Reaktor 6



I feel like Live and Logic do a good job with multi core support.
Live takes each stream of audio and puts it on a core, once your streams (tracks, routings) exceed the core count, they get stacked on to earlier cores.
For an 8 core that means the 9th track will go on the 1st core, 10th the 2nd, and so on.

If you plan to run multiple Reaktor ensembles, more cores is better. And just planning to run Reaktor alone means going for a higher clock speed whenever you can (2.93ghz+)

An 8 core 2010 now, with a 12 core CPU upgrade down the road may cost you less in the end, and is definitely worth researching. I’m not familiar enough with the depreciation rates of the 12 core upgrade services to have a sure idea how well that would pan out, however.[/quote]
Doing a bit of research on this now, since I had heard that Reaktor will only occupy a single core, but apparently this is not the case when used in a host with multicore support which can distribute cores on a per-track basis. That said, there’s also lots of complaints about Live’s multicore support.
Some interesting info contained below: (more Windows than Mac info here, but some interesting testing done)


That’s not been my experience with Live 9.5 and a Xeon 8 core.
When I turn off multi-core support, the Live CPU meter jumps a good 6x-7x and the OS X Activity Monitor shows a 5x jump with loss of core distribution. Plus I’m able to work at lower buffer settings with the multi-core on.

And yes, Reaktor isn’t multi-core but that won’t effect you too much with a modern Mac. Multiple instances of Reaktor will benefit from multiple cores, but one instance won’t as much (aside from having a somewhat dedicated core for your single Reaktor instance.)


AdamJay-That is good to know. Thanks.

I’m working my way through the manuals and hit a snag. Already contacted NI, but with the long weekend wonder if they may not reply quickly.

Anyhow, in the “Building in Primary” document (Komplete : Synths : Reaktor 6 : Downloads | Products), in the “Basic Step Sequencer” section on page 87 it looks like there is some missing information/screenshots from the point in which the Step Filter is introduced, and maybe quite a bit more information from the point the List module is introduced at the end of the page, until the next page when the Rate Menu is mentioned. Maybe I’m being dense, but I don’t see how you get from A to B here, or at least what you are to do after creating the List module. Unfortunately, the next two tutorials rely on the creation of this step sequencer, so I’m fairly stuck. It appears that this is all newly written since the Reaktor 5 manual, so I can’t refer to that either. Any Reaktor pros here who can help me figure out what I’m missing?



So due to heaps of praises over on the Black Friday 2016 thread, I splurged and bought myself a Reaktor license.


(I spent far too long doing that :))

So in looking through this thread some questions arose:

There’s an open enrollment until Dec 20. I don’t have to do the assignments, right? It is video based? My synthesis knowledge has just been turning knobs and learning here and there. Would you recommend it to put it all together?

Maybe more of a general stems question, but what are peoples’ ways of going about importing to OT? Record in DAW then transfer? I like the aleatorism of it, but how might one go about harnessing it without having to take their laptop with them? I was thinking maybe a long stem, sliced up and LFOd??

And what has been the best user community people have found?

Anybody’s input welcomed!!


Watching a coupla Dubspot tutorials by a guy called Evan Sutton on youtube was pretty useful for wrapping my head around the basics of the software - he’s entertaining enough that I didn’t mind sitting through them.


I just have the alt-out of my mixer running into one of the input pairs on my OT all the time. That way if I’m ever doing anything and want to sample it I can just do it instantly. That includes whatever’s happening in Ableton/Reaktor.


Yeah. Processing for perfection is a groove killer.


Reaktor 6 worth it? I have a new laptop so how would this integrate with elektron gear?


Reaktor > Soundcard > [insert fave Elektron audio in here]

And you can map some cc’s in too.

And Reaktor Blocks has CV in/out.


Can you recommend a suitable sound card?
I am completely non computer music design but since I have a new laptop can explore this aspect a bit.


Roland Duo Capture Ex has been solid here for audio/midi for pretty cheap and it’s very portable and works fine on ipad too via CCK. <–main reason I grabbed it.
My main interface is Focusrite pro 40 + octopre but probably overkill for you right now (and dated compared to newer options…) and guessing your laptop prob doesn’t have firewire.


Just fell into the Reaktor trap as well ^^

Excuse the genuine noob but… how do you input/output CV signal into the computer ?
I guess audio in/out would not accept 10V signals…
Would you use a CV to MIDI converter ?
This way you would unfortunately introduce aliases to the continuous input CV signal :frowning:


Something like this:

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First

Or this:

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 - Premium Audio Interface

And ultra low cost option:
Behringer UCA222 U-Control Ultra-Low Latency 2 In/2 Out USB Audio Interface

I can’t really recommend the above, it depends how many audio ins and outs you think you’ll need, but all are respectable and more than capable for just getting audio shared between laptop and your machines.

And you’ll need one of these if you want to midi control Reaktor Blocks:

Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI Interface

There are much cheaper USB midi interfaces but they can be finicky - this one is solid.

If your just exploring, get the Behringer sound card and Roland USB midi - you’ll be set up for around 60 clams.

Or the duo capture as @Callofthevoid suggests - that’s a neat all in one solution that will give you lots of mileage.


You can use a “dc coupled” audio interface and that will let you employ some of the audio in/outs for cv.

Check the expert sleepers website for a list of user verified interfaces that are known to work - it’s quite a decent list, you might have something that works already.

MIDI - cv converter could be a way too - quite a few synths/modules have these built in these days.


Yes Expert Sleepers are the experts in this department.
They have some great gear.


OK, I see the “DC coupled” keyword helps to find info, thanks gents !


And if you have a Motu or other DC coupled audio interface Motu Volta is a great bit of software
Turns your audio interface into a voltage controlled interface


Thanks all :blush:


NI would be really smart to build a standalone box for integrating Reaktor with hardware. I’ve been tempted by the ES-8 (with some ES-5/ES-6 expansions) but am not totally convinced I want to commit the space in my rack for it. A little mass-produced box under $500 that could integrate R6 with the eurorack standard would be appealing for a lot of people who have a few semi-modulars and don’t want to commit to full modular, as well as the more dedicated wigglers who want a hybrid approach.


Seriously. If Nord aint gonna do it, NI certainly should.