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REAKTOR Know-How: Blocks

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    0:40

    Sami Rabia gives a brief introduction to the course.

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    Tutorial 2

    Exploring Blocks Ensembles

    2:16

    One of the first things you might want to do in Blocks is take a look around at the included Ensembles.

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    Tutorial 3

    Building a Basic Synth

    12:42

    Getting right to it, Sami explains the need of specific modules and patching arrangements as he builds a basic synth from the ground up.

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    Tutorial 4

    Expanding Our Synth

    12:56

    In this video, Sami expands on the previous synth build, to include a step sequencer, LFO and delay, whilst also demonstrating some modulation possibilities.

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    Tutorial 5

    Bento Box Modules Pt. 1

    10:53

    The versatile Bento Box modules will likely play a key role in many of your modular patches. This first video explores the oscillators in detail, covering FM, Sync and Phase Reset.

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    Tutorial 6

    Bento Box Modules Pt. 2

    12:00

    Sami goes over the Fade, CVP and 4 MODS modules, and goes over some of their uses.

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    Tutorial 7

    Bento Box Modules Pt. 3

    6:12

    The handy S/H modules gets the focus of this tutorial, after which Sami gives a few more pointers of Oscillator Sync and looks at Filter FM.

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    Tutorial 8

    Boutique Modules

    8:14

    If you love classic Roland and Korg synths, the boutique modules will delight. Though they look simple, they have some neat extra features which Sami explores in this video.

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    Tutorial 9

    Digilog Modules Pt. 1

    7:03

    Not a module to be overlooked, the humble looking quantizer module is an extremely useful tool in melody generation. Sami explains it’s function and abilities.

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    Tutorial 10

    Digilog Modules Pt. 2

    5:18

    The Clock Divider is a crucial module to understand when building rhythmic patches.

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    Tutorial 11

    Driver

    7:58

    It’s always nice having another filter option, but Driver’s strength lies in it’s ferocious distortion, which can go into full destruction with extreme modulation.

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    Tutorial 12

    Modern Modules

    6:32

    The Paul and Comb filters each have some key practical features. Sami explains the kinds of things they work well for.

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    Tutorial 13

    MONARK

    9:27

    Your ticket to powerful, overdriven Moog sounds. In this part Sami demonstrates the unique features of the MONARK modules.

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    Tutorial 14

    ROUNDS

    6:25

    Sami breaks down the control options on the Rounds modules, which reveal lush reverbs, wide stereo delays and a key feature on the Rounds LFO.

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    Tutorial 15

    Utilities

    12:31

    If you’re planning on making larger and more complex patches, the Utility modules will be acutely useful. Sami also covers the modules that can get your signals in and out of the Blocks environment.

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    Tutorial 16

    West Coast Modules Pt. 1

    10:09

    If you want to get out of a standard workflow these modules will help you reach new places quickly. Based on the designs of the synth pioneer Don Buchla. Sami breaks down the DWG Oscillator and Low Pass Gate in this video.

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    Tutorial 17

    West Coast Modules Pt. 2

    12:14

    The CFG and XYS are powerful but actually quite straight-forward to use, as Sami demonstrates in this final video in the series.

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    Tutorial 18

    Kodiak: Duality

    14:35

    This is a simple block, but one capable of producing an immense variety of waveforms. Sami goes through each feature and gives some basic pointers on it’s use.

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    Tutorial 19

    Kodiak: Flip Gen

    7:51

    In this video, Sami explores this noise generator with a twist. Flip Gen is a useful random source for any modular patch.

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    Tutorial 20

    Kodiak: Morph Filter

    8:15

    Multi-peak filters are used to create vowel sounds, but this one can also easily be tuned to chords.

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    Tutorial 21

    Kodiak: Shift Sequencer

    11:37

    In this video, Sami explains the features available on powerful melody generator, with great randomize options.

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    Tutorial 22

    Kodiak: Curve Sequencer

    7:08

    Learn how this block can give you quick and easy access to a complex array of modulation shapes.

Synth guru Sami Rabia returns with more in-depth video tutorials about Native Instruments REAKTOR. Blocks are up next and are REAKTOR’s modular based components that work just like real-world modular components and beyond!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you use REAKTOR, and want to get into virtual modular synthesis and control, this is the place to start… Watch“REAKTOR Know-How: Blocks” today!

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Submitted 1 week ago

good

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I am a: Beginner, Musician, Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Studio One


Ivo Siemonsmeier
Submitted 7 months ago

Very precise and consistent

This is really easy to follow, yet it reveals some nuggets how you can use the modules in different ways. Sami knows which knobs to turn and some nice sounds are in there too.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Beat Maker, Ableton Live, Reaper

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IDiOSonic
Submitted 9 months ago

Another Excellent Tutorial

A very thorough series, Sami covers all of the goodies in Reaktor Blocks ina way that makes it very easy to then actually apply this to creating some great stuff in Reaktor. Thumbs up!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase

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Gazelle
Submitted 1 year ago

Perfect Mix

I really liked this series, because it combines the theoretical information about all of the Blocks with their practical application. I think this series will be hard to follow though if you really do not know anything about oscillators, envelopes, etc. However, I am a beginner and still managed to follow most of it so if you are interested than I would really recommend to watch it.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist

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EnGee
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial :)

Excellent explanation about the different blocks. I wished that it is longer because I had the feeling in the end like the author has run out of time. Please Groove3 don't put restrictions on time.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Dreamamine
Submitted 1 year ago

Reaktor 6 for experienced Reaktor users

This is the best Reaktor 6 tutorial I have seen, bar none, if you love Reaktor and just want to get the handle on the rather sweeping changes in 6, focusing on Blocks Wired. I STRONGLY recommend watching this series at least once.

I am a: Mastering Facility, Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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JGGNV
Submitted 1 year ago

Another good series

A good look at all the Reaktor 6 block modules. Not only does he explain the modules but also gives some suggestions for practical use. Before watching the video I was a bit confused on the west coast modules. This helped me be less confused.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Nick Maxwell
Submitted 1 year ago

Only on the 3rd video and already tons of value

I have quite a bit of experience with traditional preset synth/sampler sound design, but the world of modular is pretty new for me. I picked up Reaktor 6 to use Blocks as a learning tool before diving into hardware, and this video series has been instrumental in teaching me not only how this stuff works, but how to THINK about it so that I can conduct my own experiments with confidence in the future. Great presentation style, moves along at a nice clip without being hurried. Great stuff!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

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REAKTOR Know-How: Blocks is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good good
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very precise and consistent This is really easy to follow, yet it reveals some nuggets how you can use the modules in different ways. Sami knows which knobs to turn and some nice sounds are in there too.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another Excellent Tutorial A very thorough series, Sami covers all of the goodies in Reaktor Blocks ina way that makes it very easy to then actually apply this to creating some great stuff in Reaktor. Thumbs up!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect Mix I really liked this series, because it combines the theoretical information about all of the Blocks with their practical application. I think this series will be hard to follow though if you really do not know anything about oscillators, envelopes, etc. However, I am a beginner and still managed to follow most of it so if you are interested than I would really recommend to watch it.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial :) Excellent explanation about the different blocks. I wished that it is longer because I had the feeling in the end like the author has run out of time. Please Groove3 don't put restrictions on time.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Reaktor 6 for experienced Reaktor users This is the best Reaktor 6 tutorial I have seen, bar none, if you love Reaktor and just want to get the handle on the rather sweeping changes in 6, focusing on Blocks Wired. I STRONGLY recommend watching this series at least once.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another good series A good look at all the Reaktor 6 block modules. Not only does he explain the modules but also gives some suggestions for practical use. Before watching the video I was a bit confused on the west coast modules. This helped me be less confused.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Only on the 3rd video and already tons of value I have quite a bit of experience with traditional preset synth/sampler sound design, but the world of modular is pretty new for me. I picked up Reaktor 6 to use Blocks as a learning tool before diving into hardware, and this video series has been instrumental in teaching me not only how this stuff works, but how to THINK about it so that I can conduct my own experiments with confidence in the future. Great presentation style, moves along at a nice clip without being hurried. Great stuff!
Date published: 2016-10-15