”so many sounds, so much inspiration!”

Way Beyond Fairlight for Reason (version 7 and upwards) contains over 4,000 patches.
It is loved by the people we love.
Tears For Fears’ Roland Orzabal and Scritti Politti maestro David Gamson loved this from the get go. Which is like the biggest honour we could ever feel.
The library was built using our own multisamples of classic instruments as well as our unique Bitley™ recordings. The Combinator patches are extremely vast, with instant options for filter, effects and envelope settings.
You are also getting a huge sample library for further programming adventures. The. Largest. Fairlight library. Ever.

Finished in 2016 and just as awesome in 2024 as well as 2070 and 3175, WBF R2 or Way Beyond Fairlight 2 has been an 8 year development process. Which in itself built upon 20 years of hard core programming experience.

This gives you:

A true and very serious music production toolkit indeed. For Reason and Kontakt. The Reason version is discussed here. You will find Kong kits, ReDrum kits, NNXT patches, Combinators, Thor synths and more; all thinkable sound types.

(here’s the page for the Kontakt version)

Everything in the library is designed with the true ambition of creating a modern day Fairlight CMI workstation: Something that actually works since Reason has built in sampling & editing, sequencing and Midi out capabilities just like the Fairlight CMI workstations once had. Or use this in Logic as Reason instruments work there too.

Soundwise the library is the world’s largest Fairlight CMI soundbank and that’s just the beginning. We sampled a pristine CMI IIx so that is taken care of. All thinkable variations too so you’re getting slow and fast Sararr synths and all that made the Fairlight so cool — layered and processed Combinator versions as well as dry and simple if picked from the beautiful NNXT sampler.

Many more sources were added. All drum machines we could source. That’s, um, nearly all drum machines in the world. All synthesizers we could source. That’s, um, nearly all synthesizers in the world.

We sorted this into machines / instruments and even artists. So yes, there is a folder for Art Of Noise sounds. A folder for Scritti Politti sounds. A folder for Madonna sounds. And many more folders like this. And um, yeah… you get the picture: nearly all the important Fairlight-using bands in the world. A-ha experience anyone? And these are just inspiring and very fun starter points.

Get Dat CMI Vibe Yao

Inspiration to create

You will be making tomorrow’s hottest music with all this. Any style. But you can also recreate any old CMI based hit track with it. With the unmatched sample accurate timing and precision of the DAW power in Reason. Frankly all other Fairlight plugin and recreation attempts will pale very quickly in comparison with WBF R2. This is the beez kneez and that’s what will make tomorrow’s Wood Beez Buzz!

“Wood Beez” was one of the tracks from Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psyche’85, an album relying on Fairlight CMI, acoustic piano, Yamaha TX816, Minimoog, JX8P. Here’s our remix of Small Talk including sounds from WBF R2.

WBF R2 truly is the definitive Reason sound library — but don’t just take it as marketing: This is actually what our users are saying. It needs to be experienced first hand.

Rack Extensions are not the key to everything

If you have been stacking up a collection of Rack extensions and still are not satisfied with the sounds here’s the paradise of patches you have been dreaming about. How about Chaka Khan, Propaganda, A-ha and Art Of Noise as sound categories alongside the more regular bass, pads, pianos, polysynths. These are just a few examples.

Close to the edit

We also encourage you to use this as a toolkit for your own programming and combined with your own sound sampling too. Reason does this you know, including the best loop editing we have seen anywhere. Best doesn’t mean most flashy: it just works, and sounds right.

Think of WBF R2 as the largest Lego Technic box for sound design ever created. It truly is. How many pieces you say? Ok, here you go. 4000 patches. 6000 samples. Age 16-99. And the refill is so maxed out it took us days to even compile it. Every kilobyte of available space was used. Maxed out.

Art design as well as sound design and why that is so cool

As the sounds were coming to life different Combinator design ideas and we set out to really create a fun experience when collaborating with the design company Kangebodesign for weeks if not months where we tried to create fantastic and cool graphics to go along with the sounds. Reason is eye candy just as any hardware gear out there but we used no boundaries except the pixel limitations. This gives you the Air bass module, the orchestra module, the Fairvox module and so forth.

Design is also a function

The thing is, these are not just graphical design beauties; they also operate differently by design — and most if not all Combinator knobs and switches are also controlling lots of underlying modules in a great way. This can be quick envelope and reverb depth settings, filter settings etc. And we are not talking about 20 or 50 combinators.

WBF R2 has about 1,000 Combinator sounds!

WBF R2 is completely programmable should you want to design your own sounds
price $179 — musical value $699,949,635

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Tutorial

This tutorial was made a few years ago using the previous Fairlight II+ refill which later was built upon again and again. However, it gives a very very good demonstration of how this refill can be used and what a vast library it truly is. Matthias later went on to work for Reason Studios doing this kind of thing full-time, and that’s a perfect job for this nice and musical, pedagogy specialist guy!

Hey! Looking for what else we’ve made sounds for? Overview.

We are dedicated in sampling and programming synthesizers of both hard and soft options as Neil Tennant once so elegantly did put it. We started out on Ataris in fact, tweaking on Ensoniq EPS, ASR, TX81Z etc. You can now also finally listen to our very early “cassette tape mastered” work with Kawai K4, Yamaha TX81Z, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Roland Alpha Juno 2 and Roland JX-8P on the two albums Jenezeta and Jenezeta II. They are available on most streaming sites including YouTube. The track Harmonicum for instance consists of a Midi controlled Kawai K4 and there is nothing more at all on that track.

We have been maxing out our gear since 1990!