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OMega 3

Experimental Music Workstation

(26 Votes)
arachnaut
3d (Updated 1 week ago)
594.6MB
March 16, 2020
Reaktor 6

DESCRIPTION

OMega 3 is a collection of Reaktor instruments forming an experimental music studio. It can be used as a synthesizer, but I use it to make self-playing sounds, mostly appealing to my sense of the peculiar. There are 30 sample snapshots of that type in the demo playlist on the User Library panel in the upper right to give you an idea of the types of sounds it can produce.

Video tutorials may be seen in this thread from the online community forums:
https://www.native-instruments.com/forum/threads/superformula-delay-bank-tutorial-demo.379711/

It has evolved over the last decade and grown as my personal computer has gotten more powerful to accommodate it. If you don't have a recent computer, you probably won't be able to use it very effectively, but you can strip it for parts. I believe you will probably need about a 4.3 GHz single core sustained speed or thereabouts to play this at 48 kHz, otherwise you will probably have to settle for a 24 kHz sample rate or mute some non-essential parts.

To start, you need to play the Reaktor clock at some tempo. Two yellow lights warn about this if the clock is off.

The top ensemble is called 'Ens-OMega 3' and has mostly the output L/R scopes, phase scope, FFT spectrum and some high-level controls. It also has a random snapshot chooser which picks a snapshot at random and plays it for a while and then moves on. That is because most of these instruments are, or can be, self-playing. Here are the instruments in the collection:

1) OMega 3 ensemble. The top level.

2) OMega 3 synth - the synthesizer proper. It has 10 oscillators, 20 filters, 20 effects, etc. Each is unique.

3) Morse-Thue sequencer - this is a fractal MIDI note generator that I use to test sounds and drive the self-play parts.

4) Oblique Strategies - from the deck of cards from Brian Eno. It has over 100 short zen-like statements to aid in removing creative blocks. Mouse click Brian's head to get a card. Brian speaks to you occasionally.

5) Mastering Limiter - an 8x oversampling output limiter to prevent clipping. By Guenther Fleischmann.

6) Final Processor - DC output removal and noise dithering of the digital output. By Guenther Fleischmann.

7) Samples - OMega 3 synth has no sample playback, this instrument connects to the external input of OMega 3 and allows a sampler and granular sampler playback of sample maps. Several sample maps are included.

8) rachToys - a top-level instrument I made to control 4 effects from 'rachMiel' - Rick Scott. It can randomly choose one of the 4 effects to process the output of OMega 3 synth.

9-12) g'Litch v5; g'LitchToo; sparDelay v4; and spektreDelay are the 4 rachToys - each has a special sound effect which may be continuously randomized at various rates, if desired.

13) Blue Grains - modified Orange Grains from Reaktor UL The processing order of Blue Grains and rachToys may be reversed.

14) Superformula Delay Bank- a fancy (cpu intensive) delay effect that may be used as an insert in OMega 3 synth.

15) SpaceMaster - the classic reverb from the Reaktor library - the last in the ensemble effect chain.

There are about 2400 VST controllable parameters (Reaktor Panel elements).

If you are having CPU problems, you can MUTE, bypass, or remove these: Mastering Limiter, Final Processor, the Superformula instrument, and a few other parts like some of the rachToys. You can also lower the Control Rate and/or Sample Rate.

The GUI is very large: 3440x1440 ultra-wide - that is as small as I can make it.

I doubt that you can play this on any laptop, since the CPU consumes over 100 watts running on my system.

You should not enable automatic panel layout or you will destroy the GUI setup and make a mess. The layout is saved in panel sets in case you make that mistake.

This is composed of Reaktor parts from many authors, all are credited inside and below.

There are a large number of snapshots for every instrument. I made most of them including all the sample maps.

Thomas Medes worked on parts of OMega version 1 and contributed some snapshots. Paule also has contributed some morphed snapshots.

The macros are well documented with smart defaults on panel elements. OMega 3 synth View B shows the architecture. Some other instruments also have expanded B views selectable by their header.

This will be challenging to use, and you will have to be patient if you plan to build with this. But it can entertain immensely while you 'shelter-in-place'. Many of the snapshots were named in 'honor' of our current global problem.

Designers:

Jim Hurley (arachnaut)
Thomas Medes (bartolsfeet)

Builder Credits:
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Reaktor Builders Macros sets
NI Library
James Walker-Hall
Herwig Kra§ (herw)
rachMiel (Rick Scott)
Chet Singer
Chris List (clist)
gabriel mulzer
Florian Schwehn
Robin Davies
Dieter Zobel
BertAnt
Ernest Meyer
Don Davies
Sowari (Phil Durrant)
jopy (Johann Meier)
sellotape
Adam Hanley
Zed
harry.haller (Tim Schwerdtfeger)
Sandy Small (Big Gnome)
Martin Brinkmann
Christopher Lenz
Jan Gabler
colB (Colin Brown)
Jorg Holzamer
Siegmar Kreie
Erik Wiegand
Martijn Zwartjes
Stephan Schmitt
PDW
Hugo Portillo
lAZyfISh (Alexander Potekhin)
B. deJong
pierre-andre soulier
Martijn Deluxe


I could not have made this without
cList's Primary Event watcher debugger,
Mark Wadewitz's Core Event Watcher debugger,
and a great deal of help from the talented Reaktor community.

Special thanks to Bernd Keil [Paule] (OMega synth snapshot bank 3) for his tireless help and enthusiasm to the Reaktor community

A note on CPU utilization and the user experience:

Some of the snapshots have a number from 01 to 99 preceding the name. This is a load factor that I calculated. You can sort snapshots by name and see where in that range you start to see issues and avoid snapshots outside that range.

I test this in many ways. I frequently run it overnight with the 3 random snapshot tools switching snapshots at the highest speeds. There are sometimes NANs but that is rare and I can't figure the few remaining ones origin, but I suspect the Primary Bandpass filters in some modules. I also run a program called 'Folding@home' all the time - night and day - on my desktop computer. While that is running on 'Heavy' load, I occasionally get a few audio glitches on some of the most severe snapshots. But if I set it to 'Medium' I don't see any glitches on any snapshots.

I'm sorry that this is available only in 3440x1440 graphics mode, but I can't make it any smaller.

I find this very amusing and I hope you will, too. But if you can't run it on your gear, you can remove many parts to simplify it or save this and leave it around for salvaging macros, instruments and ideas.

Stay sheltered, stay safe, stay creative, keep your minds open and occupied and don't let things get you down!

Meanwhile, while you wait on the download, you can watch the live concert "The Covid Cover" where the automaton plays solo:

https://youtu.be/Yj813Di0NvA

COMMENTS  (41)

arachnaut
1 week ago
Version 3d is likely to be the last version I upload. I added 30 snapshots in the demo playlist to give you an idea of the types of sounds it can create on its own.
arachnaut
1 week ago
Nick, I hope this inspires you to upgrade your system! Probably one would need at least 4.3 gHz sustained system clock to run this. Maybe more.
Nick Dwyer
1 week ago
This kind of melted my 2013 mac (LOL) but what an inspiring combo this is. I am going to continue to be inspired and try and do something like it for myself. So thanks arachnaut for being so out there.
arachnaut
2 weeks ago
Version 3 has new snapshots and lots of bug fixes.
Brian Wakil
1 month ago
Thanks to the creators for producing this wonderful machine. I've just dipped my toes in and it's truly proving to be awesome!
arachnaut
1 month ago
Version 2.5 has a new GUI layout and an addition to the Superformula Delay Bank. The GUI has a better organization, I think, but the old layout is still saved in a panelset if you like that. The Superformula equation has been changed to the 'generalized' form with m1 and m2 instead of just m. That means the function is no longer symmetrical unless you keep m1 = m2. m2 is linked to m1 so if you just change m1 then m2 will stay in sync but not the other way. Superformula rotations can be quite different. The old functionality is retained while many more types of non-symmetric delays may be realized in experiments. I have just begun to explore this, so there are not many snapshots for these types of delays yet. This is a great shelter-in-place time wasting toy. You can see the superformula equation used here in the B view of the delay bank. I also removed the saturator from the delay bank because I never use it - it was there from the time the superformula delay was a block to keep the output in the range of that spec.
arachnaut
1 month ago
Let's try the direct route. You should get this file if all goes well: OMega2_4j.ens size: 631,098,140 bytes MD5: 382E74681766D8B060682A51C807CB2E SHA-1: 7904E704CB041F26A9F83948F7AA1013BB8F1450 SHA-256: 97CD1325D060CF035D63300C608913EA4EFC8C5A2DAF09CD093FE1136E59A00D
Paule
1 month ago
Jim, there is a answer by me in your forum thread "Omega 2" to reduce your ens.
arachnaut
1 month ago
https://youtu.be/Yj813Di0NvA This is a "live concert" available in 4K video on YouTube. "OMega 2 - The Covid Cover" for your shelter-in-place entertainment. Each snapshot is shown for a length of time to show how the sounds evolve. This is really a testament to the genius of rachMiel. It is hands-free, uneditted, unmixed, no external effects, and always different.
arachnaut
1 month ago
https://www.rarlab.com/rar/rarosx-5.9.0.tar.gz There is RAR for OSX (and it's in TAR gz format).
arachnaut
1 month ago
Paule: Well, RAR is available on the macOS, but maybe only the command line version. Next time I will try uploading it uncompressed and see how that goes. The big things are the sample maps and they could be kept separate. But this is already a difficult project to manage and I don't want to add to the complexity of what I need to go through to publish it. It is 600 MB uncompressed. Maybe NI should be doing the compression - it's their storage space we are using.
Paule
1 month ago
Jim, for smaller shrinks use first 7zip and then zip. Because 7zip isn't aloud in U/L. Users without WinRAR can use 7zip to extract rar files easily. It's there for mac and pc.
arachnaut
1 month ago
Catman Dude: I don't know why this has portability issues. I use a licensed copy of WinRAR version 5.8. There is a new version 5.9 that I will download and try next time. This ensemble compresses to 346 MB using the default values but using ZIP it is shrinks to 430 MB.
Catman Dude
1 month ago
Ah, lovely! I could get lost for a couple of years in here. Too bad about my CPU, I'm now down to 22kz, but there's a goldmine in this ensemble, and it sounds great! 5* +++
Catman Dude
1 month ago
Hi Jim, Thanks, got it on the 4th try! For the record I downloaded a new app, Extractor, which failed; then I tried the latest version of Stuffit I have, and also failed; went back to the Unarchiver and this time it didn't have a problem. Go figure. I don't purport to understand much about compression algorithms. I use 'tar' on unix and never have problems. Maybe next time I have a problem I'll shell out and see how tar does.
arachnaut
1 month ago
I added "(probs)" to the few snapshots names that cause NANs or stuck issues at random times or other problems on my system. I am always looking into ways to stop that, but it takes a lot of time and energy, so if anyone figures out what happens I would be very grateful. These problems seems to have crept in recent Reaktor releases and were not noticed in Reaktor 5 when a lot of this was developed.
arachnaut
1 month ago
By the way, the original OMega synth was started on this day ten years ago when Thomas Medes asked me to work with him via this email: "i havent really seen any synths or effects ensembles that are focused specifically around the rb oscs or effects/filters. I have a serious urge to do a project that combines the oscillators and filters into a single synth workstation (stacked macro insanity and all) + an attractive interface. i could really just start at any time , but it would be really awesome to work other minds. I havent really collaborated with anyone in reaktor yet, as ive been obsessively involved in my own projects, but I think a phat, illustrated and powerfully demonstrated synth workstation based primarily in RB modules would blow peoples socks off. Sound like something youd like to work on?"
arachnaut
1 month ago
Version 2.4i has many changes to the snaphots and I added a load factor to some of the names of them. This is the number I see on the CPU if I run the snapshot in a restricted mode in a single CPU core. If you find issues at some level, just sort the presets by name and don't use any at the higher levels (or start removing parts, disabling features, lower sample rates, whatever...)
arachnaut
1 month ago
Catman Dude: I don't know what to say about this. I downloaded version 2.4h and it extracted fine. Anyway, I uploaded a new version (2.4i), maybe that will be better for you?
arachnaut
1 month ago
JBDStudio1: feel free to take this and make graphics for it. You can do with this as you see fit. If you come up with a nice layout you can upload it to the User Library.
Catman Dude
1 month ago
Jim, on my mac I get this message: 'A failure has occurred. The structure of the archive is damaged.' Frowny-face. I'm using the Unarchiver, BTW. Any ideas?
JBDStudio1
1 month ago
HY , please contact me via email or pm , i can make nice graphics for your synth ... send me a pm massage and i will give you my email ... we can make nice synths :)
arachnaut
1 month ago
Version 2.4h has many changes. The randomizers are a bit less likely to get into looping behavior, hidden panel elements with properties allowing for morphing have been changed, some panel elements were 'always active' and now are not, etc. All the snapshots I made have been adjusted in many small ways and the levels are a bit more consistent. However, some things start loud and then settle down, so be careful wearing headphones.
arachnaut
1 month ago
This last version has no audio changes - I just updated the text credits list with a few missing builders names that I inadvertently left out.
Petty Vendetta
1 month ago
off the HZZZZL
Giorgio Inzaghi
1 month ago
Thanks. Yes, a great gold mine of instruments.
arachnaut
1 month ago
I don't believe many people will be able to use this as is, but it is a gold mine of parts for building other projects.
Paule
2 months ago
Claude, if you don't own the program rar use 7zip to unpack the rar container. 7zip is for mac and pc reachable.
Claude Jordan
2 months ago
A problem to open the archive .rar
Philippe Loiseau
2 months ago
@Paule : thanks for the tip !
Damon Krause
2 months ago
Thanks, Jim! So nice to see your name pop up on here again!
arachnaut
2 months ago
I just uploaded a version with muted SF instruments for those with smaller machines. Search the U/L for 'OMega 2 (with muted SF)'
arachnaut
2 months ago
BTW this was made with Reaktor 6.3.1.
Michael Morris
2 months ago
Thanks very much Paule, that will be useful!!
Paule
2 months ago
Michael, do you know the 'Windows Runing Tips for Audio' by NI? https://support.native-instruments.com/hc/en-us/articles/209571729-Windows-Tuning-Tips-for-Audio-Processing
Michael Morris
2 months ago
Just got a new PC box decked out for audio work so this monster shall be fun to try and use a benchtest! hehe Looks mad, in a wonderful sort of way!
arachnaut
2 months ago
As Paule says, the two Superformula instruments are huge CPU guzzlers and only used on 1 insert effect, so you can Mute it or delete it and save a lot. For me, though, they are irresistible.
Paule
2 months ago
Philippe, you can save (on my sys) 15% cpu if you mute the two displays.
Giorgio Inzaghi
2 months ago
Thanks!
Paule
2 months ago
Well done, Jim!
Philippe Loiseau
2 months ago
Very nice, I had to set SR to 33kHz or even 29 for some snaps on my MBP as you guessed.
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