Granular Synthesis in Reaktor
Matt kicks things off by explaining a bit about what he will be sharing throughout the course of both videos in this two-part series. He also explains how to bounce sections of software (MIDI) instrument recordings to audio regions to be used as samples. This is the first step of beging able to use audio that you have created yourself as samples if MIDI is what you have to work with. In this lesson he uses a Sample Transformer from the Reaktor factory library called Travelizer, which is a nice ensemble to get started with granular synthesis in Reaktor.
Once you have Travelizer loaded, you just double click on the sample window at the top of the interface to gain access to the Sample Map editing tools. This is where you can load your own samples into the ensemble. Simply browse for the sample file(s) you wish to use and drag them into Travelizer. You are now ready to begin learning how to use granular synthesis in Reaktor. BUT, before you start twisting knobs and moving sliders, you probably want to make sure you can actually record what you make.
Although you need a software track to load Reaktor into to get this whole thing started, you will need to output the audio you create within Reaktor to an audio track to record it. This is a simple process of re-routing the audio signal from the software track into a bus which is then used as the input for a new audio track. Once this is set up you are REALLY ready to begin playing with some granular synthesis in Reaktor.
The first video in the series is focused on getting you all set up for using granular synthesis in reaktor. The second video is where all the fun really happens. Actually processing the audio and creating something new out of your samples is what it’s all about. You also get a nice tour of Travelizer and get to know a bit about the navigation and features, as well as a few pro tips from Matt along the way.
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