A few months ago I purchased the full version of Native Instruments Reaktor solely to use Twisted Tools amazing S-Layer plug-in. They have just released a new plug-in called Ultraloop and it’s also extremely tasty. Imagine a polyphonic loop sequencer matched with Effectrix and you start to get the idea. To jump right in and see why I am excited about this one start watching the video above at 1:50. I think the real key to Ultraloop is to use your own song material in the plug-in. For breakdowns or remixes this will be quite fun. Ultraloop requires the full version of Reaktor and is $69 USD.
“ULTRALOOP is a first-of-its-kind loop remixing sampler with a fast and intuitive visual workflow for Native Instruments *Reaktor. ULTRALOOP combines advanced loop layering, comping, effect processing and automation techniques to generate new grooves, riffs and song ideas. You can use ULTRALOOP with the included factory sample library or to remix your own samples, injecting new life into any existing loop library.” – twistedtools.com
It’s not everyday a plug-in comes along and gets me excited but Whoosh from Melted Sounds fits the bill. This new plug-in takes a sounds and flings them across your ears. If you watch the video above you can see it’s feature rich. I really want to add my own sounds to this but that’s not quite available yet. Adding your own samples will be added in a future update. You will need the full version of Reaktor to use Whoosh. $79 USD.
“Whoosh is a true sound design instrument and enables you to create breath taking whoosh and pass-by effects. It is possible to precisely design sounds varying from whistling wind whooshes to air ripping engine pass-bys or completely over the top granular sci-fi effects. The included doppler effects engine was designed from ground up to physical model the acoustic phenomena of an object that approaches, passes, and recedes from an observer. The individual playback engines, the source mixer and doppler engine can be manipulated in synchronized connection to each other. This makes it possible to playback the desired sound effect at different durations while remaining everything in perfect sync.” – meltedsounds.com
Grid is a new device for Native Instruments Reaktor. It’s a 8×8 sequencer with 2 step sequencers, LFO, Filter, delay effects and random “Glitch” control. Unfortunately, it won’t work with Reaktor Player. About $30.
“Based on an 8×8 matrix sequencer and a unique sound concept, GRID makes a great addition to your musical toolkit.” – icebreaker-audio
Even if you don’t want to get into creating your own instruments and effects both Reaktor and Max for Live are worth getting for their user libraries of Ensembles and Devices.
“Dubspot Electronic Music Production and Sound Design Instructor Evan Sutton explains how to make basic connections and building a subtractive synthesizer using Native Instruments Reaktor’s Built In Modules in this new tutorial.” – youtube.com/user/DubSpot