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REAKTOR Explained

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Introducing REAKTOR

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    Tutorial 1



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

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    Tutorial 2

    IO Setup


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

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    Tutorial 3

    Important Stuff


    Get acquainted with some of REAKTORs basicand most importantcontrols and indicators.

How REAKTOR Thinks

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    Tutorial 4



    Learn about ensembles and how they differ from other plugins youve worked with.

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    Tutorial 5



    Discover the fundamental unit of sound creation in REAKTORthe instrumentand learn how instruments work together to form ensembles.

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    Tutorial 6

    Macros & Modules


    Learn about Macros, REAKTORs 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

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    Tutorial 7



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

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    Tutorial 8



    Discover how to access banks of ensemble and instrument snapshots.

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    Tutorial 9



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

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    Tutorial 10

    Properties Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 11

    Properties Pt. 2


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

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    Tutorial 12

    Properties Pt. 3


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

Understanding Snapshots

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    Tutorial 13

    Snapshots Demystified Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 14

    Snapshots Demystified Pt. 2


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

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    Tutorial 15

    Snapshots Demystified Pt. 3


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


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    Tutorial 16

    Carbon 2 Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 17

    Carbon 2 Pt. 2


    Learn how to use Carbon 2s secret weaponwavetable modulation.

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    Tutorial 18

    Lazerbass Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 19

    Lazerbass Pt. 2


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

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    Tutorial 20

    Oki Computer 2.1 Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 21

    Oki Computer 2.1 Pt. 2


    Discover the full extent of Oki Computers modulation madness.


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    Tutorial 22

    Sinebeats 2 Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 23

    Sinebeats 2 Pt. 2


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

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    Tutorial 24

    Sinebeats 2 Pt. 3


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

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    Tutorial 25

    Limelite Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 26

    Limelite Pt. 2


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

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    Tutorial 27

    Limelite Pt. 3


    Get acquainted with Limelites otherworldly effects suite.


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    Tutorial 28

    Beat Slicer 2


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

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    Tutorial 29

    Memory Drum 2 Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 30

    Memory Drum 2 Pt. 2


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

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    Tutorial 31

    Random Step Shifter


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

Behind the Curtain

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    Tutorial 32

    Connecting Instruments


    Learn two crucial ways of connecting instruments in REAKTOR.

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    Tutorial 33

    Building a Simple Synth Pt. 1


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

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    Tutorial 34

    Building a Simple Synth Pt. 2


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

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    Tutorial 35

    Building a Simple Synth Pt. 3


    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.

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    Tutorial 36

    Building a Simple Synth Pt. 4


    Find out how to add a filter to shape our synths sound and a LFO to add movement.

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    Tutorial 37



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

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.

Brent starts at the beginning covering the important basics such as what makes REAKTOR so powerful, I/O Setup, common controls and more. He then describes the differences between Ensembles, Instruments, Macros and Modules. Next Brent demystifies the powerful Browser, Snapshots, Panelsets and Properties.

Going deeper, Brent introduces and tears apart REAKTOR's world class Factory Content, Grooveboxes, and Samplers so you can dive right in and start using them to create your own sounds and music.

Wrapping up the series, Brent pulls back the curtain and demonstrates how to connect instruments, build a simple synth from scratch, and where you can find invaluable resources for expanding REAKTOR's sounds and libraries.

Native Instruments REAKTOR is their sound creation flagship. Don't be overwhelmed by it, let Brent personally show you how to easily navigate the software and create amazing sounds and grooves of your own.

Build your own sonic nuclear reactor now... Watch "REAKTOR Explained" today.

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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    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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REAKTOR Explained is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty decent overview of built-in synths/sequence This is a pretty decent overview of using Reaktor's built-in synths and sequencers as if Reaktor were a program like Reason. If you are interested in using Reaktor primarily as a synth creation tool you can pretty much skip to Tutorial 32, but if you already know the basics of synthesis it's pretty basic. Personally I would like to see more advanced lessons on synth building.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good introductory course in Reaktor The course has a complete content on Reaktor and is easy to follow. The video quality is excelent!
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Introduction, but Dated. The quality of the video production and clarity of Brent Kallmer's instruction are excellent. I'm a recent purchaser of Reaktor 6, and while this series was made for Reaktor 5, a lot of the material still made sense. Unfortunately, Reaktor 6 came with significant updates to the primary and core factory libraries and directory structure, not to mention the interface, so it was difficult if not occasionally impossible to follow along with the tutorial as presented. That said, I still feel like this series provided the kind of foundation I was looking for to start exploring the power of Reaktor 6 on my own. I found diving in to the tutorials contained in the "Building in Primary" manual directly after viewing this series was a logical next step to familiarize myself with the specifics of Reaktor 6 that were not covered in the course.
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent introduction to a complex program Reaktor is deep and complex, but also fun and a good learning tool. Those who know a lot about object oriented programming might do well just poling around. The rest of us can speed up getting to functionality by watching this course. The instructor is clear, crisp, and easy to follow. He explains enough of the otherwise "secrete handshake" bits about navigating the program to get us well started. After finishing this set of videos, I am inspired to dig into the rather massive product documentation and start experimenting on my own. This is one of the best Groove3 courses I have taken, which says a lot since the other courses were very good too.
Date published: 2016-04-15
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