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Experimental Rhythm Minimalism

(18 Votes)
Nick Dwyer
2.0 (Updated 12 months ago)
September 21, 2016
Reaktor 6
Blocks Ensembles


REICHIAN is an unusual rhythm maker that doesn’t use drums. It is almost as if minimalist composer Steve Reich (and not the therapist Wilhelm Reich) started working in Acid House.

V2 now features 48 presets (including the original 24) accessed by double clicking “Embedded” in the presets side-pane. It also features a cleaner, annotated GUI that follows the signal flow and the modwheel is now wired to FM and preset B (user setting). All tempos have been set to 104 bpm across the instrument but like everything else in a Blocks ensemble it is up to the user to do what they like with it.

Don’t forget to put the patches into external sync if running inside your DAW.

Note that the reverb at the end of the signal chain doubles up as master level. Also be aware that Reichian will eat your CPU; mine registers 38% of a 2.9Ghz Intel Core i5 with 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 on a 2013 iMac though nothing’s melted yet.

Thanks to the blocks makers who invented the Dattoro Reverb and the Resonating Wood Oscillator, the latter which lends a distinctive percussive clank when needed.

The demo here uses 5 presets from the new bank.

Don’t miss more Reaktor things like this and original Massive X and Kontakt libraries over at

It's free. I'm not! perhaps a donation...


Nick Dwyer
11 months ago
Cheers Thorsten, and thanks for the publicity on your site.
Thorsten Meyer
12 months ago
Thank you Nick for the update!
Nick Dwyer
3 years ago
Thanks @Turby Schmidt. That's the same reason I love Reaktor. I'm still lost!
Turby Schmidt
3 years ago
This is why I love Reaktor! Just tweak some knobs and get lost. Great Ensemble! Thanks Nick!
Vueaou Vueaou
4 years ago
Huge Thanx Nicky!1111111
Nick Dwyer
4 years ago
Hi Vueaou Vueaou. Open a Reaktorblocks Ensemble. Put Reaktor 6 in EDIT mode (possibly doesn't do this in the free player). See the 5 symbols under the Reaktor logo. Click on the extreme right hand symbol that looks like a tick in a box. Under subheading INSTRUMENT click VIEW. Click on the block you want to change the look of. In the menu under STYLE click Bg Image, and change it in the drop down that opens to BG_Black
Vueaou Vueaou
4 years ago
how to make bento box modules black colored like on the screenshot
Nick Dwyer
4 years ago
My pleasure, Paule.
4 years ago
Thanks Nick.