Vector R’ector Reaktor Modding

Edit: ensemble updated as of 12-14-13.  Same file, overwritten, same link, found below.

Ah, sweet memories of my TG-33 and the vector control joystick that brought me so much PCM bliss.  This week I found a reaktor ensemble by John Bleech called R’ector, which gave me the warm fuzzies.  So first of all, Thanks Mr. Bleech  for an inspiring ensemble!

vector synthesis!

vector synthesis!

If you aren’t familiar, vector synthesis is basically a term created by Dave Smith (formerly of Sequential Circuits, now of DSI) to describe using a joystick to crossfade between four sounds, and afterwards was used by yamaha and korg, and probably others.  The idea is so simple that it’s almost laughable, but in practice, i’ve found it to be fun and dynamic sounding.

There were a few key features missing from the r’ector ensemble, if I was going to use it for my live set;  I added them, and this was the result.  Modding Reaktor ensembles is a fun way to get started patching, or to take something that isn’t quite perfect, and make it do exactly what you want.

Screen shot 2013-12-12 at 11.36.48 AM

adding a just intonation micro-tuner to the r’ector patch

To r’ector, I added pitch envelopes, a pitch LFO, a polyphonic filter LFO, changed the filter setup (it had one filter for each channel, I made it a stereo filter), pitch glide, a chorus, reverb, and a couple other tweaks.  I also tuned the synth to Just intonation in the Key of C.  You can see in the structure where I made the modification in the above picture.  If you want to change the tuning, adjust the “rice scales” macro’s visibility setting to “on” and then tweak as much as you please.

Golden R’ector Vector .Ens Download

And for interested parties, i’ve also made a novation remote zero midi control template for the synth, and the synth is CC- assigned and ready to go with the template:

Midi Template Download

One last note, both the reaktor ensemble and the novation remote zero template I included are configured to work on midi channel #5, so make sure to adjust your settings :).



  • January 10, 2014 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    The other one works just fine (original from NI) but your ensemble doesn’t – seems like it is not getting midi when I play.

  • bagger5
    January 10, 2014 - 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I just checked it out, I left the midi channel on channel number 5, that is most likely your problem. The midi template I included is all on channel number 5 as well. I’ll update the post, thanks for the heads up.

  • alice singswell
    June 11, 2014 - 7:02 am | Permalink

    Midi channel 5 problem still there. I tried to find out how to change the midi channel but no luck. Could you post a ‘how to…’ so I can learn for the future. Enjoying dipping into your site. Very clear and informative….. well done.

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