Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video REAKTOR as a sample mangler, part of Up and Running with REAKTOR.
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- I'm gonna show you a couple of the sample mangling ensembles that come with Reaktor. Now, the difference between these ensembles as opposed to the synths and the grooveboxes that I showed you, is that these don't generate sounds from oscillators. These actually use sample files that are located on your disc. So first, let's click on Factory to get to the ensembles, we'll go into Ensembles, Classics, and we'll go to Sample Transformer this time. Let's choose GrainStates. Now when I open this, it's gonna start playing automatically. And it won't start modulating itself until I hit play on my dock, cause it needs the time code for a reference, so.
(synthesizer music) So now I'm gonna hit play on the dock. (swelling synthesizer music) Let's go through some of these presets. (vibrating synthesizer music) All right, I'm gonna shut this down here.
Now something I would like to show you on this type of ensemble is how you can load your own samples into it. First, what you wanna do is press this little button here that has a waveform on it. And you'll see this window pop up below that has the list of samples that this ensemble's using. So I'm just gonna remove these. And then we can load some on our own. So I'm gonna click on the top one and the bottom one, or shift-click the bottom one. And I'm just gonna click the Remove button. It's gonna ask us to confirm. Great. So, now what I wanna do, is I'm just gonna shut Reaktor down and minimize this.
This is the sample we're gonna use on the desktop. It's Robot. Let's see what that sounds like. ♫ Ten seconds to impact ♫ - Cool. So let's open up Live again, open up Reaktor. So now I'm gonna add this sample. So I do that by clicking Add, and then Robot, and now it's in our list. So the first thing I really wanna do is move this down to where it's triggering on the bottom key here. Expand this. Let's play and see what it sounds like.
Let's shut this down. Turn Reaktor back on. (fragmented synthesizer music) Pretty trippy. Another thing I just wanted to re-point out again, is that if you click on this information button, you can hover with the mouse over any of the sections, and they'll give you a description of what each of these sliders and knobs do.
If you're further confused, you might wanna refer to the user manual, it will give you a more detailed description of how this ensemble works. So let me turn this off. Let's load up a different one. This one is called Travelizer, I actually like this one quite a bit. It's gonna ask us if we wanna save our changes, I'm just gonna click no. Okay. Let's click Play here and turn this up. Going through some of these that are snapshots here. ♫ Travelizer, Travelizer, Travelizer ♫ (pulsing synthesizer music) - This one's really cool, I use this one all the time on my own productions.
Let me show you how you can load your own samples into it. Click on the waveform display here. Let's remove the samples that they have in the preset. Click OK. And we'll load our Robot into it. Break this all the way at the bottom, so it pops up here in our display. And let's tune that up. So like 52 semitones. And we'll hit Play, and we'll see what happens. (deep synthesized vocal) (high synthesized vocal) (deep synthesized vocal) So Reaktor has a lot of these sample-based ensembles to play around with.
I encourage you to get in there and check them all out for yourself. These are really, really great tools to get tweaky sounds to add to your productions.