Reaktor is a massively powerful toolkit for building instruments and effects, but that power can easily be overwhelming at first. Peter Dines has completed a five-part introduction tackling sequencing events. It’s one of the trickier bits, but also the skill that will help you have the maximum amount of fun.

Be a Reaktor Sequencer Ninja

Here are the five parts for CDM’s Kore minisite:

Part 1 – introduction
Part 2 – the X+ module
Part 3 – the event table
Part 4 – the snap array
Part 5 – the mouse area

(See the clocks/events refresher to get going.)

See also: Reaktor forum discussion

Downloadable Instruments, Effects

As you’re learning, it can help to grab more ready-to-use instruments and effects. Here’s a sampling, though of course you’ll find many more in the NI User Library.

Don’t believe the tutorial can spawn new creations? Boombox is a drum machine built with the Roux sequencer macro Peter Dines uploaded for his tutorial series.

Boombox Drum Machine (Direct download link)

HaasCheezburger is a new LOLcat-powered stereo delay effect from Peter.

You can also download Peter D’s Grain Delay effect

Teaser: New Spiral Ensemble

This is an upcoming Reaktor 5 ensemble from one of the great virtuosos of instrument/effect patching (in any tool, not just Reaktor), Lazyfish. The creator of Gaugear and Newschool turns his attentions to a new, swirling, animated modulating synth. It demonstrates what’s possible when you take sequencing to the edge, and has the typically inspiring take on user interface Lazyfish is known for. I’ll be able to share more about this soon, but NI has already said on the forums that this ensemble will be free to existing Reaktor 5 users.

Our own Peter Dines notices the similarity to the Whitney Music Box. The possibilities for where instruments can go conceptually and in terms of interface just continue to unfold.

For more Reaktor getting started resources, see our story from last month:

Learning Reaktor: 10-Step Path to Building New Sequencers, Beatboxes, and Effects

Updated: Native Instruments has announced the SoundPack this comes from, the new Reaktor Animated Circuits. If you don’t own Reaktor (or Kore, for that matter), you can run Reaktor Animated Circuits and get all the sound goodness from SpaceDrone, Metaphysical Function, Skrewell, Newscool, and this new ensemble Spiral Sequencer. But, of course, we think you’ll be even happier if you get Reaktor and start tinkering yourself (and you need Reaktor to see Spiral’s nifty graphics). That’s just how we roll.

How to use it: Spiral is a sequencer, so you do need to hook it up to a sound source. Wondering how to do that? We’ve got a screencast that explains from resident Reaktor guru Peter Dines.

If you do have Reaktor, Spiral is now available for download via Service Center, so have at it!

  • chris

    Spiral is now available through the NI service center. Let the cannibalizing begin.

  • Ah, this is going to make going to work very hard. Service Center just delivered the goods. Thanks, chris.

  • I love your tutorials for reaktor, and the example ensembles. great stuff!

    I stole your sequencer and put it into a hybrid FM/additive/subtractive type synth I built in reaktor:

    in addition to the synth, there's also a distortion effect, rev6, and a custom granular effect I built, so it's kind of an all-in-one drone synth…

  • Peter Dines

    Hey ricemutt – "steal" away! The Reaktor community should be like one of those take a penny, leave a penny trays – take a macro, leave a macro.

    Your frequencies snapshot sounds like something that would make a SETI researcher's jaw drop if it came through the array. Nice use of a 1 pole lowpass as a variable smoother on the sequencers.

  • Somewhere, an astronomer just got an idea for this year's April Fool's Prank. 😉


  • yeah, the lowpass filter takes less CPU than the slew limiters or the core-based event smoothers, surprisingly, so I just used them instead

    thanks for checking it out!

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  • My own initial 'tourist' experience of the new Kore Sound Pack 'Animated Circuits is here:

    Player is in 'random mode' so just refresh page to get new play order.

  • Enjin

    You can use Spiral in ableton live as a midi input here is a tutorial at vimeo.

  • has anybody tried my new ensemble called the horse(122osc pich sample mod,38outs/52ins)based on lemings the tadpole