Replikator: virtual Blade Runner sounds hand-crafted by humans, probably?
Can’t get enough of the Yamaha CS-80 at the moment. The release of Blade Runner 2049, plus the furore over who was doing the soundtrack has rekindled our love of that pioneering Vangelis sound. Everyone by now has a copy of the free Arminator CS-80 emulator, and everyone wants a Deckard’s Dream which just started shipping. So where does Replikator from LoopLords fit into all this?
LoopLords have released a multi-sampled instrument plug-in that’s straight up inspired by the classic Blade Runner original soundtrack. Replikator featured 63 multi-sampled and hand-crafted sounds. The interface is nicely done, dramatic and pretty simple. You get a “Tyrel ADSR” (funny), some modulation with LFO routing and a high or low pass filter. Round it off with a nice deep reverb. It can handle up to 32 notes of polyphony although it can also run in mono mode and a legato mode for those soulful melodic leads.
There’s some nice depth and warmth to the sounds. You’ll find pianos and gongs in there as well as synths with a richness reminiscent of their inspiration. It’s a decent, spacey, lush Vangelis sound pack for $29 for MacOS or Windows, VST or AU.
- LoopLords Replikator web page.