Sunday, November 29, 2009

Insane Deal on Reaktor and Other Synths

This is not a typical post for me, but I need to share an incredible deal on sound synthesis software. For this weekend only (until November 30) you can buy each of the Native Instruments synths for €99 ($99 for 'Mericans). As a registered owner I got this offer in my email but didn't notice it until today.

Absynth, Massive and FM8 are all highly regarded soft synths, but the real deal is on Reaktor 5, a complete modular synthesis package that comes with hundreds of different instruments and gives you access to thousands more. At this price it's 75% off retail!

Yes, this one package is actually thousands of different beat manglers, drum machines, DJ tools, mixers, effects, etc. etc. ad nauseum. You can combine and recombine them, practice circuit bending, learn virtual electronics and teach yourself synthesis from the ground up. I use Reaktor for a good amount of my own work. If I could have only one synthesis programme, this would be it. It sounds better than Max/MSP and is easier to use then Csound. (Not to diss either one, just pointing out the advantages.)

For those of us who have invested in this tool for years, we can only hope that this blow-out signals a new version coming along soon.

At this price, working with a ripped download makes no sense at all. Now is the time to go legal and get access to the large online collection of ensembles.

Check out the Synthgiving page at NI. Reaktor is available for Windows and as a Universal Binary for the Mac. It works well on all platforms but welcomes a fast processor.

(I now wait for the same price on Max/MSP 5. Ha!)

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