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REAKTOR Explained

Native Instruments REAKTOR is noted as being extremely powerful, but extremely complex. REAKTOR guru Brent Kallmer saves the day and shows you the ins and outs with a in-depth series covering the important features and functions of this awesome software suite.

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Introducing REAKTOR


Introduction 2m:27s

Learn what makes REAKTOR arguably the most powerful audio software on the market.


IO Setup 5m:23s

Find out how to configure REAKTOR to work with your soundcard and MIDI control surfaces.


Important Stuff 7m:56s

Get acquainted with some of REAKTOR's basic--and most important--controls and indicators.

How REAKTOR Thinks


Ensembles 4m:33s

Learn about ensembles and how they differ from other plugins you've worked with.


Instruments 2m:34s

Discover the fundamental unit of sound creation in REAKTOR--the instrument--and learn how instruments work together to form ensembles.


Macros & Modules 4m:30s

Learn about Macros, REAKTOR's way of bundling commonly used structures into a single object, and modules, the lower-level building blocks that REAKTOR uses to bring instruments and ensembles to life.

The Most Powerful Interface


Browser 6m:53s

Find out how to locate ensembles, instruments, and all the rest using the Player, Factory, User, and Disks subtabs.


Snapshots 4m:06s

Discover how to access banks of ensemble and instrument snapshots.


Panelsets 3m:33s

Learn how to configure an ensemble's panel display to optimize workflow, and how to toggle between various saved configurations.


Properties Pt. 1 12m:31s

Get familiar with the Properties tab, which provide easy access to some of the most common operations in REAKTOR.


Properties Pt. 2 10m:15s

Learn how to use the View subtab to customize the look of your ensembles.


Properties Pt. 3 2m:33s

Understand the MIDI (and other) connection options available in the Connect subtab.

Understanding Snapshots


Snapshots Demystified Pt. 1 11m:11s

Learn about REAKTOR's parent-child hierarchy, and how to manage snapshots in ensembles with multiple instruments.


Snapshots Demystified Pt. 2 13m:12s

Get clear on the essential snapshot-management functions Append, Store, and Insert.


Snapshots Demystified Pt. 3 13m:20s

Discover how to compare snapshots, create and manage banks, and use the Morphing and Random functions.



Carbon 2 Pt. 1 9m:53s

Take a flyover of REAKTOR's powerful all-rounder synth, and explore the oscillator section.


Carbon 2 Pt. 2 4m:56s

Learn how to use Carbon 2's secret weapon--wavetable modulation.


Lazerbass Pt. 1 7m:56s

Explore the high-definition world of additive synthesis and check out the sound creation section of low-end devastator Lazerbass.


Lazerbass Pt. 2 15m:21s

Learn about Lazerbass's out-there filtering and modulation possibilities, and discover a number of powerful global controls.


Oki Computer 2.1 Pt. 1 10m:06s

Get your 8-bit on with this introduction to REAKTOR's off-the-wall wavetable synth, Oki Computer 2.1.


Oki Computer 2.1 Pt. 2 9m:02s

Discover the full extent of Oki Computer's modulation madness.



Sinebeats 2 Pt. 1 7m:53s

Discover the sinewave-based beat production world of Sinebeats 2--it's step sequencing on steroids.


Sinebeats 2 Pt. 2 14m:32s

Learn how to transform the sound of your hits with Tone, Drive, EQ, and Filter parameters; and understand the Mixer and FX Sends.


Sinebeats 2 Pt. 3 5m:32s

Find out how to trigger different grooves in real time with Sinebeats Snap via Key feature, and see REAKTOR's all-important Audio RecorderPlayer in action.


Limelite Pt. 1 9m:14s

Discover the house-groove magic of Limelite, and find out how to use its turbocharged sequencer.


Limelite Pt. 2 14m:52s

Check out Limelite's real-time remixing features, explore the global controls, and get clear on how the individual sampler units work.


Limelite Pt. 3 13m:36s

Get acquainted with Limelite's otherworldly effects suite.



Beat Slicer 2 5m:15s

Learn to chop up loops and make them into playable hits, complete with all sorts of controls per slice, with Beat Slicer 2.


Memory Drum 2 Pt. 1 13m:06s

Explore REAKTOR's powerful Sample Map Editor via Memory Drum 2, a compact drum sampler that packs a punch.


Memory Drum 2 Pt. 2 6m:45s

Learn how to create and save your own sample maps in Memory Drum.


Random Step Shifter 6m:36s

Amp up your sample game by learning how to use your own loops with one of REAKTOR's wicked sample-transformers.

Behind the Curtain


Connecting Instruments 8m:29s

Learn two crucial ways of connecting instruments in REAKTOR.


Building a Simple Synth Pt. 1 7m:44s

See how to build a simple sawtooth-oscillator-based synthesizer using Macros and Modules.


Building a Simple Synth Pt. 2 9m:15s

Learn how to edit the instrument panel, and follow along as we build a multimode oscillator to use with our synth.


Building a Simple Synth Pt. 3 10m:36s

Discover how to add another oscillator and mix the two oscillator signals with a mixer. Also learn how to customize the A and B panels.


Building a Simple Synth Pt. 4 6m:31s

Find out how to add a filter to shape our synth's sound and a LFO to add movement.


Conclusions 2m:54s

Learn about two invaluable resources for your continuing explorations in REAKTOR.

Brent Kallmer

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started dabbling in music around age eight or nine. One of my grade-school friends had an ancient Akai boombox that we would use to record piano and vocals.

2. What training have you had?

I'm largely self-taught in computer-based music production and DJing, though prior to entering this world, I spent three years studying flamenco guitar in Spain. I think that experience gave me a unique way of looking at music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been into recording since picking up a beat-up Tascam 4-track when I was a teenager. Now, of course, I am a DAW user. With the technology available today, I'm convinced that there has never been a better time in history to get started making music.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When I was in Spain, I was fortunate to study with some heavy-hitters of flamenco guitar, like Manolo Franco and Eduardo Rebollar. I entered the world of electronic music through DJing around the Washington, D.C. area, doing editorial reviews for Amazon's "Dance & DJ" genre, and working in a marketing capacity with Rob Papen and reFX.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I started producing tutorials because I wanted to create the kinds of common sense explanations that I was looking for myself. I try to leave the dry discourses on the physics of sine waves to the side and continually ask myself, "What would make this tutorial as useful as possible to the musician watching it?"

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