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REAKTOR Explained

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Introducing REAKTOR

How REAKTOR Thinks

The Most Powerful Interface

Understanding Snapshots




Behind the Curtain

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.

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?"

REAKTOR Explained is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 3.
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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