[aside title="Macros vs. Modules!"]Structures within Reaktor can be quite intimidating at first, but as soon as you begin learning the basics it all makes sense![/aside]
When you first get started with using Reaktor the naming of the different elements and functions throughout the program can be just as confusing and daunting as actually programming a synth from scratch. This video does a wonderful job of clearly explaining the functions and relevance of Reaktor macros and modules. Once you begin to grasp the roles of each element found in the structure view of the various instruments and ensembles that come with Reaktor, the better you will be able to use them and the more likely you are to have success when designing your own synths.
A macro can easily be described as an enclosure that contains the various pieces that make up the different features in an instrument, effect or ensemble. For instance, a vibrato LFO can be a parameter featured on a synth that can be manipulated through the use of a knob. But it requires several different pieces to make that LFO and it’s corresponding effects possible. Rather than leaving all of the LFO’s components and wiring left in a big mess to clutter up the structure view, it and the various other features of the synth are all contained in macros. It makes for a much nice and less intimidating user experience for sure!
Now modules, on the other hand, are much more specific in their nature and contain a single function rather than many elements that can be tweaked inside of a macro. For instance, you can have an oscillator in your synth and this would show up as a module in structure view. You may also have a MIDI in selector on your synth, which would also be represented as a module. So the difference between a macro and a module is quite significant, really. But now that you know the basic differences, you will hopefully be able to work in the structure mode with a bit more confidence and eventually begin building your own synths and effects!
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