The video above, via morimadoka, demos Propellerhead’s ReBirth – a free vintage virtual instrument.
ReBirth RB-338 is a software synthesizer for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS 8-9. It was developed by Propellerhead Software, and its first alpha version (for Mac OS) was publicly released in December 1996. Propellerhead Software ceased developing the program in January 1999.
Support was officially discontinued in September 2005. Shortly afterwards, the ReBirth Museum Web site was launched and the last version’s (2.0.1) disk image was made available as a free download.
ReBirth emulates two Roland TB-303 synthesizers, a Roland TR-808, and a Roland TR-909 drum machine all at once.
Each of the emulated devices has its own pattern selector, a feature the original devices are lacking. This allows fast switches between different musical sequences. ReBirth also features mixers, a pattern controlled filter (PCF) and some of the standard effects in software synthesizers like delay, compressor and distortion.
The virtual knobs and controls can be assigned to physical counterparts via MIDI, so knobs, modulation wheels, faders and other performance controls available on keyboards and modules can be used to shape the software sound.
If you’ve used ReBirth, leave a comment with your thoughts!
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