Saving Reaktor Snapshots
This entire lesson centers around the idea of creating your own sounds, instruments, and ensembles within Reaktor. How you ultimately decide to store, manage and name your snapshots is entirely up to you. This video simply points out some best practices to be aware of when working with Reaktor. The first good piece of advice is to save a version of the ensemble or instrument you intend to work with BEFORE you begin. This way, you can safely make changes to the snapshot without any worries of ever losing the original. It is also a good idea to crete a new Bank for the new Snapshots to be saved in. This not only keeps things nice and tidy, but also starts you off with plenty of room to work without having to find more room for your snapshots are you play. It’s never good to interrupt the flow of creativity when it’s going good. (Each bank only holds 128 snapshots.)
The video also makes mention of storing snapshots on an external harddrive. This is an excellent idea! AND you should already have everything backed up on a separate harddrive anyway before you start. I find it useful to actually start a new bank to store my snapshots in for the different side-projects I play with or each new client I begin working with. This way things are organized in a way that can help me compartmentalize sounds to their respective origins. This makes for a nice clean workflow and allows quick access to the snapshots I need and none of the other to get in the way.
As your collection of snapshots grows, you may find it useful to keep general patches organized by type of sound or feeling. Reaktor instruments and ensembles are so incredibly diverse, open for manipulation and fun to experiment with that you will eventually get to the point of disorganization if you are not proactive about it.
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