I get what people are saying about blocks being glorified macros. But they're so much more than that. Yeah, they are macros in a sense. But any macro could be a macro. To be a block the macro would have to conform to the design pattern (which is really simple anyway). Already I can see that there is a huge potential for building really cool modules... even out of things that already exist.
Last night I built a kick drum rack with two oscillator blocks, some ADSR,s a sequencer and a Bento mix module. Today, I'm stripping away everything in each block that is not used in my rack and merging it into its own block. I'm replacing the interface for each individual block with a simple set of rotaries. Then I'm restricting their controls to stay within the bounds of a good kick drum (e.g. root pitch < 250Hz, max decay on click < 0.15s etc).
The result will be a block I'm originally calling Kickbox...
And I'll probably be done by the end of the weekend. Much simpler than patching in 5.
Okay, the one I uploaded last night was shit. Try this one instead.
It's a work in progress as I am going to map every single block instrument so that you don't need to map them each time you use them. Eventually it will come with a master OSC template so that you can cut and paste control maps and create your own layouts.
But yeah, pretty cool not having to remap all the time.
So here are four Bento Oscillators blocks which have been fully mapped to this template:
I'm currently working on a buchla inspired complex OSC in core and noticed that this update is a major shift in regards of how good core macros sound. With this update they demoted the primary level to beeing a control structure creation and ensemble wiring workspace.
From now on i'll try to build as much as i can core only! Hell, even the fucking FM calc now sounds right without doing dirty tricks and shit. Just like on my gaaawd damn nord lead. The CPU usage is also veeeeery low.
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Okay have finished version 0.1. I've mapped all of the Bento Box blocks except for 8-Step and uploaded to the Reaktor user library. The download also includes a PDF with a reference of all mapped parameters so you can build your own templates, or you can construct a custom template from the master TouchOSC template, which is included.
Reaktor 6 is a big improvement. And blocks are cool. There's a whole design standard to follow when building. It seems like they're just fancy macros because they are. But if you build a block properly, it should work with any other block.
So in that sense, it's a hell of a lot less fucking around.
Also, because of the standard design and the changes they've made to core, it's really easy to trim the fat from devices in projects. I was running a heap of oscillators in a jam session and it was pushing my CPU (5 year old laptop) and it was really easy to pop the hood on each oscillator block and delete the waveform oscillators I didn't need.
Using Bento Step sequencers to control Eurorack. Check the video. Apparently he reckons block pitch values are easily converted and tuning is within 1 semitone to four octaves.
All signals from Reaktor Blocks are directly fed to the Eurorack modules via DC-coupled converters (Expert Sleepers ES-3).
No quantization used on the hardware side. The pitch scaling in Reaktor Blocks (value of 0.1/oct) plays nicely with the ES-3. Since its output voltage range is roughly ±10 V you get approximately 1 V/oct.
Obviously tracking is not perfectly accurate without calibration - in my case it was off 1 semitone over 4 oct.
In Reaktor, five Bento Box 8 Steps sequencers send their pitch, gate, and velocity signals out to the Eurorack synth via the ES-3, and additionally disturb each other in interesting ways by cross-modulation of the the global sequencer parameters (DIRECTION, STEPS, OFFSET).
The sequencers are clocked and reset from three Util Note In Blocks (we didn't have the clock divider ready when I shot this video).
A Bento Box Env is providing additional modulation via the ES-3.
Voice 1: e350 going into an Optodist and a Toppobrillo Multifilter, with some broken echo added by a Phonogene. Pitch and wavetable position controlled by 8 Steps sequencers. The Bento Box Env is controlling the Gain on the Optodist.
Voice 2: Res-4 pinged directly from 8 Steps sequencer (its variable gate length is handy for this). Pitch and glide are provided by another sequencer.
Voice 3: Cyclebox II in mode 0000, going into two chained channels on the QMMG, struck by an 8 Steps sequencer (again, its variable gate length comes in handy). Pitch and IFM index controlled by 8 Steps sequencers.
HOWEVER, what blingley is talking about would be extremely costly but
THE CAT'S PAJAMAS
So after watching that video I checked out the module the guy mentions. It's the Expert Sleeper ES-3. Allows you to send/receive and convert up to eight signals. There's a bunch of models with prices between 60 and 200 GBP.
Definitely worth a look. I think if I finally take the plunge into Eurorack madness, this will be one of my first purchases. Especially because they offer a bunch of plugins for signal control on the computer so you can modulate the shit out of it...
I need to do a clean install on my computer. I think I might have some bugs. I plan on doing this tomorrow as I am writing a bullshit paper for my master class tonight. Anyway AFTER THAT I am going full on Reaktor.