September 9, 2015, Berlin – Native Instruments today released REAKTOR 6
– the latest version of the acclaimed modular DSP environment at the
core of the Native Instruments brand since its release as GENERATOR in
1996. Featuring best-in-class DSP and sound quality, REAKTOR 6 delivers
major innovations for instrument builders as well as being the most
approachable version of the software for anyone interested in deep sound
experimentation. REAKTOR 6 also introduces a major development in
Blocks, a set of diverse modules allowing users to create custom synths
in the same way a modular synthesizer is patched. REAKTOR 6 now comes at
a new, reduced price, making it the most cost effective entry into
custom device building to date. REAKTOR 6 is available through the NI
Online Shop for $199 / 199 € / ¥ 22,800 / £169 / $AU 279. Special update
and educational pricing is also available.
"REAKTOR has represented the cutting edge of electronic sound for nearly
two decades, so bringing such an iconic and mature software to the next
level is an especially thrilling challenge", says Mate Galic, CTO and
President of Native Instruments. "Now our development team cannot wait
to see how the REAKTOR community will utilize the new features of
version 6 for a new generation of ingenious and novel instrument designs".
Blocks is a new framework in REAKTOR 6, providing the speed and
flexibility of modular synth patching combined with the benefits of
working in the digital domain. REAKTOR 6 comes bundled with 30 Blocks in
several categories, each with a specific purpose. Bento Box Blocks
represent the core components of a modular synth setup. Boutique Blocks
take inspiration from custom hardware that bring advanced sound shaping
to the world of modular synthesis. Digilog Blocks create complex
rhythms, process notes, and provide structure in patches. NI All-Star
Blocks are single rack-style components of Native Instruments synths
such as ROUNDS and MONARK. The world of Blocks will continue to grow as
the vibrant REAKTOR community builds and shares new Blocks and Blocks
patches – all available for free online at NI’s REAKTOR User Library.
REAKTOR 6 features new enhancements for the advanced builders creating
their own synthesizers, effects, and audio devices. Three key additions
extend REAKTOR’s workflow efficiency and sampling power at the Core
level. Bundled wires are like multicore cables, making intra-level
patching cleaner and more elegant. Scoped buses allow ‘wireless’
connectivity across multiple structure levels. The Table Framework
feature allows flexible and efficient data sharing throughout REAKTOR,
including from Primary to Core levels.
Online education provider Kadenze has developed a comprehensive new
university-level course for the REAKTOR community. The course offers
freely available content, giving users of all levels a way to expand
their skillset when working in REAKTOR. Students will receive an
in-depth look into various audio synthesis methods, including additive,
subtractive, sampling, wavetable, physical modeling, and granular
synthesis, as well as the various types of modulation synthesis. Users
can get full accreditation for their studies at additional cost. The
first course content will be available in time for the release of
REAKTOR 6, with more to follow.
REAKTOR 6 is available now through the NI Online Shop for $199 / 199 € /
¥ 22,800 / £169 / $AU 279.
Owners of previous versions of REAKTOR and students enrolled in
educational institutions can upgrade to REAKTOR 6 for $99 / 99 € / ¥
11,800 / £89 / $AU 149.
Additional information on REAKTOR 6 is available at:
A new video demonstrating REAKTOR Blocks is available at: