What are Blocks? They are a patchable collection of elegant, pre-made Reaktor 6 synth modules that enable you to build your own virtual, modular, eurorack synth. Learn all about Blocks right here with Matt Cellitti.
Imagine the power of modular synthesis right on your desktop without the cost and complexity of buying expensive synth hardware, patch chords, power supplies and racks. Now imagine an unlimited collection of beautifully designed, powerful synth modules right at your fingertips waiting for you to create vast electronic worlds. What you are imagining is Reaktor Blocks, the latest creative tool from Native Instruments.
In this Reaktor 6 Blocks course, by Matt Cellitti, you learn everything there is to know about Blocks, from the foundations Synthesis, right up to how to experience the freedom of Eurorack modular, on your very own desktop. Matt takes you through the collection of Blocks as he reimagines the Native Instruments Monark synth right before your eyes! What a great way to learn Blocks and how they work!
Filled with tons of patch examples and detailed descriptions of how Blocks work and patch together, this course will get you building your own modular synth fast. So sit back, watch these videos and start playing with Blocks!
I've had NI Komplete since version 5 and every 2 or 3 years when the offer is too good to refuse I buy the upgrade. All of their instrument are so deep that between those, Logic, Kontact Instruments and mixing plugins, I need something like an MPV library pass to even scratch the surface of what can be done. Finally getting the time to dig into Reaktor and it just points out how good the value proposition NI provides really is, This course did a good job of getting into Blocks and helping make fun and inspiring sounds almost immediately. It provided a good background into the ideas of modular synthesis and enough concreteness that when I read the Reaktor manual now it isn't all Greek. While I was going through it patching along with the instructor I thought of something potentially useful I'd like to share. Matt said he was waiting for the day when they came up with a module that allowed Blocks to be polyphonic. Just recently I did Josh Carney's sound design in Logic course and this occurred to me. You could use Blocks in plugin mode and Logic's sampler to map it over the keyboard. You'd lose the ability to tweak parameters on the fly, but if you had a patch you really wanted to hear as a pad, it would get the job done. Thanks to MPV and their instructors with every new course I feel like I can take these instruments and get some personal musical expression from them and that's a big reason we do this.
Michele wrote on December 20, 2020
I really enjoyed and benefited from this course. Such a clear and engaging way to bridge the use of Monark with learning synth design and how to musically apply blocks in Reaktor. Five stars!
Artur wrote on June 9, 2017
Very useful and comprehensive course! Thanks to the author and ask the video!
Petri Rahja wrote on February 21, 2016
Excellent course from Matt again. Got a very good idea on Reaktor Blocks. Easy to follow and good examples show with many use cases. Thanks!
Hindie wrote on December 30, 2015
What a great course about the "digital modular" future, that as already start. It was a long wait for this to happen, but it started finally. This course is a great entry into this world.
Andre wrote on October 17, 2015
Very well made course, essential and concise. Thank you!
Matt is just the best trainer out there and every time is a pleasure for me to follow his tutorials.
Hindie wrote on September 30, 2015
What a great start for whatÂ´s to come. This course is the best introduction, till now, for everything that is possible to achieve with this new amazing feature in reaktor. I'm sure a lot will come in a near feature, in the form of courses and expeiments. Keep them coming. Thank you.