“Digital Audio Variant Explorer”

A granular dual sample player that can create mad, surprising sounds with a few tweaks, and some very good sounds with a bit of diligence.

Onboard is a set of 200 embedded samples taken from a selection of Flintpope’s online libraries at sounds.com; namely LAYERED, ARPS, AUTOBAHN, MIKROPRISM, PHOTONE, PALETTE, PULSING, SUGAR, TANGLED and TEXTURAL SPACE. This will hopefully help you create a range of out-there sounds; 85 snapshots act as a starting point for experimentation.

Double click “Embedded” in the presets side-pane* to get to the banks of snapshots.

Essentially, two samples are overlaid and manipulated individually by various controls. These are then passed through a set of global FX and if required noise can be added to the signal too.

As a further variable, Sample A can be pushed into the Sample B slot to double up. This is useful for octave splits or thickening/experimenting etc.

During live playback the sounds can be manipulated from within the GUI with the pitchbend dials, mirrored on your midi keyboard’s Pitchwheel.

Similarly, your midi keyboard’s Modwheel is linked to Reverb mix amount and Filter Gap.

*No side-pane? Click the magnifying-glass icon top left on Reaktor’s interface. Unsure what a control does? Click the “i” logo top right to show info hints in pop-ups when hovering the mouse near anything on the GUI.

Reaktor Notes

You can change the sample set using the onboard SAMPLE MAP.

Need advice? Go to the Reaktor 6 Diving Deeper manual and open Chapter 8, page 69 (The Sample Map Editor) for a detailed guide.

Ensure all your samples are set to midi note 60 and the keyboard range is from midi note 0-99 inclusive for the selector dials to operate correctly.

Thanks to Errorsmith for the eye-candy wave display and to the developers of Straylight for the inspiration for this.

Thanks also to Mike Daliot, Efflam Le Bivic, Nick Dwyer (hey, that’s me!) and Stephan Schmitt for various elements in the structure and design of DAVE.


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