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Synth with DEEP editing - Reviews Native Instruments Reaktor 5

Reaktor is a software application and plug-in that can be used as a stand-alone software instrument, or as a plug-in inside a DAW. Reaktor can be used as both a sound generator or as an effects processor for external sounds. There are many different sound generator instruments inside Reaktor that were created by NI and included standard with the software. There is also an online community/library of instruments on the NI website where you can download user created libraries for Reaktor. Although Reaktor can be used to do typical effects processing (filtering, reverbs, distortions, delays, etc), my favorite part of Reaktor is the creative/unique effects that can be used. I definitely recommend checking out 'The Mouth' and 'The Finger'.
Reaktor can be purchased as an individual software application, however I received it as part of the Native Instruments Komplete Bundle. It can be downloaded off the NI website and installed. Authorization is completed using the NI Service Center application.


If you are a tweak-head or a synth geek, then you will appreciate Reaktor. I don't really have the patience to go too deep editing this instrument or building my own instruments, but the capability is there if that is what you want. I have used a lot of the stock instruments in my music creation and love what Reaktor brings to the table. However, if you want truly unique sounds, then Reaktor allows you total flexibility and creativity to design something that no one else has ever used.


Reaktor was designed to allow for deep editing by the user. It is a modular synthesizer that uses discrete building blocks to create and sculpt sound. There are included sound libraries that demonstrate just how flexible and diverse the instrument can be. There are a lot of Reaktor libraries that have been around since Reaktor 1, 2, 3. I don't find a whole lot of use for these libraries. The best Reaktor libraries are the more recent releases - Prism, Spark, Razor, Skanner, etc.