Sonic State Studio / Virtual/Soft synths / NATIVE INSTRUMENTS Reaktor 3

Average rating: 7.7/10 out of 10

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Sean Ross a Professional user from USA writes:
OK people - I love hardware just as much as anybody, but those who dis Reaktor because it's a soft-synth are completely missing the point. This thing is a completely unique product, and there is nothing else out there (soft or hard) that compares to it. Ever heard of Squarepusher? Aphex Twin? These 2 people have recorded entire albums worth of brilliant material with reaktor - it's capable of some really twisted sound design and mangling - and it's a fraction of the cost of a synth. By the way, this product (and others like it) ARE THE FUTURE OF MUSIC... you can argue all you want, but history will prove you wrong and laugh in your prudish analog loving face.

posted Thursday, 01-Nov-01 at 19:13
Thomas a part-timer user from usa writes:
I am not clueless about a Synclaviers capabilities, I said that Reaktor 3.0 is capable of things a Synclavier isn't that's not to say the opposite isn't true. My point was to compare them is just silly.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 30-Oct-01 at 17:35
syncuser a Professional user from ca writes:
Thomas i read your posting and the only think i can say is that you're clueless about synclavier. iown both Reaktor v3 and Synclavier and can tell you that I've done things on a Synclavier that you won't be able to on Reaktor v99! But I must say I like Reaktor, too. I mostly use it for processing, but it's useful for sound design as well. Oh, and I actually do take my Synclavier to some gigs...I dont know abot the other guy, but mine gets delivered and set up on stage by the sound crew. I'm not sure I'd risk using Reaktor for's not always stable and it crashes often....

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Sunday, 28-Oct-01 at 0:3
Umea from Germany writes:
People should stop to compare Reaktor with a Moog or a Juno. It's something new, something radical. In my opinion it's the future of music. With Reaktor you're absolutly not limited. But you're with you old-school Moog! The only thing I don't like is the USB Dongle. I want to use it with an IBook, and the two USB-Interfaces would be used with a Midi and an Audiointerface. Bye Björn

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Saturday, 27-Oct-01 at 5:33
Thomas a part-timer user from USA writes:
Alright I never post to these things buy now I must. XP 30 are you nuts ? You should not be posting anything about synthesis because the XP 30 is a keyboard or a digital piano not a synth and Reaktor 3.0 can do more than compete against "the most basic synth" . you are just silly get your facts straight keep playng country gigs or whatever it is you do with your Roland XP 30.

A Synclavier(yes I know what it is) are you insane? To even compare them is absurd. Look, I love hardware synths and I am kind of a geek about it, but I am also logical. I mean not everyone can afford a Synthclavier considering they start at around $ 15,000.00 if your lucky. And I hate to be the one to break it to you but Programs like Reaktor and MAX/MSP can go well beyond any piece of hardware including a Synclavier or any Modular Synth(yes I have actually used a few of those too) that's not to say they don't have there purpose but c'mon you should do more research old timer. Maybe you should actually learn how to use Reaktor before you decide what it can or can't do it isn't a modular synth because it is based on much more than just analog/modular/wave synthesis . Anyway if you are thinking about Reaktor 3.0 get it, it is a vast improvement from 2.3 and it really is endless, it is not perfect but technology never is and don't be put off by the rumors of how complex it is, if you understand basic synthesis you will be able to build an ensemble and if you don't understand synthesis you will after you build an ensemble but considering there are something like 800 ensembles for free download at not to mention the ones it comes with I wouldn't stress myself out over creating something new let "professional sound designers" do that. If your trying to decide between the a Synclavier and Reaktor 3.0 save yourself at least $14,650.00 and get Reaktor 3.0. By the have fun taking your Synclavier to your next gig maybe you can carry it on your big head. oh wait your a "professional sounddesigner" you don't have gigs.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 26-Oct-01 at 14:53
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