Well, if you’re on a tight deadline for delivering an ambient/experimental/IDM album, and you’re totally out of money (and even possibly ideas), good news. You’re saved. Tim Exile just released S L O W, for free.

To those who don’t know him, Mr. Exile is a professional mad scientist specializing in Reaktor engineering, virtuoso laptop musicinator, electronica personality, and man about town. Tim’s exploits are widely known and buzzed about among nerds and sonic weirdos, but since they won’t reach everyone’s ears that way, he also has a mailing list. Signing up for said mailing list is your key to unlocking the treasure trove of S L O W. (Spaces reproduced here in deference to Mr. Exile’s branding wishes.)

Synthetic reverbs often use series of delays to do their work. The trick to S L O W is adding more delay lines – like, lots more delay lines.

The result is a wash of events, one you can separate into a series of reverbs or squash together to create shimmering reverberation. You’ve likely heard experimental effects like this before, but Tim’s made them really easy and accessible.

There’s an interesting and unusual trigger for this, too – not just making fun noises, but pondering data. Tim writes:

It originally came to life as one part of the IBM #RemixIT project where I sonified various uses of IBM’s technology. S L O W represents the journey from a single data point to a global pattern of masses of concurrent data.

Good stuff. Have at it. You’ll need a copy of Reaktor (though you can use a trial version to give it a go).

http://eepurl.com/civWvz

And as Tim extorts us, “Put your knitwear on, plug your mic in and drench this evening in a sea of drones…”

Why, boys and girls, that sounds like a good idea. See you at the other end of the reverb tail.

  • michael

    know if this works with reaktor 5?

    • No, it doesn’t.

      • Michael

        bummer..

      • ok thanks. Extremely cool thing about Reason: it is backwards compatible.

  • Reaktor – or also the free Reaktor Player?

    • 26Tracks

      si-

  • Looks awesome but too bad it’s only Reaktor based instead of a VST…

  • DougieFabIsNumberOne

    Super cool. PS, does anyone know what midi controller that is in the video?

  • Spazmatron

    Earthquaker devices have a few pedals that do a very similar thing. (Afterneath, Avalanche run, transmissor)
    Sounds awesome, but not super practical for everyday use.

  • Chase Dobson

    Installed it and ran it. Input but no output. My R6 programming skills are pretty elementary, so I’m not seeing anything obvious in the ensemble that is broken… Oh well. I’ll use something else.

    • Chase Dobson

      way to make things more difficult than need be Chase…. the reakor input volume was turned down. :facepalm:

  • 26Tracks

    pretty cool-

  • Which Reaktor version is needed? I am still on Reaktor 5.

    • Dante

      reaktor 6 works fine

  • Martin Zimmermann

    At the beginning it pleases you, I mean the sound and toys/tools of Reaktor and/or Ableton….after a while one realizes that the sound comes out of these boxes are all coloured in a certain way….after a while it gets boring….feels like everything….I mean every sound comes out has this sticky stuff on it….I refuse to use Reaktor or Ableton……there are other tools probably with lesser functions and gleam etc. but sounds neutral and clean thus one does not lose the interest in music itself because those tools does not change the original sound of things….was a bit off topic but anyway….important issue

    • Robin Parmar

      I know what you mean and, yes, important issue.

      But I can say that the colouration disappeared for me with Reaktor 6. That was the biggest bonus with the paid upgrade. Suddenly everything just sounds… as it should.

      (Not a comment on this reverb. Just a general point.)

  • I’m not too keen on running an effect within another plugin within my DAW — Inception hurts my brain. So this is just a long reverb, right? Anyone tried to do this with native effects yet?

  • Meason Wiley

    Cool. Looks like he just doubled the diffusion networks Martijn built in the Space Master reverb. So it’s basically Space Master without some of the shelving EQ’s and twice the decay time. Still such a great sound.

  • Meason Wiley

    Cool. Looks like he just doubled the diffusion networks Martijn built in the Space Master reverb. So it’s basically Space Master without some of the shelving EQ’s and twice the decay time. Still such a great sound.