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Modular Synthesis with Reaktor

with David Earl

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About The Class

native instruments reaktor doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Let’s be real: Native Instruments’ Reaktor can be intimidating at first glance. But behind the complexity is an incredibly powerful modular synthesis environment that can create anything from synthesizers, grooveboxes, and sequencers to sample transformers, sound generators, and effects.

In Reaktor Modular Synthesis with David Earl, you’ll learn how to tweak Reaktor’s 70+ included instruments and make your own from scratch. David is Native Instrument’s product specialist and he knows the software inside and out. He’ll teach: 

Reaktor Basics: 

  • Working with Ensembles, Instruments, Macros and Modules 
  • Oscillators, filters and amplifiers 
  • Parameters like pitch, wave type, filters, resonance and cutoff 
  • Linear and event messages 
Additive Synthesis: 

  • Creating a partial with math modules 
  • Working with amplifiers and modulators 
FM Synthesis: 

  • What IS FM synthesis and how does it work? 
  • Changing partials into operators for FM synthesis 
  • Creating an approximation of the FM 8 using a mod matrix 

  • Different types of samplers: FM, Loop, Grain 
  • Creating sample maps 
  • Creating hybrid synths 
Reaktor doesn’t have to be overwhelming, David will help you overcome the fear of Reaktor’s complexity and unlock its potential.  

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    The Structure of Reaktor

  2. 02

    Interface Overview and Creating a Basic Synth

    David Earl takes you on a tour of the Reaktor interface and shows you how he sets up an Ensemble.

  3. 03

    Adding Modulation

  4. 04

    Filter Envelopes

  5. 05

    Setting up an LFO

  6. 06

    Using Macros

  7. 07

    Detuning Oscillators

  8. 08

    Saving Macros and Instruments

  9. 09

    What is Additive Synthesis?

  10. 10

    Building an Additive Synth: Harmonic Series

  11. 11

    Building an Additive Synth: Pitch and Amp Envelopes

  12. 12

    Building an Additive Synth: LFO

  13. 13

    Building an Additive Synth: Combining Partials

  14. 14

    What is FM Synthesis?

  15. 15

    Changing a Partial into an Operator for FM Synthesis

  16. 16

    Mod Matrix and Mixers

  17. 17

    Troubleshooting Complex Macros

  18. 18

    Mixing and Modulating Operators with Mod Matrix

  19. 19

    Organizing Macros and FM Synth Review

  20. 20

    Working with a Basic Sampler

  21. 21

    Sampler FM

  22. 22

    Sampler Loop

  23. 23

    Granular Synthesis

  24. 24

    Grain Pitchformer

  25. 25

    Grain Cloud

  26. 26

    Closing Thoughts and Final Review


Meet Your Expert

David Earl

David Earl is a music producer, composer, and modular synthesist based out of The San Francisco Bay Area.David has been a professional composer and producer for over 15 years, and has worked in films, television, and games, with a focus ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    June 2016

    This is a GREAT class. I highly recommend it. Reaktor can be intimidating, but little by little he breaks it down. I feel like I have gotten practical use out of it from watching these videos. There is so much to learn here. I have come back multiple times to watch. David Earl is a superior instructor. You will enjoy him. I hope he will do more here.

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2015

    David Earl (he doesn't care what you call him) is the best! I watched so many tutorials on Reaktor and by his second video I already learned more than the other ones. Thank you!

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