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September 2, 2004
Native Instruments has announced Electronic Instruments 2, a collection of eight new instruments for Reaktor 4 and Reaktor Session.
Electronic Instruments 2 contains three unique synthesizers, two drum machines and three effect units. The collection offers a powerful and creative toolkit for contemporary electronic music and sound design, and showcases the amazing potential of NI's modular sound design software Reaktor.
Sound design for Electronic Instruments 2 was done by artists like BT, Exile, Jam El Mar, Junkie XL, Machinehead, Photek, Richard Davis, Richard Devine, Speedy J, Telefon Tel Aviv and others.
The eight instruments included in Electronic Instruments 2 are:
PHOTONE - Hybrid Master Synthesizer - A polyphonic synthesizer that boasts an extensive array of special features including custom oscillator types, flexible filter routing, analog "drift" and detuning emulation as well as a slew of advanced modulation options.
LIMELITE - Advanced Beat Composer - Combining a step sequencer with a selection of samples and an array of effect processors, Limelite takes the beatbox concept to a whole new level.
METAPHYSICAL FUNCTION - Dynamic Soundscape Synthesizer - Far more than "just another synthesizer", Metaphysical Function offers an engaging audiovisual experience with a vast and unique sonic palette ranging from beautiful soothing tones to dark, disturbing soundscapes.
KRYPT - Granular Drum Machine - This is a loop generator quite unlike any other. Krypt consists of a programmable granular sampler wired to a six-channel sequencer with an intelligent pattern generation algorithm, and is capable of generating polymorphic beats.
AKKORD - Sequenced Chord Generator - By chaining together a highly specialized synthesis engine with a practical polyphonic pattern sequencer, Akkord excels at generating rich chord sequences as well as dynamic monophonic lines.
FAST FX - Advanced Performance Effects - A combination of six unusual effects that turn any track into something really unique - by slicing, filtering, gating, looping and "freezing" the signal in unspeakable ways. Fast FX also features a special 'live' snapshot system, which makes it perfect for live performance.
RESOCHORD - Programmable Polyphonic Resonator - This powerful resonator imprints harmonic structures onto any input signal, including percussive sounds with no existing harmonics. Resochord integrates six feedback units, each resonating at a different frequency, to generate chords from every material which is fed into it.
CYAN - Extended Vintage Chorus - A chorus and much more. Cyan offers many sound-shaping possibilities through advanced features such as tempo synchronisation and flexible delay modulation control.
All eight instruments are for use within Reaktor 4 and Reaktor Session and can therefore be deployed in all plug-in formats that Reaktor supports. Within Reaktor 4, all instruments can also be freely edited and modified.
The Electronic Instruments 2 collection will be available in September 2004 for a suggested retail price of $119 / 99 Euro from authorized dealers and in the NI Online Shop.
For more information, visit their web site at www.native-instruments.com