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

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.

Boscomac introduces Bit Torsion for Reaktor - free download!

Boscomac is back with a great new effect, Bit Torsion.
BIT TORSION is an effect what I define as "animated distortion."

Firstly, BIT TORSION offers all the settings to tweak and twist an incoming signal : bit reducing, sample rate control, drive intensity, band pass and notch filter and also feedback howling ! But that 's not all, it is possible to fold the signal and clip it furiously. Then widen the stereo and also apply a noise gate when it is too excited ...

Then BIT TORSION can animate some of its settings ( to the left ) by a random behavior. You can bind a parameter to a sequence ( by activating the small arrow ) and choose the direction (positive or negative ) of its modulation. Then you can fix the length of the sequence, and finally control the rate of variation, emptying or filling each random data sequence. It may seem complicated but in reality it is really easy and so much fun !
 Boscomac's effects are always worth checking out - and try chaining them! I can see this one working great with Stellar. Then again, everything works great with Stellar. 

Listen to the demos, gawp at the lovely GUI, then Download - and if you like it - and you will - leave a donation.