Twisted Tools have released Buffeater, a real-time, dynamically ordered, granular multi-effects unit for Native Instruments’ Reaktor 5, complete with a 346 MB sample library by notable producers such as Richard Devine, D’arcangelo, Mike Huckaby and more.
The effect works by capturing live audio and storing it in a temporary buffer, which allows for real-time processing of the incoming audio using granular synthesis and other methods. In plain terms, Buffeater allows you take live audio and tweak elements of the sound such as time and pitch, while controlling he signal flow of the effects by the order in which you play. With Buffeater, you can easily achieve stutters, glitch, beat repeat/juggling and/or chopped and screwed effects.
The six effects in included are:
Stretch — A granular time and pitch stretching effect. You can use this effect to slow down (stretch) your audio and even freeze it, while still maintaing control over the audio’s pitch.
Tape — A varispeed type effect that allows you to slow down/speed up effect while also altering its pitch. This is similar to the effect you get when speeding up or slowing down a tape.
Slice Repeat — Allows you to repeat fragments of incoming audio and even re-order them on the fly. You can also adjust the speed and direction of the playback of the slices.
Deconstruct — Takes slices of incoming audio and randomly rearranges them in time and can also reverse them. This effect is similar to Slice Repeat, except that it is more random and also features a ‘slide’ setting that causes audio to glide between slices.
Scratch — Classic turntable style scratch effects, similar to what a DJ does with vinyl or cdjs. This allows you to play with time rhythmically with results that sound like ‘scratching’.
Feed Grains — Feed Grains is a granular feedback effect, that is great for creating spatial effects similar to reverb and also to create similar effects to ring modulation. This is a unique effect that really has no comparison that we know of. Try it and experiment.
- 6 realtime granular and buffer effects
- Playable via MIDI
- Advanced internal automation system
- Independent automation speed and length per knob
- Effect signal flow is dynamically re-ordered as you play
- 288 FX Presets and 60 Snapshots (Combos)
- Kore and Maschine Templates
- Time-stretching sample playback system
- 346mb Sample Library
- Sounds by: c2, Richard Devine, EVAC, Glitchmachines, Josh Hinden, Mike Huckaby, Haptic, Komposit, Rena Jones and Tembu (Bay Dawgz)
Buffeater requires Native Instruments Reaktor 5.15 for Mac or PC. It is compatible with Reaktor 5.5. Native Instruments Kore 2 or Maschine are also required if using their respective included templates.
You can purchase Buffeater via direct download from Twisted Tools for $49.
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