Blocks party (again!)

Future Music - - FILTER -

Na­tive In­stru­ments has re­leased a free up­date for its Euro­rack-in­spired soft­ware suite Reak­tor Blocks (not to be con­fused with Roli Blocks, or No­va­tion off­shoot Blocs). Ver­sion 1.3 brings five new mod­ules for use with the sys­tem. Go­ing un­der the com­bined fam­ily name of Ko­diak, th­ese mod­ules aren’t mod­elled on spe­cific hard­ware, but are said to com­bine “analogue char­ac­ter with dig­i­tal power”.

Dual­ity OSC is a dual os­cil­la­tor of­fer­ing phase, fre­quency, am­pli­tude and tim­bre mod­u­la­tion. Shift Se­quencer is a step se­quencer with independent se­quence length and di­rec­tion con­trols for pitch, oc­tave, ve­loc­ity, hold, and gate. Curve Se­quencer is a mod­ule take on Mas­sive’s stepped mod­u­la­tion se­quencer. Morph Fil­ter of­fers a ‘triple-res­o­nant’ fil­ter bank with the abil­ity to morph between set­tings for vowel sounds, chords or per­cus­sion. Fi­nally, Flip Gen is a tone gen­er­a­tor and noise source de­signed with FM FX, mod­u­lar bleeps and ex­per­i­men­tal noise in mind.

Blocks 1.3 also in­cludes five new En­sem­bles, each of which show­cases the new mod­ules and can serve as a com­plete syn­the­sizer in its own right. Th­ese come with a to­tal of 195 pre­sets between them. The up­date is avail­able to down­load now for Reak­tor 6 own­ers.

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