REAKTOR Tutorial

REAKTOR Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Introducing REAKTOR

  • Introduction 2:27


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

  • IO Setup 5:23

    IO Setup

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

  • Important Stuff 7:56

    Important Stuff

    Get acquainted with some of REAKTOR’s basic—and most important—controls and indicators.

Chapter 2 : How REAKTOR Thinks

  • Ensembles 4:33


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

  • Instruments 2:34


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

  • Macros & Modules 4:30

    Macros & Modules

    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.

Chapter 3 : The Most Powerful Interface

  • Browser 6:53


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

  • Snapshots 4:06


    Discover how to access banks of ensemble and instrument snapshots.

  • Panelsets 3:33


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

  • Properties Pt. 1 12:31

    Properties Pt. 1

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

  • Properties Pt. 2 10:15

    Properties Pt. 2

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

  • Properties Pt. 3 2:33

    Properties Pt. 3

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

Chapter 4 : Understanding Snapshots

  • Snapshots Demystified Pt. 1 11:11

    Snapshots Demystified Pt. 1

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

  • Snapshots Demystified Pt. 2 13:12

    Snapshots Demystified Pt. 2

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

  • Snapshots Demystified Pt. 3 13:20

    Snapshots Demystified Pt. 3

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

Chapter 5 : Synthesizers

  • Carbon 2 Pt. 1 9:53

    Carbon 2 Pt. 1

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

  • Carbon 2 Pt. 2 4:56

    Carbon 2 Pt. 2

    Learn how to use Carbon 2’s secret weapon—wavetable modulation.

  • Lazerbass Pt. 1 7:56

    Lazerbass Pt. 1

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

  • Lazerbass Pt. 2 15:21

    Lazerbass Pt. 2

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

  • Oki Computer 2.1 Pt. 1 10:06

    Oki Computer 2.1 Pt. 1

    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 9:02

    Oki Computer 2.1 Pt. 2

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

Chapter 6 : Grooveboxes

  • Sinebeats 2 Pt. 1 7:53

    Sinebeats 2 Pt. 1

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

  • Sinebeats 2 Pt. 2 14:32

    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.

  • Sinebeats 2 Pt. 3 5:32

    Sinebeats 2 Pt. 3

    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 9:14

    Limelite Pt. 1

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

  • Limelite Pt. 2 14:52

    Limelite Pt. 2

    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 13:36

    Limelite Pt. 3

    Get acquainted with Limelite’s otherworldly effects suite.

Chapter 7 : Samplers

  • Beat Slicer 2 5:15

    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.

  • Memory Drum 2 Pt. 1 13:06

    Memory Drum 2 Pt. 1

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

  • Memory Drum 2 Pt. 2 6:45

    Memory Drum 2 Pt. 2

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

  • Random Step Shifter 6:36

    Random Step Shifter

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

Chapter 8 : Behind the Curtain

  • Connecting Instruments 8:29

    Connecting Instruments

    Learn two crucial ways of connecting instruments in REAKTOR.

  • Building a Simple Synth Pt. 1 7:44

    Building a Simple Synth Pt. 1

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

  • Building a Simple Synth Pt. 2 9:15

    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.

  • Building a Simple Synth Pt. 3 10:36

    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.

  • Building a Simple Synth Pt. 4 6:31

    Building a Simple Synth Pt. 4

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

  • Conclusions 2:54


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

Product Overview

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.

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