KURSK

Music for Submarines

(73 Votes)
OreKore
1.6 (Updated 9 months ago)
3.1MB
August 15, 2018
Reaktor 6

DESCRIPTION

** If you use this instrument and the included snaps in any published material, please give me due credit where you publish it. Also, I respectfully request that you don't publish material that is only using this, playing a few chords and then call it your composition (this is a common request in commercial releases) - make actual productions that it is part of. **

A 3-channel BPM-Synced, playable Post- Industrial soundtrack tool.
On 12 Aug 2000 the Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank during a drill in the Barents Sea. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kursk_submarine_disaster)
It was a mind boggling story back then and on re-reading the Wikipedia article I thought the story would make for a compelling movie.
This synthesizer is an attempt to build a tool for the soundtrack of that movie.

Kursk is a 3 engine synth.
Engine 1 delivers smooth pads and drones
Engine 2 delivers brutal distorted drones and evolving texture
Engine 3 is purely sequencer/Arp driven and deliver rhythmic textures – works only with the clock running.

Together they deliver full bodied soundscapes and weird industrial sound effects. Some snapshots are best as drones, holding down just one or two keys in the low register, some work great when chords are held. All snapshots evolve over time and surprises may occur.

End of chain is “Distoverb” – a fuzzed-out reverb with compression, capable of delivering towering walls of noise, much like a certain “dark cavity” product from a company whose name rhymes with eden-like. This FX unit delivers hours of shoe-gazer fun when applied to guitar.

All buttons and knobs have a short description in the info section and it should be pretty self-explanatory. Also, it’s build to accommodate heavy use of the randomize button. I recommend a setting around 63% for starters.
Demos are all naked snapshots, and there's about 250 of those.

So, keep the clock running and press some keys.

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Ver 1.2.1 - 08 16 2018
- minor GUI adjustment
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Ver 1.2.2 - 08 16 2018
- Reverb adjustments to reduce probability of runaway feedback
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Ver 1.2.3 - 08 16 2018
- Minor clean-up to improve CPU load
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Ver 1.2.4 - 08 20 2018
- Minor GUI adjustments: Eng3 background; Oct displays now display octaves rather than semitones.
- Added "User" bank to .ins. On request, including "Init" snapshot
- Added "Колесников" (Kolesnikov) bank by Paule to .ins
- Added "Mare Nostrum" bank to .ens (100 snapshots)
- Added "User" bank to .ens. On request, including "Init" snapshots
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Ver 1.2.5 - 08 31 2018
- Changed Eng3 routing to improve fidelity
- Added "Колесников" (Kolesnikov) bank by Paule to .ens
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1.6 - Jan 21 2019
Lotsa changes, cant remember all of them
- Eng 2 dirt section
- Eng 2 Seq options
- Eng 3 dirt section
- Eng 3 FX routing
- knob meters changed to LED displays
- Some beat resolutions updated (LFO's, Delay etc)
+ a myriad of little tweaks, hence the drastic version change.
Some snaps may not sound exactly the same as ver 1.2

COMMENTS  (81)

lesly remy
4 months ago
Been spending more time w/this & am looking to get a better understanding of the seq/arp functions. Anything like a mini manual available?
OreKore
5 months ago
Merci..
7 months ago
Bravo trop bien vos synthè...
Marko Ahokangas
7 months ago
Thanks for sharing this
Jeff Check
8 months ago
one of my favorite synths, OreKore you are a master submariner!
OreKore
8 months ago
Thanks, Chapman
Alexander Chapman
8 months ago
This is just impressive.
Paule
9 months ago
Stewart, if you are on win10 use this function: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/technology/personaltech/screen-windows-10.html
Stewart Fernandez
9 months ago
TBH NI should add some scaling feature, anyways great synth thanks for your work :)
OreKore
9 months ago
I'm no millenial either... Knobs in Kursk are minimum the size of NI factory BIG knobs, some larger. I appreciate the request but don't think anyone should hold their breath. A GUI like this is a LOT of work and I will simply not have the time to return to this. Sorry..
Michael Morris
9 months ago
OreKore I love your synths, but I second the request from Stewart, for a bigger UI, when you have the time! We aren't all millenials with 20/20 vision :-) j/k
OreKore
9 months ago
Glad you like it Paule... mine changed a little too, but I think to the better. At least it gives better randomization results now
OreKore
9 months ago
Stewart, in a world with endless time on hand I could do anything.
Paule
9 months ago
Interesting! My sounds got a new flavor. Thank you Henning.
Stewart Fernandez
9 months ago
Can you make the UI bigger in future models ?
OreKore
9 months ago
It's back..
OreKore
9 months ago
Working on it. Mechanics are updated, need to update graphics to reflect changes. Thanks for your patience
Thierry Kitusai
9 months ago
It would be cool to get the links back, your ensembles are really good and originals!
Stanislav Voytsekhovskiy
9 months ago
only preview?..))
Eduard Rojas
10 months ago
it's possible to reload a link for kursk and modena?
Matteo Gazzolo
10 months ago
no dl link ... :-(
Stefan Odlum
11 months ago
I really hope this gets fixed. Sounds so good. Thank you when you do :)
Christopher Murray
11 months ago
Please fix! Heard so many good things about this synth.
menja m
11 months ago
download button please :)
Lesly Remy
1 year ago
This still hasn't been fixed!?
George Macksoud
1 year ago
Hello @Stubbsonic, from MOTUNATION: These wonderful ensembles have been missing since the last upload. Apparently the last upload corrupted the DL database, and everyone (including me) have been waiting for OreKore to re-post. These ensembles are worth it, and I would do the same if it not for a disk failure containing community ensembles.
Jonathan Stubbs
1 year ago
I didn't understand the linked thread below. Did anyone determine the cause of the missing download option?
Olivio Sarikas
1 year ago
Where are the download Links?
dave p
1 year ago
Hey Orekore/et al—Seems the U/L is putting the button in now, maybe you can just upload them again and it will work now?
Olivio Sarikas
1 year ago
I LOVE your GUI designs. They look really cool. Got to download them tomorrow :)
Paule
1 year ago
Cameron, have a look on this forum thread: -- https://www.native-instruments.com/forum/threads/someone-has-stolen-the-download-button-in-u-l.336167/
Cameron Larsen
1 year ago
IS there a reason I can't download this?
andrew aronson
1 year ago
on a bit of a reaktor hiatus, but is user OreKore 'killin it', if you'll forgive the expression?
dave p
1 year ago
I’m really, really digging these Orekore ens! Thanks man… Here’s a couple where they all feature prominently: Mindspring [ https://altazor.bandcamp.com/track/mindspring ] and Acacia [ https://altazor.bandcamp.com/track/acacia ]. I can’t wait to be able to download the updated versions to see what psyko-magic they contain therein. Weeee
manu manu248
1 year ago
WOOOWW ME GUSTA
Z Gabr
1 year ago
Whats new in a current version or this is just thread up?
Paule
1 year ago
I pm Mick @ NI that somebody has stolen the download button from U/L. Hope he isn't in weekend!
Frederico Padrel
1 year ago
yesss it sounds very nice but no download button... please check thanks
Olek Fang
1 year ago
beautiful sounds..how can i get this one ? i dont see download button like in all other ensembles..
Francesco Dama
1 year ago
Wow ,first Ens i ve ever downloaded and it s great!Keep up the good work!
Martin Blasko
1 year ago
Thing is tits, absolutely love it. Usually I tend to process sounds heavily to get texture I want. This one need nothing. Plain awesomeness
Klas Linder
1 year ago
THIS ONE IS SO ALIVE! Wow!
Paule
1 year ago
011 Maneki-neko and 012 Kuroneko NI Reaktor music meets HG Forune's Scapes Wizard. Partly used instruments by OreKore. Ambience/ Avantgarde. --- https://archive.org/details/011ManekiNeko --- https://archive.org/details/012Kuroneko
Nick Petty
1 year ago
Such amazing attention to detail, absolutely love the look and the sound.
Patrick Charles-Lundaahl
1 year ago
This sounds absolutely phenomenal! I love the I can tell your synths from the panel before I even read the name.
Sean Joyce
1 year ago
Wow another amazing synth ,, well done OreKore loving your creations . Here's a little track i made . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFwhC8Pu9qM
Manfred Schimchen
1 year ago
OreKore, Good Man
Paule
1 year ago
My pm to you is going out.
OreKore
1 year ago
Oh the irony... Thomas and I took some classes together a long time ago. Of course he would direct a movie like that. Ok, well... I didn't know that. At least my show opened first :D
1 year ago
Firth movie ... Composer Alexandre Desplat. I don't know if he's a Reaktor user ..
1 year ago
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4951982/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Colin Firth apparently ...
OreKore
1 year ago
@ Paule: For some reason there's no respond option in the conversation window on the forum. I could download the snapshots but not respond to your question. Try opening a new conversation.
OreKore
1 year ago
@ Michael: Added an Init snapshot for you. @ Paule: Added your snapshot bank, thanks :)
Paule
1 year ago
The demo from 'hundred hands' is now the bonus #013 in the album: 009 Murmansk, Aug 12th 200 from the Dahu series. So you can download this track also.
Paule
1 year ago
009 Murmansk, Aug 12th 2000: Twelve tracks Ambiegarde and Dark Ambience. --- https://archive.org/details/009MurmanskAug12th2000 --- Kantubek, Porton Down and Kursk are NI Reaktor 6 instruments by OreKore. hundred hands used effects by OreKore.
OreKore
1 year ago
Paule, I really like that! 100% how I intended the synth to be used. Thanks!!!
Paule
1 year ago
New demo 'Dear Mom': lead from Kursk by Henning Malm - 100 hands in the decent. -- https://www.native-instruments.com/de/reaktor-community/reaktor-user-library/entry/show/12373/
Le C
1 year ago
great work!! thank you very much
michael o'hagan
1 year ago
It's not that it totally needs it, but I find it easier to learn whats doing what and gain real insight to a synth when I have something blank to start with, it's generally how I like to explore new instruments. start at the beginning and experiment going forward. no init patch makes that kinda hard to do, so learning your synths is a bit slower going for me. It doesn't really need it, but I could learn to use this better if I had a starting point to learn from.
OreKore
1 year ago
Appreciate your thoughts, Michael. You could try the snapshot called Nil in the main ens bank. That's sort of an init. That said, there's not much default about my approach so I really wouldn't know what would constitute a default. My default may not be what you consider a default. For instance, we could probably all have a long argument about what should be considered an envelope default or default wave in a multi-oscillator etc.etc. If you feel like it, I'd be happy to include your idea of a default/init snapshot in the instrument.
michael o'hagan
1 year ago
I really like your instruments a lot, but I'd like to request that you include some kind of a default or initialize snapshot as a starting point. I selected all controls and clicked "reset to default" and tried to use that as a starting point to learn your instrument, but it did not put out any sound after I had done this. Some kind of starting point preset would be helpful at learning your instruments.
David Coffin
1 year ago
Wow, amazing sounds, and very moving associations. Thank you!
Igor Vdovin
1 year ago
Great synth!!! IN MEMORIAM
OreKore
1 year ago
Thank you very much for the feedback feedback, Dieter. I hadn't tested those extremes. I made a small fix that should reduce the probability of it happening. A runaway feedback can still be provoked, but only at 100% extreme settings, and not quite as ear piercing.
Dieter Zobel
1 year ago
very nice, much thanks. but the reverb makes ear killing feedbacks at low size and higher time settings when modulation is off...
Paule
1 year ago
Letter fragment of a crew member: 12.08.2000 15.45 Здесь темно писать, но наощупь попробую. Шансов похоже нет % – 10–20 Будем надеяться, что хоть кто-нибудь прочитает Здесь список л/с отсеков, которые находятся в 9-м и будут пытаться выйти Всем привет, отчаиваться не надо. Колесников.
OreKore
1 year ago
Big thanks to all for the nice words. It's heart warming and humbling. Paule, it's hard to quantify the hours spent on this one. Do we count the hours we spent beta testing, sometimes just staring at the screen, trying to figure out "what's missing"? Do we count the hours spent tweaking snapshots? Anyway, in raw, focused build time I think there's about 120-160 hours in it. Some of the graphics took forever :)
Bob Swans
1 year ago
Some beautiful sound coming out of this, Thanks
George Macksoud
1 year ago
Phenomenal work. I didn't even know Reaktor could do this.
Ravn Revheim
1 year ago
Brilliant stuff! Thanks for sharing this
Paule
1 year ago
Henning, how long do build on this synth?
Tony Nekrews
1 year ago
In a word; wonderful!
Stewart Fernandez
1 year ago
nm got it working
Stewart Fernandez
1 year ago
Im not getting any sound?
Paule
1 year ago
The sound, the story in the snapshots, the realistic sonar and the face of the synth; IMO you win the contest! On my first step in the synth I miss some knobs. Oh an April Fool in August is the Safe tab.
Greg Killmaster
1 year ago
sounds absolutely great! Thank you!
David DeLizza
1 year ago
Good god this demo is amazing. can't wait to play later on
Paule
1 year ago
And once again - thank you Henning.
David Hilbert
1 year ago
great work !
OreKore
1 year ago
yup. Thanks Philippe!
Philippe Loiseau
1 year ago
cool ! Submitted to the contest too ?
now