Category Archives: News

Carbon 2 modification in the library

Reaktor user Alexander Haberer has created a reskinned and sonically modified version of the Carbon 2 ensemble, called My Carbon, that features a healthy quantity of very usable snapshots organized into categories – bass, lead, pad, FX and keys.

I just checked and it plays very nicely with my Chroma sequencer, particularly with the legato glide patches. Load it in a separate instance of Reaktor rather than pasting the instrument into Chroma, though, because My Carbon’s snaps are stored at the ensemble level rather than in the instrument.

Loupe 2 coming soon

Loupe 2 is in feature freeze, I believe I’ve whacked all the bugs, and I’m making presets this afternoon. How much better is Loupe 2 than Loupe 1? Well, twice as good, of course!

Skreamism vol 4: Jam Jarre spotted in the wild

The Jam Jarre preset in the Blue Matrix ensemble is sometimes used as a benchmark test for Reaktor performance on a new system. Most Reaktor heads are pretty familiar with the sound.

Well now dubstep luminary Skream has released a 12 with an awfully familiar sound as the backbone of one track (click on track 02).

Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.(*) It’s no more shameful than the ubiquitous sampling that goes on in all kinds of electronic music. And to be fair, Blue Matrix is something of a bear to program, so why not use the presets? Sure sounds nice in the right context, doesn’t it?

(* who said that? I did. It was me.)