I love Reaktor 6. I use the player but the sound you can buy and being able to play synthesisers with your computer keyboard is amazing. It also works fantatiscally in Live.
The use of blocks as template for making your own modular synth is really good, endless amounts of sounds to be made from it. Easy to use and quick to learn if you're a beginner. If you don't know how to build your own patch then you can use some of the pre-build patches that are on offer.
I love the ability to build different instruments and effects, and the addition of Blocks makes it act more like a typical modular synth. There are some things about the Blocks implementation that I think could be improved, but this software is fantastic and inspiring. There is also a HUGE library of user-created ensembles that gives you a lot of premade options,, which you can then customize. or you can build things starting from scratch.
the deeper I dig in, the more I enjoy the endless possibilities.... I've taken to running the standalone version on a separate laptop so I can play it with a controller recording the reults as an overdub onto my main machine, often through a miced guitar amp or tube PA.... its most fun whacking keys down and letting all the modules turn your performance into whack.... fun to drive it with a modern analog sequencer via USB into my 'Reaktor' laptop too
I didn't reallyg et into this software until recently... I think I got turned off by the early versins, but after getting the player to try Prism I decided to go ahead and buy version 6 and I am so happy with the purchase
Native Instruments is a German technology company that develops software and hardware for music production and DJing. The company was originally known for their software instruments, but has also expanded its product line to include various other music equipment segments in recent years.
Current products of Native Instruments include software synthesizers, samplers and effect processors, sound libraries and emulations of acoustic instruments, groove production systems and audio interfaces, as well as various products for computer-based DJing that include DJ software, Digital Vinyl Systems, hardware controllers and specific DJ audio interfaces.
Native Instruments was founded in 1996 in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany, where its headquarters are still located. It also has branches in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shenzhen and London. The company also holds a partnership with the online music store Beatport.