Native Instruments has announced version 5 of Reaktor. Here's their press release with all the details:
REAKTOR 5 is the next generation of the award-winning modular sound
design studio that fuses synthesis, sampling and effects. The latest
version introduces the new "REAKTOR Core Technology", resulting in a
major technology leap that dramatically widens the scope of REAKTOR-
based instrument design. With a massive instrument library, powerful
new routing options, vastly expanded panel design options, a revised
user interface and a host of other improvements, the new version of
REAKTOR is more than ever an unlimited creative resource for musicians
and producers as well as a an open-ended tool for forward-thinking
The REAKTOR Core Technology introduced in REAKTOR 5 has been over
three years in the making, and opens up a whole world of innovative
sound generators, effects, and more. As a completely new functionality
layer that is seamlessly integrated into the REAKTOR architecture,
Core Technology now enables true low-level signal processing design,
and allows for an unlimited range of custom modules including
oscillators, filters, EQs, delays and more.
The REAKTOR Core layer offers up to 64 bit internal resolution for
pristine audio quality, and incorporates a run-time compiler for
increased efficiency. While offering vast potential as a visual low-
level programming environment for professional instrument design and
education, REAKTOR Core Technology also gives musicians and producers
access to a vast selection of advanced and highly inventive ready-made
sound generators, sequencers and effects.
Instruments in REAKTOR 5 now also come with their own charismatic
custom user interface, thanks to extensive new panel customizing
options. All panel elements in the new version of REAKTOR are
completely "skinnable", which includes faders, knobs, buttons, and
even meters. A new "Macro Stack" also allows for tabbed panel
interfaces, which results in highly functional instrument panels with
a smaller footprint. Thanks to extended display functionality in
REAKTOR 5, a vast range of sophisticated new sequencer designs are
possible, even including full-featured piano-roll sequencers.
REAKTOR 5 itself offers a carefully redesigned user interface with
numerous usability improvements, including a reworked browser, toolbar
and instrument headers. It also introduces configurable "Panel Sets"
to optimize workflow, and an improved window system that makes
navigation more convenient.
REAKTOR 5 ships with a large collection of powerful and ready-to-use
instruments, including more than 20 new synthesizers, drum machines,
sequencers and effects. The library offers highly innovative additions
like the soundscape generator "Skrewell", the grain sampler "Splitter"
and the drum machine "Aerobic", as well as several updated REAKTOR
classics including Carbon 2, Steampipe 2 and Spacemaster 2, all making
extensive use of REAKTOR Core Technology.
Furthermore, REAKTOR 5 now offers powerful multi-stage envelopes
similar to those in Absynth and FM7, and complete with tempo grid,
slope control and looping functions; a large number of new modules for
extended data storage, voice routing and MIDI functionality; a
completely reworked macro collection for easy construction of custom
instruments; a new sample prelistening function that makes working
with samples more convenient; and a completely reworked and expanded
documentation that caters for both entry-level and advanced users and
includes a dedicated manual on REAKTOR Core Technology,
REAKTOR 5 will be available in May 2005 for a suggested retail price
of $579 / 499 Euro. An upgrade for owners of REAKTOR 4 will be
available for $169 / 149 Euro.