Over on the Reaktor G+ group, Marque Etienne has posted a video demo of a simple but fun theremin ensemble.
I’m a sucker for Reaktor ensembles that make noise and sound effects rather than having a more traditional musical goal. Each one is unique, offering different possibilities and something of the character of the builder. Freestyle, baby. On this particular unit, the granular delay with a pitch control adds a nice touch – the fed-back echoes can go up or down in pitch as they repeat.
It’s an easy to understand .ens under the hood and you ought to be able to modify it easily, and add your own embellishments. Marque says a Lemur template is in progress, and you’ll find OSC terminals in the ensemble waiting for input.
Super sound designer Aiyn Zahev – you may have heard or bought his presets for Synth Squad, Massive, Synthmaster and a number of other instruments – has released a collection of 100 free presets for Monark.
Get the presets here. It’s pretty amazing, actually – Monark and Aiyn Zahev’s sound design both have a very strong and distinct character, and both characters are coming across here at the same time. It’s like… hot sauce with garlic. You can tell that both elements are there, but they still work great together.
Boscomac has released Delight Delay, a graphically sequenced delay effect for Reaktor:
DELIGHT DELAY is a pattern-based delay controlled by a sequencer. A central display allows you to set the level and filtering rehearsals and so draw a pattern. You can set the number of repetitions (1 to 15) determine the tempo (1/4 to 1/32), adjust the stereo (mono or pingpong) and adjust the blend.
Very easy to use, this delay grooves with guitars, runs with synths, installs synchronized vibes and many other things
Delight Delay joins Boscomac’s already superb line-up of effects that includes Stellar and Echophonic, to name two of my favorites.
Behold and beware: Trevor Gavilan has released the Reaktor Ass Fister on an unsuspecting world.
Inspired by the infamous Metasonix tube powered hardware units and with sound design by Jesse Voccia, the AF-150 is a Reaktor effects unit based around the humble slew limiter module. Amazing what you can do with simple structures in Reaktor with some imagination! Get it here, where you can also download the Semi Fuzz.
I’ve only tried it on drum loops so far and to say it utterly destroys any sound routed through it is an understatement. It can sound like a contact mic fixed to a circular saw cutting through cement blocks laced with steel rebar. That’s my first impression, anyhow. 😉
Danny J. Lewis of Music Production Tutorials tried out my free Frame 3 ensemble and liked it so much he made a brief video demonstrating what happens when you explore parameter changes in one of the default snapshots.
What’s interesting here is how deep he goes into the sound… Frame was designed for just this sort of exploration, for deep dives into detailed samples to bring out hidden goodies and details.