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Modular Synthesis with Reaktor

with David Earl

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  •   02 Interface Overview and Creating a Basic Synth

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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 
Sampling: 

  • 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

    06:04
  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.

    11:58
  3. 03

    Adding Modulation

    10:09
  4. 04

    Filter Envelopes

    09:40
  5. 05

    Setting up an LFO

    14:38
  6. 06

    Using Macros

    13:54
  7. 07

    Detuning Oscillators

    10:19
  8. 08

    Saving Macros and Instruments

    06:02
  9. 09

    What is Additive Synthesis?

    13:05
  10. 10

    Building an Additive Synth: Harmonic Series

    10:02
  11. 11

    Building an Additive Synth: Pitch and Amp Envelopes

    10:55
  12. 12

    Building an Additive Synth: LFO

    16:23
  13. 13

    Building an Additive Synth: Combining Partials

    22:01
  14. 14

    What is FM Synthesis?

    07:43
  15. 15

    Changing a Partial into an Operator for FM Synthesis

    18:20
  16. 16

    Mod Matrix and Mixers

    20:37
  17. 17

    Troubleshooting Complex Macros

    10:41
  18. 18

    Mixing and Modulating Operators with Mod Matrix

    14:50
  19. 19

    Organizing Macros and FM Synth Review

    11:31
  20. 20

    Working with a Basic Sampler

    11:19
  21. 21

    Sampler FM

    08:16
  22. 22

    Sampler Loop

    13:08
  23. 23

    Granular Synthesis

    13:52
  24. 24

    Grain Pitchformer

    07:31
  25. 25

    Grain Cloud

    15:09
  26. 26

    Closing Thoughts and Final Review

    05:18

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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