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Two for One with 9216 combos

(5 Votes)
Nick Dwyer
1.2 (Updated 2 months ago)
November 20, 2020
Reaktor 6
Instrument Sampler


Do you want a quick-fix drumlooper? Do you want two for the "price" of one? Well, DRUMLINES PLUS are two Reaktor 6 instruments in one package, each consisting of 4 sets of 24 musical drum loops that play against each other to create complex, textured beats.

Hit Start at the top of the Reaktor GUI to start play.

Double-click “Embedded” in the side-pane to browse the presets or add your own.

Filled with 96 two-bar loops in WAV format at 120 bpm, you can happily downtempo to 105 and up to 140 before artifacts.

The total possible combinations of loops is 96 x 96 (9216 variations) and that’s not factoring-in mute or solo into the possible arrangements.

You don’t need to worry that your beats will sound like anyone else’s.
DRUMLINES PLUS suits live performance or can be used in your DAW.

NOTE: If multiple instances are used in the latter please re-load a fresh copy separately (don’t just copy track) to avoid a Reaktor loop meltdown.


You get 24 loops each of FUNK, LOFI, PROCESSED and DRUMBOX-Y.

FUNK. More Prince than JB, tight, compressed fat loops with some snatches of bass and strings and things.

LOFI. Grainy beats with a lot of atmosphere and noises-off. Vinylised mostly.

PROCESSED. Very driven, modern, NOW. Tunes emerge and submerge.

DRUMBOX-Y. Light skittery 909 and 808 style moving into heavier bass things. Many textures and ambiences fly off into the mix.

PLUS now gives you DRUMLINES LOFI REFILL too which is another instrument filled with 96 LOFI LOOPS: grainy beats with a ton of atmosphere and noises-off.

All sounds and tune-snippets are Flintpope originals and completely royalty-free. If it sounds like someone else’s riff it isn’t. A lot of care has gone into making these loops all sound as if they’ve been lifted off records but they haven’t; all 96 have been carefully crafted in Ableton Live. Care has also been taken to ensure at least 99 percent of the loops all play nicely with each other.

Each loop, or LINE (you can see the waveform playback on each) has a set of eight controls.

SELECTOR chooses the loop number from 1-24. Playback is instant as you change it. If playback-sync glitches simply press RETRIG (see below).

PITCH Up or down a semitone.

SHIMMER A switch effect (on or off). Randomly stutters between different loops in this drumline. Best used with another loopkeeping the beat solid. This is the secret weapon of this ensemble (used also in FLINTPOPE’S ATMOS and DRUMBOX) and can be almost rhythmic most of the time. Used against other drum-loops it can create an interesting texture and delightfully broken feel.

JUMP Another quirky effect dial that acts Like a vinyl record when the needle jumps. Experiment with settings to get breakbeat and or stutter effects, especially when combined with SHIMMER.

MID is a simple mid-range cut or boost dial that helps clarify the mix in a busy set of loops.

VOLUME dial needs no further explanation, neither do S(OLO) or M(UTE).

The Master FX

RETRIG(ger). If the loops stray (esp. after using JUMP) hit RETRIG. After changing an embedded preset use it too. Or use it as an effect.

FILTER. Routed to VCF cutoff frequency this gives you the muffled “gone to the bathroom” effect.

COMP. Usually turned up full for maximum brute compression.

MASTER. The master volume output dial.

You also get twelve presets as a taster.

Requires Reaktor 6 full version. FREE REAKTOR PLAYER NOT SUPPORTED AS YET

NOTE: Reaktor power-users should have no problem inserting their own loops or other sounds into this ensemble. Just ensure each sample is ROOT 60.