John Fisher (ricemutt) from bagger288 is the latest to be infected – erm, inspired – by Peter Dines’ sequencer parts for Reaktor. His hybrid ensemble is full of all sorts of different bits put together, some borrowed, some concocted from scratch. And, of course, that was the idea with the sequencers – to encourage people to steal stuff and make something new that we hadn’t thought of. What’s especially great about this to me is that the results can sound entirely different.
John wrote me:
I love your tutorials for reaktor, and the example ensembles. great stuff!
I stole your sequencer and put it into a hybrid FM/additive/subtractive type synth I built in reaktor:
in addition to the synth, there’s also a distortion effect, rev6, and a custom granular effect I built, so it’s kind of an all-in-one drone synth…
please mention that the synth is much lower on CPU if you simply remove the reverb/fx modules.
I guess other info is easily seen from all the comments in there, I used a few other people’s modules. The "FX" instrument has an A and a B panel, where you can edit the granular effects. I made that instrument as well and am proud of how it turned out (did you check out the "rissets" preset in the fx?)
thanks for the sequencers to steal
you probably noticed that I modded the sequencer in the sequencer page to also have "gate" sequencers where there is only on/off instead of minimum to maximum fader
It’s really good stuff, and inspires me to combine some macros in new ways.
Have at it and see what you think:
ricemuttHybrid-sep08 [zipped Reaktor ensemble]
(I expect when it’s ready, it can migrate over to the NI User Library)
Wait – want more? John talks more about how he uses unique approaches to tuning (see our previous round-up) to get these distinctive sounds:
my "god chord" blogs where I explain how to use just intonation or equal temperament.
you probably noticed how I use ratios to define the pitches of the oscillators in my synth. In fact, I do this with all of my synths and use just intonation a lot in my music. This would help people understand the "wtf" about using ratios in music.
Via a story summing up what we’ve been doing with Reaktor over on CDMusic: