Sample Logic Announces Rhythmology, Sequencing and Effects Engine for Kontakt


This week, Sample Logic announced its latest product, Rhythmology, a dynamic rhythmic sequencing and effects engine for use with Native Instruments’ Kontakt.

Built on Sample Logic’s dynamic MultiCore sample engine, Rhythmology allows the user to easily design unlimited rhythmic sequences and loops by stacking and shaping up to four loop sources simultaneously inside four loop cores, while also experimenting with dozens of available dynamic audio effects.

In Rhytmology, all loop sources are loaded into a loop core “packed with powerful effects,” including reverb, delay, filters, distortion, and more. Users can employ up to four loop cores simultaneously to generate complex grooves. In addition, mastering effects can be applied to all loop cores to create impressive results.

Rhythmology key features:

  • Over 1,800 sound presets (unlimited combinations)
  • Four loop core engine
  • Hot-swappable effects chain technology
  • Fully “randomizable” interface for instant inspiration
  • Dozens of customizable effects presets
  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol- and Maschine-ready

Rhythmology includes over 1000 loop sources, 490 loop cores, 337 multi core instruments, and a 5.2 GB compressed sample library using Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression. All samples are delivered at 44.1kHz/24-bit.

Here’s an overview of Rhythmology sounds:

System Requirements:

  • Requires Kontakt 5 Player (free) or Kontakt 5 (sold separately) Version 5.6.5 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11.1 (latest update, 64-bit only), Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • Windows 7, 8, or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)
  • 5.2 GB free disk space for RHYTHMOLOGY sample content
  • 1 GB free disk space for Kontakt 5 Player

Compatibility: Stand-Alone, VST, AU, AAX Native, Core Audio, ASIO, WASAPI, Maschine, Komplete Kontrol

Pricing and Availability. Sample Logic’s Rhythmology is available for purchase now via the Sample Logic website. Normally priced at $299 US, Rhythmology is being offered at an introductory price of $199.

An additional bundling deal that pairs Rhythmology with Sample Logic’s Arpology for $399 (reg price $699) is available through March 15, 2017. More information can be found on the Sample Logic website.

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15 thoughts on “Sample Logic Announces Rhythmology, Sequencing and Effects Engine for Kontakt

  1. Hard to tell if this is YARSSS or not (Yet Another Rhythmically Stupid Step Sequencer).

    I don’t mind bitching about it when the developer hypes it’s flexibility. It’s name literally means “The study of rhythm” and the website boasts “The Future of Rhythm” and claims to “Reinvent the art of Rhythm”. I did see a setting for note value, but it only showed a 16th note, so there wasn’t a way of knowing if this thing does triplets, I expect it does, even though none of the examples above used ternary rhythms.

    There weren’t any docs that I could see, so it wasn’t clear if the grid setting was global or per track. Not much else could be gleaned.

    1. CORRECTION: it says “Reinventing the WORLD of rhythm” which because of the subtle proximity suggests “world rhythms” which would make rhythmic stupidity even more unforgivable.

  2. When I learn more I might put it on one of my Windows machines but have no intention of updating my macs anymore beyond my current OS, JMO but in my many years of experience Apple keeps fucking everything up with each new hardware and software release.

    1. Yea, I agree. It is the march of “progress” but anymore, Apple’s Mac OS’s break things, remove beloved features, and in the interest of easy of use, they remove powerful tools. I’m in Yosemite now, and I’m dreading all the things that will break when I move to El Cap or Sierra.

      My iPad nags me twice or thrice a day to update to iOS 10. I hate that so hard.

  3. can it do quintuplets/septuplets?

    looks like they should have mad this an iPad app and I would have bought it today.

    1. It would be nice, but I very much doubt it. I’d be surprised if they even included triplets– that’s how low the bar is these days. And NI has generally been pretty terrible when it comes to this particular feature.

      But yea, if this was an iPad app for $15 or so, I’d probably be more curious about it. But then, it would take up precious space. Hmmm. That’s where single hits and good MIDI tracks can save lots of space.

      Have you tried apps by LumBeat (Luiz Martinez)? E.g. Funk Drummer, AfroLatin DM, etc. Those apps are amazingly good. If you tap and hold a beat in a part, you can drag up or down to change the beat division from 1-8 (including quintuplets and septuplets). It also has a great song edit function and fantastic human fills and embellishments (“jamming”). The only thing it won’t do is change tempo through the song. Drum Perfect does that, but has other issues that make me not like working with it.

      Patterning is another gem.

      1. yeah I’ve got all of Louis Martinez’s apps, but he does not allow sample import or audio export, and for a drum app that you’d like to use it pisses me off royally…if any app needs loop export it’s a drum app.
        Talented dev though.

        1. One of their apps broke on my android phone. That’s when I found out they have ZERO support. That’s another huge downside.

        2. If LumBeat created a shell app that used their basic core drum machine (the same one they use in all their offerings) but let you import your own kits, and provided the ability to put tempos into each step of a song mode, that would be a great thing. In the meantime, MultiTrackStudio is where I take care of all the hard stuff.

  4. I’m so sick of all the bullsh1T graphics they put in the trailer for this. If you are going to show dynamic touch graphical interfaces interacting with your instrument, then better damn well have such interfaces. As it is, just looks like any other kontakt library. It’s 2017 and the tech is here to make these things real. Stop lying to us.
    /rant

  5. Hear hear. I kind of get why they did it,– as a sort of minority report sci-fi kind of thing to make the thing appear “as if from the future”. And you’re right, we’re not far from having that happen. I guess if they had that “beat hacker” wearing some kind of goggles, we could really ding them for false advertising.

  6. Yea, I can’t get over how this is mostly about sounds and loops and very little about rhythm. Their idea of the future world of rhythm lacks imagination when it comes to actual rhythm. The sounds are cool though.

    I think THEY THINK that if they make the demo audio too “out there” people will think that the plug-in is too weird. They could get around this by making a base beat that is 4/4 w 16ths, then have fills or contrasting sections with some combination of odd-meters and/or tuplet ramps, metric mods, cool groupings, or some other more advanced stuff to show off the capabilities then back to the regular groove so the 16th note kids won’t get scared or sleepy.

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