PB Dowager BLACK

Virtual analog synth.

(5 Votes)
1.0 (Updated 3 months ago)
June 09, 2021
Reaktor 6


The PB Dowager is a monophonic, two oscillator, virtual analog synth.
This is the BLACK version. Same synth. Different look.

At its heart is ZooTooK's "Juice 3" ensemble, heavily modified to accommodate a Prodigy style feature set and sound.

It being a two oscillator synth, still offers plenty of versatility. I tried to reflect this in the included snapshots.

Layout, design and animation: My aim was to make the features and functionality of the control panel as intuitive as possible. The panel lay-out is loosely inspired by the Moog Prodigy, but gradually a variety of influences and ideas made it into what it is now.

I don't think i need here explain every knob and button on the panel. I will add a short description of each control in their Info window. Just jump right in and hear for yourself!

Panel View B, or the "back panel" has a modest selection of additional controls. Controls that i didn't need to access readily,or don't use very often, and that i didn't want to interfere with Panel View A. In Panel View B you can switch off the end stage distortion. I did not go as far as to add a "Distortion Amount" control. Not yet anyway. I just wanted a way to turn off the distortion completely. That doesn't mean the Dowager sounds squeaky clean when this switch is turned off. But it definitely allows for a softer, cleaner sound. Switching off the Distortion also allows you to use your own distortion or overdrive with the Dowager (I often use my own "Black Widow" overdrive).

Noise controls are also on the back panel. Here you can switch noise on/off, select between white or pink noise, and control the noise level.

The Dowager is a project i did for myself, but decided i might as well share it with other Reaktor users.


CREDIT: Many thanks to the great ZooTook for putting such a great and intricate ensemble online. The PB Dowager is basically an edited down version of ZooTooK's amazing "Juice 3" ensemble. You can check it out here: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/reaktor-community/reaktor-user-library/entry/show/7777/

Thanks also to Reaktor users drb, Paule, Big Gnome and ColB for their help.


alix ronan
3 months ago
Brilliant, thanks Bolle !