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The Bulkhead

Metallic Drum Machine

(18 Votes)
1.1 (Updated 5 years ago)
6.0MB
November 22, 2015
Reaktor 6
Blocks Ensembles

DESCRIPTION

A drum machine made using the Euroreakt modules and other user uploads.

This instrument lends itself to dark, industrial beats. It uses the Euroreakt's 'Resonator Bar' and 'High Hat' for metallic sounds, and the 'Drum' module for deep kicks and heavy percussion.

The Resonator Bar is run through a variation of Joey Valizan's ISHH, which acts like a pitch-dropping reverse delay. This makes all sorts of strange sounds possible. The High Hat is processed by Stephen Lovesey's Stereoizer, which manipulates its stereo image, and can lead to some very cool effects.

I also used a variation of the Metaverb block which gives it an input mixer, so all three Oscillators can be routed to its effect.

Modulation comes from a customized version of Mete Atam's Synced LFO, as well as the 'Drum' module's envelope outputs. The LFO has been modified so that it has separate outputs for each of its wave shapes. This gives the ensemble a wide variety of modulation types.

I also added a new wave shape to the LFO, a unipolar pulse wave. This is used by the oscillators to switch between two specific tunings, which enables you to create melodic rhythms easily.

To demonstrate the ensemble's capabilities, two banks of snapshots are included. Please be sure to select "Set BPM By Snapshot" in settings, or they won't load correctly.

•Note: The filter settings within the Out - Color block can be changed easily or even bypassed if you're having trouble getting the right sound.

I really hope you like this one! If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to let me know!

{Additional credits to Chet Singer for creating the original Resonating Bar, and Cal Scott who's chaos graphics I used for the Color block.}

COMMENTS  (18)

David Coffin
3 years ago
Excellent, wish I'd found this way back when!
Radiop.
4 years ago
gorgeous and inspiring!
JOHN COLEMAN
5 years ago
Really useful. Many thanks, much appreciated.
James Fox
5 years ago
superb work, thanks!
Brett Lavallee
5 years ago
Thank you, it works best when key tracking for the Drum is off, since I never realized a good solution for the pitch input. I also read your space monkeys post on the forum and I was very honored you said my name in a sentence with some really amazing people.. I was so proud I even showed my mom! Thanks again, and I'm glad you like the ensemble.
Christian Huygen
5 years ago
This ensemble is hot. The snaps are super generous. Thanks.
Brett Lavallee
5 years ago
There is a mistake I made here, the ISHH effect will sound different depending on your sample rate setting. This can be fixed by replacing the SR pickup in the reverser macro with a constant number 44100.
Brett Lavallee
5 years ago
It's always cool to hear my creations put to good use. Thanks again for the feedback. More coming soon.
maurice gallagher
5 years ago
Thanks for your enthusiastic response, Brett. I'm so glad you enjoyed the track - your hard work made my hard work very easy!
Brett Lavallee
5 years ago
Really glad you like the ensemble! I Love the track!!
maurice gallagher
5 years ago
Hey Brett. Fabulous ensemble! Very inspirational. Here's a track with only Bulkhead and FX. https://soundcloud.com/grum-pe/neural-colourations
Brett Lavallee
5 years ago
Glad you like them! More coming soon.
CAL SCOTT
5 years ago
great! totally cool the disco lights... sure to use this, and the Hats one aswell
Brett Lavallee
5 years ago
Thanks for checking it out, glad you like it!
Greg Killmaster
5 years ago
incredibly good. thank you!
Worwell _
5 years ago
Excellent. Thank you.
Paul Weber
5 years ago
Fokkin' triple-A fun combo!!
Brett Lavallee
5 years ago
v1.1 has better info texts. Specifically the A/B buttons now reveal their modulation source.
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