Build A Simple Synth In Reaktor, Part 1

Many programs exist for creating your own instruments, from Logic's Environment to MAX/MSP. Few, however, are as musically immediate and satisfying as NI's Reaktor. Toby Pitman gets synth building!  

When you buy Native Instruments Reaktor not only do you get 70 awesome instruments and an online library of over 3000 user created instruments, you can also build your own! 

The software comes with a library of modular building blocks (called Macros) that can be wired together to create anything you can imagine. You can even build your own Macros from the ground up. In this tutorial I'll show you how to get started building your own simple subtractive synth.

Step 1 - Create A New Ensemble

An Ensemble is a master patch that can hold any number of smaller Instruments. Open Reaktor in stand alone mode an go to File > New Ensemble.

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Step 2 - Structure View

To open Stucture view click the top icon to the left of the Panel view then hit the '

For the past 20 years Toby has worked as a professional guitarist, programmer and producer. Clients include Sir Paul McCartney, George Michael, Shirley Bassey, Yusuf Islam, Giles Martin as well as the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. He has also worked extensively in TV, Advertising and Film. As well as composing himself he has also ... Read More


Norman T
Superb Toby. Many thanks. Now the 829 page Modules and Macros Reference Manual just became wonderfully interesting!

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