Importing very old ensembles (Generator 1.5)

Discussion in 'REAKTOR' started by coasc, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. coasc

    coasc New Member

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    (the next paragraph is backstory, skip to the question at the end unless you're bored)

    In 1996, I was a kid, a family friend gave me a demo version of Generator 1.2. I was hooked, and eventually (I called them begging for a reduced price) I bought the full version of Generator 1.5, which came on four 3.5'' disks (see profile pic). This included some DRM scheme that could only be activated twice. Around 1999 I formatted my PC without correctly deactivating that DRM, and a bit later the HDD broke, making it impossible to reactivate the license. I tried calling the NI service, but the only solution they could offer was: buy the new Generator/Reaktor.. I didn't.

    By coincidence, I recently found some old backup CDs that contain sounds/music I made in Generator, as well as the .ens files.

    Nostalgia, combined with the recent sale, led me to I buy it again.

    Now R6, which is of course awesome, can't read those .ens files from the 1990s. I saw in other posts that even pre-R5 files aren't compatible. However, once in a while old Reaktor versions are listed on ebay or music forums, so I'm interested to know:


    - Are there any versions of Reaktor that can import old .ens files from Generator 1.5? (given that I can't even activate my Generator 1.5 license anymore)

    - Is there any other way, maybe a tool that can batch-convert those very old ensemble files to newer ones?
     
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  2. Moujik

    Moujik NI Product Owner

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    There's probably an intermediate version of Reaktor that will open them, but I'd say your best best it to contact NI & ask them to convert them for you.
     
  3. Paule

    Paule NI Product Owner

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    Mostly R5.9.4 can do that. I open a conversation with you.
     
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  4. coasc

    coasc New Member

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    Thanks Paule, replied in PM.

    If anyone is interested in what the Generator 1.5 package looked like, see attachment below:
     

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  5. Paule

    Paule NI Product Owner

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    I send them back saved as 'R5 ohne samples'
     
  6. coasc

    coasc New Member

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    It works! Thanks again :)

    Btw, I noticed some of the official NI ensembles from Generator 1.5 can still be found in the Reaktor 3 Legacy Library (zip file that comes with the R6 Factory Library), for example the awesome FatOverdriveFB.ens.
     
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  7. Paule

    Paule NI Product Owner

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    It's from 1999-05-06.

    Ten years ago or so there was a member who packed all his Reaktor 2.3 and R3 ensembles in a rar file and load it up to rapidshare.
    This link was limited up to 10 downloads. Happily I was one of them.
    R3 ens I can't open. At this time there was a copyright secure with software dongle I never own.
    My start in Reaktor was R4 session 2004.

    Converting this old files with R5.9.4 has a handicap. All switches are set to off.
     

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  8. herw

    herw NI Product Owner

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    ManyMood R6
    fantastic performance: 4 voices only 4.5% !!

    Leslie Organ R6
    from NI 1998 Reaktor 2.3 library
     

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  9. herw

    herw NI Product Owner

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    mini komplex R6
    by Steffen Fürst (correct link?)
    seems to be interesting but there are missing audio samples?

    Just found other ensembles published under Steffe Fürst

    nice panel ...
    1.png

    ... but terrible structure design ;)

    2.png

    someone can activate it?
     

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  10. p1afff

    p1afff NI Product Owner

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    Ouch ! Was it the first example of non-repairable products ? :)
     
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  11. Paule

    Paule NI Product Owner

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    with functional snaps
    upload_2019-12-3_12-28-8.png
    for R6
     

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  12. herw

    herw NI Product Owner

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    thanks
     
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  13. Paule

    Paule NI Product Owner

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    IMO the missing samples are from the tape recorder?
    Herwig, if you load it first with R5 and save then - it's okay in R6.
    Please try it with Komplex 1.5 by the same author
     
  14. Seoman303

    Seoman303 NI Product Owner

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    Impressive. This invites to have a look at the oldest uploads available.
     
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