Juice 3

Ensemble with vintage monosynth, tape echo and flanger

(62 Votes)
ZooTooK .
1 ( Updated   6 months ago )
2.3MB
March 17, 2014
Instrument Synthesizer
Subtractive

DESCRIPTION

UPDATE

A Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named asked me via their legal representatives to change the name of this ensemble as they though someone might get the impression that this is a proper product from the Company-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. I have therefor renamed this ensemble to Juice 3 - it still sound as juicy as before and you still get 3 oscillators. I'm sorry if someone got confused. I've made this ensemble on my own with love and care, Sowari was kind to test it and add a bunch of snapshots. I'm greatful that NI still offers to hosts this ensemble.

Enjoy

/ZooTooK

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When asking synth aficionados about their favorite synths they describe them as having a specific raw power and organic feel. Jupiter 4, SEM, OBX, Odyssey, Roland System 100, Modular III, CS80 comes in high and Prophet 5 and Polivocs are held high and described as organic and raw. Note that most but not all* on the list of favorite synths are first or second generation of synth with design made in the 70s. The reason to the raw power and organic feel is in my opinion the basic (or even poor) design and fairly low quality components (compared to today). It's important to understand that there are many factors behind that organic and raw sound and it's not equal to distortion. Overdriving the filter gives a lot of character, specifically at higher resonance values, but it's not the only factor. Just by adding some white noise is also not way to analog nirvana. Zero delay filters are much acclaimed recent years and offering the correct frequency response is important but it is still not a one way ticket to vintage weirdness.
People have tried to imitate analog synthesizers for decades e.g. by sample a single wav cycle but failed badly. Not only should waveforms be non perfect from a mathematical point of view they should also vary over time, just like a violin. However it's not the detuning and the drift, which is mainly a nuance and could easily be emulated by detuning the oscillators on purpose but instead, it's the microscopic variation in all parts of the circuitry that makes all aspect of the sound to continuously varying over time. These variations are very flattering to the brain as humans are very good at pattern recognition. Hearing a static sound becomes dull quite quickly but subtle or even subliminal changes becomes interesting and pleasing to listen to.
E.g the oscillators might vary in frequency and amplitude at high frequency adding more of a noise character but also variations at frequencies above and below the played note. Same with the frequency of the filter and the amplitude response of the amplifier; all functions varying at all frequencies.
Analog Legacy is the theory of modulating all functions in a synthesizer at all frequencies. The key is to find the right balance of the modulation depth for each frequency. Juice is the first attempt to use this theory in practice.
Just to make it clear: The Juice 3 is not in any way a copy of MONARK. I have not used or have had access to MONARK during the making of Juice 3. Instead the old ensemble Minimood made by NI in 1999, which has then been modified by several users, has been used as the starting point. I think that the basic structure will be recognizable from that early ensemble.
*Polivoks might not be designed in the 70 but the point is that the design and components are not of high quality measured by todays standard.

COMMENTS  (58)

Derrick Roberts
3 days ago
is this compatible with maschine?
ZooTooK .
3 days ago
I get about 35% CPU load on one Core on my 3 year old iMac (i5). This means I can run about 8 using all Cores. Turn off the tape echo if not used. I usually render to audio if I need more than 2 instances anyway. How many has got 3 or more Minimoogs in their studio apart from Wakeman.
Brandon J Banks
5 days ago
I'm shopping my way through and i've seen this...heard the demos and i'm convinced. Excellent work my friend and thank you for your dedication on building a such a synth. one question. how much of an effect will this have on CPU usage? on a scale from 1 to 10
David Reuter
1 month ago
Thank You
Hanspeter Lyrer
5 months ago
super thanks
Miguel Portillo
5 months ago
Fine!!!
Unknown User
5 months ago
wow!
Gotthard Ortner
6 months ago
Sounds very very big. Thank you :)
Paule Amca
6 months ago
Had 3 sips cooool juicy mojo … 8-D
Phil Durrant
6 months ago
very juicy ;)
Rob Stuart
7 months ago
This mojo is a mofo. ;-)
István Király
8 months ago
Cool!
Michael Propst
9 months ago
It's a little too wide for the Reaktor window and it can really eat your processor power but the sound is incredible.
simon pickering
9 months ago
This is fat, love it thank you.
Scott Kos
9 months ago
Fantastic sounds! Thanks!
Richard Hargrave
10 months ago
And loads of presets thanks alot
Richard Hargrave
10 months ago
Very Impressed, Good Job
Thomas Clement
10 months ago
The synth and effects work extremely well together. Really captures the age
ZooTooK .
10 months ago
@Jeromy - sadly I can't. I've been struggling to achieve that for years but failed. There are a few attempts in the UL but none is working properly AFAIK.
Jeromy Denk
10 months ago
Great synth! I was wondering though, if you could suggest a way to add a button to switch between legato and retrigger modes on the volume envelope.
Panos Ghekas
10 months ago
thank you ! I got the original for many years. This is very very close !
Unknown User
10 months ago
Thank you ZooTook. Great synth. It's my favorite Mini now and I've played a lot of real Minis.
ZooTooK .
10 months ago
@Robert - You have a midi PitchBend module in the Controllers macro. Change the range (in 1/10 of normal P, so 0.1 to get one half note)
Unknown User
10 months ago
Is there a way to change the pitch wheel amount. I can't find any way to adjust. It seems to default at 6 half steps but I like to use 1 step bend amount.
Christopher Soulos
10 months ago
Excellent. Like all Moog Model Ds, none are the same, not one. Great to have another (irregular) Minimoog in the arsenal. Cheers
Unknown User
10 months ago
Really great - well done. Thank you :)
Jerome Santiago
10 months ago
Very smooth Moogy sound, love the variance factor. Reaktor and it's community of patchers rock!
Johan Dreyer
11 months ago
Very Cool! Thank you so much!
Unknown User
11 months ago
Absolutely Brilliant!!!
Norman Levi Maldonado Encinas
11 months ago
woooow!! completely awesome!! sounds beautiful
Seth Priske
11 months ago
Thanks NI
ZooTooK .
11 months ago
Daniel - do a search in your file system for minimojo
Randy Hollingsworth
11 months ago
This sounds fantastic. Thanks so much.
Daniel Heslop
11 months ago
What am I missing? I downloaded it, unzipped it into my N.I folder but reactor cannot seem to find it. Using a mac mini running mavericks if that helps.
Unknown User
11 months ago
FuNK Machine!
Leonardo Chaibun
11 months ago
bravo!!!
Thomas Clement
11 months ago
Sounds gorgeous. Thanks so much.
ZooTooK .
11 months ago
Ben,please find the Space Echo effect in a separate upload in the UL
Steve Duffy
11 months ago
Incredible I just went through all the sounds and they sound amazing
Ben Allen
11 months ago
Ok. I'll see if I can work that out. As I said, I'm quite new to Reaktor. It would be great if you could upload the space echo as its own ensemble. I think it's a really nice sounding unit. Better than the other emulations here. Really nice work!
ZooTooK .
11 months ago
You can take external via the minimoog (remember to press a key to trigger en envelope) and then to the Space Echo but no way to go direct to the Space Echo. But it's just to copy the Instrument and past it into a new Ensemble. I'll upload a separate ensemble soon.
Ben Allen
11 months ago
Is there any way to process other instruments through the space echo? May be quite simple but I'm not well versed with reaktor.
Olaf Bubel
11 months ago
sounds perfect good job :) THX
Unknown User
11 months ago
Tremendo!! gracias.
Daniel Hogan
11 months ago
Sounds great \m/
CC lines of the acid
11 months ago
Thanx ZooTook !
Michael Liebner
11 months ago
Nice work!
JEREMY MADALLA
11 months ago
Thanks
allan walker
11 months ago
This actually looks like a minimoog.... sounds like it too! excellent work. thanx.
Mary Jean-Philippe
11 months ago
Marvellous!!! Very Usefull for me. THX
Paule Amca
11 months ago
I want to transfer some presets from my Arturia Mini Moog but this one here sounds to heavy.
Jonathan Loeb
11 months ago
Yup. Wow.
Andreas Sandberg
11 months ago
Beautifully executed! However, my laptop is to weak for this ens, so I have to wait until I have a more powerful processor before I really try it with the fx.
Jan Brähler
11 months ago
wow
Trevor Gavilan
11 months ago
you did it again
Paule Amca
11 months ago
swellsweep270s
tim goldsworthy
11 months ago
superb!
Steven Wilkinson
11 months ago
Amazing work as always. Can't wait to try it out.
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