Native Instruments Reaktor

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Reaktor from Native Instruments is a very flexible and great sounding software-based modular real-time synthesizer, sampler and effects processor. Select from a large library of synths/samplers or build and create your own! It functions just as any other Modular Dream machine would except that in its software environment, there are virtually unlimited amounts of flexibility, patchability and sonic possibilities. But prepare for a steep learning curve if you don't already know a lot about how synthesizers use oscillators, filters, envelopes, effects, LFOs and so much more to generate sounds.

The Panel layouts of most modules are straight forward and offer a lot of functionality, but the greatest challenge is in patching and building these modules. Not only do you patch modules, but you create, add and assign knobs and buttons to control the various parameters of the module (can you say, tedious?). Even the real-time Midi controllers have to be assigned. Of course Reaktor comes with plenty of preset patches to play with and get you going, and storage of your own creations is virtually limitless! As usual with software synthesizers, the bigger and better your Windows or Macintosh computer is, the better Reaktor will perform, with almost no Midi-audio latency issues on computers over 200MHz and with well over 100MB RAM.

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Reaktor is all about modules. Just about any imaginable oscillator including FM-synthesis and osc-syncing are available. Synthesis is handled by the Generator component of Reaktor. Synthesis methods include analog modeling, FM, sample-playback and granular hybrid. The other major component to Reaktor is the Transformator, a sample player. Though it isn't a full-featured sampler it offers all the basic editing needs including some cool time-shift, resampling and key mapping functions. Sounds are loaded from libraries and can be traded with other Reaktor users over the internet. Still, it seems this sampler is there just for kicks when you compare it to the capabilities of the Generator synth section!

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For its price, Reaktor offers almost unlimited synthesis potential at a steal of a price! But the complexity involved even in creating the simplest patch may limit it to synth Programmers with PhDs, who enjoy tediously creating and assigning each knob within a module and then patching together various modules. Using Reaktor can be very challenging and very rewarding, but unless you have a lot of free time to tinker with it or you just want to learn the intricacies of signal-flow concepts and logic of synthesis, it may just overwhelm you. In other words, if you had trouble using ReBirth, don't even think about tackling Reaktor! But for that professional synthesist out there, you're sure to fall in love with the synthesis power of Reaktor! Demo sounds and Plug-In demos and updates are available from Native Instruments.

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REAKTOR 3 offers optimized performance, a redesigned user interface and many new functions and modules. Drag-and-drop capabilities have been added, as well as selectable background colors with decoration bitmap integration and an extended interface for the handling of snapshots. REAKTOR 3.0 supports the DirectX plug-in interface. The new tape decks are capable of reading audio files directly from and writing them directly to disk. MP3 files may be loaded and played as well. Akai samples can be read directly from CD. REAKTOR 4 adds support for Mac OS X and Windows XP, Audio Units, CoreAudio and CoreMidi. Automation of ALL parameters is enabled in v.4 as well as sample mapping technology borrowed from Kontakt. Reaktor 4 allows for 32-bit samples to be used, there's a new granular delay effect, and an anti-aliasing feature for the oscillators (borrowed from the Pro-53) to give Reaktor even more realistic synth emulation capabilities. There's even a whole new Library in v.4 that takes advantage of these new features.

Reaktor has been used by Juno Reactor, Matmos, LFO, Depeche Mode, Kid 606, Richard Devine, Squarepusher, Autechre, Mouse On Mars, Dan Hekate, Somatic Responses, and Coldcut.

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15 Visitor comments
dreamdemolitionfactory
May 19, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
I really wish someone would write a comprehensive book for Reaktor. With version 5, they've added 'core' modules, making it possible in theory to design literally any kind of sound-making device completely from scratch. I'm just not brainy enough to get further than using the stock oscillators, envelope generators etc.
There's limitless power here, but it's a steep learning curve. The supplied PDF manuals will get you started just fine, but the hard part is knowing how to go further than that. I find Max/MSP friendlier at the moment. I find it hard to pull advanced patches apart too.
Costya
November 25, 2011 @ 8:09 am
I think for those who have no money for what is real, this is a very good option, which allows to understand very much about the sound, synthesizers and synthesis device as a whole, and yet a lot, but it takes time. I've never had anything of iron, only the sound card and midi akai mpk25, and I now emulate buchla and roland, do not use even daw, all in reaktor, and it's just magic. We impossible to get something really modular, so for me it's [beep] ing out. Sorry for my crappy english(google translate)))
Costya
November 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am
I think for those who have no money for what is real, this is a very good option, which allows to understand very much about the sound, synthesizers and synthesis device as a whole, and yet a lot, but it takes time. I've never had anything of iron, only the sound card and midi akai mpk25, and I now emulate any buchla and roland, not even using any daw, all in reaktor, and it's just magic. We impossible to get something really modular, so for me it's [beep] ing out. Sorry for my crappy english)
pukkatronic
November 17, 2011 @ 7:29 am
If you're going for a software synth and don't mind digging in then get this - it's the only real choice, full of possibilities and has a decent sound. Not all the patches will be to your taste but you can create seemingly endless new ones. However, if you just want presets then avoid.
Outcast
May 6, 2011 @ 10:32 am
The reason it has less than 5/5 might have something to do with the fact that most reaktor synths sound like either a rusty abandoned vehicle or a dead whale planted on the moon. There's also a problem with the constant updates by native instruments.They update and all of a sudden some synths no longer sound the same,or some presets are glitchy for some reason.Complex and expansive it is. Sweetsounding and safe it ain't.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Variable, depends on CPU speed and complexity of patch
  • Synthesis - Over 200 basic modules and a comprehensive macro library for building up instruments from scratch. Analog modeling, FM synthesis, sample-playback, granular synthesis. Libraries with hundreds of instruments and thousands of presets available separately.
  • Sampler - Variable 22kHz to 132kHz! AIFF and WAV sound formats supported
  • Sequencer - 6-step, 8-step, 12-step and 16-step sequencer modules
  • Memory - Unlimited, saves to disk
  • Windows/PC - Windows 98/ME/2000, Pentium 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM
  • Macintosh - Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X, PPC 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM
  • Interfaces - AudioUnits, RTAS, CoreAudio, CoreMidi, ASIO, Sound Manager, MME, DirectSound, VST 2.0, MAS, FreeMidi, DirectConnect and DXi
  • Date Produced - 1999 - 2004

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