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West Explored

8 snap banks for Icaro Ferre's masterwork—plus Flatblaster:)

(20 Votes)
1 (Updated 2 years ago)
1.7MB
August 22, 2016
Reaktor 5 or lower
Other Sounds

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Thanks to a thread at MuffWiggler about pre-6 Reaktor "modulars" (http://tinyurl.com/hbfy4rw), I learned of the deeply fascinating West, here in the UL: http://tinyurl.com/j7ym3up.
I just spent a week or so with it, many hours every day and here's the snap banks that resulted, as annotated as I could manage, for future reference and as a guide for myself and anybody else, as to all I learned about using it. I had a really great time, thanks Icaro!!

As usual, I slipped Flatblaster in after it—and snap-disabled West's Master out at about 75%—so I wouldn't have to waste any time adjusting levels; feel free to delete it if you prefer, but I'm leaving it in and thus including the ensemble in this snap-bank upload because using it seems especially appropriate with a texture-maker like West, since it can reveal so many different layers within every texture, just by changing around its many flavors of EQ, compression and saturation. I've created a MINI-bank of just the FB snaps I used, too, and noted which I used for each bank in the name. I also plugged in Longflow, just as a handy extra FX tasting device; it sounds great with almost everything, but I never had it on while making snaps… I plan next to swop it out with some Boscomatic FX (Delight Delay, the great Tremelo/gater, distortions, etc.…)

Of course, I started out just poking around with the very clean and logical but naturally very complex West interface and didn't put together the final bank I labeled "Basics…" until the last days of my exploration, when I was at last starting to know my way around the guts of panel. It might make sense to start there, though, if you want a sort of tutorial up front; these snaps are very systematically and sequentially ordered and focus on just one or a very few parameters being changed each time.

I can never really express in any other way the deep gratitude I feel for genius and generous makers like Icaro (there are so many here in the UL!) except by similarly sharing my own little offerings, each of which is simply the record of yet more happy hours spent lost to all else staring at Reaktor, thanks to you all.

COMMENTS  (13)

Anders Arensbach
1 year ago
this synth can make some very sick and crazy sounds
Anders Arensbach
1 year ago
masterpises of a synth abselutly awesome
ex.crow
2 years ago
glad that it reappeared ... thanks ...
David Coffin
2 years ago
Sorry, nothing new here, just noticed that the current file was missing one of the banks, so I added it back…which forced the whole thing to reappear in UL as an update.
Micheal Beaulieu
2 years ago
wow! Just too fun exploring this one.
Christian Huygen
2 years ago
Truly wonderful. If anyone is looking for documentation about WEST, it's there with the original ensemble http://tinyurl.com/hbfy4rw . Icaro, David, thank you and thank you.
Icaro Ferre
2 years ago
David!!! This is incredible!! Thanks a lot for sharing! I'm really digging a bunch of these presets. Incredible job!
Brett
2 years ago
Then again, you could make your own blocks patch. and spend the effort making snaps for that... I would like to see what you'd come up with.
Brett
2 years ago
I'm humbled that you say that! It would be a breeze for you compared to your other undertakings. If you do make some snaps for it I would be happy to include them in an update!
David Coffin
2 years ago
Yikes: Antique!! Looks like my next step, thanks Brett.
David Coffin
2 years ago
Thanks for your comments, guys; appreciated—I'd love to hear what you come up with:) The only problem I'm seeing with getting to really know this ensemble (which I'm only just starting to do…and yes, sleep was lost:) is that it tends to spoil you for other synths that don't have such interesting and uncommon routing and mod options! Which is probably a good thing…as next step for me will be to try to deconstruct and swipe from it. Well, maybe adding a few more automation options will be easier at first, such as for the Harmonic Osc's knobs and a few others that don't have drop-down menus.
Brett
2 years ago
8 banks is a ton of snapshots. I remember making the presets for Antique; there were lots of sleepless nights. I would check these out based strictly on the amount of snapshots; there will be lots of inspiring sounds to find, I'm sure. But I'm also very interested in learning more about this ensemble, so I will appreciate the tutorial aspects of your work as well. Thanks a lot for your time spent and for sharing the results.
Quinn Hanratty
2 years ago
Thanks for making and sharing this!
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