Introduction to the Reaktor Rhythmaker Ensemble
Although the Reaktor Rhythmaker ensemble is a groove sequencer that you can use to put together your drum beats, it is not a sampler. This means you cannot use your own sounds with it. But, that isn’t really a huge issue because you can do much with what it already has available to use. The drums consist of a kick, a snare, two percussion instruments and four toms. You can choose form various snapshots within each instrument and have control over parameters such as pitch, attack, decay, sensitivity, shape, distortion, cutoff, resonance and much much more. You also have the ability to further shape the entire kit from a global level in regards to individual and mix volume levels, EQ levels, split, resonance, solo, mute, etc. So as you can probably imagine, you have plenty of control.
The Reaktor Rhythmaker sequencer itself is capable of programming all of the drum elements in sets of 16 steps, and offers features like looping, randomization, swing, etc. Each drum instrument in the ensemble has a different set of parameter to tweak based upon what kind of elements make up the sounds. So for instance, a snare drum has very different parameter to manipulate than a kick drum. This makes for a very easy workflow when setting up your kits. And, of course, you can save your own snapshots once you have something dialed in the way you like it. So the more you use the Reaktor Rhythmaker, the easier it gets!
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