64 sample matrix, w column, pitch & row sequencing, row controls & more
Now with Row sequencing and more! (See history, below.)
jambient Matrix is a Reaktor ensemble in the jambient series. Ensembles in the jambient series are designed for live jamming with samples, geared to ambient-style sound making and nonrythmical audio collage. This one is designed to be played as a VST instrument and is inspired by the capabilities of Ableton's Live sequencer. But it is designed to do something that Live strangely makes impossible: playing and organizing samples, Live style, without having them be locked/stretched to a rhythmic grid.
When listening to the included demo, make sure to select the AlterFan Tour Slow snapshot in the jamPaneer Instrument, or play with other jamPaneer snapshots.
The main instrument is the jambient Matrix. This contains eight Sample Columns, each containing eight samples. Use drag and drop (for example, from jambientBrowser3, available in the Reaktor user library) to fill up and continually change your Matrix of 64 samples. Click on the Column buttons to select the samples you want to play, and change pitches (including playing in reverse) as you like. When using VST automation for sample selection, this means that you can travel through samples with a turn of your hardware controller.
Each Column contains a Sequencer, so that when a sample in the Column repeats N times, there is a probability that the next, previous or a random sample in the bank is played, or that playing stops. The sequencing behaviour is controlled by the dropdown at the middle left of each Column; N by dragging left or right the yellow line in the Repetition Trigger bar above the dropdown, just below the Sample Repetition Count meter; and the Sequencing Probability by the box to the right of the drop down. In the B view, you can also draw Pitch Sequences for all samples in the bank, to give melodic contours to your sequence, or select other instruments to use as pitch modulators.
Matrix Controls on the right hand side of the instrument let you play entire Rows in the Matrix. There is a also a Row Sequencer for sequencing play of entire Rows. Interaction between the Row Sequencer and the Column and Pitch Sequencers allows for complex self-chaning landscapes. Columns can be isolated from Matrix using the dropdown at the middle right of each Sample Column.
Each Column has a Volume control that fades output up and down at a speed defined in B View. Clicking on Swch fades up the sound if it is muted, and fades it to mute if there is some volume. Clicking on Swch in the Matrix controls lets you fade out all Column currently sending output, and fade up all Columns currently muted, to achieve dissolve between outputs of Columns.
See the tooltips in the Matrix for further documentation, and documentation of the including jamPaneer pan modulator and jaModulator and jambient TerrainoSoar pitch modulators.
The ensemble ships with a small number of sampless, so you don't have to tell Reaktor to respond to missing samples 64 times--but normally you'd have close to 64 different samples loaded.
v2 revision 41
-Repetition Count added to give more flexibility in sequencing.
-Stop behaviour added to sequencers to allow for one shot or multi-shot sample playing.
-Better tooltips, terminology
-Interface improvements, better way of retriggering matrix controls
v1 revision 33