REAKTOR PRISM & FX is a highly playable, responsive polyphonic instrument and effects processor with an unconventional sound, for use with the freeREAKTOR 5 PLAYER orREAKTOR 5.5.
Based on REAKTOR 5.5’s new “Modal Bank” module, which utilizes the possibilities of physical modeling synthesis, the PRISM synth produces a dynamic and pristine sound that can be dramatically modified via internal or external sources. Its sister FX ensemble opens the door to fascinating sound shaping capabilities for use on any incoming audio as a lively effects processor. The result is a wide-ranging, contemporary synthesizer and effect.
BENDING THE SPECTRUM
REAKTOR PRISM is the latest brainchild of Stephan Schmitt, founder of Native Instruments and the creator of REAKTOR. After the wildly successfulREAKTOR SPARK and its free follow-up CHA-OSC, REAKTOR PRISM draws on these technologies while pushing the envelope of synthesizer design once again. The FX ensemble elevates its strengths even further, applying spectral textures and dynamic shaping to input signals. REAKTOR PRISM & FX will add dramatically changing colors to your sound, ranging from stunning realistic tones to unnatural atmospheres, adding individuality to any studio production or live situation.
THE PRISM SYNTH
REAKTOR PRISM uses REAKTOR 5.5’s new ‘Modal Bank’ module to generate cutting-edge sounds. PRISM’s signal origin is the “Exciter”, which creates impulses or continuous noise signals that feed the Modal Bank. From there the spectrum is ‘refracted’ through multiple resonating filters, giving it its distinctive sound. The result is a synth equally suited to hard basses and shimmering leads as it is organic soundscapes, percussive keys, flutes and bells – highly expressive, dynamic and alive. MIDI data like velocity values can change the tone radically, and modulation possibilities are extensive. Additionally, five audio effects are included – an amp simulation, an 8-pole filter, a flanger, a stereo delay and a reverb enrich and enliven the instrument’s output signal.
THE PRISM EFFECT
REAKTOR PRISM FX is an additional ensemble that works as an effects processor for incoming audio. It takes advantage of PRISM’s complex resonator – the Modal Bank – to apply rich processing and modulation to incoming audio signals. The ‘Exciter’ section of the synth version has been replaced with an audio input section feeding PRISM’s resonator structure and deriving control signals from the incoming audio. The results are wide-ranging, from subtle and natural to extreme and synthetic sound coloring. PRISM FX works as a polyphonic resonator, a complex filter and a self-oscillating sound generator. The integrated Gate and Envelope Follower give detailed control over the shape of the resonating tones. The effect shows its power best on incoming percussive and noisy audio material. In addition it functions like a conventional effects processor thanks to its built in effects just like the synth version.
The PRISM synth contains 370 ready-to-play sounds, made up of numerous basses, bells, keys, leads, pads, soundscapes and more – plus, the potential of unlimited new patches of your own creation. The range of sound is very wide, as is the range of expression PRISM offers – from pleasant and delicate to growling and aggressive. The simple source sounds deliver complex results that are unobtainable via classic analog synthesis, yet remain highly playable and easy to program. The PRISM FX ensemble comes with 50 presets and widens the scope even further; its flexibility is its strength, making a wide range of colourful and unprecedented sounds a real possibility.