Saturday, 28 April 2007

Grain Resynth Module

A nice, simple post this time.

Watch the video

A couple of posts ago I was playing with an instrument, built around a Sample Loop module, which would randomly jump from place to place within a sample as the sample played. A Reaktor builder called Don Dailey (tubaman on NI's R5 forum) turned it into another instrument, called EOS (you can see it in the R5 user library - thanks for the work Don, really good stuff!). There was a bit of discussion about it, and Don wrote in one of his posts that the instrument works better with samples that have a lot of variation in harmonics or sound texture - so that, when the instrument jumps from place to place in the sound, your hear an audible change in the output. I thought, why not investigate quick ways to generate that kind of sound, and so decided to throw some recordings I've got into a Sample Resynth module.

I found that, with the right sample file, you can very quickly achieve some great atmospheres without a lot of building. One of the sounds I use in the video is a recording of Indian temple bells, which I made last year in Darjeeling. I've uploaded it to The Freesound Project in case you want to play (it might take a while to get through moderation).

Oh, and I'm experimenting with Azureus Vuze as a media host, so let me know how you get on with that; and I'm also spending less time editing the content down, so it's a bit slower in pace than previous entries. Again, drop me a line and let me know what you think. Hope you find it useful...


Carlo said...

Great post! I built this up following what you did. I've always just used ensembles from the reaktor library, but this diary has really helped me delve further in to building! Thank you! Please do some tempo based modulation building. :)

Dave said...

Thanks Carlo - at the moment I'm trying to post about what I'm interested in building on any given day, because I don't get as much time as I'd like either for the blog or using Reaktor itself. The Reaktor forums or mailing lists might have some hints though...

Glad you're enjoying the blog, and have a great weekend.