Native Instruments today released a free Reaktor Blocks 1.2 update, which brings major improvements for integrating hardware into Reaktor-based setups. This Blocks update adds three new utilities, and introduces a Maschine sequencer and set of eight drum modules which are designed to “recreate the sound of a legendary drum machine.”
Reaktor Blocks 1.2 brings several new Blocks to Native Instruments’ rack-style modular framework:
- The Pitch CV Out Block sends pitch CV and Gate signals to external hardware. Auto-calibration tunes oscillators and calibrates the pitch CV signal sent out of Reaktor. Calibration can be saved for each snapshot.
- The Gates and Triggers Block generate up to four gates and triggers from incoming signals, allowing users to ping filters, trigger function generators and envelopes, clock sequencers, and more.
- The MIDI Out module converts pitch and gate information from any Blocks patch into MIDI signals for controlling external MIDI gear. The module also functions as a four-channel CV to MIDI CC converter.
These new devices also expand Reaktor’s existing OSC capability, allowing users to transform incoming OSC signals into MIDI or CV/gate signals to control their external hardware.
Reaktor Blocks 1.2 also marks the release of new Blocks that add enhanced functionality to Maschine and dedicated drum voices to the Reaktor Blocks framework. The Maschine Sequencer Block is an eight-channel trigger sequencer designed to control Blocks patches directly the Maschine MK2 controller. The sequencer also features a Euclidean pattern generator that automatically creates new polyrhythmic structures within a sequence. The Maschine Sequencer Block is available free in the NI User Library. Niji Drum Blocks (specs at this link) are eight drum modules that recreate the sound of a legendary drum machine. Combining these voices with the Maschine sequencer allows users to create their own custom drum machines.
Finally, in conjunction with the NI Blocks 1.2 update, Owen Vallis of the online education platform Kadenze has created a series of tutorials demonstrating how to integrate a setup – including hardware – with the new Blocks included in the update. The introduction to those tutorials is in the video, above.
Pricing and Availability. The Native Instruments Reaktor Blocks 1.2 update is available as a free download, via the Native Instruments Service Center. For additional information about Blocks, check out the Native Instruments website.