Gearhunt at SuperBooth – Native Instruments' Reaktor

Jan from Native Instruments speaks to us about their Reaktor software which allows users to create their own instruments from scratch.

Jan from Native Instruments speaks to us about their Reaktor software which allows users to create their own instruments from scratch. Quite interestingly, Reaktor is a good starting point for those of you who might be interested in getting into modular synthesis. See why below.

*Picture credits: BENDEG*

iMusician : Can you give us a small introduction of yourself and why you are here?Jan: I am Jan, I am with Native instruments, and we are here at SuperBooth for the third time. We’ve been here since the first edition. This year, we are mainly here to just participate, meet people and show our products. We don’t really have any new products that haven’t been introduced before. We are showing the new integration of effects into Komplete controle with MKS formats but that has been public already. So we are mainly here to meet people, the community, and show that we like this event.

iM: What are your feelings about this event, what do you like the most?N: I think the great thing with SuperBooth is that it doesn’t feel like a tradeshow, but more like a festival. There are products obviously, but the whole vibe isn’t so much centreed around that. There are lots of concerts, workshops, and other activities. The propositions we have here are really evolving around music and music making, not just the products.

If you compare it with something like Musik Messe, or NAAM which are much more of a business affair, here, because there are so many small companies, a lot of the owners are musicians as well. It feels more like it is about music. This is what I like about SuperBooth and it is also one of the reasons why Native Instruments is here. It really feels like a great community event.

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iM: What would you suggest for newcomers to use? We heard you were mentioning Reaktor as being useful for getting into Modular Synthesisers, can you tell us more?N: Yes, I am mainly here to present Reaktor, so it makes sense that I mentioned it. However, what is great about Reaktor is that it is a development platform for advanced users but there are different use cases where you could use pre-made instruments, which is interesting for novice users. It is a platform that is all open, so once you master that instrument you may want to have a peak under its settings and understand how it is made and how it functions, you could modify it yourself. Because the instruments you use are also developed on that same platform, it doesn’t matter if you are someone who just wants to play music with it or develop a new tool for making music. You can easily shift between those two worlds.

The main good thing about the framework we are showing is that it follows the same paradigms as a modular synthesiser. You can make all the connections between modules and never make wrong connections. Of course, there are some connections that don’t really make sense but it will never give you an “Error” message. It really behaves like an analogue system. This is why I see it as a good tool to get into modular synthesisers. It doesn’t cost a lot of money and behaves in a really similar way. So once you get the hardware, you can translate the workflow and since we have tools for integration, you can also use them together in a very fluid way. Reaktor can easily become the heart of your system allowing you to have midi stuff, software and analogue gear communicating smoothly.

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