The power of Reaktor is essentially the power to build any instrument or effect you can imagine. But what does that mean for hardware control – how can hardware be as open-ended as software? One solution is multi-touch interfaces.
Antonio Blanca writes to share the work he’s done (in collaboration with JazzMutant’s Bryant Davis Place) on “Lemurizing” popular Reaktor ensembles. These make the Lemur touchscreen a dynamic, interactive hardware controller for these Reaktor ensembles. In the collection from Antonio and other creators, and all downloadable via JazzMutant:
- Vectory sequenced sample destroyer
- The legendary Skrewell instrument
- Native Instruments’ Massive drum computer ensemble (the one in Reaktor)
- Lurker hybrid delay effect from Reaktor
- GoBox groove box in Reaktor – complete with multiball morphing
- Aerobic beat machine
- Native Instruments Massive Synth (the standalone synth, not the one in Reaktor)
- A two-deck Traktor Pro configuration, plus DJ Kabuki’s own Traktor setup
- FM8 synth tweaking layout
From sequencing to modulation, there’s quite a lot you can control in these ensembles with your fingers. That demonstrates not only the potential for Lemur, but many other alternative interfaces, as well. With the exception of the standalone Massive, you can see some of the power of OpenSoundControl support in Reaktor, as well.
Antonio is extending this idea with Reaktor and exploring more sequencing ideas. He writes:
Now I am working on new “Lemur Projects” — a new version of Lemurized Metaphysical Functions and a pseudo-random sequencer built on the Lemur itself using the multiline script (amazing feature, by the way). Here’s some info from my outdated blog:
I am working to release a series of videos using the lemur and [given an overview of] some of my interfaces.
It’s really nice to see Reaktor coupled with the Lemur in this way; I hope to bring you more.
Reaktor users, what are you using to control your ensembles? Any touch-based solutions (Lemur or otherwise)?