Wow! I'm finally learning that I need to pay very, very close attention to every BlinkSonic press release that comes my way. I'll admit I'm slightly lost for words with their new Substanz for Reaktor ensemble. It's packed full of awesome features and will probably appeal to those wanting a groovebox and finger drumming platform that'll help you stay in sync.
Here's what the good folks at BlinkSonic tell us about Substanz, and defintiely check out the video below too.
4 voices sample based groovebox and finger drumming platform for Reaktor 5/6. Remix the 4 tracks with the fx processor (25 effects) and included master chain. Get addicted to beats making with this new instrument.
SUBSTANZ concept provides a complete solution for switching between pre builded sequences and more lively performance with real time drum taps launched by an external midi devices.
With its wide flat design dashboard, all parameters are within a comprehensive workflow for creating a various range of beats and building modern rhythmic structures.
SUBSTANZ° comes with a unique collection of samples, based on 41 drum kits which cover various electronic music styles (hiphop, techno, electronica).
These drum kits are a subtle reworked of percussive tones that coming from differents rhythm boxes, famous « amen breaks » and vintage acoustic drum parts.
All this resampled stuff have been precisely crafted and recycled in a blending audio process for getting 164 original high quality waveforms which got the particularity of having a long release, hybrid tones and a multitimbral layer.
This illustrated collection is splitted in 4 cutting-edge categories :
«Kickz» basic sub waveforms morphed with classic kick drums, noises and clicks,
«Snarez» a blend of synthetic and vintage snare drums which contains a multi texture and particular acoustic response,
«Cymbalz» hybrid waveforms that combines both open and closed hit/hats with crash and ride elements on the background.
«Magnetz» a selection of harmonic audio signals merged with some tom drums, reversed audio slices and other percussive tones.
SUBSTANZ° also contains the same concept, previously explored with Blinksonic° RUIDOZ and AETONZ. A random modes makes possible to define a range of aleatory on each gate events which changes the selection of the waveform.
This process injects a random dose to each of the 4 decks.
Following this principle, it’s possible to create astonishing and evolving loops.
The instrument has been also designed to provide an extensive solution for composition and to subsequently be easily transposed for live use, create a simple rhythmic base and be able to tweak and adjust without losing the essence of the original idea.
The « snapshots arranger » module takes the control of presets and gives an order of execution to all of them. Then, it’s possible to build the skeleton of a song or more structured sequences.
And just because it was not enough. SUBSTANZ comes with a wide collection of 25 effects modules that can be instantly triggered via midi, offering the possibility to remix and smash the whole and create impressive playable sound mangling.
For managing dynamic and the main atmosphere of your mix, SUBSTANZ also includes a master chain effect with a basic equalizer, a spring reverb, a compressor and flat/pump limiter.
It’s also possible to load your own samples in each decks, add some granular/pitch modulations in real time, quantize your midi inputs, add some instant kit changes...
KOMPLETE KONTROL S keyboard owners have not been forgotten. SUBSTANZ is Native Map and Light Guide ready.
Also include, Automation ID for controlling parameters envelope with your DAW (Maschine, Ableton, Cubase, Logic..)
All these features make SUBSTANZ an addictive and powerful beat station for Reaktor 5/6. With a standard midi controller and Reaktor in standalone, it’s a killer gear for live making. Especially, if you are looking for a virtual instrument offering a paradigm of performance, originality and inspiration.
Around 100 snapshots are available in various music style (IDM, GlitchHop, House, Electro, DNB). You can used them to make a good start managing this little monster...
Beware ! You will be quickly addict to SUBSTANZ° !