There`s some great Reaktor-video tutorials at the London College of Music page.
A basic overview of what Native Instruments Reaktor is. This tutorial also covers opening Reaktor in Logic, and how to save Snapshots (presets).
The creation of a simple subtractive synth featuring an oscillator, a filter and an envelope generator.
Developing the synth from the above tutorial to create a dual oscillator synth capable of fat bass/lead sounds and parallel pitch effects.
Here, we will use the existing LFO and Envelope to modulate the filter, and we also employ velocity as a modulator.
A real world scenario is that you may need to modify your design retrospectively. Here, we both fix a dodgy filter and display a technique for keeping your cables organised as you do it.
We will now add dedicated modulation sources (another LFO and Envelope) to control the filter, thus releasing the originals and giving an enormous number of potential combinations. We also add an oscilloscope for viewing the waveforms being output. You can learn a lot from this, so start by viewing the simplest possible waveforms, gradually adding various modulations.
One of the most fun things is to use your hardware to control Reaktor so that it feels as if you are working a “proper” hardware synth. You will need a control surface or keyboard with at least one MIDI CC fader/knob. If you have more, you are really sorted! We will also add a custom knob to apply vibrato to both oscillators simultaniously from a single mod wheel.
PWM is a classic technique of adding life to a sound. In this tutorial, we will implement this and add custom switches to choose the modulation source.
We will now go beyond subtractive synthesis and give our synth FM capability- a new kind of synthesis. Cross modulation is also implemented. The sonic palette just got MUCH bigger!
11] Adding Hard Sync
For the next audio rate modulation, we will add a Hard Sync capability.
Next, we will now add a step sequencer which will modulate cut-off
frequency with user defined steps, in time with your track. NB this is
now beyond the minimum requirement for MT1’s Assignment 4- it just might be
fun though, and there is no reason not to implement it in that work!
I bought Reaktor about 3 months ago. At create digitalmusic you can find tips, tutorials and links, I found really useful to start with. Have fun!