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eXplorer5

Complete Collection by Rob Papen

The Entire Rob Papen Product Line in One Collection...

This inspirational bundle holds all 20 RP products and after registration you also can request the amazing Prisma! The ultimate virtual synth and effects plugin collection.

Rob Papen is one of the world's leading sound designers and over the last few years he has released a series of multi-award winning high quality software plug-ins which have become essential tools for many of the world's leading music producers. Now you can purchase the whole Rob Papen collection in one single package - eXplorer 5.

For existing Rob Papen product owners, the following Upgrade/Crossgrade options are also available:

Features

  • 12 Rob Papen virtual synths
  • 8 Rob Papen effects plugins and sampler
  • Thousands of presets
  • Powerful cutting edge features
  • Combined value of over £1100
  • Combining all 12 Rob Papen virtual synths plus the company's 7 critically acclaimed effects plug-ins and 1 sampler, eXplorer 5 provides all the tools you need for contemporary music production including thousands of rich, complex, track-ready presets created by Rob Papen and guest artists including acclaimed DnB artists Noisia.

Go2

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

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

The current Rob Papen collection holds synthesizers which contain many features and types of synthesis which sometimes can be daunting to the average user.

But there is always something tempting and fun in something that is so simple!

Look at the 1980's, in which we had top synthesizers like the Roland Jupiter-8, but also at the other end of the spectrum the simpler but fantastic synths like the SH-101.  And yes, both became classic synthesizers. 

Compare it also whilst making music, very often less is more and this is also can be applied whilst using synthesizers.  Sure, with a heavily featured synthesizer, you can also be less complex in a patch. But this often still takes more time to achieve.

So, say hello to Go2!

And yes, Go2 has all of the controls visual at the same time but still has some unique features and sound for sure… which makes sure that it will boldly go to where no other synth in this category went before...

Learn more about Go2.

RAW-Kick

RAW-Kick is a product developed in conjunction with DJ Free-K and DJ Promo. Based on the legendary RAW synthesizer, RAW-Kick includes neat features and focus specifically designed for today’s demanding producers!

RAW-Kick offers three individual layers to design and build up your Kick drum sound, which is a common method often used by producers. But now, instead of using three separate products, you can use this method within one product. Each layer offers two modes. You can select a dedicated kick synthesizer model or use a sample-based layer. The ‘Kick Model’ type offers some new and unique features, for instance, the RAW amount. You can also control the harmonics which can have a firm impact on the sound, especially in combination with the many included distortion FX on board. 

The ‘Sample’ type also has to offer some neat features like a multi-mode analogue modelled filter, two EQ sections and many FX algorithms with several types of distortion and other top-quality FX.

The Master section of RAW-Kick finishes it all off with an additional double EQ section and the MONO/STEREO FX to make your kick tight in its low end and wide in the mid/high range of the spectrum!

The Master section also offers you some neat control over all three layers at once, for speeding up your workflow creating the perfect RAW-Kick!

Learn more about RAW-Kick.

MasterMagic

Welcome to ‘MasterMagic’ the plug-in that you will not want to miss anymore as part of your virtual mixer master section! Just place ‘MasterMagic’ at the very end of the master FX chain and be surprised how much it can do for your track!  The ‘Mono/Stereo’ section, will make your low end much tighter and the ‘AIR’ function is sheer magic… even if you only use it only a tiny amount.

Learn more about MasterMagic.

SubBoomBass 2

SubBoomBass 2' GUI (graphical user interface) has received a makeover for more comfortable control of all features. SubBoomBass 2 still has its analogue modelled waveforms on board, but the sound colour has been expanded with new spectrum waveforms, new creative ‘think out of the box’ high-quality samples and introducing Karplus-Strong string synthesis! You will understand that these new features generate fresh and unheard-of sounds!

But there is more… An X/Y screen, a new pattern mode for running 4 sequences, and just like in SubBoomBass 2 it has the easy to use Bank Manager with star feature, so that you can quickly find and go to your favourite sounds straight away. And yes, all the original SubBoomBass presets are on board!

This instrument is great for any style of contemporary music… any music styles including video game music, film scores and anywhere you need a great bass and fresh sound!

Learn more about SubBoomBass 2.

Predator 2

Predator 2 is the successor of a legendary synthesizer that has inspired many artists/composers and appears on countless music tracks! As before it combines inspiring presets and cutting edge features to make this your ‘go-to’ synth for contemporary music production.
The user interface has again been designed so that almost all main controls are visible on screen, making it fun and incredibly easy-to-use.  

With Predator 2 and all its many cool features,  we have also included an ‘Easy Page’ for the users that don’t like too many controls. The ‘Easy Page’ offers you the most important parameters if you want to change a sound quickly or just want to use the handy ‘preset variation’ function, which is an intelligent randomizer.
Predator 2 is packed with new powerful features such as: ‘Waveform morphing’, ‘Waveform drawing’, “WaveSet playmode’, XY pad, new EQ, and new voice level distortion.... and so much more!

Shipped with inspirational presets, Predator 2 is a unique synthesizer concept which combines ‘User Friendliness’ and ‘Packed Features’ in one amazing product.

Learn more about Predator 2.

RP-EQ

In the virtual music world there are a countless number of different EQ’s available...so why another one?

Well, Rob Papen is all about sound and he was convinced he could add something special to the EQ plugins. When you first open RP-EQ in your DAW software  you will see that it is far from a basic bread-and-butter equalizer. Unique elements were added to the core equalizer unit.

The toolbox includes a Mid/Side equalizer mode and Mono/Stereo split filter which is used frequently in modern EDM/Dance music styles. The Air section is fantastic on your master channel and the proven X/Y Pad adds a dynamic and creative edge to an already very musical RP-EQ.

In true Rob Papen style, RP–EQ comes with many great presets to get you started  and with the 'sound' of RP-EQ you will have a great go to plug-in for your  top notch music productions!

Learn more about RP-EQ.

Blade

Cutting edge synth plug-in for the creation of unique sounds quickly and easily. The initial idea for the Blade virtual synth was born out of Rob Papen´s desire to have more ‘human input’ into the sound using the keyboard and controllers like the pitch bend or modulation wheel. An XY pad is perfect for the human input, but it only controls the filter and volume. This was too limiting for Rob Papen who wanted to also be able to control the ‘harmonics’ of the oscillator... changing the waveform using the XY pad.

Features

  • 16 voices, operating in poly , mono 1/2 , legato 1/2 and arp modes
  • Harmolator Oscillator with 9 controls + sub-oscillator
  • 21 Distortion Units operating per voice
  • 14 Filter Types including 6/12/18/24 low/high pass, 12/24 band pass / notch, vocal & comb filter
  • XY Pad which can operating either directly or with recorded paths, in poly or mono modes
  • Dedicated Harmolator envelopes, LFOs, velocity controls and modulation controls
  • 2 Free Envelopes, 2 Free LFOs and 4 modulation sources. All of Blade´s controls can be used as modulation destinations, and there are a full range of modulation sources including midi controls and internal controls
  • 2 FX units with 27 effects, including distortion, reverb and tape delay plus many more
  • 16 Step Arpeggiator with each step having it´s own control which can also be used as a sequencer for modulation purposes.
  • Easy Page allows control of the main parameters in a flexible and easy way
  • Manager screen allows you to easily find and organize presets and banks
  • Full midi control over all parameters

Learn more about Blade.

Punch

With Punch, Rob Papen delivers a brand new speaker busting, body rattling software instrument. Punch delivers synthesized drums in the finest audio quality and with breathtaking features for the contemporary producer.  You can can use synthesis to build your own unique sounding drum-kit, but also your own samples can be loaded into Punch to complete your kit. Your sounds can then be crafted using the stunning features, filters and huge synth power we all know from other RP synthesizers.

Punch has a unique sound but also built in sequencers, allowing you the user to have multiple patterns at your finger tips. These grooves can be triggered in a live environment to build a song, but are also great for just improvisation and jamming! 

Learn more about Punch.

Blue II

First released in 2005 BLUE already reflected Rob Papen’s cutting-edge, creative, and — most importantly — musical approach towards developing virtual instruments by first delivering FM and subtractive synthesis, then duly adding Phase Distortion and wave shaping synthesis into the highly creative mix to create one seriously creative combination. Rob Papen himself called it ‘Cross-fusion synthesis’ since it covered so much musical ground so effectively.
 
Today BLUE-II remains true to that ethos with even more sound dimensions and features to its extended name, starting with six oscillators beating at its musically creative heart. These can be connected in various ways, together with two analogue-style modelled stereo filters with 27 different filter types, an enormous range of processing and modulation options, sequencer, and an incredibly powerful arpeggiator. A new range of specially selected waveforms based on samples have been meticulously fashioned for creating new and fresh-sounding synth sounds, so don’t go expecting acoustic pianos galore here. However, since choirs and strings are an excellent basis for so many synth sounds BLUE-II has them in abundance — with much more besides!

Learn more about Blue II.

Rhythm Guitar - RG

RG is a unique groove plug-in that is far more than just a "virtual Rhythm Guitar player!

By using the RG onboard sequencer it is possible to create classic Rhythm Guitar grooves, but beyond that you can use the synthesizer features and effects to make fresh new edgy guitar grooves. To play the grooves RG is using a keyboard layout of "major chords" and "minor chords", each with two sequence patterns (A or B) option.

It is only a matter of hitting a single note in the major keyboard range or minor keyboard range and the groove plays. The sound sets are clean sampled guitars, which gives you great freedom and flexibility when using the synthesizer features and effects of RG. Additionally there are also the Power Chord, Distorted sound and Muted guitar sound banks which both have no major or minor range, but can still sequence A and B.

RG Guitar Types Included Are:

  • The classic Fender Stratocaster electric guitar (major and minor7 chords)
  • A 8th note groove type Steel String acoustic guitar (major and minor chords)
  • A 16th note groove type Steel String acoustic guitar (major and minor chords)
  • A Power Chord groove type Distorted guitar ( 5ths chords / absense of 3rd)
  • Muted Low and Muted High groove type guitar (single notes / no chords)
  • The synthesizer parts of RG include a classic analog modelled synthesizer filter, LFO, envelopes and modulation section. The effect section can be built up by using up to 3 effects at a time. Included are midi time-based delays, chorus and also speaker simulators, phaser, flanger and many more. Included are over 1000 presets included 850 "RG" grooves and 300 "basic" grooves. Watch the "Video Tutorial" about RG!

RG - the very first "Rhythm Guitar Synth."

Learn more about Rhythm Guitar - RG.

RP-Delay

Delay insanity. reverser, 6 lines, 8 filters, 4 LFOs & more. The perfect accompaniment to RP-Verb, this latest effects plug-in from Rob Papen includes numerous new features that will transform the way you mix your music – whether it be electro dance vocals or acoustic orchestral instruments.

RP-Delay is a unique delay with a particular focus on some very special features, including brand new FX routing! To explain, the sound reverser can reverse the input, while simultaneously reversing one of the delay lines. The reverse sound can also be triggered via a midi keyboard, generating totally new sounds, and sending them into the reverser with its own filter and distortion!

You can have 6 delay lines with 8 active multi-mode? filters all operating at once in each of several delay models. Of course, we included basic delay models like a simple mono delay and a stereo delay, but also a tape-sound delay which allows you to change tape length without any clicks. The delays, filters, and reverser can all be modulated by the built-in modulators. There are 4 modulation sequencers, 4 LFO's, and 4 envelopes, complete with several trigger options!

There are many other new features and options for you to discover which aren't mentioned here, so go ahead, take the plunge, and dig into the brand new experience of RP-Delay.

Learn more about RP-Delay.

RP Verb 2

After the original RP-VERB came out, it quickly became loved by many (famous) producers worldwide. It's dense and warm sound made it legendary and a go to reverb for many.

As usual, the Rob Papen brand always seeks new directions and for many, it won’t be a surprise to find some new creative tools inside RP-VERB 2!

Most intriguing in RP-VERB 2 – next to a great sound – is the new ‘Reverser’ section! This allows you to reverse the reverb sound in a very creative way. It can be tempo based and controlled easily…. Awesome for creating some unique fresh sounds. The Reverser is fantastic on any sound, from vocals to drums…. loops…you name it.

We have also added even more inside RP-VERB 2 for controlling and changing the sound. There is an ‘Envelope Follower, ‘Envelope’, ‘LFO’ and a ‘Mod Matrix’ to control the parameters!

Last but not least there is the ‘Distortion’ module inside RP-VERB 2 featuring several useful algorithms. You will be stunned at what an amazing influence this can have on the reverb sound and not only for drum and percussion sounds!

Various presets are included to display the amazing fresh new RP-VERB 2 sound.

Learn more about RP Verb 2.

RP-Distort

RP-Distort is not just a distortion unit, but much more. The distortion unit inside RP-Distort can be combined with an analog modelled filter, compressor and widener unit. These units can be re-ordered, but can also be turned on or off. So in case you only want a great analog modelled filter... RP-Distort can offer this. Or only the unique widener unit which is great for widening a boring mono track.

On top of that, the controls can be modulated using midi sources or by one of the 4 build in LFO’s that can sync to your host tempo..

The distortion unit offers 22 distortion types included ring modulator and lo-fi. Inside this section you can also find the EQ and noise-gate.

RP-Distort is, in fact, a wicked FX unit that will distort or alter your tracks in an inspirational way?

Learn more about RP-Distort.

Punch-BD

Based around the BD module of the multi award winning Punch virtual drum synth, Rob Papen delivers a creative module to help you to produce the fattest sounding bass drums for your music.
 
Stacking bass drums is a popular technique used by today's music producers and Punch-BD gives you the ability to stack up to 6 in total. Divide the 6 BD pads over the keyboard or use them 'stacked' in tuned mode to produce creative new BD sounds for all styles of contemporary music. 
 
Punch-BD delivers synthesized drums in the finest audio quality or you can choose to load in your own samples for complete flexibility. Each pad has its own distortion module with several distortion types as well as its own 3 band graphic EQ. What's more, each individual pad also has its own preset section next to the overall 'BD kit'.
 
Like its big brother, Punch-BD features four FX units each with many 31 types of top quality FX plus further filters, envelopes, modulation routings and more for crafting your own unique sound.
 
From Electronic Dance and Hip Hop to Soundtrack projects, Punch-BD provides a solid speaker-busting sound for your productions.

Learn more about Punch-BD.

RAW

At the Dutch Dancefair 2014, DJ Promo (aka producer Sebastian Hoff) and DJ Free-K (aka producer Freek Vergoossen) approached Rob Papen with the idea of a synthesiser that focused more on 'distorted' sounds with an easy to use layout.

Renowned for delivering fresh, cutting edge and musical plugins for producers, Rob Papen invited the DJs to his studio for a brainstorming session resulting in a list of 'must have' features and tools for a brand new synth. Armed with this list and several more brainstorming sessions later, Rob Papen and his development team created a powerful new virtual synth RAW.

RAW has two oscillators each with an X/Y field, (as included in Blade and BLUEII) to distort the waveform using Phase Distortion. But that's not all, you can also draw two of your own 'waveforms' and use them as LFO waveforms enabling the creation of unique 'wobble' movements that are perfect for for DubStep and other electronic music styles.

RAW has all the great Rob Papen filters to shape your sound further, but in a refreshing twist, 'EQ', ‘Waveshaper', 'Distortion' and 'LoFi' have also been added on a voice synthesis level. Other FX such as Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Stereo delay and the amazing HQ Reverb of Rob Papen can all be added to your sound and of course, the cool Arpeggiator/Sequencer, Easypage and preset bank manager have all been included as standard.

In true Rob Papen style, RAW comes with many great presets with mainly contributions from several well known DJs and Producers for instant user inspiration!

Promo, Ophidian, Mad dog, Deathmachine, D-Passion, Rob Fabrie, DJ Thera, N-Vitral, Tha Playah, DJ Hidden, The Viper, Warface, Stephan Jacobs,  Amnesys and many more...

Learn more about RAW.

RP-AMOD

As you will probably know, a modulator is a term that is used in synthesizers. They are various types of settings that can change and alter a sound. With RP-AMOD you can use it's modulators to alter your audio in different ways.

We have added ‘Phaser’, ‘Flanger’, ‘Chorus’, ‘Ensemble’ and ‘Tremolo’, which are classic audio modulation FX. What differs with RP-AMOD from these classic versions, is that you can also ‘tempo sync’ them to your music, and you can use two FX at the same time in various routing configurations. These routing options are not only in serial and parallel, but you can also ‘filter split’ the audio signal ahead of going to both of the FX!

RP-AMOD can spice up your vocal track, liven an instrument and even beef up your drums or drum-loops.

Features

  • Presets in various style banks. Preset / Bank menu with Quick Browser, Favorites & Recent etc functions
  • Main section with:  Bypass, Mix, Volume, Send, Readout display and ECS (External Midi Controller Setup)
  • Send button is 'global' and should be used in FX send mixer setup

Routing Controls how the 2 Modulation Units are Connected:

  • Parallel
  • Serial
  • Filter Split, using either 6, 12 or 24 db low pass / high pass filters. The filters frequency is set by the split frequency dial

FX Types:

  • Chorus
  • Tape Chorus
  • Ensemble
  • Flanger
  • Tape Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Analogue Phaser
  • Tremelo

Back Panel:

  • The back panel shows you the credits, version and registration information. It is also the place to make changes to general control settings for RP-AMod

Audio:

  • Audio Modulation 1 & 2 with Sync, Volume Mix control
  • Audio Pan and Pan Modulation inside each Audio Modulation module

SubBoomBass

SubBoomBass is filled with excessive amounts of low end ammunition to detonate your tracks! With presets designed by the legendary Rob Papen and other guest artists, this dedicated bass synth will supply you with huge cone-rattling sounds that will devastate any dancefloor. This software instrument is great for Hip Hop and RnB but can also be used for Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Garage, Grime and much more…

Features

  • 2 oscillator synth engine with additional sampled percussion, drum, fantasy and bass sounds.
  • Oscillators feature also PWM, sub-oscillator, FM/Ring modulation and Oscillator sync.
  • Pre-filter distortion. 
  • Analog modelled Filter offering 6dB LowPass and HighPass, 12dB, 18dB and 24dB LowPass and HighPass, 12dB and 24dB BandPass, 12dB and 24dB Notch, Comb and Vocal Filter.  
  • Additional Filter 2 with cutoff control offering 6dB, 12dB and 24dB LowPass or HighPass setting.
  • Filter routing offering ´serial´, ´parallel´ and ´Split" modes
  • Step Sequencer with 16 steps and swing function and slide function
  • 2 FX sections with modulation matrix and 24 effect types

Predator + Predator FX

Predator is a "phat sounding" killer synthesizer that combines inspiring presets and first-class features to make this your 'go-to' synth for contemporary music production.
The user interface has been designed so that almost all controls are visible on screen, making it fun and incredibly easy-to-use. And if you're unsure about a particular synth function, simply right click your mouse to access the help screen.

Predator is packed with powerful features such as Preset Quick Browser, Preset bank mananger, Preset Morphing, Intelligent Preset Variation, MIDI and Synth Controllable FX, Unison Detune, Chord Memory and an extremely versatile Arpeggiator.

Included are over 4400 presets, collected in style banks: HipHop, Dance, breakbeat, various Trance styles, DnB banks, DubStep, Hardcore dance, House, SFX banks and last but not least, several artist banks.

PredatorFX

Last but not least, Predator also includes, allowing you to use the incredible filters, modulations, effects and vocoder as an FX plug-in within your music host. This is a seperate plug-in that is included and shows up in your host FX list. It makes that you can use Predator its filters, vocoder and FX at an audio track. PredatorFX has its own preset format and once you boot up you can find 128 dedicated presets.

PredatorFX Group Preset-Names do Explain their Usage:

  • Voc: Vocoder (no midi input needed)
  • Voc-midi: Vocoder that needs midi keyboard/input (see example with Cubase SX4)
  • Filter: Into the Filter of Predator first (no midi input needed)
  • Filter-midi: Into the Filter, but needs midi keyboard/input (see example with Cubase SX4)
  • Fx: Into the fx only
  • Fx-send: Predator used in fx send setup (not as channel insert)

PRISMA

Unlock the True Potential of Prisma

Whilst PRISMA works well with a single Rob Papen plug-in, its true potential is unlocked with the full range of Rob Papen instruments. Get them all as part of this eXplorer4 bundle.

PRISMA is a free plug-in treat for users of Rob Papen software that allows you to stack up to four Rob Papen instruments, complete with their respective settings, into a single ‘prismatic’ sound source that can produce limitless creative combinations. Combined with the eXplorer III bundle with its 14 synths and effects, PRISMA's possibilities are truly amazing.

Each instrument can be opened individually, easily edited and combined with any other stacked Rob Papen software instruments to create a whole new spectrum of sounds.

What´s more, PRISMA´s four built-in top quality FX allow users to bypass the individual instruments´ effects to save on CPU - making it even faster to produce fresh and unique sounds.

Imagine a PRISMA preset with a dreamy pad from Blue II, together with an arpeggiated sound from Predator, a wild wobbulating effect from Blade and a groove from Punch - so many possibilities and a lot of fun!

System Requirements

  • Serial/license system with activation whilst registering the product
  • 2nd serial for a secondary computer / laptop is available after you have registered the product’s original serial / license
  • Very soon compatible with the NI NKS system

Windows

  • 32 & 64 bits VST and AAX for Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 (Note: PC AAX for PT 12 or higher)

Mac

  • 64 bits AU, VST and AAX, for OSX 10.6 or higher

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