Introducing the Rob Papen eXplorer-9 Bundle: A Comprehensive Review

Rob Papen eXplorer-9 Review

Recently, Rob Papen announced the launch of eXplorer-9, a new software bundle containing 30 of their virtual instruments and effects plug-ins, along with the option of adding legacy products such as the original SubBoomBass, RP-Distort and Blade. In this review, we will discuss the various features, pros, and cons of this new bundle, as well as the two new instruments included: Go2-X and Albino-3 Legend.

Feature List:

– 30 virtual instruments and effects plug-ins
– Integration with Rob Papen’s Prisma plug-in
– Go2-X synthesizer
– Albino-3 Legend synth
– Compatibility with Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 and above


– Wide variety of instruments and effects: The eXplorer-9 bundle offers a diverse selection of virtual instruments and effects plug-ins, catering to various musical genres and styles.
– Prisma plug-in integration: Those who purchase a license for eXplorer-9 will also gain a copy of the company’s Prisma plug-in, which can be used to load up to four of the bundle’s instruments and layer them together to create a single, playable instrument with a collection of shared controls.
– Two new synths: The bundle includes the new Go2-X and Albino-3 Legend synths, expanding users’ sound design capabilities.
– Compatibility: The new bundle and instruments are supported on PCs running Windows 7 or higher and Macs running macOS 10.13 and above, as well as VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plug-in versions.


– Price: The eXplorer-9 bundle has a relatively high price tag of $499, which may deter some users. However, upgrade discounts are available for existing Rob Papen users.


The latest version of Rob Papen’s Go2 synthesizer, Go2-X, builds upon its predecessor’s capabilities by allowing users to draw in their own custom waveforms and use its Morph Mode to blend seamlessly between them. Additionally, it offers new ratcheting capabilities and Magic Mode functionality in its arpeggiator section, as well as updates to the effects system that enable users to run the Stereo Delay and Reverb effects simultaneously. Go2-X also features an upgraded filter section with an extended set of distortion modes.

Albino-3 Legend

Albino-3 Legend is a resurrection of the popular Albino-3 software synth, originally released in 2006 as a result of a collaboration between Rob Papen and Peter Linsener. The updated version boasts VST3 support, different GUI sizes, and compatibility with the latest PC and Mac operating systems. It is equipped with four oscillators per layer, four different filter types, four different saturation modes, eight envelopes, four LFOs, and a comprehensive modulation matrix. Each of its four layers includes four effects units with a total of 12 stereo effects.

Pricing & Availability

Aside from the eXplorer-9 bundle, the new Go2-X and Albino-3 Legend synths can be purchased individually at the following prices:

– Go2-X: $49
– Albino-3 Legend: $99

Upgrade discounts are available for existing Rob Papen users. The new bundle and instruments are available now.

The Rob Papen eXplorer-9 bundle is a comprehensive and versatile package for musicians and producers looking for a wide variety of high-quality virtual instruments and effects plug-ins. With its 30 included plugins and two new synths, the bundle caters to many different musical styles and sound design requirements. Although its price may deter some users, the quality and flexibility of the bundle, as well as upgrade discounts for existing users, make it a worthwhile investment for those serious about their music production toolkit.

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