Komplete 4 Knowledge

Ancient and noble ninja warlocks,

Here at the R0b0tninja, sometimes the darts I throw are poison-tipped, and sometimes they are merely diamond coated. Nevertheless, enemies sometimes appear that require more attention than my hydraulic shurikens can deliver, and your friendly yet merciless robotic ninja can be waylaid by sonic potential, and promises of infinite energy.

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The people at Native Instruments, long discussed by your humble r0b0t narrator for their instrumental prowess, have unveiled Komplete 4, which is a plug-in based group of multiple synth, sampler and effects programs that, under the control of Kore, combine as one to form a giant R0b0t of musical destruction. Each synth on its own is a powerful weapon, much like the lions of Voltron, only these are easily capable of devouring entire skyscrapers, lengthwise, in their powerful jaws.

Individually, the different plug-ins available are as follows: Absynth, Kontakt, Massive, Battery, FM8, B4, Pro-53, Akoustik and Elektrik piano, Guitar Rig, Vokater, Spectral delay, Kore and Reaktor. Together, these sonic blast-dragons, if you will, threaten to overtake mankind as the pinnacle of evolutionary intelligence, and, as with all of man’s tools, have the power to create as well as to destroy.

This monstrous compilation of audio processing is too deep to be described collectively, and so, your R0b0t ninja has taken it upon himself to report, in detail, on the different qualities presented in each. Some, (like absynth and reaktor), are available as 400 dollar programs alone. By themselves, they are like hand-held universes: fully accessible from our own dimension, yet so intricate and multi-faceted as to defy full definition. Attempting to combine them all and successfully express their true power to the uninitiated would be like explaining the brilliance of Rembrandt to a blind man with no ears. Not completely impossible, but nonetheless, a thoroughly ridiculous task.

Anyway, in the coming weeks, expect to find new updates of this herculean process on the R0b0tninja post, and watch this new audio potential affect change within my dub and hiphop galaxies. I will begin with Absynth (as recent trends would have us follow), and give you a basic walkthrough that, when shown to the beasts of the field, will grant them instant comprehension of the universe and its workings. Unfortunately, all others will gain only a topical understanding of modern synthesis and sampling techniques.

So it goes

Posted: November 19th, 2007
at 1:16pm


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Reel ninjas

Use magnetic tape, my ninjas. Please. For years, the most respected ninja-audio scientists have known that analog and digital recording offer two distinct sonic possibilities. Analog recievers/recorders tend to use tubes to amplify the signal, and magnetic tape to record that signal. This process, as I will tell you, disregards the odd-numbered harmonics in a given sound, leaving the signal with a warmer, richer tone (for examples, see the latest posts on my music sites, or, compare early Bob Marley to his later stuff). Digital recording, in comparison, either includes odd numbered harmonics, or excludes even numbered ones. And for any of my ninjas hopelessly confused: all sounds are conglomerations of smaller sounds called harmonics. The almagamation of these harmonics become the sounds that we all know and recognize. It is the sworn duty of anyone bearing the title of R0b0t Ninja to honor and refine these sound wave harmonics to the macro-evolutionary apex at which we find ourselves. Which led me to purchase this little number on the ebay.

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It’s amazing. I love it so much, as does black jesus–feel free to witness it’s sonic warmening on the R0b0tninja, as well as the R0b0tr0n/dub R0b0t interwebs. It is called an Akai M-8, 1/4 inch reel to reel tape recorder, with bloody, wonderful orange tubes glowing inside it. Ancient, high ninja-technology represent.

Posted: October 27th, 2007
at 4:34pm


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DubR0b0t:Select0r

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I ninja Dreadren,

Who wan tes. As Iman would say, praise be to the most high in all him forms and works. Blessed is Iman robot, who would help H.I.M. bredren to behold Jah glory, decapitate baldhead vampire, and who in him breath, make babylon tower fall. Blessings be to Iman ninja who, by Jah mercy, slay the seven-head beast with him hand, and teach overstanding to lost I-dren along the Way. Jah Bless.

Posted: October 17th, 2007
at 3:45pm


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Behold the Reakt0r

Myninjas, when I attempt to describe the ninja-blasting potential of different synthesizers to you (in these posts, and in the greater soundscape), I can only offer you different aspects of certain instruments, midi structures and samplers that people like Ableton and Propellerhead have taken the time to create.

That being said, for the more esoteric ninja for whom the current synthetic lexicon is never vast enough, Native Instruments Reaktor 5 allows the discriminating r0b0tninja to forge his own weapons of mass destruction and distribute them worldwide in the online Reaktor 5 user library. Good luck battling the US military, although as a r0b0tic ninja you probably have more important things to worry about…

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The Reaktor core is unlike anything else. While several audio applications can mangle audio into feedback loops, leading to chain reactions of deafening proportions, inside the Reaktor, highly unstable elements can be multiplied together exponentially. Different levels of macrocosmic and cellular elements can be combined to form instruments, the user able to arrange and assign knobs and sliders to any of the endlessly customizable inner connections. Combine that with its ability to be used as a VST (virtual instrument) inside Live or Logic or whatever, and you begin to understand the pure nature of its sonic potential; as in life, the uninitiated will risk certain deafness, while the pr0b0t faces only the risks of being def.

Posted: October 16th, 2007
at 12:25pm


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R0b0tNinja 0utpost

Explore vast regions of inner and outerspace with the R0b0tninja! Witness, as he manifests the combined output of mankind’s most powerful synthesis techniques!

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Posted: October 15th, 2007
at 6:27pm


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Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)

Now, I know that the R0b0tninja seldom breaches the topics of Robots and pro-audio, but I must make an exception: Ninja Gaiden Sigma is the most accurate depiction of a R0b0tninja’s lifestyle that I have seen thus far. The Hagakure, the Book of Five Rings, the Tao: all of these have attempted to give a framework for the robotic pan-asiatic ninja warrior’s mindset. So far, unfortunately, none have correctly depicted our skill sets as aptly as the latest Ninja Gaiden, released for the completely ridiculous and financially unfeasible PS3 game console prefecture.

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In the latest installment in a series that, like all true Robotninjas, began life as an 8-bit rendering, you play as Ryu, a ninja (and possible robot–it takes place in the future), who somehow begins his journey in ancient Japan. His village is destroyed by a black samurai (with a purple cape, so, not just black, but also clearly Black). In revenge, he explodes the black samurai’s blimp after first exploding a grotesque cyborg that shoots lightening. It gets better.

You take the time to learn ninja magic, wield multiple swords, and to use the numchucks (spelled here in their original ancient pronunciation). Infiltrating the black samurai’s block in, what I assume is some kind of ninja city, you spend most of your time killing shit, like soldiers on motorcycles with rocket-launchers. This may be the first game to make decapitation a matter of such little concern, as you literally murderate everything you come in contact with.

Gamespot gave this game a 9 overall, but I would have to give it a 999–as a ninja and robot, I am always talking to my robotninja colleagues about the lack of fair and accurate portrayals of our kind in the media. People are always going on about our deadliness and limited applications in the “real world”, where instant decapitation isn’t always an option. It’s nice to finally see some fair and balanced representation, where our sometimes inappropriate needs for vengeance and ninja-magic are finally given a chance to be understood. If you don’t mind shelling out like 500 dollars for a PS3, and then another 60 bucks for the game, by all means, see the world through my eyes, if only for a moment: you will never be disappointed.

Posted: October 15th, 2007
at 11:05am


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Protools 7.4 unleashed

That’s right, my most illustrious ninjas–the pro-status DAW used by countless studios, post-production firms and sound designers is back for more. This latest version features a new space-time compressor (elastic time), heightened compatibility with the AVID video editor, and (most impressively to this robot/ninja), the AVID satellite option, which allows you to use a separate, dedicated computer to house your non-audio media files. Several billion man-hours are wasted every day by those seeking to peep their exported movies (with sound)–this option allows one to preview said movies in full form without the hassle of exporting them to disk.

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Now, while several of these features are brand new to Protools users, allow me to take this opportunity to point out that both the elastic time feature and the ability to preview movie files with sound have both been available to LIVE users as of version 6. This satellite feature, however, does promise to take the strain off of your computer’s processor (assuming you have another, dedicated, computer on the side), and I will not lie: the R0b0tninja seethes with poisonous jealousy at those who can afford such a powerful and expansive set-up. My non-robotic eyeball boils in consternation.

Posted: October 15th, 2007
at 10:23am


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Represent Live

Now that you have been given so much sonic ammo, you ask, what weapon do I use to unleash them, my R0b0tninja? How could I possibly utilize a site with endless drumloops and samples, if I have no arena in which to detonate them simultaneously?

Well, the answer to your question, my ninja-padewan learner, is many-faceted in nature, as recent global events have triggered a massive outpouring of DAWs for you to choose from. Logic, Pro tools, Reason, Cakewalk, Digital Performer, Acid music, Cubase…a ninja can go on. Out of all of these possibilities, however, only one rises to the top of the R0b0tninja’s milk–a quickly growing firm named Ableton, whose program, LIVE, provides the most powerful ass-blasting technology known to r0b0tninja-kind.

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But what reason do I have to believe, you surely ask. Well, the R0b0tninja keeps a low profile, for obvious reasons, and his opinion, while crucial, are not legally bound. Perhaps Pete Townshend or maybe El-P[roducto] can convince you, while I continue to make mine manifest.

Posted: September 24th, 2007
at 2:27pm


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Reason Refill Review: Pr0t0n

To my ninjas to whom it may concern,
Those of us blessed with the use of Propellerhead’s Reason know about its powerful audio synthesis capabilities. The Proton refill pack extends that sonic blast-power (if you will) by several orders of magnitude. The Proton’s highly radioactive nature is such that I have no choice but to introduce the [R0b0tninja sample site], a conceptual heat-sink of examples of the Proton’s might, and any other instruments on its level of destruction.

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For your consideration, I have posted three samples of the Proton, without any effects, hopefully describing the auditory ass-blasting that results from its containment. I say containment, of course, because you can’t really stop the Proton: containing the blast is the most that humanity can ever hope for.

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In each of these samples, I have tried to musically express the wide range of the instrument [and as we all know, while true essence can be pursued, it can only be attained in the robo-celestial realm]. The bounds of space-time only allow a small channel through which one can work, and the Proton seems to anticipate this–by using the combinator within Reason, Proton effectively channels multiple soundscapes through a single channel, offering a rich depth of musical textures. When you add effects to it, prepare yourself for some higher interdimensional understanding, as I, R0b0tNinja, will tell you.
[R0b0tNinja sample page]

Posted: September 19th, 2007
at 9:08pm


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Ten0ri 0n

Yamaha, the world’s leading producer of the robot ninja’s arsenal have announced the coming of Tenori On, a hand-held visual step sequencer that is incredibly trippy to behold (probably some kind of distraction, like the glowing lure of some deep-sea monstrosity). Nevertheless, witness the immense powers that this thing seems to have, and I will berate my overlords at Yamaha to give me one out of solidarity for the cause. Robot ninja away!

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Posted: September 6th, 2007
at 11:19am


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