REICHIAN for Reaktorblocks (Reaktor 6 Full Version)
An unusual rhythm maker that doesn’t use drums, it is almost as if minimalist composer Steve Reich (and not the therapist Wilhelm Reich) started working in Acid House. This used to be listed free on the Reaktor Library and got 3.2K downloads. However, the £1.99 price tag shouldn’t be too off-putting for a new generation of Reaktor enthusiasts…
V2 now features 48 presets (including the original 24) accessed by double clicking “Embedded” in the presets side-pane. It also features a cleaner, annotated GUI that follows the signal flow and the modwheel is now wired to FM and preset B (user setting). All tempos have been set to 104 bpm across the instrument but like everything else in a Blocks ensemble it is up to the user to do what they like with it.
Don’t forget to put the patches into external sync if running inside your DAW.
Note that the reverb at the end of the signal chain doubles up as master level. Also be aware that Reichian will eat your CPU; mine registers 38% of a 2.9Ghz Intel Core i5 with 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 on a 2013 iMac though nothing’s melted yet.
Thanks to the blocks makers who invented the Dattoro Reverb and the Resonating Wood Oscillator, the latter which lends a distinctive percussive clank when needed.
The demo here uses 5 presets from the new bank.