TranzEight4 - Analog drum sequencer ensemble for Reaktor.
3 analog style sequencers driving 8 sine wave generators and 4 noise generators combined with dynamic filters and effects.
The TZe has 3 analog style sequencers driving 8 sine wave generators and 4 noise generators with dynamic filters and effects.
All the sounds are recorded direct from the TranzEight4 no additional effects or MIDI control, it's playing everything running as a plug-in instrument in Logic.
The TZe has 3, 16 step sequencers, each step can trigger any combination of the 4 sound generators in each percussion bank.
The sequencer tempo is controlled via Reaktor's master clock or your DAW.
Each sequencer can divide the master tempo by 2, 4, 6, 8 or any division combination, giving a maximum tempo delay of 384 bars.
So by selecting 2 + 6 it will take a sequencer 12 bars to complete it's cycle, 6 + 8 would take 48 bars.
Sine Wave Generators.
The percussion banks contain 4 sine wave generators, controlling Pitch, (amp) Decay, Filter, Decay, Mod In, Mod Out, Ring In, Ring Out and Volume plus a mute switch.
Bank 1 sends it's output to it's own Filter > Off Beat Delay and then the Modulated LFO Filter.
Bank 2 sends it's output to it's own Filter > Off Beat Delay and then the ScatterVerb. All outputs are combined and sent to the Compressor and then the Auto Gain Reduction.
Sequencer 3 is connected to the noise generator bank, with control over envelope, slope and volume plus a mute switch.
Bank 3 sends it's output to it's own Filter, Off Beat Delay and then the Phaser / Flanger.
All outputs are combined and sent to the Compressor and then the Auto Gain Reduction.
Filters and Ring Modulation.
Each Generator bank has it's own Filter with a built in envelope follower, the Sensitivity is effected by the Filter and Decay controls of each generator, which are combined to give a greater effect when 2 or more sounds play on the same beat.
The filter has Rate, Modulation, Resonance, Highpass and Lowpass controls with Drive plus a MasterVolume.
Rather than spend the next 6 paragraphs explaining how the filters and generators interact with each other, lets just say they can sound exactly like a 70s disco or completely bonkers.
The Delay Processors produce off beat delays, adding complexity to the rhythmic feel and don't always react how you expect a delay to behave, experimentation is the key to success here.
LFO Modulated Filters Generator Bank 1 is connected to the LFO Modulated Filter.
The eight filters are kill bandpass filters, turn them all down and you get no output, the Shift crossfader moves the bands relative to each other.
The LFO section is where the magic happens, Depth controls the amount of effect that the LFO has on the filters, Ph L/R and Sym control the stereo placement, Rate and Shape do just that.
Scatter Delay Reverb Processor.
Generator Bank 2 is connected to the Scatter Processor.
Delay and Feed are the pre-delay effect, MODulation and Rare are linked to these controls.
Reverb and Scatter adjust the size and density of the main delay, the more you turn the dials clockwise the denser the effect will become and the processed sound will turn from delay to reverb.
Spread effects the stereo placement.
Compressor and Auto Gain Reduction.
A stereo compressor with Input Gain - Ratio - Knee - Saturation - Attack - Release and Output Gain.
The two channels can be linked for stereo compression or you can let it work as two mono compressors on a stereo signal.
Last in the chain is the Auto Gain Reduction and is hard wired and always active, this stops any overloading of the output, it allows you to push the output gain of the TranzEight4 very hard if you wish.