Loupe 2

A freeform sample slicer and mangler for Reaktor

Chroma Sequencer

Sequencer and Monosynth with Glide

Frame 3

Free creative sampler for Reaktor


A granular drum machine with parameter locks for Reaktor

Ghost Shift

Multitap Filtered Delay Effect for Reaktor

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.

Download These Three Great Reaktor Ensembles from the User Library

Sometimes excellent Reaktor builders pop out of nowhere, and post one or more terrific ensembles to the user library and all we can do is gasp, download and appreciate! Here are three new ensembles by user Ward de Jager.

4 taps, 2 lines, 1 earth is a modulated multitap delay effect that does everything from pitch shifting and dubby delays to flange and chorus. It's nice looking and nice sounding, and will be providing competition in my plugin folder to Fabfilter Timeless 2. Some of the pitch shift presets remind me of Blackbird, another user library goodie you should check out if you haven't already. 

Cheby Shaper is a waveshaping effect that implements the Chebyshev polynomials. Translation for the non mathematically inclined: it f*cks up your sound nicely. A harmonic editor lets you drag the mouse to fine tune the sound.

Finally, and this may be my favorite, a Modal Bank ensemble. The Modal Bank is a module that lets you do physical modeling in Reaktor - exciting a bank of harmonic overtones with an "exciter" signal. It's easy to get percussive, chiming, bowed and blown effects with this technique. There's a tutorial ensemble that ships with Reaktor 5 demonstrating the module, but this one is much nicer. There's only one snapshot here but new snaps are a breeze to create. Set the parameters of the partials, then set the attack, decay and noise cut off to choose how the "exciter" will sound. Finally, adjust the damping, which will determine how long the overall sound rings on.

Salamanderanagram over at nireaktor.com has a really good tutorial on the Modal Bank you should check out to learn more.

Download all three of these ensembles here.