Native Instruments Reaktor 6 Player
Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player provides the platform for many sample library and virtual instrument developers - both large and small - to market their creations. Now the company has launched Reaktor 6 Player, a free host version of the Reaktor modular syntheiszer environment. With Reaktor 6 Player, users can wield powerful instruments and effects that NI and third-party developers either sell or give away. You can get started with Reaktor 6 Player using two free devices from NI: the Blocks Wired pre-patched modular synth and the Mikro Prism synthesizer. Block Wired comes from the Reaktor Blocks virtual modular system and comes ready to create and sequence a wide range of instruments and audial textures. Mikro Prism is a scaled down, free version of the popular Reaktor Prism “modal bank” synth.
Companies supporting Reaktor player with compatible synths and effects include Twisted Tools, Heavyocity, Blinksonic, Tonsturm, Tim Exile, and others. All products made for Reaktor Player are NKS-ready for Native Instrument Komplete Kontrol and Maschine hardware controllers.
Isotonik Studios Sempler Max for Live Sequence Based Sampler
In conjunction with its new Modulation Pack - AM Modulation & FM Delays bundle of four Ableton MaxforLive devices ($33.50), Isotonick Studios has also released the free Sempler MaxforLive device. This sequence based sampler lets you to play and improvise from audio files with a variety of methods.
You can create rhythmic and percussive patterns wth its eight-step sequencer, while many parameters, such as file position, global pitch, fragment size, and hold values can change either manually or with each step of the sequencer. Steps can also be muted or skipped to create variation, and there are four playback modes—forward, backward, ping-pong, and random—and three speeds: half, normal, and double.
Each of Sempler’s two channels has its own buffer and sequence configuration. It works with WAV and AIFF samples.
AfroDJMac Taste of Vinyl Ableton Live Pack
A free version of AfroDJMac’s new Vinyl Ableton Live Instrument Rack collection ($15), the free Taste of Vinyl pack includes two Live Instruments Racks — "ADM Belo Horizonte Vinyl" and "ADM NYC Vinyl,” which both reflect the vinyl-sampling strategy behind the larger Vinyl collection. The free Taste of Vinyl also include the Live Audio Effect Rack "ADM Warp Glitch,” which combines a couple of delays, a pitch-drift effect and a glitch machine. Check out his making-of video while you’re downloading the free pack.