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.
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?