“Digital Audio Variant Explorer”
A granular dual sample player that can create mad, surprising sounds with a few tweaks. Excellent for soundscape and drone creation in Reaktor 6 (full version).
Onboard is a set of 200 embedded samples taken from a selection of Flintpope’s online libraries at sounds.com
85 snapshots act as a starting point for experimentation.
Double click “Embedded” in the presets side-pane* to get to the banks of snapshots.
These are grouped under
Rhythm Fields (24 Snapshots)
Atmospheres (24 Snapshots)
Pads & Stabs (24 Snapshots)
Noise Spaces (13 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 (choose from 13 types) 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. Each bank has 12 included B variants.
During live playback the sounds can be manipulated from within the GUI with the pitch-bend dials, mirrored on your midi keyboard’s Pitch Wheel.
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.
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.
Listen to the demo
Reaktor 6 Full version required. Player will time out after 30 minutes and only work in demo mode.