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In-depth Feature:  Native Instruments Reaktor 3.0
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Installation is very smooth and straightforward. I tested the software on a 733Mhz Celeron with 128Mbytes of RAM using an RME DIGI 96/8 PAD. First of all, it’s necessary to configure the system by selecting soundcard drivers. I chose to use the ASIO drivers and the MIDI input from the built in soundcard, the audio buffer was set to 1024 samples, whilst the sample rate set to 44100kHz.

First Impressions
First up, a virtual Juno-60 complete with arpeggiator. This compared favourably with the real thing even in an A/B test. The virtual panel had all the right controls and it soon bought back reminders of the real thing. Testing this ensemble showed a 10% CPU load on the indicator provided in the toolbar, this seemed very reasonable and so I proceeded to try various other virtual synths. Listen

The Lassie Organ (their spelling) has a nice valve distortion module, which although a bit over the top on the original setting sounded impressive when backed off slightly. The FM Percussion instrument comes with a demonstration of the use of reverberation in an ensemble; it's very impressive.

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