PULSAR is a monophonic DUAL stereo sample player for REAKTOR 6 loaded with two banks of 127 samples each. The samples are chosen for atmosphere. Two LFOs can be assigned to virtually anything, including each other, with surprising results.
How PULSAR works.
Any two samples in banks A and B are overlaid; this gives a possibility of over 16000 possible combinations of sounds.They are then routed via an LFO (LFO 1) and various FX. LFO 1 can modulate a set of the FX parameters to make the sounds move and develop, and to richen things further the samples can also modulate each other if required.
So far so good, but then it gets more interesting as a second LFO (LFO 2) can then modulate LFO 1 for even more movement. And why stop there? LFO 1 can also modulate LFO 2 for a new level of sound morphing that can create unpredictable results.
Any blue dot under a dial means the LFO MOD has been activated for that parameter (apart from A mods B, and B mods A where the samples are modulating each other’s playback length).
Unsure what a control does? Turn info hints ON with the “i” logo top right of Reaktor’s GUI then hover the mouse over anything for a pop-up to appear.
PULSAR lends itself to soundscapes, drones and experimental atmospheres and the embedded banks reflect this.
PULSAR comes with 63 presets in 3 banks accessed by double clicking “Embedded” in Reaktor’s side pane. No side pane? Double click the magnifying glass icon near the Reaktor logo top left.
CC1 (Modwheel) Delay Mix
CC14 Sample Choice 1
CC15 Sample Choice 2
CC16 LFO 1 Freq
CC17 LFO 1 Shape
CC18 X Fader
CC19 LFO 2 Freq
CC20 LFO 2 Shape
CC21 Glide Time
CC22 Comb A ON
CC23 Comb A Freq Mod
CC24 Comb B ON
CC25 Comb B Freq Mod
CC26 SV Filter Cutoff
CC27 Delay Mix
CC28 Reverb Mix
CC29 Atmos choice
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 1-127 inclusive for the selector dials to operate correctly.
Thanks to Geza X for beta testing. “…keep it weird! It’s not a synth. It’s a miniature, easy to use SPACESHIP.”
Special thanks too to Vincent Arkenbout for repairing the stereo image of PULSAR.
Thanks also to Errorsmith, Mike Daliot, Efflam Le Bivic, Nick Dwyer (hey that’s me) and Stephan Schmitt for various elements in the in the structure and design of PULSAR.
Reaktor 6 Full version required. Player will time out after 30 minutes and only work in demo mode.