Vintage Rhythm Section

Vintage Rhythm Section is a virtual instrument for Kontakt 5 designed to emulate the classic rhythm section sounds of R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz, and Rock records from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Like its sister-products, Vintage Horns and Vintage Strings, Vintage Rhythm Section was not designed to be a shiny, perfect-sounding virtual instrument. Big Fish looked at how the way rhythm sections sounded back in the 60’s and 70’s, including some of the minor imperfections that added character to those instruments and made them sound so good.

Vintage Rhythm Section features 67 Instrument Patches in 7.4 GB Compressed Data. The instruments are organized into three main Style Folders, which contain the following instrument patches:

R&B Instruments

  • R&B Basses: 70s Funk Bass, Bright R&B Bass, Slap Bass, Slap Wah Bass and Soul Bass Mutes
  • R&B Drum Kits: 60s Motown Kit, 70s R&B Kit, 70s Tight Funk Kit and Retro Soul Kit
  • R&B Guitars: 70s Funky Telecaster, Funk-Soul Wah Rhythm Guitar, Mod-Wah Soulful Strat, Philly Soul Electric Sitar, Psychedelic Soul Lead Guitar
  • R&B Keyboards: Clean Hohner D6 Clavinet, Funk Wah Clavinet, Funky Amped Rhodes, Gritty Hohner D6 Clavinet, Hammond Gospel Organ, Retro Soul Vibes, Warm Wurlitzer and Wurlitzer Vibrato
  • R&B Percussion: R&B Bongos, R&B Congas and R&B Hand Percussion

Jazz Instruments

  • Jazz Basses: 70s Jazz-Rock Bass, Fusion Slap Wah Bass, Upright Bass
  • Jazz Drums Kits: 60s Soul Jazz Kit, 70s Fusion Kit, Vintage Jazz Brush Kit, Vintage Jazz Stick Kit
  • Jazz Guitars: Clean Jazz Guitar, Gritty Jazz Guitar
  • Jazz Keyboards: Rhodes Clean Jazz, Rhodes Fusion Amped, Soul Jazz Hammond B3, Vintage Jazz Upright Piano, Vintage Jazz Vibes
  • Jazz Percussion: Soul Jazz Bongos, Soul Jazz Congas

Rock Instruments

  • Rock Basses: 60s Hagstrom Rock Bass, 60s Rickenbacker Rock Bass, Psychedelic Fuzz Bass, Surf Rock Bass, Univox Picked Rock Bass
  • Rock Drum Kits: 60s Surf Rock Kit, 70s Prog Rock Kit, Brit Rock Kit, Classic Rock Kit
  • Rock Guitars: 12-String Rickenbacker, 68 Les Paul Clean, 68 Les Paul Classic Rock, 70s Fuzz Lead Guitar, Clean Tremolo Surf Guitar, Dirty Tremolo Surf Guitar, Flower Power Guitar, Martin Acoustic Guitar, Psychedelic Electric Sitar, Woodstock Lead Guitar
  • Rock Keyboards: 60s Farfisa Organ, 60s Vox Continental, Bubblegum Rock Organ, Hammond B3 Organ 01, Hammond B3 Organ 02, Hammond B3 Organ 03, Wurlitzer Amped

Demo & Walkthrough

All the info in the world isn’t enough to convince you to buy something – of course you want to hear how it really sounds. So let’s go…


The Interface

The interface of Vintage Rhythm Section is simple and lets you work quickly and intuitively. It features two easy-to-use GUIs: A 12-channel mixer for drums and the main GUI, which is used for all of the keyboards, basses, and guitars.

The Drum Mixer Interface

  • Reverb Select: This is a drop-down menu that allows you to select various types of convolution IRs.
  • Channel Strips: Each offers controls for Treble, Bass, Reverb Amount, Pan, and Solo/Mute. Note that not all kits have the same number of toms and cymbals. Instead, each kit was custom-built to fit the musical genre and era it came from.
  • Master Channel: Allows you to add tape saturation (SAT) and/or compression (COMP) to the entire kit.



The Instruments Interface

From top to bottom and left to right, this GUI has the following controls:

  • TAPE SAT adds tape-style saturation/compression
  • TREBLE adds or cuts high end
  • BASS adds or cuts low end
  • DISTORTION SWITCH – use this to turn the effect on or off
  • DISTORTION adds amp-style distortion
  • DELAY controls the amount of tape-style delay
  • DELAY SELECT allows you to choose from several types of delay
  • ROTATOR SWITCH turs Leslie-style effect on or off
  • ROTATOR allows you to select the speed of the Leslie-effect
  • REVERB controls the amount of reverb added
  • REVERB SELECT allows you to choose from a selection of high-quality Convolution Reverbs designed to replicate a number of vintage amp-reverbs and recording spaces
  • MOD-WAH SWITCH turns on your controller’s Mod Wheel as a wah-wah pedal


Final Words

After a couple of weeks with this, I already count this one to my essentials.

It’s a great all-in-one plugin for depth to sample-based tracks, especially in Hip Hop and R’n’B. In fact I found myself often starting a beat by playing around with the Vintage Rhythm Section sounds until I had put a few bars of music together. Then I printed it all to an audio file and treated it like a sample in my productions (without the sample clearance headaches.)

The sounds is perfect for my usage. Sure there are more detailed recordings of these bass guitars, electric pianos, etc. I have Alicia’s Keys from Native Isntruments and just that one (albeit perfect sounding) piano takes up more room than the whole Vintage Rhythm Section!

If you are producing 60s/70s type music or a genre which samples records from that era – get this Kontakt instruments and you have all your bases covered!

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