Tutorial - Reaktor - Building a synth part 1
eaktor may have won the 1999 readers' awardfor Best Soft Synth but, judging from the amountof mail we get, it's clear that a lot of you still see itas a bit enigmatic when it comes to building synthsof your own from scratch. So, being the nice chapsthat we are, we've digested, regurgitated,translated and rearranged the manual intosomething a little more coherent. In this two-parttutorial, we'll be concentrating on building a fairlybasic analogue synth that can be used for lead andbass sounds, but more specifically for slow filter-sweeping pads.The key to using Reaktor is not to get carried away with it; it's all too tempting to stack up 20oscillators, add a copious amount of controls and expect to have a huge sound. This will mostprobably end in a noise that swamps the rest of your instruments, and uses up a hell of a lot of your processing power at the same time. The sounds that can be had from Reaktor aredetermined mostly by which oscillators you're using. Triangle adds a metallic 'ting' (in the sameway as the triangle instrument), Sine is basically a whistle, Pulse (also known as square wave)adds a woody, hollow sound (perfect for pads), and Sawtooth is for 'raspy' type sounds. The TB-303 is a good example, having both square and sawtooth waves. There are a lot more oscillatorson offer, but it's best to experiment and decide for yourself which will create the sounds you'reafter.The number of oscillators you use also affects the amount of control that you have. Too manyoscillators can leave you lost in a forest of controls (with the movement of each affecting all theothers), but too few and you're left out in the cold. So, put out the cat, lock yourself away, bootup Reaktor and we'll get started...
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