We provide & program, record and edit world class Propellerhead Reason Refills; Native Instruments Kontakt patches; Wav and Aiff soundbanks and samples. As well as patches for hardware synthesizers. Our customers include Scritti Politti, Tears For Fears / Roland Orzabal, Michael Moog, David Guetta and many others. Custom programming of sounds and / or music.
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Regardless whether you may or may not know about the legendary Fairlight CMI, Fairlight Kontakt is an excellent, highly enjoyable set of no less than 850 great patches for Native Instruments Kontakt 5.2, derived from Fairlight CMI IIx as well as much more from our entirely unique collection. With extra editing on top. Ready to load and play instantly (.NKI format). Read on below for more Fairlight info too.
Some patches are the same as in our Reason libraries, but most are unique to Kontakt, with readily made effect assignments and so on.
$79 USD. Digital delivery via DropBox. Please note: Kontakt 5.2 or later needed.
EMINESSENCE REVIEW: “Fairlight Platinum is unique in that it’s the only reason refill of its kind that has become a living document of sorts. In other words, it continues to grow and evolve. Bitley continues to find ways to pack more value, more bang for your buck, and higher quality into this already peerless product. I’m confident in saying that Bitley’s refills and sound libraries are the standard by which all sound libraries, regardless of the platform, should be judged.”
With the Fairlight refills, we really created a monster. The development started as a 400 Mb project in 2010. Today you're looking at four available versions, sized between 1,5 - 2 Gb. And that's when packed.
Now, since time flies - and more so than ever in the music industry - you might be asking questions like: Why Fairlight? Why not E-mu Emax? Why not Akai S-900? Why not Akai S-1000 which was the industry standard sampler for years? Let me explain. Or rather, I'll let Sound On Sound's excellent writer Norm Leete begin: Catch up on those coffee cravings, grab a donut and read this.
Done? That was some great outlines on the Fairlight CMI.
I'll just say: If you move back to the 1980's, the sampler was an entirely new "specimen" among the musical instruments. It was like a synthesizer, basically, in that it had a synthesizer-like interface. Or, in case of the Fairlight and the Synclavier; a computer-like interface. But those machines were ultra rare in those days. So rare, in fact, that they were surrounded by mystery. Somewhere in 1985 or so, "Fairlight" had started to become a true buzzword among all people who were fascinated by synthesizers and new music. Pet Shop Boys released their first records, and they started writing mystical things like this on their LP inner sleeves:
Fairlight programming by Blue Weaver.
I think that's when the Fairlight mystery really caught my attention. I also remember a Vince Clarke interview where he was asked if he didn't use the Fairlight. A regular "top of the pops" kind of interview with no specific mention of other instrument brands or types. Synthesizers were usually referred to as 'electronic instruments'.
Now, I just wish you all could take the blue pill and follow me through what I then experienced, with amazing audio experiences presented by Yello and Art Of Noise. Jean-Michel Jarre made Fairlight-based tracks like "Zoolookologie" and "Moon Machine". When Roland released the D-50 in the summer of 1987 our brains collectively melted. If a synthesizer can sound as truly amazing as this, the Fairlight must sound like (insert impossible mathematical equation here). In perspective, truth was that the D-50 could do things the Fairlight couldn't. Even a Casio CZ-101 could outpower the Fairlight in many ways. But nobody knew that in the 80's, the era for mystery, misinformation and MTV.
The myths surrounding the Fairlight were good though, because some of us 80's kids never gave up. We wanted to know everything about this: What was it? When I got to find out, I realized that the machine was limited, simple, slow, bulky and absolutely wonderful at the same time. So when samplers, like computers, became cheaper and better, we started sampling the samplers. I became quite good at that and realized that these sounds should be desirable for more people than myself and my closest (and most nerdy) friends.
Move on to 2010 and I stood without a job, with no money for rent and no ideas on what to do, stranded in a new place where I didn't know anyone. Winter was horrible and all I could do was to keep sampling the samplers. I contacted Peter Vogel asking if he would allow me to do something like a Fairlight library for modern samplers. He found the idea to be interesting and thought it could be of our mutual benefit. So I sold some gear and a car to fund the rent and food issue and started working like mad. Four years later I now sit with a library so huge it's quite possibly one of the world's largest sample collections. And all of it is basically up for sale. Packed into a number of Reason refills and one Kontakt library.
The largest version is for Reason 7 and comes with nearly 5 Gigabytes of data before packing. 13,000 individual files. Nearly 4,000 individual patches. The smallest version is still extremely large — but also compatible with Reason 4. Which means you can still max out a dual G5 PPC Mac computer with Reason 4 and the Fairlight refill – and still be able to have plenty of fun with it.
A good explanation to why Reason is so excellent for a sound library like this is that recent versions of the program does indeed allow you to sample right on the spot without any hassles. The drum machine ReDrum lets you sample. The sampler NN19 has sampling too. And the advanced sampler, the NNXT, has sampling as well. Just prepare what you intend to sample (from line or mic inputs on your sound card), click the sample button and stop when you are ready. Edit the sample quickly with the handy built-in sample editor. And then make a tune with it. Save your song and all samples are included. Open it again and extract the samples if you want the audio files separated for something else.
One might say that with one of our Fairlight refills and a copy of Reason, you basically have your own 2014 version of the Fairlight CMI, with unlimited polyphony, unlimited sequencer tracks, sampling, software synthesis, effects and professional mixing abilities. The audio quality is impeccable, but if you want to add dirt and character - aliasing and downsampling - you can use included units like Scream, Pulveriser, Alligator, Audiomatic Retro Transformer and Synchronous to spice up (or down) the sounds.
Trying out Reason is completely free and the demo version is actually the full version. If you do not have an activation license, you can still produce music with it for days and nights. You can even save your work. So this demo version is the best one I have ever seen: It really allows you to get to know the program before deciding on whether to purchase it or not. Get the Reason demo here.
As for working with the Fairlight refill and the classic sounds, here's a great tutorial from Anoso, who today works for Propellerhead Software:
All versions comes as download files delivered via Dropbox. You do not have to worry about Dropbox space since you can unjoin / rejoin at any time. Please allow for up to 12 hours of delivery since it's 1) a manual process and 2) we are in Sweden (CET +1).
Now, let's look at which instruments we sampled.
The Fairlight refills comes with all Fairlight CMI IIx factory sounds.
But we didn't stop there. Because the Fairlight was always surrounded by great synthesizers back in its heyday.
And we absolutely love synthesizers, drum machines - and other samplers too.
Other sampled sources, therefore, include: E-mu Emulator II, E-mu Emulator III, Roland JX8P, Roland JX10, Roland Jupiter 4, Roland D-50, Roland TR-505, 606, 707, 808 and 909. Prophet 1 and 5. Yamaha DX7. Yamaha TX81Z. Casio VZ1. Moog Minimoog. Casio CZ-5000. LinnDrum. Oberheim Matrix 6 and Matrix 12, DMX. Roland SH-101. Korg Trinity. Korg 01/W. Roland Juno 60 & 106. Wavestation. Prophet VS. Roland V-Synth. Yamaha DX7II. Roland TB-303. Roland S-550. Roland CR-68, CR-78. Casio RZ-1. Yamaha RX5.
So, is this a sample-playback library? Both yes and no. Of course most patches do play back samples. But if you look at the roundabout 1,000 Combinator patches, they do contain synthesis as well. In various, endless and astonishing configurations where Thor, Malström and Subtractor also play leading roles.
Here is an example of creative programming with a combination of sampling and synthesis in order to create a pad sound very similar to one of the majestic ABBA pads. The patch is included in Fairlight Platinum and WBF, patch name: Lay All Your Hands On Me. :-)
Here's another example of having fun with the sounds:
The Fairlight sounds are extremely inspiring:
If you are looking out to truly maximize your experience with Propellerhead Reason, this is the way to go. These soundbanks represent four of the largest Reason refills ever made, and that's in the entire universe. And the programming definitely represents the most advanced and in-depth programming you have ever seen. Or heard.
My programming & software experience includes a past of running the Propellerhead Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth worldwide support. I have used Reason from 1.0 and I know it better than my family members. It has been the center of my music-making since 2000. I have also written magazine articles about it, helped thousands of users to configure it – and I've also had a true joyride of music making with it.
Every Reason user in the entire world already has Bitley™ sounds. A fun fact but also something worth noting. Patches like Amazing Lead, EsspanderWonder, LegatoSeqBass are in your Factory Sound Bank / Malström sounds at this very moment, and has been so for many years now.
Any user of our refills will tell you these are true go-to refills when creating music, extremely inspiring soundbanks. I do this because I love Reason. And music. And the Reason community.
Here's some actual quotes users posted on Gearslutz and Propellerheads' user forum:
So there - the refills includes Fairlight as well as an extreme assortment of other gear. As well as professional patch programming. Is there anything more? Sure!
Here's a short description of the individual versions available today. All versions are compatible with both Mac and PC, naturally, and any older version of the refills will work just as great with a later Reason version too. It's just that the later refills really take advantage of the newer additions to Reason.
Fairlight II+ was the first refill with our new look and feel – everything was categorized into 'virtual instruments', making it easy to understand where to find certain sounds. These virtual instruments are consistent throughout the entire series of the Bitley™ Fairlight refills. Fairlight II+ comes with about 2,400 patches and was made for Reason 4. So in other words it works great with the older Power Mac models (pre intel). It was, in fact, made with a Dual 2 Ghz G5. The next version is...
Fairlight XXL, which comes with an additional 500 patches and works with Reason 5 and up. XXL also includes lots of programming examples such as demo tracks and patterns not included in any other version. Next;
Fairlight Platinum comes with about 3,500 patches and was made for Reason 6 and up. It added Kong drumkits and a fantastic wave of new sounds sampled from Trinity, CZ-5000 and more. Platinum includes two bonus libraries not found in any other version, with what we would consider to be absolutely lovely fun samples, showcasing what some artists did with early sampling. Notably Paul Hardcastle and The Art Of Noise.
Way Beyond Fairlight is the latest Reason 7 and up release and comes with about 4,000 patches including a lot of material from O8 and Poly Ensemble, two of our newest and most fantastic refills to date. WBF also includes the Omnia refill with its entirely new sample organization - making it much much easier to find specific waveforms – and it includes many many more & new samples. WBF also includes lots of RE patches for many new fun Rack Extensions. Not to mention a truckload's worth of bonus refills!
There has been a request for a more simple, scaled down and refined version, and this has now been produced. Fairlight NNXT builds upon the original Fairlight CMI documentation for revision 1.3 from Fairlight Instruments (included) which describes the 32 factory disks. All disks are included here and the refill contains 350 Fairlight CMI NNXT sounds for Reason 7. The refill also contains all of the Subtractor, Thor and Malström sounds from the bigger versions, as well as a couple of bonus "disks" with Bitley sounds, Art Of Noise sounds and Vince Clarke sounds. The sounds are sorted and named exactly as on the 32 original Fairlight CMI disks. The file size is just below 120 Mb.
However, if you are one of the first 300 to order Fairlight NNXT, you will be getting a specially composed refill "kit" containing two refills: a special, larger version of the Fairlight NNXT refill and the original Fairlight CMI Legacy refill. This is a seriously insane deal - giving you nearly 650 Mb of samples and sounds for just 19 bucks!
Listen to the above Fairlight NNXT demo track, here remixed with some of the additional sounds! Special offer units remaing: 295
More music / demos? Sure! :-) One of the finest moments during my first months of developing the Fairlight refill was this: I had made an instrumental demo track to showcase these sounds. From Gothenburg, out of the blue, came Dr Loop with an excellent gift: He had written lyrics and added vocals on top of my music - and mailed me the finished track. Majestic!
Fascination & Repulsion was an experiment to see if the Pulsar's Low Frequency O's could be used as what they really are... oh? Oscillators! LFO module sounded interesting but we focused on the fact that it actually was an oscillator module. Of that came some fascinating and also repulsive patches & we decided to include all of them. The sounds are charming, warming and alarming. A bit like a modular synthesist's wet dream and yet straight out of the Reason rack. Compatible with Reason 6,5 and up, hence the price.
Order Fascination & Repulsion! $19
Since our history with the Korg Polysix goes a long way back, we were really adopters of the Polysix rack extension as well as the Korg Legacy pack from 2003. As well as the iPolysix for iPad, but that's another story. Anyway, here was the world's second RE-based commercial refill and it really delivers what most people want out of the Polysix. Really wonderful and useful synth sounds, that is. Always at the bargain price of $6,50. Enjoy!
Poly Ensemble recreates the vintage analog Korg Lambda string machine / poly synthesizer by including perfectly looped multisamples of all the Lambda instruments, soloed and in combinations both constructed afterwards in Reason's Combinator and constructed on the Lambda itself.
Analog is truly a completely different animal than digital and it's soothing and warm to get these sounds into Reason's ultra sterile digital environment. Call up some strings, close your eyes and start playing. The Lambda is one of the synthesizer history's hidden gems. It will become more popular once people realize, again, how wonderful it sounds.
We bought the Lambda from Vemia in the UK btw.
For a fraction of the price you're getting a big bite into its deepest analog alleys of majestic pads and unrealistic but funky keyboard sounds.
[O Eight] is a fantastic refill not intended to be confused for an Oberheim refill (even though we love Oberheim synths!). It's rather a salute to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, where Reason is being fabricated. And where I, too, was fabricated and delivered. ;-) (Yes, we are in Sweden too!)
Digital, analog, evolving. The sounds in this refill are built upon the extremely stable foundation of over 300 perfectly looped waveforms, making this refill a fantastic virtual synthesizer for the Reason rack. It brings sounds Reason itself can not produce and it brings back life to our oldest libraries of sounds for hardware synthesizers as once liked, and used, by Roxette among others. Also comes with a number of drum samples.
With O8 you are in fact getting a complete classic digtal sample playback synth in your rack. With more usable patches than a stacked rack of old 19" rack gear. Trust us. That's what we are using to create the sounds for you.
Enter Back to the future! Here's the Flux Capacitor, the ultimate time-shifting soundbank!
The Flux refill is like a software synth in itself; like a rack extension even though it's made for Reason 5 and up. Creative programming and samples including Casio CZ, Korg Trinity and more. The Flux patches were specifically designed to sound different. Moving, evolving and lush sounds.
This is a revised and updated collection of our Kawai K4 & K4R banks with lots of entirely new sounds - made during May 2014 - added on top.
The content is: 64 single sounds, a drum setup and an effect setup. The sysex file is just 14.8 kb's as usual and can be transferred using any free sysex tool for your PC or Mac. A couple of freeware sysex tools for Mac and PC are included as well as three bonus banks from us and the factory sounds from Kawai so you don't have to backup your synth if you've not tweaked its sounds. If you have, backing those sounds up takes less than a minute and saves you lot of pain if your K4's internal battery should run out.
A perfect injection of new life to any K4 or K4R gathering dust out there.
Omnia is the complete and utterly extreme wavefile collection from our premium Reason 7 refill WBF (Way Beyond Fairlight). All samples are sorted into categories making them easy to find. The samples are our original material sampled from sources such as: E-mu Emulator II, E-mu Emulator III, Roland JX8P, Roland JX10, Roland Jupiter 4, Roland D-50, Roland TR-505, 606, 707, 808 and 909. Prophet 1 and 5. Yamaha DX7. Yamaha TX81Z. Casio VZ1. Moog Minimoog. Casio CZ-5000. LinnDrum. Oberheim Matrix 6 and Matrix 12, DMX. Roland SH-101. Korg Trinity. Korg 01/W. Roland Juno 60 & 106. Wavestation. Prophet VS. Roland V-Synth. Yamaha DX7II. Roland TB-303. Roland S-550. Roland CR-68, CR-78. Casio RZ-1. Yamaha RX5. Fairlight IIX.
File size: About 2,3 Gb after unpacking (zip file), 6,083 files.