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bEAST2

VA Synth with a wide range of sounds and lots of presets

(112 Votes)
2.5 (Updated 3 months ago)
20.7MB
September 25, 2012
Reaktor 5 or lower

DESCRIPTION

new in 2.5
Almost 200 new snapshots on banks 1 and 2
Improved filter algorithm combines the "compromise"-integrators of the original filter with zdf-techniques to provide a resonance peak of up to 20kHz even at 48kHz sample rate. (And halving the sample rate means halving the cpu load!)
Improved automation
Reverb less CPU hungry
Improved modulators
Improved bitcrusher (freely mix original and aliased signal)
Improved tape emulation
Every single sound in the demo is made with bEAST 2.5

New in 2.04
Added destinations for modwheel and aftertouch.
New in 2.01
Pitchbend range is now adjustable
New in 2.0
What startet out as: „oh I found a cool Moog filter emulation. Let’s pack a bunch of Oscillators together and throw as much harmonics on it as possible.“ has become my everyday go to synth. Every single sound in the demo songs, even drums, is made with bEAST2. Added a lot of features over the last years. Enjoy!

1. Oscillator 2 Section is completely new, it offers 6 different Oscillator Styles
2. Every connection now is Audio. (Ok, almost: Vibrato and Ost 3 Modulations are still Event-Based). Upside: Envelopes are so fast, you can build drums sounds. Downside bEAST2 needs more CPU power than recent versions.
3. Added a Transient Generator to the Noise Section
4. Added comb filtered Noise
5. Added Reverb
6. Envelopes got a second type with flexible curves
7. Added a Compressor and OTT Style Compression
8. Added 80s Workstation style sounds
9. It needs at least 88.2 kHz sample rate
10. Saturation Section got a overhaul. Better control of the last two stages
11. The „supersaw“ osc3 can be used to generate chords and clusters
12. Tons of new presets


New in 1.9:
There are demo sounds for some of the new stuff. You can find them in the „demo of new features“ bank.

Overhaul of the „Supersaw Oscillator“. I found an interesting research paper from Alex Shore on the JP-8000 „Supersaw“, wich led to some modifications in my Supersaw Oscillator. It now consists of 7 Oscillators, (not 6 as before) and they come in three different flavors: „LoFi“ spares antialiasing and therefor has a rougher sound, „Super“ is built with primary oscillators (as before), and „Hyper“ adds another 7 oscillators on top, but these are impulse oscillators not sawtooths to add sheen to the top end. "Knack" key-triggers 3 Oscillators, the remaining 4 run free. This gives some impact to the attack.

Alternative envelopes with exponential attack
Most digital ADSR-Envelopes work with linear attack and exponential decay. Now you can switch the filter- and amp-envelope to exponential attack and control the attack slope. This removes some of the clockwork routine and feels a bit more "springy". I like it, what do you think?

Distortion
Inside the Beast structure there are 3 points where some kind of saturation or distortion is added and level is crucial to the sound: filter, amp and at the output. Filter and amp work polyphonicly, so there is no cross modulation between voices. But before the output-section is reached, all voices are added, so this distortion has quite a different effect. In the „Global“-Section to the left you now have access to „drive“ and „ceiling“ of this output distortion. Leave both knobs at zero to get the same sound as before. The „Drive Organ“ Snapshot is a good starting point for diving into distortion research. Besides the before mentioned parameters try „Filter Saturation“, „Volume“, „Sat Bias“ and „Highpass“. Each one has its specific impact on the overall sound.

New in 1.8: Still in search of the "perfect" sawtooth, I changed some highpass filters inside the saturation circuits. I also changed the behavior of the "impact"-section. It did a 3dB/octave rise over the whole Spectrum, to let sounds better cut through the mix, but it was overtly bright. Now it's 1.5dB/oct. I also added "sweetening"-style bass and treble EQs. They are neutral at the 7 o'clock position and fine around 12.

New in 1.7: Added a small oscilloscope view, inspired by the "minilogue"

New in 1.6: Did you know there's an audible difference between rising and falling sawtooth waveforms? I didn't until yesterday. And I'm still not completely convinced, but the falling sawtooth to me often sounds rounder and fuller than the rising one. The older bEAST Versions worked with rising sawtooth waveforms, this one produces falling ones. Is there a difference or am I hallucinating? There's a phase reverse switch in the mixer section, so you can make your own observations :)

bEAST is a virtual analog Synthesizer specialized in agressive and distorted Lead, Bass and FX Sounds. It is built around the Ladder Filter-Algorithm by Antti Huovilainen and Vesa Välimäki, Filter implementation in Reaktor Core by Salamanderanagram (many thanks!) The Audiopath is full stereo from the Oscillators on. For best results, run it at 88.2 or higher.
Though the Layout with Oscillator Bank, Mixer, ect. may look familiar, bEAST is not a Minimoog Clone. Have Fun!

COMMENTS  (60)

Goremall
1 month ago
Couldn't help but overhear the conversation below. You do need both, an easy to understand and visually catchy interface as well as a quality build with a good library of USEFUL presets. Products like Form have and TRK01 have multiple developers working on them. For most of us builders though, we are doing 3 people's jobs, i.e. making the synth, making the interface, and making the presets. So it is nearly impossible to perfect all 3 of these necessary components. For me, I make neat interfaces and great presets, but I'm still very new to coding and trig so I can never get the sound I really want in my synths. This is why I think it would be neat if there were more collaborative projects. I am more than happy to play around with a custom interface for beast and sent it to you Jorg.
Goremall
2 months ago
This is wonderful, thank you!
Der Einmeier
3 months ago
The previous version without so many new sounds was already phenomenal, can't wait to try the new snapshots. And yes, probably one of the most underrated ensembles here in the library - and I don't care about the GUI as long as I can understand and use it quickly. And that's exactly what works wonderfully. Besides, the GUI reminds me of the first Reaktor ensembles, I feel at home there. If the beast now gets an intelligent randomizer to create new inspiring sounds even faster instead of meticulously trying out the many buttons, I'll give you a big bag of gummy bears ;-) DANKESCHÖÖÖÖÖÖN!
Stf Dugs
3 months ago
bindlestiff i totally agree with you. I was more speaking about the underrated aspect of the synth and that it would attract more attention. As far as a new look i wasn't imagining anything 3D or shiny...maybe just a bit more space,minimal design to emphasize what is what and make it pleasing with the choice of colors. Jörg Holzamer I also like to have an overall view! I am not fond of tons of hidden menus and windows.
mv audioware (mvshmusik)
3 months ago
Stf Dugs I actually do agree with that point, the UI looks like those notoriously space-shuttly classic Logic plugins. But still, it is an incredible ensemble with lots of potential. I hope someone can design a cleaner, more curious UI for this guy's ensemble so it can look more appealing to this kind of crowd.
Jörg Holzamer
3 months ago
Thank you bindlestiff and Stf Dugs - I think you both have a point here. I personally also love a beautiful interface. It makes you wanna grab the knobs, play around or maybe it shows what goes on inside with great clarity and beauty. Therefor I can totally understand, that you get more downloads with a nicer look. And I have to admit: I am not fond of this look either! Two reasons why the bEAST looks like it looks today: 1. No hidden menus. I like to see any knob, any switch at any time. And since bEAST has grown over the years it has a lot of them, the interface is a bit overcrowded. 2. I see designing synths and sounds as a hobby. To me the fun lies in creating structures, dsp algorhithms, sounds and music - not graphics. Therefor all my ensembles rely heavily on the standard Reaktor knobs and switches.
bindlestiff
3 months ago
Oh sure, it can be nice to have a pleasing, purdy GUI, but folks overlooking audio beauty in the realm of music/sound creation is just silly. There are great examples here of what CAN be done, be it Goremall/Jon Ball's lilac fatale vibe, or BOLLE's hyper-realistic virtual hardware designs; but if the mechanistic look of tech tools causes you to overlook stellar sonics within your art may suffer an overdose of visual anesthetic music suffering creative malnutrition. There are plenty of pricey, flashy but empty VSts out there. Some of the oldest, most basic LOOKING ens here are STILL the most lovely SOUNDING. If you are a sonic artist in a busted realm and a fugly button makes beautiful sounds, it becomes like the face of God.
Stf Dugs
3 months ago
"one the most underrated ensembles" Sad to say but probably because of the graphical interface,it sways people's impression a lot. I only care about the sound but it would do some good if it had a nice interface,i don't like photo realistic though,prefer something pleasing on the eye but minimal.
mv audioware (mvshmusik)
3 months ago
This is with no doubt one of the most underrated ensembles on the library. If only I had the ideas to create as many snapshots as you have done, here. Thanks for sharing!
Karolis Burzinskas
3 months ago
One of the most amazing Reaktor synths! Thanx!!
Micheal White
3 months ago
EXCELLENT :-)...........definately in the TOP 3 Reaktor Synths and RIVALS a LOT of other plugin Synths that cost hundreds of dollars.......Can't thank you enogh for the Gift this EPIC synth BEAST is Jörg Holzamer......10/10
Rasmus Jakobsen
3 months ago
Wunderbar-
lilpil
3 months ago
Beauty.
Jörg Holzamer
3 months ago
thanx a lot :-)
Forrest Gore
3 months ago
Amazing sounds.
bindlestiff
3 months ago
Whoah, whoah, whoah - this was ALREADY a fantastic Beast, a standout UL synth with many quality capabilities. But - it could get better? Check - Now I can't believe the beautiful sounds flying out of this, a fountain of inspiration at my fingertips! Thanks for the share/stellar update!
Dirk Wallinger
1 year ago
Ich mag die FX-Sparte, wo ich mich heimisch fühle! Da schlug mein Puls, als Entwickler, etwas höher. Weiter so: :-)
Scott Weiser
2 years ago
Insanely good! wow....
ramboot
2 years ago
Merci super job !!
Michael Hagen
2 years ago
It's great, fantastic Job. many Thx
Micheal White
2 years ago
OMG you are THE BE(a)ST.......NO.1 Reaktor Synth EVER....I can not thank you enough.....when I asked you about if these 2 little feature could be added I was prepared to wait patiently and instead you just DID It......Thank you x 1000 Jörg Holzamer Native Instruments should give you an award....much gratitude 5 stars mate ✰✰✰✰✰
Matthew Babineaux
2 years ago
Finally a one-stop all-purpose EXTREMELY efficient synth--necessary for any producer. I've used the famous classic synth collections producers rave about--scrap those. Just get this one.
Guillaume Richard
2 years ago
a real beast:) fantastic and complexe. thank you!
Michael Tambaro
2 years ago
Thanks, this is really nice! :)
Dirk Wallinger
2 years ago
Demotrack 2 = Da fühlt man sich direkt wie auf einer aftershowparty, wo alles entspannt ist.
Tony Walsh
2 years ago
Have to agree, this is pretty good!
Cristian Echeverria Rabi
2 years ago
This is so good... Thanks
Alexandr Seletski
2 years ago
WOW!!!
Micheal White
2 years ago
thank you is there anyway to add aftertouch and mod wheel asignments that's the only thing i'm having trouble with wold be great to have seperate mod wheel and aftertouch ••••• Five Stars still :-)
Jörg Holzamer
2 years ago
Thank you so much for your appreciation. I hope this bEAST can inspire you to make some great music :-)
Micheal White
2 years ago
When I first started exploring Reaktor early last year I discovered Beast and was absolutely blown away.......definitely in my top 3 all time best Reaktor Synths......even rivalling quite a few mainstream soft synths especially in sound 10/10 thank-you so much for the effort and gift that is this synth....LEGENDARY :-)
Bryan Lake
2 years ago
Holy crap this sounds phenomenal. Lot's of hard work went into this synth obviously. Thanks so much for making this.
Kimmo Kivelä
2 years ago
This is VERY good work.
kevin halloran
2 years ago
This can indeed get beastly!
Irene Wiley
2 years ago
Wowwwwww!!!!!The sounds are so thorough!!! Thank you!!! It's a beast!!!!!2
Michael Tambaro
2 years ago
Thanks for the clarification. I'm generally a fan of separate up down ranges.
Jörg Holzamer
2 years ago
Hello Michael, pitch bend down goes to zero. It's a bit odd, but I liked it. I'll make it adjustable, as soon as I find space for the knob...
Michael Tambaro
2 years ago
Thanks for the update. I was wondering if the pitch bend down is correct? seems odd to me.
jace cavacini
5 years ago
This is indeed a beast! It likes to make dirty sounds and yet still has a lot of variety. Took me a while to start comprehending the gain staging(?) in this thing while running through the snapshots. Neat results of distortion types in various places here. Thanks for making and sharing this.
sketchdashaman
6 years ago
damm...havent had a all in one synth with a sound like this thats not hard on the CPU in a...long...long..time dude. nice work!
GG.G SakabeaT
6 years ago
thx 4 the update this synth really is a beast !!!!
Przemyslaw Kopczyk
6 years ago
Now, that is a nice and fat sounding ensemble. Thank you Jörg.
Jörg Holzamer
6 years ago
Sorry, I was wrong. There's not just one high-pass in the output section - there is a cascade of 6dB/oct high-pass filters throughout the instrument, which where set to different frequencies. I have corrected this, the sawtooth waveform looks better now.
Jörg Holzamer
6 years ago
You are right, there's no DC offset at the output. The saw's shape is not completely determined by the Oscillators. Oscillator volume, saturation-bias and the cutoff-frequency of the output-highpass are also crucial. You get the "purest" sawtooth by setting the volume low, highpass at 2Hz and the bias to zero. The waveform will still look a bit "exponential". This is caused by the 6dB/oct highpass working at 2(!)Hz, and it's nearly inaudible.
Trial'N'Error  
6 years ago
Well my fault, i forgot the filter. Lowpass without key tracking leads to my described waveform change, nothing to wonder about. It's really just this logarithmic shape of the saw.
Trial'N'Error  
6 years ago
my thoughts about the sawtooths. - the anti-aliasing of the primary oscillators is not the best ^^ - the waveform gets a kinda square like form at lower frequencies and associated by that the waveform gets a dc-offset as well. is this a bug? i'm pretty sure that R5 did not show this behaviour
GG.G SakabeaT
6 years ago
cool,a real instrument...somthing that is not a block...thanx 4 that... and great synthh by tyhe way!!!
Jörg Holzamer
6 years ago
Thanks for your comments on the up- and down-sawtooth phenomenon. I added a small scope view, just to be sure about the slope... and for the fun of it.
Lars Bo Hermansen
6 years ago
Ditto. I have allways heard the two sawtooth differently in a sound. Thanks for the update.
Ng Mui
6 years ago
I hear the same thing regarding the sawtooth, really hard to tell tho if it's just my brains fooling me because they sound very much the same, I would describe it exactly as you said with the addition of warmer, which might be exactly the same thing as what you sense as fuller of course.
Lars Bo Hermansen
9 years ago
After some testing i must add and say that this synth is capable of producing both nasty, dirty, beuatiful,peaceful, fun, fat, thin, classy and warm sounds. You name it. Just take some time to create. Really good features to control sounds on this beautyful beast including the ramp and sweep controls. And you can also use lfo to PWM etc etc ... Quality.
Lars Bo Hermansen
9 years ago
Forgot. This beast can create some moogy sounds too. Just as the design. You Know.
Lars Bo Hermansen
9 years ago
Yes thats a beast. Thanks a lot. The snaps are not warm but dirty. Some say dirty is warm. No matter what this ensemble has great sound. I find your F A T P A D can create some warm sound. But that synth is not dirty as this beast. Your synths and your fx's kompliments each other. Thanks a lot.
Adam Borkowski
9 years ago
impressive.thnx.
Derrick Spears
10 years ago
These sounds aren't warm...the emulations are cold and harsh. Not musical...
David Frappaz
10 years ago
Demo sounds really good Thanks!
salamanderanagram
10 years ago
Big sound, glad to see my filter get some use ;) Good work!
A Angel
10 years ago
awesome sounding synth, with a very nice layout, top notch.
Jörg Holzamer
10 years ago
Download should work now. I uploaded the file with a different name. Thanx for sharing the information :)
R Ben
10 years ago
the demo mp3 sounds awesome. however, the synth cannot be downloaded, please do something about it.
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