how to randomly effect audio output levels from a Reaktor instrument

rbw
rbw Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

I am seeking a way to apply a randomly generated control to the output volume of a Reaktor Sound Generator instrument, such as Metaphysical Function or Skrewell, so that the heard sound can be made intermittent, irregular, or be made silent for periods of time.

Is it a module that I must patch into the signal chain at the output stage for example ?

Or is there some other generic idea I just apply to an output stage of either Reaktor or my computer output ?

Don't know much about this stuff, forgive my ignorance. Any help would be appreciated.

I love randomly effected/generated materials that create the unexpected, especially in terms of continuity/discontinuity.

Answers

  • Milos
    Milos Member Posts: 1,836 Pro

    If you use a DAW, you can just use automation to randomly automate volume at a certain pace, time etc...

    Let me know if it worked or if you need more information.

  • rbw
    rbw Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

    Oh Thankyou for your response Milo.

    i use reaktor for live performance and sometimes running stand alone outside of Logic, so I wanted some “automated” control that doesn’t sound automated ! The random control would need to function in real-time without my drawing automation.

  • Milos
    Milos Member Posts: 1,836 Pro

    Automated control that doesn't sound automated...

    I'm confused...could you please elaborate?

  • rbw
    rbw Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

    I'll try :)

    I want to be able to control the output volume of a sound generator synth (that already has a degree of autonomy in the way it produces sounds) with some kind of random procedure that decides volume/output levels. I would also like to have a little control of how that randomness behaves, but that's not even 100% necessary.

    Is that a help ?

  • Milos
    Milos Member Posts: 1,836 Pro

    Hmm...maybe I understood a part of it only...

    If you mean little control, you can just slightly trigger the output level with the automation.

    For example, between -3db and -4.5db.

    Or you can just use tremolo effect.

    These are my best guesses when it comes to little tweaking of the output volume.

  • rbw
    rbw Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

    ok thank you Milos.

  • Brett Lavallee
    Brett Lavallee Member Posts: 27 Member

    Sounds like you want to use not automation but modulation. You could achieve this easily with blocks. Just route the instrument through a VCA and use a slow smoothed random LFO to control the volume level. This LFO could also be modulated by additional LFOs to achieve an even more unpredictable effect.

  • rbw
    rbw Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

    Right - so these blocks can be patched into the existing instrument, and I can find a VCA and LFO in preexisting modules ?

    sorry I don't know much about the back end but willing to learn.

    thanks Brett !

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