Dual Oscillator Sound Generator
This is a Reaktor realization of a notorious boutique analog synth device. This is my limited attempt to digitize the spirit and excitement of the original. I would generously say that I have captured about 30% of the vibe of the real thing. I am having a lot of fun with it anyway, so I am sharing it with the community in hopes that someone else may enjoy it as well.
I am a big believer in the phenomenon of limitations increasing creativity. I have boxes of 4-track cassettes to prove it. One of the reasons I love the original device this ensemble is based on is it's utter simplicity and the hours of enjoyment I have spent twisting it's unlabeled dials and switches. I hope the fact that I have left everything unlabeled will be accepted as creative lubricant rather than an annoyance.
In the Reaktor domain the Pain Box has many obvious new abilities such as midi automation and preset morphing. Preset morphing with this instrument in particular has been extremely amusing I hope you try it. I just like watching all the knobs turn at once. There are many interesting sounds hiding between points A and B.
If you are curious what a dial or switch does, they are properly labeled in the properties window, so just right click on it and choose, view properties.
The B view contains all the under the hood settings for the various amps and filters. The first 45 presets use settings for these parameters that I felt most closely resembled the original device.
The external Audio input is set to be a contributing color to the Oscillators. It has been purposefully muted and darkened and limited in level to be kept just under the surface of what is happening elsewhere. I think if you enjoy the vibe of the Pain Box itself, adding outside sounds will really increase the joyous mayhem. I have included Martin Brinkman's Sampleloop instrument to demonstrate the external input function. Of course using the Pain Box on as an insert on a Vocal track or a bus of guitars would be it's own brand of fun. It is also great to use in situations where you don't hear it directly such as the side chain input of a gate or compressor and as a modulation source on another synth's oscillator(s).
Thanks to Jonathan Style for his key advice to a novice builder like myself.