Free Music Software: Native Instruments has a holiday gift for electronic musicians that want to get ‘raw’ and ‘dirty’ over the holidays – Skanner, a free Reaktor-powered synth.
Skanner was designed by Reaktor creator Stephan Schmitt, and features a unique synthesis architecture:
Skanner mixes sampler and synthesizer. The two oscillators ‘scan’ a sample; at low frequencies you get the ‘scratch’ sound of the sample being read back and forth, while at higher frequencies the dominant force is the oscillators being shaped by the sample waveform.
The resulting sounds are raw, dirty and highly unpredictable – from simple sine waves to walls of noise.
Skanner an be used either with the latest version (5.6.2) of the free Reaktor 5 Player or Reaktor. Download at the NI site.
Thanks to reader aymat for the heads up!