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

Introducing the Reaktor Sampler Pack


Note: from now on buying Loupe on this page automatically gets you a copy of the new Loupe 2 as well! 

I'm pleased to release three new granular sampling instruments for Reaktor: Frame 2, Loupe and Mirage.

Each one has its own character and purpose. Frame 2 is a simple looping sampler designed for live control of loop points and other parameters. Here's the cheat sheet:


Frame is free and you can download it here. This is an update to the original Frame - it adds a nicer GUI, clearer graphical start and end points on the waveform, and some small under the hood enhancements. Here's a bit of improv to hear how it sounds:

Peter Dines Sampler Pack - Frame 2 by peterdines

The next instrument is Loupe - a polyphonic looping slicer for quickly mapping arbitrary (that is, non-beatsliced) sections of a sample to different MIDI keys.(note: purchasing this version now gets you Loupe 2 as well)

How it works: hit a MIDI key and hold, then click and drag to set loop location and length in one gesture, then click and drag in the XY controllers to set pitch, pan, gain, envelope, reverse / forward and filter parameters. Each slice / note has its own settings. It's great for remixing. By default it has four voices but set more in the instrument properties if you want 'em.


It's primarily intended for mangling melodic samples but percussion works too. Here's what it sounds like:

Peter Dines Sampler Pack - FFS (Loupe demo) by peterdines

Peter Dines Sampler Pack - Loupe drums by peterdines

Peter Dines Sampler Pack - Haze (Loupe demo) by peterdines

Peter Dines Sampler Pack - Velour Tracksuit (Loupe demo) by peterdines

Like Frame 2, Loupe is self documenting through extensive tool-tips. None of the controls are too small or too fiddly. You can learn how to use it in minutes but I think you'll find a million uses for it. This reflects my instrument building philosophy that an instrument should give you musical leverage without making you feel like you're endlessly flipping switches on a room-sized computer from the 1960s.

I use a Maschine MIDI controller and like to map each row of four pads to musically related slices so I can play a particular idea or phrase on different rows. A different pad (or MIDI key) can have the same slice but with a different length, or a different pitch, or reversed and panned differently, or all of the above.

Loupe can be downloaded here. A password to unlock the archive is $20 USD and can be purchased here:

Loupe Add to Cart

The third weapon in the sampling pack arsenal is Mirage.


Mirage is a granular sampler inspired by three things - the music of Tim Hecker, my laziness, and my disorganization. ;-) It's sort of like a trapper keeper for ambient sampling. It lets you select an area of a sample to work with, then allows you to set your granular parameters, per-voice filter settings and pan, voice retrigger frequency, and other things - and crucially, it remembers the pitches you play and saves them with a snapshot when using the "Hold" button.

This creates a host-independent sketchbook for sound design and composition. When you stumble upon a magic combination of samples, settings and notes, everything saves together in the instrument for later recall, refinement and mixing.

When you DO find something magical, you'll find you can just sit there and listen to a snap for an indecent amount of time as the separate voices crawl across the waveform hypnotically.

Here's what it sounds like:

Peter Dines Sampler Pack - Mirage demo by peterdines

Mirage is aimed at a different musical goal than Loupe - you might say that if Loupe is a paintbrush for cubism then Mirage is one for impressionism. Both instruments differ, then, from the typical granular sampling feel and sound which in my mind is more like pointillism.

Mirage can be downloaded here - A password to unlock the archive is $15 USD and can be purchased here:

Mirage Add to Cart

If you want to know more leave a question in the comments or hit me up on twitter.

Special thanks to Felix Petrescu for beta testing Loupe and helping to make it a better instrument!

NOTE: these ensembles are built for the latest full version of Reaktor - version 5.5.1 - it's a free update if you have 5.15.

Several newbies have asked me about adding samples. See here and the resource page.

21 comments:

  1. Salutations!
    With my just getting back into beatmaking and music in general and just becoming aquainted with Reaktor, your products Frame2/Loupe+Mirage as well as ParamDrum. However was wondering if this would be overkill for a novice like myself? Not that one could ever have to many "toys" to play with. Also how well suited would they be towards hip-hop/house/dancehall/dub production?
    Thanks.

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  2. I think you'll find that the workflow in my instruments is very simple and direct. The only documentation is the cheat sheets and so far I have not had a request for more instructional material.

    Loupe is oriented towards more rhythmic types of production - think Flying Lotus, perhaps - and Mirage is oriented towards freeform pads, beds and textures. I could easily see using either of them in the genres you mention. It all depends on the samples you load and the settings you choose. Mirage is ace for creating floaty, dreamy moods. In my humble opinion, of course. ;-)

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  3. Hi Peter, is there an option to buy the entire sampler pack?

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  4. Hello it's TouchOSC layout for fRAME2 work fine with touchOSC on an iPad and reaktor all parameter is mapped on 2 pages http://ow.ly/4f74g
    thanks fRAME2 is an great little sampler

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  5. Did some more mangling with 6 instances of Frame and dueling launchpads. craziness..loving it! here's a link if its okay to post it..
    http://soundcloud.com/sunfalls/qatrieme

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  6. Fantastic! Let me linkify that for you...

    Qatrieme by SunFalls

    I like how it's panned and finessed so it's not congested, considering there are six instances.

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  7. thanks. the subtleties of panning usually elude me. considering the usual live setup..i'm setting up a 5.1 mix where Frame and other granulars are operating on their own speakers. should make for rooftop fun!

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  8. It’s really a very nice instrument. It attracts me a lot. I'll try to play these instruments. Thanks for sharing such a nice post.
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  9. I purchased the password but i don't get where it is

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  10. downloaded frame 2 just for trying it, but no audio on out
    all seems right but i don't have any audio on the out
    why?
    i'm really interested to buy mirage, but i fear that it will have the same problem
    could you help me?

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  11. Works fine here... Frame's not a self playing generator - it's played like a regular instrument, so it requires MIDI note input on channel 1.

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  12. Hi Peter,

    I don't have any experience with Reaktor and was wondering if your units will work within the free Reaktor 5 Player:

    http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/reaktor-5-player/

    ...or whether it requires the full version?

    Cheers

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  13. These require the full version.

    NI sells specific ensembles that work with the player but they've been specially prepared with a digital signature or something like that which allows the player to open them.

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  14. Cheers Peter,

    that's such a shame. As a massive Tim Hecker fan these tools provide all the parameters I've been looking for. Is there a standalone with similar simplicity/functionality out there that you would personally recommend? Unfortunately I can't afford the full version of Reaktor which is a pain as your units are so reasonably priced.

    Cheers

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  15. If you like that style then you should not only get the full version of Reaktor but learn how to modify and build ensembles too. There isn't a better granular synth system on the market. Keep an eye on KVR for used copies. With the full version, other people's samplers are just the starting point.

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  16. Thanks for your advice Peter. Much appreciated

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  17. Hi

    I do I load a new audio file (my own samples) into frame?

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  18. Hi Mathias,

    Easiest way is to drag and drop a sample right onto the instrument, then go into the sample mapper and set up the L and R and root values. More on that here.

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  19. Hi Peter,
    I downloaded and bought my sampler pack so long ago that I can't locate the archive number. How can I get that from you?

    Thank you
    Paul

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  20. Hi Paul,

    I've re-emailed the notification to the email it was sent to originally. Let me know here or on G+ or email peterdines at gmail dot com if there's a problem.

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