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D3X

loop player - live machine - mixing/remixing ensemble

(83 Votes)
2.1 (Updated 6 years ago)
21.3MB
January 16, 2008
Reaktor 5 or lower
Instrument Sequencer

DESCRIPTION

v 2.0 Changelog

Bugfixes
- Fixed an issue with snapshot recall not working properly since Reaktor 5.5.0
- Cabling and turning on/off Reaktor no longer recall a snapshot
- Various minor bugfixes

New Features

Sampler/Sequencer
- Support for 16000+ samples
- Support for any loop length (eg. 5 16th)
- fill in/out feature for effects/crashes/voices that has to play only before or after a pattern change
- Ability to set the number of samples for each key/song (so you do not have to remap the samples, just drag and drop and you're done)
- leds for sample start events
- Greatly improved sampler and mixer snapshot management and sync

Mixer
- new EQ strip for every channel (lp/hp + peak + 2pole lp/hp/bp)
- Optional High quality EQ option with switchfree scalable usage
- Optional Dynamic processor for each channel (switchfree scalable aswell)
- Fake sidechain simulator with assignable amount for each channel and kick follow
- Better reverb with 2 modes (classic NI late diffusion 6/12 stages)
- Support for up to 4 stereo external audio inputs
- Support for up to 2 Extra FX processors
- Smart knobs assignment menu with ability to assign them to every knob in the mixer

Other
- Support for TouchOSC (ipad)

What is D3X?

I’ve made this ensemble to perform live, in the past i was using an akai mpc2000 + yamaha 01v digital mixer.
So D3X basically replicates the basic functionalities of this 2 hardwares , it acts as loop player and mixer.
The great feature comparing to the hardware counterparts is that here everything is doubled, so It works like 2 decks and i’ve added a basic dj mixer, so you can easily choose your tracks order and mix them like a DJ (you can go out with 2 separate stereo outputs if you prefer to use an external DJ mixer).

The old V1.5 lite that is on Reaktor User Library is not working as expected with the latest reaktor updates and it’s quite outdated so i’ve made this new version and i’ve greatly improved almost every aspect.
I have included also a layout for TouchOSC ready to go for use it with an Ipad (1024*768) and a midi dump for behringer BCF2000 + BCR2000 (you will need 3 of that to have total control)
I currently use an hybrid method, ipad for the decks and behringer BCR2000 for the dj mixer.

Now that Reaktor is 64bit you can load several hours of samples, i currently have more than 48 tracks on mine with more than 1200 samples and i have only 8GB RAM installed on my laptop.

Features

2 indipendent decks with:

- 16 channel polyphony loop/sample player with basic sequencer

- 16 banks with up to 99 presets for the mixer and 99 patterns for sampler/sequencer

- support for 16000+ samples/loops

- autopitch samples with desired BPM

- 8 channel mixer with his own delay and reverb and an fx rack (ring,rate,and 2p LP)

- dynamic processor for each channel (can be disabled for slower laptops)

- EQ for every channel (lp/hp + peak + 2pole lp/hp/bp)

- High quality EQ strip (can be disabled for slower laptops)

- support for 2 extra fx send/return (put your own ones!)

- support for 4 stereo external inputs (hardware synths/reaktor synths/external vsts/etc..)

DJ mixer with:

- 2 Channels with shared delay and reverb

- Headphones prelisten with solos

- Filter cutoffs hp/lp that can be used simultaneously

- Visual waveform view

- Auto limiter (Waves L1 style) to avoid distortions with his own peak meter

- quick buttons to disable/enable effects and filters

- support for dj booth speakers (monitor out)

- pre-fader selector for both delay and reverb
External controller support

-8 smart knobs assignable to every knob in the mixer

-Support for TouchOSC controller (ipad)

-Support for Behringer bcf/bcr2000 (you can use others but they must be total recallable (endless knobs/motorized faders)

Sample import edit has been greatly improved and is now much faster to add loops/samples.

Even if there are no switches both the high quality EQ and dynamic processors has been made in order to save cpu if they are not working, so cpu load will increase depending on how many of them are in use.

Scalability, with an option panel with ability to disable dynamic processor, HQ eqs and HQ reverb (those are the only switches in the ensembles), and support for 33khz playback.

Dynamic processor is a stripped down version of a multiband compressor i’m working on right now, i had to remove most of its features in order to save cpu but still can be used to achieve a lot of results.

Requirements

- To use it full featured you need a really powerful laptop, at least a top category 2009 laptop or newer.

- Mac users should need a more powerful laptop compared to win users

- As reaktor is mainly a single threaded application you need fast clocks, a second generation core i3 could be good also but it has to be a fast model.

- Reaktor 5.9.0

- 1600*900 resolution in order to see everything
- Audio Card with 2 Outputs (4 outs if you want to use headphones or use an external dj mixer, 6 outs for dj booth monitor also)

-This ensemble should be used with Reaktor Stand-Alone

Go to D3X official page on my blog to download templates for ToucOSC and Behringers and to find tutorials (only 1 for now)

http://www.riccardoferri.net/blog/reaktor/d3x/

Official discussion thread here on NI forums

http://www.native-instruments.com/forum/showthread.php?212379

DO NOT USE THE USER LIBRARY COMMENT TO ASK QUESTIONS THANKS

COMMENTS  (37)

Michael Bourne
3 years ago
Great!
riccardo ferri
6 years ago
come to the official discussion thread if you need more help it's impossible to give support here.
riccardo ferri
6 years ago
increase buffer size of your audio card, i suggest 1024 samples.
Bytechop
6 years ago
Great tool but i got a processor overload during snapshot switch. I use 5.9 and Win 7 64bit.
michael o'hagan
6 years ago
thank you Riccardo!
Grenchy Ollana
6 years ago
HI Riccardo any chances of a manual updated link ? thanks in advance ! Im user of both BCR and BCF would like to give it a try , regards
riccardo ferri
8 years ago
i will update it soon with youtube video tutorials to how to use it, stay tuned :D i just need some more free time :(
Karel Skakal
9 years ago
Thank you for this, great machine, but I can't figure out some things,(samples,sequencer), can you please upload a manual, the link above doesn't work... All best, K.
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
i've putted it all the times my friend, but when i press submit it removes that, dunno why, comment system bug i guess :)
josh hinden
11 years ago
btw, you need to type a 'dot' in for the link to work between the word Guide and doc...
josh hinden
11 years ago
thanks! very cool
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
DAMNIT AGAIN STUPID COMMENT SYSTEM there's a dot after "Guide", unbelievable.
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
http://rapidshare.com/files/136750864/D3X1.2QuickUsageGuide.doc.html here's the right link a dot was missing in the upper link :/
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
here's the link for the quick usage guide, they have removed again from zip damnit!!! http://rapidshare.com/files/136750864/D3X1.2QuickUsageGuide.doc.html look comment .10 above here also... if you have still problems let me know
Maciej Nejman
11 years ago
?? I dont know why my message is in 3 copys. Sorry for that
Maciej Nejman
11 years ago
hmmm...I'm still looking for a method to load my own samples - wav or aif. I cannot find any manual - can You help me and write how to do it? I will be very greatfull. Thanks a lot.
Ryan Dean
11 years ago
Glad to see this one is still being tinkered with and improved. Interesting direction for Reaktor. Thanks for sharing.
Shai Levy
11 years ago
thanks ricardo. i actually response but its gone somehow. its indeed the buffer size of the audio interface, which i can not tune when working standalone. so when its hosted as plugin in live, the cpu shows 53% , which makes more sense.
Shai Levy
11 years ago
oohh.. sorry for this clumsy double post
Shai Levy
11 years ago
i used it standalone and my cpu is core duo 2 GHZ but the problem is here -- my soundcard wont allow tweaking buffer size from the os, just through the DAW, so indeed, when i open D3X as a plugin in live, with buffer set to 512, it gives 52% cpu. makes sense.
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
damnit triple posting!!!! I just want to add that you can lower the control rate till 200Hz and it's still fine, as last thing you can lower the sample rate aswell to 33Khz, it's still acceptable imho. Ciao!
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
Reaktor on MAC sucks, btw try use a big buffer like 512 or 1024 and launch it in Reaktor stand-alone, not Plug-in. I haven't tested but it uses 33% on my laptop winxp with 2.16 core2duo, it should go fine with latests macbook, even if it will probably suck double CPU with the same hardware, what cpu you have?
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
I've saved a DEFAULT snapshot for every Song/Bank, click on any song with the mouse, it will switch automatically after the 4th measure to the new song and pattern 1.
Shai Levy
11 years ago
thanks for this upload. im on an intel macbook and get 'over' on the cpu. mackie satellite for audio interface. .. strange ?
riccardo ferri
11 years ago
sure! have you read the little manual and the comment .10 above here ? Be more precise on your questions let's see if i can help. BTW i'm about to upload a new version with a bugfix, some code rewritten in core cell (less cpu usage) and 16 channels for eack deck instead of 12 if you care..
Maciej Nejman
11 years ago
Hi. I see that is great machine - is there any possibility to load my own sample - wav or aif format, and makes banks with my sounds to perform live?
Alessandro Gaudino
12 years ago
Grande Ricca!!!
riccardo ferri
12 years ago
@Eric songs are snapshot banks, so: 1 - load up your samples for song 3 in sample editor and assing midi note 3, then velocity 1 for the first sample ,2,3 and so on... 2 - do all the stuff you need in the sampler then save a snaphot in Bank3, position 1 for example. 3 - now go to the mixer and do all the stuff you need there, then save a snapshot for the mixer in Bank 3, position 1. it's just a matter of sanpshot banks, hope it's clear, if you need something else just ask! :)
Bertrand Eric
12 years ago
Hello Riccardo, I downloaded your ensemble and it works fine on my notebook. The only thing I need to know about it it is how to create some song on it. I also used your map but when I put on song three, change the number in the sequencer, everything stopped working.Some more information needed.
Jonathan Style
12 years ago
Ok I got it working. I really like this. Thanks for being willing to share it will us. I only play with the demo about 10min so I am not going to vote to I acutally go through it and try it out with some of my loops. Again, thanks I think the empty version will be a big help for me, I wont have to do myself.
Jonathan Style
12 years ago
Its a pain in the ass I agree with you!!! I have had the same problems as of late. It also retains deleted ens or several version into one folder, so the file size get far to big with stuff you don't want. It needs improvemnt.
riccardo ferri
12 years ago
i'm reuploading also with that name just in case :/ why the hell they remove non .ens files from the .zip, they are scared about what?? with only 8 megs upload limit also!!!
riccardo ferri
12 years ago
a big sorry to all, i didn't recognize that my manual has been wiped from the upload zip, i've modified the text over, you can download the manual and inside there is the correct link for download. inside the ensemble is wrong cause i called it DEX before i look here that there are already some other ensembles called DEX so i've changed to D3X, you can just replace E with 3 and it will work. sry about that.
Phil Durrant
12 years ago
the website does not work for me ... just a blank page. i am on a Mac.
riccardo ferri
12 years ago
@ Jonathan It is made for use it with an external controller, i rarely look at the monitor, and i use mouse only to change songs. @ Herwig download works.. just tried.. try again!
herw
12 years ago
sorry i am not able to download the map.
Jonathan Style
12 years ago
I just could not resist I put dj mixer like sliders in the master. How do you keep track of all that? I will be giving it a try when I am at a computer with samples.
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