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Native Instruments REAKTOR 6 Review

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Overview

Native Instruments has released the latest version of their flagship virtual instrument, REAKTOR 6. REAKTOR is a virtual instrument that models the modular synthesis process. The key to Reaktor's appeal is the ability to build your own instruments and effects. In version 6, REAKTOR has introduced a new way to build called Blocks. Check out our full video review after the jump.

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Review Video & Demo

Setup & First Impressions

Native Instruments has released the latest version of their flagship virtual instrument, REAKTOR 6. REAKTOR is a virtual instrument that models the modular synthesis process. The key to REAKTOR's appeal is the ability to build your own instruments and effects. In version 6, REAKTOR has introduced a new way to build called Blocks. Blocks allows you to build your own synths and effects using a wide array of oscillators, filters and modulations. The process is fairly simple and Native Instruments has created some great tutorial videos with its' partners to show how to build in Blocks. REAKTOR 6 is the natural progression of the series and creates a great analog sound within the digital space.

Be sure to watch the entire review video above to see if the REAKTOR 6 is a good fit for your own production needs.

Conclusion / Recommended For

REAKTOR 6 is a great find for the individual who has an genuine interest in modular synthesis. It allows the user to create the same type of sounds that you would normally find from the synthesizers and machines that REAKTOR is emulating. For this reason, it is a solid product that you will keep your interest for a long time.

Pros

  • Rich and authentic analog sound
  • 100s of Preset instruments and Effects
  • Many Learning Resources from Native Instruments and it's user base
  • 3 ways to build: Core, Primary and Blocks

Cons

  • Learning Curve: While building sounds isn't extremely difficult, it does take some time to understand how the process works
  • Difficulty in setting up controller assignments: Within Logic X, I had difficulty with controller assignments for REAKTOR. (This maybe more of a problem with Logic than Reaktor but it was an issue I ran into)

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