Build a Clavia Nord Lead with Reaktor4

I’ve had Reaktor5 for a while, having snagged it in a promotion, in the hope that one day I might spend time to understand it and build my own instruments. I printed the manual for reading during trips and made some modest but slow headway in this manner.

There are no really good introductory tutorials for building your own instruments and FX in Reaktor. I’ve looked – they are all too shallow for my taste. I wanted a step-by-step guide to building a synth using different methods. Well, I’ve found one, and it’s much better than I expected:

Build a Clavia Nord Lead with Reaktor 4 (pdf) 

Yeah, so Reaktor4 it says, but it’s all valid and the perfect gateway for someone with a little synth knowledge to get their hands dirty with something useful. Really excellent.

The ensemble can also be downloaded for dissection:

The OdoSynths Archive

If you’ve never heard of OdoSynths (where have you beeen?) then run straight away to The OdoSynths Archive and download these amazing VSTs for free.

This collection was lost and scattered after Odo stopped development in 2009. Since then there have been several attempts to locate many of them.

Then, just last week, Odo showed-up on KVR after all that time. I had to pounce on the chance, and ask him to resurrect his instruments. Unfortunately, he no longer had copies. So the call went out….

With help from KVR members (special props to Don and Spacedad), and of course with the kind permission of Odo himself, I’ve collected them into an archive that I hope will preserve them in pertpetuum, for the enjoyment of musicians and sonic explorers of the present and  the future.

FM synthesis nuts will find paradise with Six, DoubleSix, Purple, and Yellow – each fantastic and unique. There are also several drum machines – including sampler/synth hybrids, several excellent TB3030 clones, and a selection of the best SID emulations around.

Topped-off with beautiful GUI’s , this is a true treasure-trove for any synthesist. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Welcome back Odo!

Z3ta+ skin

A high-contrast skin I doodled for Z3ta+. Three  colour variants. Click image to download.