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just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

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Postby michael2; Thu May 29, 2014 1:34 pm just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

bought Reaktor last night and liking it so far. seems pretty limitless, and conversely: I think I can probably spend the rest of my life messing with it and not learn everything. Googled free tutorials and found a link on the NI site that has 7 hours of free tutorials. will dig in and see what happens.
http://www.native-instruments.com/forum ... ls.209915/

was looking at the user libraries on NI and seems like there are a ton of ensembles up there for the taking. anyone try any? any you like? why? i know i'm late to this party, but maybe there are some other Reaktor newbs, and some old hands who want to strut their stuff.

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Postby whyterabbyt; Thu May 29, 2014 2:10 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

This gets asked every so often, so there are a few old threads which list Reaktor ensembles.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=385666
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=307335
www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=270545

etc. Judicious use of the search function at KVR will probably find you some more, but obviously the user library is a fast-moving target.
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Postby dburns; Thu May 29, 2014 3:27 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

Check out Brent Kallmer's stuff on YouTube and his website.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMuFVN ... KrnxRLJX8w

http://www.bluewatervst.com/
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Postby Sendy; Thu May 29, 2014 3:31 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

My favourite payware Reaktor ensembles are (in order of amount of use):

1) Icebreaker Audio Bit-Rate (probably only useful if you like chip sounds, but this was the product that tipped it for me)
2) Native Instruments Razor
3) Native Instruments Molekular
4) Native Instruments Monark

There's also a lot of great freeware stuff, though I can't remember where it is.
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Postby bluedad; Thu May 29, 2014 3:47 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

RUHR modular by Herwig Krass (I think he also did one called ' synth in a suitcase'')
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Postby EnGee; Thu May 29, 2014 5:22 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

My absolute favourite are Razor and Monark because it is so easy to get the sound I want, but I spent these few days reviewing hundreds in the user library. In the end I made my final list which is the refined one for me:
1. Booglebeat
2. Cha-OSC (the base for Spark?)
3. GoBox
4. Hephaistos II
5. Herw Modular M1 (this uses some cpu)
6. JP-4C (I love this one!)
7. Juno-106
8. Lazerbass Plus
9. NOD-E
10. OB-Y
11. Simplex
12. Skywarp (Love it!)
13. SoWaDo MKl (or MK1?)
14. SS
15. Terminal Glitch
16. Titan
18. Tritium
19. ugh-GRIP
20. Vierring
21. WaveBouncer (this is using some cpu but the delux version is not that much)
23. Xdrum
24. ZS-2000

and of course many ensembles that come with Reaktor are top notch. The thing I was surprised with is the 'Analog' instrument. It sounds really good but I didn't find many VA retro creations like say XILS 3 sound. Anyway, I might build a simple (with two OSC maybe) VA that uses little cpu, but I need to read more :-)
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Postby arachnaut; Thu May 29, 2014 6:19 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

A very good introduction to building Reaktor stuff is the Reaktor Master Class taught by Don Philips, aka slamanderanagram.

I bought it and his Reaktor Core class.

I've gone through about half of the Master Class and I found it very rewarding.
His pace is fast and he talks and builds at the same time.

I know most of this stuff fairly well, but I learned a lot seeing how someone else uses Reaktor and Don uses it like, well, like a Master.

Read about it here:

http://adsrsounds.com/product/courses/n ... ass-learn/
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Postby arachnaut; Thu May 29, 2014 6:23 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

Favorites in the U/L? That's a tough one.

I've been using Reaktor since 2005 and I am a frequent contributor to the Reaktor forums. I've uploaded 43 entries to the U/L.

Before I list my favorites, I'd like to point out that my musical taste is best called 'eccentric'. I'm not fond of metrical beats, repetition, harmony or tunes that are easy to whistle. So you won't find percussion sequencers or simple synths in this list.

My personal favorites among my own entries are these few (most require significant CPU resources):

MF Auralis - ambient generator
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6757/

MF Auralis + rachToys - the above with auto-glitchment
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/7701/

OMega - a fully stereo synth with easy-to-change parts - this includes many pieces from the U/L
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6587/

AutoDrummer - generative percussion mash-up
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6553/

Tuned Dispersion - dispersion effect
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/5999/

Among other U/L entries I would first search for the entries by Rick Scott (under the name 'rachMiel'). He has made many automata (generative sound toys). Chet Singer has made many lovely physical modeled instruments, Herwig Krass has a monster modular set. Colin Brown has some great 'bucket brigade' effects

Now for specifics:

Florian Erdle grain delays:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/4199/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/3685/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/2983/

Florian Thom:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/3543/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/3827/

rachMiel:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/3265/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/4637/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/5415/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/5811/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/5473/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/4823/

Don Philips:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6551/

Chet Singer:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/7854/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/7463/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6257/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6109/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6019/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/4949/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/4569/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/4245/

Herwig Krass:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/7329/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6971/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6969/

Colin Brown:
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/7715/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/7525/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/7055/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/6015/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/co ... show/3603/

If you want to learn about Reaktor you could download a series called 'the rb macros'. rb = Reaktor Builders.
I worked as an editor on this project. A bunch of Reaktor Builders got together and selected various pieces from the User Library and put them together in various packages.

The list is here (it is 'under development', but semi-officially we abandoned it a few years ago). It was a lot of work.

http://www.arachnaut.net/audio/rb/index.html
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Postby ghettosynth; Thu May 29, 2014 9:23 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

Everyone likes different things and I can't ever remember the links to the ones that I like, I post them from time to time. But, you really want to come to grips quickly with the very basics of building with macros and instruments. Forget all of the internal detail at first, it's great, but there's a lot there. What is really a good way to get a lot out of Reaktor is to learn how to take macros and instruments out of existing ensembles to use in other ensembles. Play with this and get the hang of what user interface elements that you have to change to make a macro useful. For example, Spark has a nice set of effects, right click and save the macro, now bring these into some other ensemble and take a look at them to see what you have to change about the U/I to get them to work. A little effort in learning here pays off in big ways if you want to customize stuff just a little bit.
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Postby C-note; Fri May 30, 2014 2:33 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

Sendy wrote:My favourite payware Reaktor ensembles are (in order of amount of use):

1) Icebreaker Audio Bit-Rate (probably only useful if you like chip sounds, but this was the product that tipped it for me)
2) Native Instruments Razor
3) Native Instruments Molekular
4) Native Instruments Monark
...

My favorite Payware are
Twisted Tools - Ultra Loop, S-Layer, Rolodecks Pro
Monark
Razor
Molekular
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Postby michael2; Fri May 30, 2014 5:27 pm Re: just bought Reaktor. here's some tutorials I just found. any tips? ensembles you like?

niiice. some great links and advice here. looks like I know what I will be doing tonight after the kids fall asleep. :)
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