Toybox Nano Pack 2 Released

Modular Synth design and releases (Reaktor, SynthEdit, Tassman, etc.)
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KVRist
239 posts since 15 Apr, 2019

Post Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:29 am

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After the success of the original Nano Pack, we have just released Nano Pack 2! The updated pack includes over 150 brand new blocks as well as many improvements and fixes.

The pack’s 700 mini-sized synthesis blocks for Reaktor Player can be combined in limitless combinations using virtual patch cables. The blocks combine sequencing, sampling and digital synthesis with state of the art analogue modelling.

Nano Pack 2 can be purchased for a limited time for $45 (30% off), the update is free for existing users (just log in to your account to download the pack again).

More information on the Nano Pack can be found here: www.toyboxaudio.com.

New blocks added to the pack include:
  • Container and Container (Advanced) - Use these to build your own Nano Blocks
  • 4 Op FM Synth - A 4 operator FM style synth
  • Boom Synth - A synth for 808 style kick drums
  • Snare 1 - A simple snare synth
  • Snare 2 - A snare synth with an advanced algorithm
  • Physical Modelling Synth - A synth based on physical modelling principles
  • Wavetable Synth - A synth block based on a wavetable oscillator
  • PD Fold Synth - A polyphonic synth block based on a phase distortion oscillator, a wavefolder and a low pass gate
  • Wavetable Fold Synth - A polyphonic synth block based on a wavetable oscillator, a wavefolder and a low pass gate
  • Unison Wavetable - A wavetable oscillator with 7 unison voices
  • FM 2 Stack - 2 FM operators arranged in a simple stack, with one operator modulating the other. Can be combined for more complex FM algorithms
  • Unison Wavetable - A wavetable oscillator with 7 unison voices
  • Sequencer Segment - A single segment of a sequencer. Daisy-chain several segments by connecting the NEXT port to the next segments RESET port
  • Chord Bank - A block that stores a bank of 120 chords (with up to 6 notes in each chord)
  • Convolution Reverb, Zero Latency Convolution Reverb & Spring Reverb - 3 blocks based on Colin Browns brilliant "Viva la Convolution" ensemble
  • Exciter - A block that adds harmonics into the signal by wave-shaping a band-passed copy of the signal and then blending this back into the source
  • Micro Pitch - Blends up to 17 individually pitch-shifted parallel voices
  • Resonator - A matrix reverb, good for rich, large and resonant reverbs
  • Looper - A stereo phrase looper
  • Bit Shifter - An 8 bit distortion effect with controls to enable, disable and shift each bit
  • Early Reflections - A convolution reverb block loaded with early reflection impulses
  • Model Cycles Sound, Model Samples Sound, LFO, Track, More & Effect - A suite of blocks that send CC messages to control parameters of the Elektron Model:Cycles and Model:Samples hardware
  • Launchpad Velocity To Value - A block for Novation Launchpad Pro owners, will convert note velocity values stored in the Launchpad sequencer into control values
  • MIDI Knob Recorder - A MIDI assignable knob recorder with record buttons for each knob, records the movement of the knobs as phrases
  • 2D Chaos - A block based on a set of 2D attractors
  • Sample Position (Raw) - A very simple sample player using a simple playback algorithm with no interpolation between samples
  • Highest - Passes the signal with the highest numeric value. Useful for combining gate and envelope signals
  • MIDI Thru - Sends MIDI events received at Reaktor’s MIDI input directly through to Reaktor’s MIDI output
  • MIDI Thru (Filter Midi Notes) - Selected notes will be filtered and not passed to the output. Useful for isolating particular notes to be used to trigger actions etc.
  • Number Sequence - Incoming gate signals trigger a sequence of values derived from well known numeric sequences: Square Root 2, Pi, Pi (Hexadecimal), Phi, e, Square Root 3
  • Knob Bank - 4 banks of 5 macro knobs. The knobs can be MIDI learnt from a hardware MIDI controller
  • Beat Repeat - A stereo beat repeat style effect. The difference between this block and the Looper block is that this block loops the audio that was recorded AFTER the loop button was pressed whereas the Looper block loops the audio that was recorded BEFORE the loop button was pressed
  • Tape Stop - A stereo tape stop effect
  • Single Delay (Stereo) - A single stereo delay with feedback and high and low pass filters in the feedback path
  • Shift Register - A shift register with up to 32 registers
  • Bell EQ (2 pole) - A 2-pole bell shaped equalizer style filter
  • Velocity To Snapshot - Select snapshots using velocity
  • Width - Adjusts the stereo width of the stereo input
  • Crossfader (Stereo) - A stereo crossfader
  • Crossfader (Centre Even) - Crossfades between inputs 1 and 2. When the FADE knob is in the centre, the inputs are mixed evenly without any reduction in gain
  • Level (Linear) - Reduces the level of the incoming signals using a linear scale
  • Exciter Envelope - A short bidirectional envelope. This envelope can be used to create short sounds suitable for exciting resonators or pinging filters
  • Delay 5 & Delay 5 (Raw) - 5 completely independent low-CPU delays in a single block
  • Offset Delay - A simple stereo delay, useful to offset timing or correct latency issues
  • Gate Width - When this block receives an incoming gate signal it outputs a gate signal held for the duration set by the TIME control
  • Ramp To Clock - Generates clock signals from the incoming ramps signal
  • Pass If >0 - If the input is greater than zero it is passed, otherwise the last non zero value is held
  • Synced Delay 6 - 6 completely independent tempo-synced delays
  • MIDI Monitor - Shows the value of MIDI events received at the block’s MIDI input
  • 96 Clock - Outputs clock signals at a rate of 96 clocks per bar
  • MIDI Clock Out - Sends out MIDI clock messages
  • MIDI Clock In - Receives MIDI clock signals from MIDI and the host (enable Sync To External Clock)
  • MIDI Program Change - Sends out MIDI program change messages
  • MIDI Program Change (Triggered) - Sends out MIDI program change messages when a gate signal is received by the Trigger ports
  • MIDI Clock Control - Sends MIDI clock messages controlled by a built in ramp generator. The block can also send out MIDI program change messages
  • MIDI Out 3 - Sends out MIDI note messages on 3 different channels
  • Divide - Divides the first input by the second input
  • 1 Div X - Divides 1 by the input value
  • Wrap 0-1 (1=0) - Same as Wrap 0-1 but if the input is exactly 1 then the output will be zero
  • Pitchbend Out - Sends out 14bit MIDI pitch bend data over 6 channels
  • Multiply 2 - Doubles the level of the input
  • Default Value & Default - For setting default (normalised) values or connections for ports
  • Blank Panel - A blank panel with no connections. Useful for organising and tidying racks
A full list of changes can be found here:

www.toyboxaudio.com/pages/please-notes

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KVRAF
10087 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

Post Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:12 am

So this includes all previous Nano modules and expands the package?
Fernando (FMR)

KVRAF
1996 posts since 15 Apr, 2004 from Capital City, UK

Post Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:52 am

Yes it does! New module overview vids coming soon.

KVRAF
1675 posts since 6 Nov, 2006

Post Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:34 am

massive update. so many possibilities.

KVRer
13 posts since 1 Jan, 2021

Post Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:57 am

CinningBao wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:52 am
Yes it does! New module overview vids coming soon.
That’s great, looking forward to new videos! There are still so many blocks I don’t fully understand.

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KVRist

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239 posts since 15 Apr, 2019

Post Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:15 am

nanostream wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:57 am
CinningBao wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:52 am
Yes it does! New module overview vids coming soon.
That’s great, looking forward to new videos! There are still so many blocks I don’t fully understand.
Hopefully we will upload some videos next week :)

KVRer
13 posts since 1 Jan, 2021

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:06 am

David@TOYBOX wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:15 am

Hopefully we will upload some videos next week :)
Great, whenever they’re ready. And btw, if you have some cool example patches laying around, feel free to put them out there :) I’ve learned so much just by looking at the factory Racks, but as far as I can tell, v2 doesn’t include any new ones. Example patches are always helpful, especially for non-professionals like myself. Thanks!

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KVRist

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239 posts since 15 Apr, 2019

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:06 am

nanostream wrote:
Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:06 am
And btw, if you have some cool example patches laying around, feel free to put them out there :) I’ve learned so much just by looking at the factory Racks, but as far as I can tell, v2 doesn’t include any new ones. Example patches are always helpful, especially for non-professionals like myself. Thanks!
Here are some example racks built with some of the Nano Pack V2 blocks:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b2pyi3rzekdo ... r-E7a?dl=0

A brief description of each rack:
  • Elektron Model Samples Control --> A rack for use with the Elektron Model:Samples (swap out the M:S blocks with M:C blocks to use this rack with the Model:Cycles).
  • Geiger --> A rack that produces glitchy noise! The rack uses the '2D Chaos' block to randomly modulate the X & Y position of the 'XY Wavetable' block, then sends this through a Bit Shifter and Comb Filter for more randomness.
  • Mindrothe --> An 'OTA Filter' block that is 'pinged' using the 'Exciter Envelope' block and then 'granulated' and fed back through a reverb to create a ringing feedback pad sound, which is then given a 'tape stop' effect with the 'Tape Stop' block (run the transport to hear the 'tape stop').
  • Mindy --> A simple example of using the 'Seq Segment' and 'Unison Wavetable' blocks. 4 'Seq Segment' blocks are daisy-chained together using their 'NEXT' & 'RESET' ports. This chain of blocks is reset every half bar from the GATE port of the 'Ramps' block. The PITCH & GATE ports of all 4 sequencer blocks are summed together before controlling the 'Unison Wavetable' block.
  • Phys Model Seq --> A sequence driven with the 'Bit Sequencer' block, this block creates an 8 step sequence based on each binary 'bit' of an 8 bit input value, this input value is set using the 'Fader' block connected to it. This sequence triggers the "Physical Modelling Synth" block, as well as triggering a 'Randomizer' block which is used to randomly modulate the synth's controls.
  • Seq Seg Example --> Another example of using the 'Seq Segment' block, this one also uses the 'MOD' and 'SLIDE' controls of the block. The 'MOD' and 'SLIDE' controls are simply values sent out from their corresponding ports whenever the segment is playing (when the segment isn't playing a value of zero is sent from these ports). "Mod" & "Slide" are simply names that suggest possible uses for these ports but they are both working in exactly the same way, simply outputting values and can be connected to control anything you want.
  • Trigger Effects --> This rack makes use of the 'Knob Bank' block. This block has 4 banks of 6 knobs but only displays 6 knobs at a time. The 4 banks are used to control the parameters of 4 different effects. You can also MIDI learn the 6 knobs to 6 knobs on a MIDI controller to jam with the patch. Trigger the effects using the buttons on the 'Trigger' block (you can also MIDI learn these buttons).
  • Woody PD Sound --> Uses the exciter envelope to create a short sound that 'excites' the resonance of the "Comb & Notch" block.
Last edited by David@TOYBOX on Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:55 am, edited 3 times in total.

KVRist
254 posts since 1 Oct, 2014

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:10 am

thx !

KVRer
13 posts since 1 Jan, 2021

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:40 am

David@TOYBOX wrote:
Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:06 am
Here are some example racks built with some of the Nano Pack V2 blocks:
Ha, that’s even better than what I’ve been asking for, the descriptions are really helpful. Thank you so much.

KVRist
73 posts since 11 Feb, 2021

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:10 am

Yesss. This is curing me from skeuomorphism induced apathy.

So much here, I understand so little. Time to poke the holes :D

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KVRist

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239 posts since 15 Apr, 2019

Post Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:32 am

Here's a short video by sound designer CinningBao demonstrating the new '4 Operator FM synth' block from Nano Pack 2:

https://youtu.be/zU5AmaEwWfU

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KVRist

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239 posts since 15 Apr, 2019

Post Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:15 am

Another video by CinningBao, this one demonstrates the new 'Boom Synth' block:

https://youtu.be/aXDWkgPgQRw

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KVRist

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239 posts since 15 Apr, 2019

Post Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:06 am

More videos:

4 Operator FM Synth: https://youtu.be/zU5AmaEwWfU

Boom Synth: https://youtu.be/aXDWkgPgQRw

Phase Distortion Fold Synth: https://youtu.be/ujNeukTVhb4

Physical Model Synth: https://youtu.be/RvysiFRzwpM

Here's another video demonstrating how to build a simple sequencer using the new 'Sequencer Segment' block:

Sequencer Segment: https://youtu.be/7upidhazdJg

Here's another (older) video demonstrating how to hook up a simple sequencer using the Nano Pack blocks:

Sequencer Basics: https://youtu.be/tCrwPs8N6F8

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KVRist

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239 posts since 15 Apr, 2019

Post Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:06 am

Also just uploaded a couple of new Nano Blocks to the Reaktor User Library:

https://www.native-instruments.com/en/r ... how/14163/

The block applies a condition for each step of the incoming position signal, the step will only play if that condition is met, the block was inspired by the conditional triggers of the Elektron sequencers. There are 2 versions of the block, one for the Nano Pack and one for the Nano Pack Community Edition.

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Added a similar 'Roll' block:

https://www.native-instruments.com/en/r ... how/14175/

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