S-Layer by Twisted Tools is quite fun, especially once you start mapping your own sample packs. Loads of control there but I’m a big fan of randomisation.
Also Richard Devine has a free ensemble on his website under the library section called ‘Graincube’ that’s worth checking out. It’s actually a collaboration between him, Twisted Tools and a few others.
I have a folder full of favourites, including as Rene mentioned Boscomacs great work (I love ‘air piano’)…. others include: DRON-E, Para Drum, Akkord, Anthony is 12, Carbon, CLix2002, Forest, Grainquenc, hal, Icepad, Loupe 2, MetalonSeq, Metaphysical Function, minimal-context, Newscool, Novachord, Resochord, SIAC, sineLab, son-of-thing, Taurus, The Aggrovator_A_Dub Siren, Titan, Wifebeater, WireframeSynth2, Xdrum2 – some of these are free, others are commercial…
Nice argument! Then, in random order, some of my very favorites…
Ensembles included in the factory library:
– Skrewell from Lazyfish
– GrainStates SP from Martin Brinkmann
– NI Skanner XT from “daddy” Stephan Schmitt
– Twisted Tools Scapes by Igor Shilov and Josh Hinden
– Reaktortips Frame 3 by Peter Dines
– Twisted Tools DRON-E by Antonio Blanca
Most of them also feature some valuable original sampled contents and/or snapshots too.
Hi, well there are so many great tools in the default library and the gazillions in the community one that is realy hard to favour some over the others. Each one has it’s appeal if you really want to start tweaking the hell out of it 🙂
However I second the hi quality and simplicity of use of the huge free Boscomac ensembles library, which is even quite cute to look at, very nice gui for each one. Of course you don’t make sounds with a user interface..but I admitt that one can be at times inspired by watching it while playing, similarly to when a real instruments inspires you depending on how it appears…).
And then the NAN ones (Aria, Piky, The Box)
But, yeah, those are ensembles more music productions oriented than really for creating abstract sounds.
For that purposes if I have to mention a bunch of them I like: Lazerbass. Metaphysical Function, Aries 2, Sokolov, Drone E.
More or less I like a very big deal of granular samplers from the library too, some delays and spectral fxs from the community library, now I am sorry I don’t remember the exact ones as I use them less, I prefer not to use Reaktor for simple effecting, for that puporses of course I have various vst and daw native plugins.
Finally just to mention it, I am having fun using one of the few Reaktor effects I did myself time ago, which is called IMPERFEKTOR, a dual band multi fx, which, for its specific erratic behaviour, I tend to use when I want to add some spice on top of other synths or instruments. The name itself explain what it does, introduces imperfections to what you send to it. 🙂
It’s not in the user library but it’s freely available to download over my website So if you’re curiose here’s the link, there’s a pdf manual inside too which explain it a bit more in depth, and I did even a youtube demo at that time which is still here.
Just bear with me, I am not a Reaktor guru at all, so it’s what it is.
I will give +1 to S-LAYER by Twisted Tools. TT in general has some pretty awesome stuff. Most easily used with creating hits and stingers. You load a bunch of samples into banks and it plays them back with a single trigger and applies some timing, delay, granular magic to them layer by layer, or globally. You can get pretty deep with it and takes some time, but quite awesome once you get a palette. For example you want the sound of a futuristic weapon that is fired quite often (for linear or game audio). Load your elements, guns, explo, tails, synth, etc. and then adjust parameters and start banging on a keyboard for some really expressive sounds.
Pro tip, to those that have Reaktor 6, the ens. called Polyplex is very similar to S-LAYER (also made by Twisted Tools). Less control but similar concept for layering sounds.
Jinrai by MRTN CSTR/Martin Castro. It’s not a very well known ensemble, which is an absolute shame. Despite its midly unintuitive layout and need for a fair bit of upsampling, I’ve gotten more fascinating sounds out of it than anything else with Reaktor by far. I only wish there was a version for Max.