So I’ve had a long holiday from the Reaktor reports, but it appears that the builders had with very few uploads end of 2010. But now the uploads increases. This past week several FXs, two devilish drones, a film FX sound automate, something unusual as a midi delay and yet another Böhmy drum machine from Mr Keil.
Broken Tremolo by Donovan Stringer
This is a tremolo effect with a twist – exactly what you expect Reaktor FX to be. But also i’ts a collaboration between some UL profiles like Jonathan Style, ewistrand, Deiter Zobel and Donovan Stringer. The twist of the tremolo is the LFO wave controlling the amplitude. Instead of a trivial sine it’s a combination of two waves and some envelop followers making this more interesting and with more variation. However a twisted waveform it’s still a tremolo so you are not going to be greatly surprised. Really nice GUI and remember to check out the B view. 16 snaps included.
Tyme Serfa by Dieter Zobel
Dieter Zobel strikes again. This time it’s an update of a delay/looper previously uploaded and originaly inspiration from the modulelar synth hardware unit Tyme Sefari by The Harvestman 1973.
Although with 2 dozen of controls it’s not too difficult to get your way around and start making infinite mutating loops with just any trivial signal. Pleasant GUI including the obligatory Zobel bunny watching you. 13 snaps get you started.
Namffex by Bernd Keil
This is a combination of two all time classic Reaktor drones Skrewell and Metaphysical Function. If you’re into electronic soundscapes this is for you. As the ensemble is split in two and each instruments have plenty of banks and snapshots there a massive amount of sounds to surf.
mfFX by Donovan Stringer
Here Donovan has dug out the FX modules from the Metaphysical Function. Before you start scratching your head why you get no sound when sending sounds to the inputs Donovan forgot to add input terminals to the instrument. Just add them by right click/built-in module/Terminal/In Port and connect to the inputs of the instruments. 69 snaps added.
Asonis by Donovan Stringer
Here’s another drone soundscape automate. This one easy to use like hell – pun intended. Only a few controls but with three touch areas to modify the sound gently making it easy to evolve the sound at your of pace. 36 snaps gets started you into a devilish mode…
Pitch Shifter by Jan Brähler
Just as the title sais – a pitch shifter effect based on the EzFFT macros. The download includes two ensembles. One with a built in sample player and one FX variation. However the FX alternative is missing the two important controllers pitch and speed… the pitch shirt is not without artifacts and can be used as an effect in it’s own right but with percussive input material really nice results can be achieved. No snaps but with only 4 controls it’s pretty straight forward.
Plankton by Malte Bieler
Midi effect are really rare stuff in the world of DAW and Reaktor is no exception. Here’s a midi delay with a bunch of midi x/y controllers and some LFOs to modulate the delay pattern. 23 snaps as a starting point.
wBn3 Yamaha CS-6 by Bernd Keil
Yet another variation on the drum machine Böhmy. This time with drum sample from the workstation CS-6 by Yamaha.
Movementmachine by Manuel Senfft
This is really a unique ensemble. It’s a dedicated sample player loaded with sounds like jeans, shirts and shoes. The idea is brilliant but as there’s only a handful of samples it’s a bit limited. But if you are looking for the sound taking of your shirt – this is what you are looking for!
Replicant by Shohei Sato
This is a subtractive synthesizer with 3 oscillators and 2 filters (serially-cascaded high-pass and low-pass filters) with two multi effects, two eq’s a compressor and a limiter. Each oscillators uses BLIT method to prevent aliasing, and the filters offers a selection of vintage models. Modulation is not extensive but does the job and more. There are no explanations or instructions however this is a pretty straightforward analog emulation. 6 snapshots are included with a few bass sounds.
YVocoder by Jan Brähler
This is a vocoder optimized to be offer custom number of bands (equal to the number of voices)
keeping the frequency-response near linearity. Core of the vocoder are redesigned (slightly modified) Butterworth-bandpasses (2p, 4p and 8p). (Used filterbank tool is in the zip, but it is very chaotic).
There is also the possibility to switch to 2pole module-filters to make use of hundreds of bands without the cpu being eaten, but in this case the resonance has to be adjusted manually. No guiding text so unless your familiar with vocoders some trial and error are needed and B view offers quite a few parameters . But 14 snapshots are included to get you going. Remember to adjust the voice numbers in the inspector pane – it really changes the sound character!
Two of the drone ensembles provided by NI are here modified to include snapshot morphing and a new gui. SpaceDrone inludes a bunch of snaps but Metaphysical Function has no snaps and no samples so you need to add that beeefore it makes any sound.
Rmtx4 by Thomas Henneb
Rmtx4 is a FM synth which features 4 classic oscillators (saw, square, sin, tri), with 4 ADSR envelopes. Each oscillator can modulate the frequency of the 3 others, allowing you to create your own FM algorithm. The sound goes through 2 parallel multimode filters with waveshaping, then to a filter delay. The modulation section consists of 6 lfos and 3 envelopes that can be assigned to 16 destinations.
The fm possibilities combined with the amount of modulators allow quite a wide range of sounds although no mouse over text. 33 snapshots are included and if you like snap titles like “Gilip Phlass” and “Bored of Canada” then this is for you!
Link to previous Reaktor Harvest reports.
This week includes a little bit of everything; an EQ, a ping pong delay, two subtractive synths, a granular sample transformer and an enhanced drum machine.
Massive Q by Miro Pajic
A 4 band parametric stereo equalizer (based on Slick EQ reviewed last week) with individual control for the left and right channels and a gentle high pass filter. This EQ boosts and cuts 10dB on each band. Each stereo channel must be set individually. The output gain knob has also a saturator which adds a third order harmonic. No snapshots included.
Ping Pong by Karl Friederich Meis
Ping Pong is a pretty much straight forward two channel delay FX. The delay time for each of the channels are set with one knob named “ratio”. There’s no instruction so I’m not sure exactly how it works but it makes the delay time differ for each channel. Also the knobs Width and Stereo is not crystal clear, but the title gives you a hint The feedback has a low pass and high pass filter. Seven snapshots gives you a quick start.
Weird Boehmy neon by Bernd Keil
This is a modification of Karl F. Meis Boehmy drum machine listed last week. Bernd has made a number of small changes including making the beat buttons in neon for increased readability and looks! He’s also added about 100 snapshots.
MikroSynth by Michael Marsh
MicroSynth has two oscillators with an additional sync oscillator. All three oscillators can be mixed into a 4 pole filter with a dedicated LFO and an ADSR envelope. A simple arpeggiator is built in and a stereo panner with selectable waveforms. No instructions or explanations are available but it’s pretty much straight forward to use. 13 snapshots are included.
Asymmetry by John Bleech
Asymmetry is two oscillator synthesizer with a 4 pole lowpass filter. Well, that sounds pretty much standard but if most synths only have puls wave modulation and leave the saw and triangle static, Asymmetry can modulate those waveform to. Both oscillators has a dedicated LFO for waveform modulation. Also a nice reverb is added. Tool tip explanations are available. Nine snapshots are included.
Grain cloud delay user engine by Baz .fr
This is a stereo grain cloud sample player but it’s not using the grain cloud delay provided by NI, it build from the ground up by Baz. Each stereo channel has it’s own set of parameters and can/much load it’s own sample into an audio table. Baz explains that there’s something wrong with the pitch shift value but I had no problem making the cloud to rain… There’s no tool tips so unless your familiar with grain clouds it’s a bit of hit and miss, but there only a hand full of parameters so you’ll work it out pretty soon. Five snapshots provided.
Previous week of Reaktor user library harvest
This past week there’s fair batch of effects added to the user library but also a vintage drum machine and a nifty little synth. The level goes and bit up and down on the sound bytes but your ears should be safe unless you crank up the volume on the low parts too much!
Böhmy by Karl Friederich Meis
Böhmy is a carefully made emulation of a drum machine unit from a Dr Böhm organ. I’m not really sure which though as the rear Doctor made a huge numbers of instruments including stand alone drum machines and some mono organ/drum machine hybrids.
In this ensemble you get all the sounds carefully sampled and all the rhythm patterns from the original! But then you can program you own patterns as well as play the individual sounds via midi or clicking some pads. If you are looking for Langsamer Walzer, Happy Beat pr BeatMarsch look no further! It even smells vintage…
Bernd Keil have been generous to upload a bank of 65 snapshots.
Little Sister by John Bleech
Little Sister is the kid sister to Sidewinder by John Bleech. It’s a pretty simple two oscillator synth with a LP filter attached to each oscillator and a LFO per filter to control the frequency of the cut off. Then each oscillator uses multi-ramp to create a controlled amount of overtones. There aren’t not many multi-ramp synths in the user library. 45 snapshots are included.
Audio 2 Midi-Notes with Velocity by Tobiasz Kozlowski
This is an effect that can send midi gates triggered by an audio signal. You then set manually which note you want to send. The velocity of the gate can be depending of the audio signal amplitude. No instructions included but some parameters do have hover tool tip.
Slick Compressor by Miro Pajic
Here’s a straight forward compressor with saturation and a stereo widener added. You get threshold, ratio, knee, attack, release, gain and auto gain parameters to play with. Nice gui. 10 snapshots included.
Slick EQ by Miro Pajic
Slick EQ is a straight forward 4 band eq with gain, frequency and band control per band. Nice knobs! No snapshots.
Nasty Q by Miro Pajic
Nasty Q is a equalizer that is not transparent. It will change the sound a bit, as soon as it’s inserted in the signal chain. It can do strong boosts but will not go crazy when peaking, even at quiet extreme settings.
The built in tube saturation is very audible (especially when boosting the bands) but doesn’t too harsh.
No snapshots. Again, as for the other FXs by Miro a pretty set of knobs.
Summary of previous week.
Here’s a brief summary of what’s been uploaded to the Reaktor user library this past week.
Dynamic Pocket Knive by Mete Atam
Dynamic Pocket Knive is a sequenced Gate with Envelope and LFO Modulation. It’s described to have the following gater features; morphable trigger patterns, shuffle, tempo synced envelope shaping and LFO with variable Curves and a drawable LFO. Now this sounds pretty interesting but it turns out to be a bit difficult to get going as there is no overall instructions how is works, Just some very brief parameter descriptions. All though about 10 snapshots are included I didn’t really make much interesting with it trying for 10 minutes. So be prepared to investigate some learning time to make the most with this.
Massive Modular by Mete Atam
This is a sample based drum machine with the sequencer and the sampler split in separate instruments. This way you can mix and match between the sequencer played and what drum kit is used. Also a FX section is available. All this is mainly based on NI’s drum machine Massive split in two. There’s no samples included in the ensemble so you need to add your own. Although I made some efforts for 10 minutes I didn’t make much useful with this ensemble. Maybe I’m overlooking something obvious! It’s probably pretty cool if you get it to work… There also a midi GUI for Battery included. As I don’t have Battery I couldn’t test it.
UniPat Sequencer by Kim Bostroem
UniPat is a pattern based step sequencer with pitch, gate and 3 CC or NRPN lanes. Patterns can be shifted back and forth, raised and scaled up and down, copy and paste of patterns, additional controls include Tune, Gate duration, and Gate threshold so all in all quite a competent step sequencer!
optimus prime by Donald Phillips
This is an audio FX with 8 separate effects including hp filter, pitch shifter, gate, stutter, ring modulator, reverse, gain and bit crusher; all controlled by note triggers and 2 LFOs. It all reminds me of the classic VST FX Glitch!
RE pitch by Shane Higgins
This is just an update including adding another cross over at the end of the signal chain to remove overlap between pitch shifts. There is also a gate on each band as well as a pan per band. And a few more snapshots.
Re Pitch is multi band re-pitcher effect. Multi band means that you can treat different frequency bands with unique repitch settings. There are 4 bands so it adds up to quite a few controllers but most parameters have tool tips every this is quite straight forward to use the effect. The sounding result depends obvisously on the input but I generaly got a kind of low-fi grainy sound character.
mEC by Bernd Keil
mEC is Easy Creator by Eric Le Guenan but with 11 more snapshots and a bit more fired stereo output.
Also what seem to be a intro guide to Reaktor in Japanese is uploaded by Tomoaki Otaka.
Here’s a brief summary of what’s been uploaded to the Reaktor user library this past week.
WeAreGlass by Gabriel Mulzer
Remember filling up dads wine glasses with water? Now you can do that in Reaktor. Play with wine glasses I mean. WeAreGlass is a physical model instrument of rubbing a glass rim. It has 10 parameters controlling the physical model and 3 The GUI has a slight glass touch. There’s only one snapshot to get you started. Based on my brief playing session the sound possibilities is quite narrow to playing wine glasses but the it does it really well if somewhat difficult to find the right playing technic on a keyboard. I would love to try a touch pad.
Wave Bouncer by Kristian Thom
Here’s an ensemble showing the User Library at it ‘s best. Wave Bouncer is a remake of Kristian Thom’s Wave Scanner from 2002 combined with Chris List Newtonian Bouncer and the result is a synth with sonic capabilities not unlike Korg Wavestation. Although there’s a plenitude of parameters which might be a bit intimidating at first most are really just repeating the same for each of the eight steps in the wave sequence. A tape delay with reverb is also added. 20 snapshots give you a wonderful platform for explorations in the Boards of Canada territories!
Tape Buster by Stefan Knauthe
Tape Buster is a tape emulating effect made initially by Kristian Thom (see above) here adapted by Stefan into a dedicated effect. Credit also goes to S. Millward for other stages of the Tape Buster. The effect is divided into 3 stages, wow & flutter, aging machine and tube distortion each with some pretty self explanatory parameters. One snapshot provided.
Easy Creator by Eric Le Guenan
Easy Creator is a straight forward subtractive synth with 2 oscillators, lowpass filter and one envelope generator, chorus, delay and reverb. The GUI is pretty slick and some 40 snapshots are included.
Indecent Percusions by Paco Calostro
Indecent Percusion is a sample based drum machine with a 4/8/16/32 step sequencer. Some 80 percussion samples are included. Each sample instruments is controlled by 4 parameters. Each stereo channel has a dedicated eq. 12 snapshots included.
Life.V1.3 Ekuacion Mode v1.0 by Paco Calostro
Life.V1.3 Ekuacion Mode is a sample based drum machine controlled by a sequencer take from the Newscool ensemble from the factory library. Also a eq section is added.
Link to summary of previous week.
Here’s a brief summary of what’s been uploaded to the Reaktor user library this past week.
NuReed by Gabriel Mulzer
The NuReed is a physical model of the vintage Hohner Pianet T. Although it uses a hammer instead of lifting action as the real thing uses and also offers different pickup options. There’s 18 faders and switches to control the sound. All but the volume is related to the physical model, like mass, impact, pickup off set etc. So unless you are familiar with physical models it’s little trial and error to get started but all parameters has a good tool tip description. The GUI has a nice vintage feeling to it. I’m not really familiar with the Hohner Pianet but to me this is a real welcome addition to the Reaktor as there are not that many electric pianos and no Pianets. If it sounds exactly like a real Pianet I don’t know but it sounds like a vintage electric piano to my ears. Only 3 snap shots are provided so there a lot of room for tweak exploration to find out the sonic possibilities.
Repitch by Shane Higgins
This is a multi band re-pitcher effect. Multi band means that you can treat different frequency bands with unique repitch settings. There are 4 bands so it adds up to quite a few controllers but most parameters have tool tips every this is quite straight forward to use the effect. The sounding result depends obvisously on the input but I generaly got a kind of low-fi grainy sound character. Adding the revers option and the input is seriously mutilated. There’s only 5 snapshots so you need to be prepared to tweak on your own to make the most out of it.
Phaser MF 1.0 by Jim Hurley
Phaser MF (Metaphysical Function)is a self propellering drone machine for making soundscapes.
The Metaphysical Function originaly part of the Electronic Intruments Vol 2 and then added to the R5.5 library This edition has been modified first by Simon Stockhousen and then by Jim Hurley. There’s now a number of version uploaded to the library. The majority of the modification are tidying things up and polishing but also making the audio path fully stereo. This version replaces the distortion effect with a phaser.
There’s no snapshots provided but to explore the ambient/eiirie/noisy/pulsating soundscapes just press the randomize button at the low right. To get some more instant results increase the random amount as it’s set to a quite low level. Also Jim has uploaded 16 snapshots previously. Don’t forget to add your own sample map, or buy one from Simon Stockhousen, as no samples are included in this ensemble. http://www.patchpool.de/Sounds/reaktorshop.html
Stereo Compressor by Lex Nowak
Just like it’s called, a stereo compressor with a saturation option. All the standard parameters available like attack, threshold, ratio, release, knee and saturation for some character sounds. All sounds processing is made in Core.
klagetron003 by Wataru Owaki
This is some kind of audio effect but I’m not really sure what is does. The description in the user library is only two words: Simple Noizer. The download is includes three ensembles that appears to be the same but the sounding result is quite different. The versions 001 and 002 gives some kind of wave shaping noise effect but the 003 version seem to be just straight bypass, more or less… The controls are just labeled with one letter not giving away much. No snapshots included. I haven’t spent much time with this so this is a secret to uncover!
Also Tomoaki Otaka has uploaded a number of user manuals for ensembles in Japanese. I don’t know Japanese but it looks like thorough work.