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Reaktor 5, Environment for audio development from Native Instruments in the Reaktor series.

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Native Instruments Reaktor 5 Public Beta

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The public beta for the new version of Native instruments's Reaktor 5.5 has been announced.

Version 5.5 will be a free update, and it is based on improvements that were made to Reaktor recently. It also has new synthesis capabilities, according to NI.

The user interface of Reaktor has received a facelift. The new version is designed to look "modern" again, and a new single-window interface with different split views and GUI optimizations is also designed to improve the handling in many areas.

The screenshot also displays Mike Daliot's new "Lazerbass" additive synth that is a new addition to the factory library in 5.5. This instrument is based on the new "Sine Bank" module.


The "Modal Bank" module is another addition in the Reaktor 5.5 arsenal. Modal synthesis can produce a range of complex, organic timbres with depth and dynamic range, especially in the physical-modelling domain. The Modal Bank is also the basis for a new synthesizer, which NI say they will release in the near future as a separate instrument, but also as an ensemble for use in Reaktor 5.5.

In Reaktor 5.5, NI announce that they have also improved various crucial areas like the snapshot management, the way how send/receive modules work, and the auto-save function in plugin mode. Also, ensembles and instruments are now interchangeable in how they can be loaded into Reaktor.

Some of the most important improvements in Reaktor 5.5 are "under the surface", according to NI, with more than 30% of the code said to be new. They say that the new version is based on their latest GUI and audio bridge frameworks, so it has a more flexible and robust technological basis. This also brings advantages like a full-screen GUI mode, higher quality of sample rate conversion, and up to 40 audio channels in standalone mode.

Another important focus for Reaktor 5.5 for NI was the documentation. The "application reference" manual has been rewritten, and it now also includes a lot of tutorial-style parts. Native Instruments are also working on a similar new version of the "module reference" manual that will be made available together with the next upcoming Reaktor update that will bring full 64bit compatibility.

You can find a detailed list of the improvements in the 5.5 version here

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