GREY. A free Reaktor Rompler

A rompler that has some of the flexibility of a synth? Read on…

GREY is a sample player loaded with 101 synth samples from an iconic 90s synth all ready to deliver a range of essential retro sounds from big pads to LOFI oscillating washes, all via fat basses and hot leads. We fade to grey? The demo thinks not!

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Apart from the voice sample and the percussion all sounds come from GREY.

GREY comes pre-packed with sixty presets so you’ll find quick audio pleasure. When you want to go and tweak you’ll enjoy the multifaceted controls, so multifaceted there is now a list coming…


The sample selector has Sample Choice, Volume, Pitch, Random (select), Start-point and Warp(ed Vinyl).

As well as the obvious envelope controls there is a Vinyl FX option which delivers a genuinely random crackle effect created by a Geiger unit.

Next is the 8 Pole Filter with five variables capable of creating rich tonal range. Watch out for the Wobble dial too.

Then come Reverb and Echo (delay), followed by a Compressor. Each of these three FX have a lot of tweakage available.

Last is the LFO section which dials up Rate, Phase, Shape, Sync and Key (note-on trigger).

The best thing about the LFO, and the key to the overall sound of GREY is the routing options. You have:

LFO to Key Velocity, to 8 Pole Filter Balance, to Reverb Size and to Echo Time.

These options create a variety of sound, rendering GREY no mere rompler but more of a pseudo-synth!


Grey CC Contols


Slim Reaktor pic

Reaktor View A is a streamlined interface with just the essentials available.

Reaktor Pic

View B is the complete control set.

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 0-102 inclusive for the selector dials to operate correctly.


GREY is monophonic and requires the FULL VERSION of Reaktor 6 version 6.3.0 (R26)

If you get “Not a valid Reaktor File” error message please update your Reaktor 6 to Reaktor 6.3.0 (R26) using your Native Access and ensure you open the new version.


Two free VST/AU plugins in one package to deliver LOFI noise-making and live-vibe grit to your tracks.


USE AMP to add  some nasty hum into your track.

Make it loud or quiet, pan it, pitch-shift it (record changes with the pitch-bend on your midi keyboard) filter it (cut) or just kill it!

Just hit any note on your keyboard to record into your DAW. It’s monophonic, single-pitch and NOT velocity sensitive to enable a good, uniform low hum that  doesn’t break when it loops. You can record short bursts (it’s great at the start of a track to suggest a live stage recording) or just hold it down for the whole track. Or just draw it in…


USE TAPE to add some background tape noise into your track.

Make it loud or quiet, pan it, filter it (cut) or just kill it!

Just hit any note on your keyboard to record into your DAW. It’s monophonic, single-pitch and NOT velocity sensitive to enable a good, uniform noise floor that doesn’t break when it loops. You can record short bursts or just hold it down for the whole track. Or just draw it in… This tape noise really adds an old flavour to your sound.


>Check out Jelie’s video review here<


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Feed your inner sound-designer


Feed your inner sound designer with this set of twelve one-minute atmospheric pieces of musical abstraction by Flintpope. Twelve Minutes was originally created as a set of sound designs for Native Instruments sample download site Flintpope put them all (yes, twelve one-minute soundscapes) into one free rompler to plug-in to your DAW as a VST or Audio Unit.

Why not experiment with these audio backdrops to make some unusual spaces between the beats, or maybe just layer them into quirky pads for filmic effect?


This VST/AU is polyphonic. A short Release is pre-set to stop chaos but can be increased to create chaos if required. Playing a new note re-triggers the chosen sample from the start. To stop all sound if chaos is too chaotic just hit the Kill button.

Presets can be changed on the fly for interesting overdubs, and experimenting with the Release on the fly (and any of the controls e.g. Verb)) can create interesting and responsive textures. HOWEVER, see LIMITATIONS below for what changes actually get recorded in your DAW. This is a get it onto tape kind of instrument so get your cassette or external recorder fired up and improvise.


Release, Filter C/O, Reverb, Pan and Pitch Shift. Gain, LFO Amount and Rate. Preset Selector (12 options). Kill (stop all notes).

NOTE: LFO Waveform is set to Square and destination is set to Pan. The other options are, well, stupid. And they clutter up the GUI.

This VST/AU responds to pitchbend from a midi/usb keyboard and the mod wheel controls LFO Amount, over-riding the on-screen dial.


This box is made with Maizesoft which allows assignable sliders within your DAW for ADSR and Filter C/O but nothing else. This is not a Flintpope issue so don’t get in touch thanks! The Release and CUT settings are also somewhat insensitive and only make a useful difference near the zero end of the dial (extreme left).


If you want to grab the original samples that form the 12 MINUTES pack please go HERE


ONE for REAKTOR 6: a free synth

A warm analog-sounding eight-note polyphonic synth that uses just ONE oscillator and various FX to create smooth warm synths and basses. It also includes a SECRET WEAPON to create experimental sounds that will feed your inner experimentalist. Didn’t know you had one? Read on!

OSC 1 is in itself a 4-waveform oscillator featuring Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth and Pulse (with variable pulse-width). So far so standard. However…


OSC 1 also includes a deliberately incorrectly wired patch that creates a feedback loop distortion effect called “Wire”. This simulates the crackling and erratic jumps in volume caused by a dodgy jack-plug in a guitar amp. On a sine wave it produces gargle and on high value pulse waves it goes mad. This is perhaps the USP of this instrument. Use it responsibly!

GLOBAL FX & Controls

VCF with cutoff (also routed via midi CC1 to your keyboard controller strip/wheel) etc…

Envelope ( inc. velocity sensitivity).

Echo  (delay) with various parameters inc.tempo sync button.

Glide and Chorus

WHITE NOISE generator

Master Tune

Reverb and overall Master Output Level.

MIDI CC 14-29 inclusive are routed to various useful controls.

There are 23 presets in 3 banks accessible from the drop-down menu at the top of the instrument or by double-clicking “Embedded” in the presets side-pane.

NOTE. If error message received on loading please update your copy of Reaktor to the latest version via your Native Access and ensure this is the one in use next time.


This will drop a zip-file into your download folder. Click it, then click on the ONE v1.1.ens file that opens out of it. Click on this then Reaktor will open and Bob’s your proverbial.


New FREE VST/AU re-creates old sixties string/flute sound



Another iteration of those old Mellotron samples that weave around the internet but hey, some of them are in one place in one battered old silver box here. And it’s all free, no strings attached, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Using five samples from C1 to C5 of the flutey/stringy sound so beloved of those old sixties and seventies records we’ve looped them quite badly and if you listen closely you can hear the keyboard splits; all in the name of trying to capture that old clunky LOFI beauty of the original tapes used in the Mellotrons of yesteryear.

This box works even works on Windows.

Hear the demo


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Technical things about the dials.

The envelope Release (R) is kind of abrupt, ditto the Filter Cut Off (CUT). Both parameters plus the hidden Attack, Decay and Sustain are assignable to controls within your DAW. Don’t expect much joy from Attack, Decay and Sustain though. It’s all very low tech.

ROOM is the reverb dial and is quite powerful. PITCH and L/R are self explanatory. MASTER is just a swanky word for Volume.

LFO dials: Amount and Rate are obvious. LFO Wave can be assigned to Triangle, Saw, Sine, Square or Exponent. LFO Dest(ination) is either None, Pitch, Expression or Pan. Unfortunately LFO rate can’t be synced to an outside clock so play it by ear. As we said, it’s all very low tech. Fun though.


REAKTOR geiger tips

How to get that old warped vinyl effect? How to randomly trigger sample playback?  Use  a Geiger unit to randomly generate information that can be used in two separate ways as in the diagram above to get these two startlingly different results.

  1. WARP: Hook it up (via a dial on Pitch and Dyn) to the Frequency Mod (F) on a LOOP SAMPLER.  In properties set dial to Max 12 Min 0 and then tweak this to get a random slur on sample playback much like a warped record. Much wow.
  2. RANDOM sample playback: Create a dial (knob) on the Dyn input of a Geiger unit. Hook it into a Maths (add) unit with another dial that says SELECT. Hook these both into the S(elect) input on the LOOP SAMPLER. Assuming you’ve pre-loaded a samplemap you can either manually scroll through the samples with the dial or more interestingly dial in an increasingly random playback selection with every midi-key press to create intriguing stutter effects, especially with drumloops.

Check out these tricks in action on the ATMOS+ ensemble HERE

Kick goes Native

A Flintpope synth TALKBOXKICKER gets polished up on NI Blog.

It’s free too!


A drag and drop granular sample player that can create surprising sounds with a few tweaks.

There is a set of bundled samples and presets to demonstrate some possibilities with this instrument. Double click “Embedded” in the presets side-pane to get to the snapshots.

Or dive in and drop your own.

Long interesting samples (a mix-down of a tune for example) result in far better variations than short dull ones (kicks and snares etc).

The ability to focus in on small details of a waveform (and morph them) is what makes HORNFISH tick, so a complex, busy sound can yield many more variations than a simple tone.

This is an update of a previous version so here’s what’s new:

Cleaner interface with readable sample waveform and rather hypnotic oscilloscope readout of note input and velocity.

Clearer dials with numerical positional readout.

A GUI that is easy on the eye.

Clear headers and groupings of controls.

Thirty-six new presets.



Pitch Shift CC14

Pitch Slide

Pitch Jitter CC24

Root Note CC22


Playhead (AND MOUSE DRAG) CC15

Position Jitter CC25

Grain Length

Length CC16

Reverse Play

Length Jitter CC26

Grain Density

Density CC17

Density Fine CC27

Density Jitter CC28


Size CC20

Lo cut

Hi cut

Mix CC1 or Modwheel



Velocity Sensitivity CC29

Master level CC19

Pan Flip CC18

An important note on saving presets!

When working with HORNFISH in REAKTOR standalone, save any new Presets (File > Save Preset As …… ) as well as saving the Ensemble.

Otherwise HORNFISH will ask for “missing” samples when reloading the saved ensemble. This is an inherent feature of the way Reaktor handles samples and not a Flintpope quirk.

A further note: it is good practice to add user samples to the samples folder that comes with HORNFISH when creating new presets with new material.




is a polyphonic rompler with 12 samples taken from Flintpope’s Reaktor Soundscaper, to give you a flavour of the latter instrument. Soundscaper is aimed at sound-designers and in the Reaktor version there are 254 samples, 96 presets and a staggering 16000 possible combinations of sounds.

Read more about Reaktor Soundscaper here 

Meanwhile, Soundscaper VST/AU boasts a representative selection of sounds from the three banks “Synthwaves”, “Soundscapes” and “Percussives” in the Reaktor version and a selection of controls.


Attack, Release, LFO Amount, LFO Waveform (Triangle,Saw, Square, Exponent), LFO Rate, LFO Destination (None, Pitch, Expression, Pan), Preset Select, Cut, Room (reverb), Pitch, L/R balance and Master.


Ambient looping with ATMOS+


ATMOS and ATMOS REFILL for NI Reaktor 6.

Take 36 ambiences (that evolve and loop forwards and backwards for as long as you hold the keys down) and rack them up in a Reaktor sampler with 17 controllable parameters*

Then double them up to play against each other in a set of 1296 possible combinations.

Then treat them with 8 master effects**

Then you have ATMOS for Reaktor 6.


DL contains two ensembles

*17 controllable parameters*

Each rack features: Volume, Pitch, Warp (a vinyl effect), Frequency Shift, Rand(om selection of sample playback with every key-press), Sample Selector, Start(point of sample playback), ADSR, Reverb, Reverb Size, Delay, LFO (On/Off, Rate and Waveform). The tempo-synced LFO which is routed to the delay for interesting, curious repeat effects.

**8 master effects**

Vinyl (crackle), Tape (hiss), Chorus, Fourth order (24 db/octave) resonant filter as used in the Pro-52 virtual synthesizer to provide Resonance and Cutoff, Delay (tempo synced), Reverb and Compression.

All routed to master Volume with pan L and R. Ships with 16 Presets. Infinite user presets are easily created.



Palette is a VST/AU for creating and playing rich, evolving pads on Mac and Windows platforms.

Inspired by the look of a paintbox there are eight coloured rectangles. Each one is a trigger for a sample. The colour changes to red to let you know which ones are in use.There are eight Flintpope samples, all chosen for sonic richness, depth and atmosphere. Any one sample on its own is a fine pad, but you can go on to mix different combinations of sounds to create up to 64 different variations.


Each pad has a dedicated Gain and Pan dial.

Master controls are Attack, Release and Master Volume. There is an LFO with separate controls for Rate, Depth, Waveform, Destination and Source (try Expression as a Destination for peculiar results). There is a three-option Voice Mode with a Glide dial for mono and legato settings. There is a two-option Filter with Cutoff dial. Finally there are three FX: Vinyl, Reverb and Pitch-shift.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO FACILITY TO AUTOMATE PARAMETERS VIA MIDI OR TO CONTROL DIALS VIA YOUR DAW.  However, changes to parameters made “by hand” in an instance of this instrument can be saved in your DAW (e.g. in Ableton “save live set as…”)

The download zip contains separate versions depending on which system you use. Just use the right one!


LAYERCAKE for Kontakt

An instrument for sound designers.

LAYERCAKE is a powerful tool for creating interesting sound textures, comprised of a set of three samplers with four sounds in each, meticulously crafted to create audio spaces that move beyond the realm of mere pads, leads or basses. You get 16 presets that will get you started on a descent into madness…

Each sampler layer can be manipulated with up to thirteen controls. Add to these Kontakt’s five standard controls of volume, pan, tune, mute and solo and you have eighteen tweakable parameters per sampler. Adding up three by four samples in each LAYERCAKE you have 144 possible combinations of sounds as a starter palette for a musical experiment.

And then you start to add your own audio…

LAYERCAKE ships with a short manual so that even if you have little experience with Kontakt you can start creating your own dense soundscapes. Or even some killer bass if that’s more your style.

Why not take a look at the manual to see what you could do with it? No obligation.

Download the LAYERCAKE Manual PDF