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Noisepages reader 4lefts was asking about mid-level Reaktor tutorials:

It’s been said before, but Reaktor really is crying out for a unified set of mid-level tutorials (yes, like Max’s). Stuff for people who read the “my first synth” stuff in the Reaktor manual and thought it was too basic, but have no hope of being able to make “Newscool” or “Sinebeats” by themselves, nor, more importantly, be able to see a clear path to getting to a level of ability that would allow them to do that.

Ask and ye shall receive, 4lefts – I’m in the middle of preparing a series of tutorials that I think are just what you’re looking for. Since readers are going to need some fundamental knowledge of clock modules and event flow in Reaktor to follow that, I’m going to link you up with my Simple Clock Demo. There’s an instrument and a PDF in the archive.

It’s not the most spectacular instrument you’ll ever use in Reaktor – all it does is advance a series of lights along with Reaktor’s internal clock – but it’s essential knowledge and preparation for getting to the Newscool and Sinebeats level of Reaktor-craft.

It’s a long road from here to Newscool, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

13 Responses

  1. vo1k1

    Kudos! I’m one of those perpetual Reaktor intermediates who will benefit from, and devour these mid-level tutorials.

  2. gbsr

    yeah me too. the highlevel modules can only take so far without any real knowledge on what they are actually doing, and how hey work.

    time for some coffee and some patching then.

  3. Mike

    If I didn’t have a weekend in the studio doing conventional recording ahead of me I’d be all over this right now. As it is I’ll just have to hold on until early next week.

  4. armachian

    Thanks for doing this … after reading I now realise that Reaktor is not for me!! Compared to something like the Clavia G2 this seems like a lot of steps (and hidden tricks) for a simple sequencer/clock demo. Life is too short!

  5. Peter Dines

    Armachian, the complexity of Reaktor is a function of its flexibility. Reaktor is farther down the rabbit hole than the G2 in some ways – not nearly as far as Processing or Supercollider, though, and at the bottom of the rabbit hole you have C++ and assembly code. It all depends on what you want to do – that will determine what tools you choose.

    On the other hand, what I’m teaching here about clocks and events isn’t necessary to use Reaktor in a G2ish fashion, because you can work on a higher level patching together clocks and sequencers created by other users, with sound generators of your own or someone else’s creation.

    As for me, I say why choose between apples and oranges when you can have a fruit salad! Still saving for a G2 here… ;-)

  6. Great example Peter, but this tute sort of implies that reaktor sync is musically useful in some way.

  7. poorsod

    not exactly sure what you are implying, Jonathan… this is how step sequencers are built. Every drum machine, groovebox, tempo-synced modulator, etc etc will have some implementation of this system

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  11. Matt

    Just went through the tutorial tonight. I tried changing the Distributor to a Router 1 -> M (I wired the inputs & outputs the same) but the lights didn’t work at all. I tried matching the properties of the router to those of the distributor, again nothing.

    It’s not clear from the PDF what is *supposed* to happen so maybe this is correct. Or maybe I did something wrong.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    Matt

  12. Peter Dines

    Matt – “nothing” is exactly what’s supposed to happen. :-) It’s an illustration that the router needs an event to push through a value whereas the distributor sends the current value at the input. I’ll update the PDF to make that clearer.

    Cheers,

    Pete

  13. Matt

    @Pete: aha! So I had the result but no idea how to interpret it :)

    Thanks for clarifying that. I’m still have to get to grips with the underlying Reaktor event model and signal path.

    Did I see mention that you were thinking of turning your tutorial material into a full book? I’d welcome such a book.

    Matt

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