Loupe 2

A freeform sample slicer and mangler for Reaktor

Chroma Sequencer

Sequencer and Monosynth with Glide

Frame 3

Free creative sampler for Reaktor

ParamDrum

A granular drum machine with parameter locks for Reaktor

Ghost Shift

Multitap Filtered Delay Effect for Reaktor

Coming Soon: Vectorspace

Here's a tease of something that will be out within the next couple of weeks: Vectorspace. It's a sample transformer with gesturally controlled sample position / length, gesturally recordable effects that can run in free-length or quantized mode, a quasi-physically-modeled resonator, and a unique arpeggiator with probability per step and a hold control.


Basic Sequencer for Anything in Reaktor: The Roux, Part 1

This is part of a set of tutorials I did for Peter Kirn's Kore site back in 2008 - we were creating materials that highlighted Native Instruments products and how they could be used in Kore. Well, the product is defunct and the old site is down, so here is the first in a series on the Roux sequencer macro, showing how it can be used to manipulate the read position in a basic grain delay. Also see here where I've built an updated version of the Roux macro that is used in this tutorial.



In French cooking, there’s a sauce base called a roux (pronounced “roo”) that is the foundation of bechamel and other sauces. This is a sequencer macro that is the equivalent for programming sequenced instruments in Reaktor - you can take it in any direction from here. In its most basic form it can send velocity information to trigger percussion, or modulate instrument parameters like cutoff and resonance. With a few simple changes it becomes a pitch sequencer.

I decided to teach how to use the roux step sequencer before diving into the guts of the Frankenloop because understanding this will make that much easier to untangle. Besides, this is a more modular-ready macro, easily popped into anything else you happen to be building or toying with - anything that could use some sauce, really.

I decided to teach how to use the roux step sequencer in a practical way before diving into the guts because understanding this will make that much easier to untangle. Besides, this is a more modular-ready macro, easily popped into anything else you happen to be building or toying with - like the granular delay we’ve been working on. Anything that could use some sauce, really.

In part one, we look at two uses of this versatile basic ingredient. Download the ensemble and follow along with the video tutorial.


Roux Sequencer Macro for Reaktor from Create Digital Media on Vimeo.

NI Synthsation - 8 SYNTHS, 50% OFF

If you picked up Reaktor for half off in one of NI's sales events, now's the time to feed it some fresh ensembles. They've got Monark, Razor, Spark, Prism and Skanner XT all marked down 50%.


I think one of the best deals there is Prism for its physical modeling abilities. It uses a moderate amount of CPU but you should be okay with any recent computer. Of course it goes without saying that you should check out the mind melting floor shattering Monark and Razor if you haven't already. Just those two will have you covered for a lot of vintage and modern sounds.

And - heresy for this blog, I'll do penance later - Absynth for $99 is well worth the money. It's a flexible and superb sounding synth that has very modest CPU usage for the gorgeous sound it delivers. It's also one of the few synths that allows you to create custom tunings right in the instrument rather than importing them. I recently wrote a review of Absynth 5 here on KVR.


Video: The Difference Between Reaktor Instruments And Ensembles

Here's a tutorial video from NI that was posted about a month ago and has a comically low number of views. 342 views? Ridiculous! This is a great introduction to the differences between instruments, ensembles and Reaktor Player instruments, which they refer to as Komplete instruments.