Re: Le mat�riau Sonore, hidden place

Subject: Re: Le mat�riau Sonore, hidden place
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Wed Sep 14 2005 - 12:05:58 EDT

Why would someone use Reaktor rather than Max/MSP, PD, SuperCollider, or Csound? I played with Reaktor 4 and although it was a lot of fun, PD and Csound are a lot more powerful and free besides.

One point in favor of Reaktor over PD is that Reaktor has automatic voice allocation.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Wentk <>
Sent: Sep 14, 2005 7:25 AM
Subject: Re: Le mat�riau Sonore, hidden place

At 19:30 13/09/2005, you wrote:
>I have to disagree with you about Reaktor. It's too much of a building kit
>to have a distinctive sound. Oh sure, if you only use the most popular 5
>or 6 ensembles that come with it, yeah, you'll sound like a lot of other
>people who skim the surface, but if, OTOH, you use many of the nearly
>2,000 ens that are found in the online users' library, there's no way
>you'll have a recognizable sound.

I agree with your disagreement. :-)

I'm a huge fan of Reaktor for precisely these reasons. I think it's one of
the few environments where the proverbial 'limited only by your
imagination' sales line has some truth to it.

But people do still buy it, load up the preset instruments, play along with
those, and leave it at that, which is where the cliche elements comes in.
And I know one or two who Just Don't Get It and have said things like
'Well, I ran into the limits after a couple of days and sort of lost
interest after that.' Then you look at what they've been doing and they've
built some crappy 2osc+filter synth clone and missed the rest of what's


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