Connecting Reaktor 5.8 with Konkreet Performer from Konkreet Labs on Vimeo.

Mapping control from one place (like an iPad) to another (Reaktor) is tough to describe, but easy to see. Watch as strange, spacey geometries control futuristic generative sounds and beats, and it all starts to make sense. And so, this hands-on video is a brilliant example of why we get excited about new control methods, here in the form of better OSC support in Reaktor 5.8. Konkreet Labs’ Konkreet Performer is an ideal candidate, eschewing traditional MIDI knobs for interfaces that delight and challenge the user.

And it’s little wonder these two wit fit together well. Konkreet Labs co-founder Gwydion ap Dafydd spearheaded the implementation of OSC in Reaktor 5.8, and gave us a tour of it as it was being released. Here, Konkreet Labs (not NI) explain how these tools fit together:

NI’s 5.8 update to Reaktor makes connecting OSC much faster and easier. Here we show how to quickly hook up Konkreet Performer to control the Newscool Reaktor ensemble, running as a VST plug-in in Ableton Live 8. Konkreet Performer is available through the iTunes store

Check out the video, and let us know what your favorite unusual control/sound combination may be – or what else you’d like to see.

Right now, Konkreet Performer is 50% off, celebrating Reaktor 5.8.

See also more Konkreet-on-Reaktor action from last week:
Chroma + Gris-Gris: Sequence Live with Anything, Then Let the Synth Run Wild [Reaktor]

Version 1.2 last year was really the landmark release, offering features like inertia:

KONKREET PERFORMER V.1.2 from Konkreet Labs on Vimeo.