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Drop your samples into this synth

(8 Votes)
Nick Dwyer
1 (Updated 1 year ago)
November 02, 2019
Reaktor 6


A mixed drag and drop sample player and four-oscillator (x2) synth, both with versatile LFO sections (adapted from Reaktorblocks Bento Box) to modify the sound.

Each module has its own envelope and filter sections and there is a set of master FX: sub-bass (single-note at C60), vinyl crackle, reverb, frequency shift and a limiter.

The synth section also includes a cabinet FX level for warmth.

You get 36 presets that cover a range of sounds from swirling pads through beaty loops to grimy glitch. You can infinitely modify these sounds with your own samples and synth expertise.

A note on loading presets: If DROPSYNTH can’t find a preset sample and asks for help in locating it just choose any of the included samples in the enclosed folder in the download.

A note on saving your own presets:

When working with DROPSYNTH in REAKTOR standalone, save and load your Snapshots as Presets (File > Save Preset As / File > Open Preset) instead of saving the Ensemble. If you do not follow this method, DROPSYNTH will ask for the samples when reloading the saved ensemble.

DROPSYNTH will only accept audio files in the .aif and .wav format and is optimized for samples with a rate of 44.1 KHz.

REVIEW by Ben Bishop on BPB
"DROPSYNTH allows you to drag and drop samples into it and turn them into a playable instrument. What’s more is the additional four-oscillator synthesizer that has filter controls, adjustable waveforms, and a built-in LFOs as well. It is unclear from the product’s description if the sampler and synth can be used simultaneously with a blend option. If so, this software would be reminiscent of Omnisphere, just with a much smaller built-in sample library (only 190 MB).

What excites me the most about this Reaktor ensemble is the ability to drag and drop, say, a snippet of a vocal and turn it into a lead instrument. This technique for making pitched “glitchy” vocals is quite popular in pop music nowadays. What’s also neat is that DROPSYNTH allows the user to adjust the attack and release of the loaded sample, as well as to loop the sample when the note is triggered for an extended period. This is a fairly useful set of sample playback control parameters and I was happy to see them included.

The instrument also comes with a collection of effect modules such as a limiter, reverb, frequency shifter, a lo-fi module, and a sub bass generator. In addition, you can apply more FX simultaneously to the synth section. To kick things off, the instrument comes with 36 factory presets. Listening to the official demo track, the sounds are quite ambient, percussive and spacious. I was hoping to hear more examples of using the sampler for lead lines or chordal playing. I guess that’s another reason to try it out myself!"

157 MB DL


Daniel Hogan
1 year ago
Cool. :)
Nick Dwyer
1 year ago
Hey Guildorf, I wish this was as sophisticated as Razor...
1 year ago
I bought Razor, and a few other items with sample folders, looking forward to trying them out. Such an excellent group of features you've made available.Thanks also for the tips, and sharing the review Cheers
Nick Dwyer
1 year ago
Thanks el-bo
1 year ago
Looks interesting! Thanks :)
Andy Selby
1 year ago
Don't run Cubase as admin.
Nick Dwyer
1 year ago
Thankyou Hartej
Nick Dwyer
1 year ago
D B Try it in Standalone mode
1 year ago
I had a feeling I wasn't going to be able to drag and drop and I was right. I get the block icon in Cubase.
Hartej Dhiman
1 year ago
Amazing, as usual!