Musicrow has released Golden Ensembles 3, a collection of 44 ensembles for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.
Golden Ensembles 3 now includes the two ‘mega-synths’ Ebola and Cobra, the new Bass Lab bass machine, and many other synthesizers and instruments. In addition, it contains classic processor emulations like Crow Tape Echo and Plate Reverb, and unique sound design tools such as the new Sound Pilot, Executer, and White FX.
New ensembles in Golden Ensembles 3:
Sound Pilot is a new breed of audio tool that blurs the difference between a sound processor and a sound generator. It is not an effect. It is not a synthesizer. It’s both: a sound processor that produces synthesized effects!
Bass Lab 2 is a dedicated bass synthesizer that uses powerful oscillators, super fast envelopes, a transient shaper, a bass booster, extended distortion section and other special features -for the creation of a vast range of fat and punchy electronic bass sounds.
Analogica filter offers high quality analog filter emulation, with a distinctive warm character. It combines a very intuitive interface, with many useful extra features and modulation options.
Phase Lab is a special tool for phase correction and comb filtering elimination. It is also a great creative tool for sound shaping, where you can radically change the tonal color of your sound by changing its phase settings (Instead of using an equalizer).
Green Master Tape is a new ¼” tape machine emulator that brings the typical characteristics of analog tapes to your digital studio.
Other ensembles were deeply revised with new features, sonic improvements, a new GUI and many new presets and sounds.
IceBreaker Audio has introduced Grid – a new 8×8 matrix sequencer for Native Instruments Reaktor:
GRID is designed to be a sound sequencer, it is neither a drum machine nor a sequenced synthesizer, but some kind of hybrid of the two. GRID was designed to have no tabs and a single set of controls for the sound source.
GRID is a perfect addition for any style of music; it can be bent and twisted into a variety of sounds. It is open to be used in whatever context you wish to use it. From minimal techno, to ambient soundscapes; 8-bit chip tune to distorted glitches – GRID is what you make of it.
8 voice sound sequencer controlled from an animated 8×8 grid
42 presets with 4 patterns per preset (a total of 168 patterns)
Per voice pattern length
Analog and digital sound generation modes
2 modulation step sequencers and an LFO
Filter and delay effects built in
“Glitch” controls to add chaos and noise
Automatic tempo-synchronization when used in a host
Preconfigured TouchOSC templates for iPad and iPhone
Peter Dines has created a sort of polyphonic theremin – Arcturan UltraTheremin, for Reaktor & Konkreet Performer.
Here’s what Dines has to say about it:
I built this as a learning project to figure out how to map Konkreet Performer’s nodes to voices in Reaktor. If you’re interested, you can download here – you’ll need an iPad and Konkreet Performer to really make use of it. (It also works with TouchOSC – layout included in download – if you don’t mind a slightly less freakish playing experience)
Here’s how it works – set Konkreet up with three nodes and a ribbon. The three nodes control pitch and intensity. Angle from left to right is mapped to pitch, and proximity to the center node controls vibrato depth, rate and filter resonance. As pitch increases, the filter cutoff and pulsewidth also change.
If you give Arcturan UltraTheremin a try, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it.
This video takes a look at additive synthesis in Native Instruments’ Reaktor:
Native Instruments have just launched their latest Reaktor Synth, called Razor, and it is causing quite a stir in the sound design and production communities.
So what makes this synth so exciting? Well it is down to a process called additive synthesis.
Put in the plainest terms possible, additive synthesis is the summation of simple tones to create more complex ones. The sound is constructed from partials (or frequency components) firing in parallel, changing amplitude and even frequency over time.
Additive synthesis is a very powerful sound design tool because the many micro-variations in the frequency and amplitude of individual partials mirrors those that makes natural sounds so rich and lively, and the resulting sound remains clear and precise at all times, even when heavily modulated.