rob Papen!

B.I.T. can be purchased from authorised Rob Papen dealers worldwide or as a download directly from Rob Papen for an introductory promo price of €79.00 EUR (including VAT)/$79.00 USD until the end of June 2019 — rising thereafter to €99.00 EUR (including VAT)/$99.00 USD — from here:

Note that B.I.T. is included in the latest version of the eXplorer 5 bundle (, so existing owners only have to download the latest installer and run it to add B.I.T. to their Rob Papen virtual instrument and effect plug-in collection.

B.I.T. is available as a 64-bit AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible software synthesizer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.8 - MacOS 10.14) and as a 32- and 64- bit AAX- and VST-compatible software synthesizer plug-in for PC (Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10) — AAX for PT 12 or higher (PC).

B.I.T. uses a serial/license system with activation when registering. (A second serial for a secondary computer is available after registering the original.)

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated B.I.T. webpage here:"

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Rob Papen RP-Reverse

Rob Papen RP-Reverse Tutorial Published on Apr 3, 2019 Rob Papen
Published on Apr 3, 2019 Rob Papen

"Drums by Punch, Bass by SubBoomBass and Sequence sound by Predator2."

via Rob Papen

"Thinking out of the box is part of what the Rob Papen brand ethos is, however, we do not want to lose the fact that plugins should be there for creating music. Well, here we present RP-Reverse which is an FX plugin for the creative minded artist that loves to add different sonic ingredients into their tracks!

RP-Reverse reverses the incoming audio in a creative way, the resulting audio can be tempo synced to make it easily fit the reversed sound right into your track. With RP-Reverse it is possible to trigger the recording of the audio (which is reversed) in various ways to which you can read about further on in the manual.
In true Rob Papen style, it’s not just about the main feature! On the reversed signal you can also add distortion, two analog modeled Filters or a Comb Filter.
On top of this, you will also find a handy LFO to modulate the reversed audio and the Filters.

Whilst using RP-Reverse in the creative process we kept in mind that you might like to fade in/out the reversed sound or use a mute button. The top section, therefore, has a separate volume dial for the reversed audio and a separate mute button to make it easy to automate these functions in your music host program.

RP-Reverse is a cool plugin to be used on your drum-loops, vocals or instruments, and for adding ‘thinking out of the box’ type FX to your tracks!"

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