Working with the Reaktor Snapper Sequencer
Brent is one of the greatest presenters of Reaktor knowledge currently sharing tutorials online today and we are always happy to feature his lessons and help spread the wisdom. This time he walks us through the steps of connecting and using the Reaktor Snapper sequencer within the factory content library that ships with Reaktor 5. This is a rather cool and unique sequencer, in that is actually sequences snapshots! Once you wrap your mind around that little fact the ideas start flowing, which is exactly why we are stoked to pass this one along to you! Let’s take a look at what it takes to get going with it and what it’s capable of.
He begins by loading up an instance of Reaktor’s Vectory, which is a sample destruction unit that is capable of mangling your sounds in some pretty unique ways using a granular re-synthesis technique. You can find it in Reaktor under Factory > Ensembles > New Additions > Sample Transformer > Vectory. Now to get the Reaktor Snapper sequencer connected to Vectory, we first need to switch to Structure View. Then navigate to find Snapper: Factory > Ensembles > New Additions > Sequencers > Snapper Macros. This specific option contains the Macros needed to connect the two ensembles.
Once you have dragged the Snapper Macros ensemble into the Structure environment window, you can double-click on it to see its components. You should now see both Snapper and an Instrument. If you double-click on the instrument, you will see two modules, including a Macro called Snap Slave, that we need to Cut (as in remove and paste to your clipboard) and then head back into the top level Structure environment window. Here you double-click on the Vectory instrument and Paste into this structure and the Reaktor Snapper sequencer will automatically be connected directly to Vectory! Now back out to the top level Structure window again and double-click on the Snapper Macro. Now Cut the Snapper module and back out to the top level window again and Paste into this window. Now connect the Snap port on the Snapper module to the Snap port on the Vectory module and you’re set!
Yes, it is a bit of a convoluted process to get set up, but the payoff is well worth it! Now that you have the Reaktor Snapper sequencer connected to an instrument, you can take advantage of both together and create new and exciting combinations of your snapshots. We hope you have fun experimenting with this one!
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