The VST panel is arranged so that the most effective controls are easily accessible and clearly located in separate subpanels.
1. Voice Controls
This topic describes each of the Reaktor subpanels in turn.
This Electric subpanel sets and displays incoming pitch and MIDI data.
- Tune - Sets the master tuning over a +/-1 octave range, in semitone intervals, applied after glide and bend.
- Glide - Sets the rate of glide between successive notes in monophonic mode, or notes of the same number in polyphonic mode.
- Pb - Displays the pitch bend level.
- Mw - Displays the Modwheel level.
The two LFO subpanels in Electric are labeled MG1 and MG2 in the instrument.
- Wheel > Amp Mod: A small button in each of the two subpanel header areas enables control of the LFO amplitude by the mod wheel.
- Rate: Sets the LFO frequency. The frequency scale depends on the SNC setting.
- Width: Varies the aspect ratio of the LFO duty cycle in the range -100% to +100%
- poly mode:Selects whether the LFO is continuous (monophonic) or restarts separately for each voice. The range is like that of an ADSR envelope control.
- Pb: Sets pitch bend from the panel.
- Mw: Sets the mod wheel from the panel.
- Tri/Pls/Sh/Br: Sets the LFO waveform type. Thew label over the knob displays the selected waveform type:
- Tri:Triangle (if WIDTH is 0) or saw.
- Pls: Pulse, or square wave if WIDTH is 0
- Sh: Like Pulse, but the level at each transition also varies randomly.
- Br: Like Sh, but the level changes are smoothed.
- Snc: Controls how the LFO resets. When both SNC buttons are off, the LFO is free running. When the top button is on, the LFO syncs with incoming SONGPOS markers, and the RATE knob sets the LFO frequency in tempo divisions. When the bottom button is on, the LFO syncs with incoming note-on events. Each voice may then be in a different phase.
1.3. Modulation Controls
This Electric subpanel provides XY mouse control and sets the modulation matrix routing.
- Source 1-5: Selects the modulation source for each of the five rows. The options are:
- ---: off
- MG1: LFO 1 source
- MG2: LFO 2 source
- X: The horizontal axis of the XY panel
- Y: The vertical axis of the XY panel
- E1: Amplitude envelope
- E2: Envelope 2
- Ve: Velocity of the most recent note
- Kb: Pitch of the most recent note
- Pb: Pitch bend
- Mw: Mod wheel
- At: Aftertouch
- Amt 1-5: Sets the amount of modulation for each of the five rows as a percentage, in the range -100 to +100. Negative values invert the modulation.
- Dest 1-5: Selects the modulation destination for each of the five rows. The options are:
- ---: off
- All: All destinations
- O2: Oscillator 2 pitch
- O3: Oscillator 3 pitch
- Cut: Filter cutoff
- Res: Filter resonance
- Bw: Separation of two-pole low-pass and high-pass filters in Bw filter mode (has no effect in other modes).
- Am1: Oscillator 1 amplitude (prior to FM and sync)
- Am2: Oscillator 2 amplitude (prior to sync)
- Am3: Oscillator 3 amplitude (prior to FM)
- AmN: Noise amplitude
- XY Panel: Sets the input for mouse XY modulation into the modulation matrix.
This Electric subpanel provides control of the oscillator and noise sound sources.
- Sin/Tri/Saw/Sqr/Pls/Imp: Sets the waveform. The selected waveform displays in text over the knob. Options are:
- Sin: Pure sine wave
- Tri: Triangle wave
- Saw: Sawtooth wave
- Sqr: Square wave (50% duty cycle)
- Pls: Pulse wave (75% duty cycle)
- Imp: Impulse wave (90% duty cycle)
- FM: Switch to enable FM modulation of Osc1 by Osc3.
- Snc: Switch to enable hard sync of Osc1 to Osc2.
- Key: If on, note pitch directly controls note pitch, otherwise the pitch of all three oscillators is fixed.
- Drift: Enables emulation of analog oscillators by adding a slightly different amount of slowly varying pitch change to each oscillator.
This Electric subpanel modifies the oscillators and noise generator.
- Rng1 ~ Rng3: Sets the octave for each of the three oscillators.
- Frq: When COLOUR is on, sets the noise colour.
- Detune: Sets the amount of pitch offset from oscillator 1. The amount, set in cents, is applied directly to oscillator 2; and the inverted amount is applied to oscillator 3.
- Tune 2-3: Sets the amount of pitch offset for each of oscillator 2 and 3 separately, set in semitones.
- Colour: Enables the color filter for the noise source. Turn off to reduce CPU usage.
This Electric subpanel controls the pre-filter mixer.
- O1, O2, O3: Sets the amplitude of each oscillator independently.
- O3 Filter Skip: The small button by the O2 label causes the output of oscillator 3 to bypass the filter, instead mixed with filter output from any other oscillators and noise after the distortion and saturation stages.
- Noise: Sets the noise amplitude.
- On1, On2, On3, On4: Switches to turn the three oscillators and noise off. Turning the sound sources off reduces CPU usage.
This Electric subpanel controls the filter. Different distortion controls and labels appear, depending on the filter. In the top right corner of the filter subpanel's header there is a butto to select whether distortion is enabled. The distortion is level fixed.
- Cut: Sets the base pitch for filter cutoff, before any modulation.
- Res: Sets the base filter resonance, before any modulation.
- Delay/Bw/-: This control only has effect in filter comb and band-filter modes. In Comb mode, the label changes to DELAY and the knob sets the comb filter delay time. In BRX and BPX modes, the label changes to Bw and sets the separation between the low- and high-pass filters which combined make a band-pass filter.
- Key: Sets the amount that keyboard pitch tracking controls the filter cutoff point.
- Sat: Sets the mix level of saturation added to the filter output.
- LP2/LP4/Zawi/BPX/BRX/HP4: Sets the filter mode. Rotating the knob changes the label to indicate the current selection. Options are:
- LP2: 2-pole low-pass filter
- LP4: 4-pole low-pass filter
- Zawi: Comb filter, with delays set by separate DELAY control.
- BPX: Band-pass filter with series low-pass and band-pass stages. The separate BW control sets the pitch separation of the two filters
- BRX: Band-pass filter with parallel low-pass and band-pass stages. The separate BW control sets the pitch separation of the two filters
- HP4: 4-pole high-pass filter
- Eg: Sets the amount that the amplitude affects the filter cutoff.
1.8. Envelope 1 and 2
This Electric subpanel controls the envelope generators. Envelope 1 is also hard-wired to control the output amplitude. The envelopes have the standard ADSR format.
- A: Sets the envelope attack rate.
- D: Sets the envelope decay rate.
- S: Sets the envelope sustain level.
- R: Sets the envelope release rate.
2. Master and Effects
This Electric subpanel is for the master volume and key mode.
- VU Meter: Displays the post-effects output volume.
- Lvl: Sets the output level in dB.
- Leg: The top button enables legato mode for both envelopes.
The bottom button enables polyphonic mode when on. When off, all voices play monophonically, slightly detuned from each other to provide a fatter sound.
2.2. 3-Band Eq
This Electric subpanel controls the 3-band EQ. It receives input from the VCA and is pre-effects.
- EQ On: The little button in this EQ subpanel’s header enables both pre and post EQ.
- Lo: Sets the level of low-frequency EQ.
- Mid: Sets the level of mid-frequency EQ.
- Hi: Sets the level of high-frequency EQ.
This Electric subpanel controls the effect insert.
- Modwheel Insert Level: The little button in this subpanel’s header enables mix level control of the insert effect by the mod wheel. It is independent and additional to the modulation matrix.
- Select Chorus/Phaser: This list box selects one of the insert effects. Changing the setting causes different controls to appear in the INSERT REMOTE subpanel.
This Electric subpanel controls the send insert.
- Modwheel Send Level: The little button in this subpanel’s header enables mix level control of the send effect by the mod wheel. It is independent and additional to the modulation matrix.
- Send Delay/Reverb: This list box selects one of the send effects. Changing the setting causes different controls to appear in the SEND REMOTE subpanel.
- Insert Remote: This Electric subpanel controls parameters for theFrq effect insert. Different knobs appear depending onSets the frequency of the dedicated LFO(s) for thewhether CHORUS or PHASER is selected in theeffect.INSERT subpanel.
- Send Remote: When CHORUS is enabled, sets the base delay for the chorus effect, before modulation by the LFO.
- Amt (Phaser Insert): When PHASER is enabled, sets the amplitude of the phaser LFO.
- Sweep (Phaser Insert): When PHASER is enabled, sets the base delay offset, adjusting the locii of the phasing effect.
- Mix: Sets the mix level of the insert effect. The mix level may also be adjusted by MODWHEEL INSERT LEVEL if enabled in the INSERT panel.
2.5. Send Remote
This Electric subpanel controls parameters for the effect send. Different knobs appear depending on whether DELAY or REVERB is selected in the SEND subpanel.
- TM L, TM R (Delay Send): Sets the delay period on the left and right delay lines.
- Feed (Delay Send): Sets the amount of feedback. The two delay lines are separate and there is no cross feedback.
- Size (Reverb Send): For the reverb effect, sets the size of the room.
- Diff (Reverb Send): For the reverb effect, sets the hardness or softness of the room surface.
- Symm (Reverb Send): For the reverb effect, sets the shape of the room.
- Mix: Sets the mix level of the send effect. The mix level may also be adjusted by MODWHEEL SEND LEVEL if enabled in the SEND panel.
2.6. Send Eq
This Electric subpanel controls post-SEND equalization. Note that the effects EQ is globally enabled in the pre-effects EQ section.
- Hi: Sets the level of high EQ.
This Electric subpanel adds an amp gate at the end of the effects chain.
- Gate On: The small button in the header of this subpanel must be on to enable the effect.
- Hold: Sets the time that the amplitude gate remains open after the note-on event. The gate can remain open for up to one second.