Cast your mind back to the nineties when a certain synth company brought out a set-top box synth called a JV something or other that sounded dead cool. Go further back to ULTRAVOX who used similar sounds on some very famous eighties tunes including “Oh Vienna” and you are in the GREY zone. In fact you are fading to grey.
GREY is a sample player loaded with 101 synth samples from the JV synth all ready to deliver a range of essential retro sounds from big pads to LOFI oscillating washes, all via fat synth basses and hot leads.
Pre-packed with sixty presets you’ll find quick audio pleasure. To access them simply DOUBLE-CLICK “Embedded” in the Reaktor side pane. When you want to go and tweak you’ll enjoy the multifaceted controls, so multifaceted there is now a list coming…
The sample selector has Sample Choice, Volume, Pitch, Random (select), Start-point and Warp(ed Vinyl). As well as the obvious envelope controls there is a Vinyl FX option which delivers a genuinely random crackle effect created by a Geiger unit.
Next is the 8 Pole Filter with five variables capable of creating rich tonal range. Watch out for the Wobble dial too. Then come Reverb and Echo (delay), followed by a Compressor. Each of these three FX have a lot of tweakage available.
Last is the LFO section which dials up Rate, Phase, Shape, Sync and Key (note-on trigger). The best thing about the LFO, and the key to the overall sound of GREY is the routing options. You have LFO to Key Velocity, to 8 Pole Filter Balance, to Reverb Size and to Echo Time.
These options create a variety of sound, rendering GREY no mere rompler but more of a pseudo-synth!
Grey requires a full version of Reaktor 6.
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