Propellerhead has introduced Rotor, a rotary speaker Rack Extension modeled on the classic Leslie 122. Here’s what they have to say about it:
Rotor carefully emulates all aspects of a rotary speaker, down to the independent rotation and acceleration of the horn and drum, and has settings for mic distance and rotation speed. But Rotor also takes the classic rotary speaker design into the future, with two flavors of built-in preamp distortion, control over the rotation doppler effect, the horn’s length and acceleration speed as well as CV output of the rotation, for syncing other Reason devices to Rotor’s speed and acceleration.
Here are audio demos of Rotor in action:
- Emulation of a Leslie speaker.
- Behaves just like the original. The horn part of the sound ramps up and down faster than the Drum part of the sound due to the inertia.
- Rotor turns simple synthesized organs into accurate organ sounds, makes guitars sound interesting, and makes vocals wide and 60’s flavored.
- Fully integrated with the Reason rack. Sync other Reason devices to Rotor’s rotation speed through CV on the back
- Challenges the physical restrictions of a rotary speaker. The parameters go beyond the real world with horns twice the size and helicopter-like rotation speeds of up to 13.6hz. Just reach for the trim knobs!
- Includes an organ instrument for Reason’s Combinator, and a set of Rotor and Combinator patches for guitar, vocals, keys and drums.
Note: While Rotor is fully compatible with Reason and Reason Essentials, the instrument patches included with Rotor require Reason.
Rotor is available now for $49. A demo version is available.