Keyboard-controlled performance effects processor based on REAKTOR provides sound mangling and remixing 17/09/09
Native Instruments has introduced The Finger, a unique keyboard-controlled performance effects
processor developed together with forward-thinking electronic music
artist Tim Exile of Warp Records. Here's all the details from the NI press release...
Based on advanced REAKTOR
technology, THE FINGER provides musicians, producers and DJs with an
inspirational and truly musical tool for intuitive sound mangling and live
remixing in the studio and on stage.
"I've always been into the idea of playing electronics like you play
acoustic instruments." says Tim Exile, designer of THE FINGER. "I used
to sit at the back of class at school tapping out jungle breaks and edits.
That's when I fell in love with my fingers. I want to go on sound
adventures by finger alone. I love it when sounds end up somewhere
completely different from where they start off. I want to be able to play
these transitions with my fingers and keep wandering with the sound."
THE FINGER draws upon more than 40 high-quality effects algorithms,
including real-time samplers, transformers, filters, gaters, delays, reverbs,
distortion, wave shapers, ring modulation and many others, complete
with advanced tempo-sync functionality. The outstanding performance
capabilities of THE FINGER result from the unique control concept, with
every key on a connected MIDI keyboard representing a different effect
type and setting. By playing the keyboard, individual effect algorithms
are activated and consecutively combined into custom chains of up to six
effect units at a time, similar to a continuously changing array of
interconnected stomp box units. This intuitive concept makes it possible
to literally play THE FINGER like an instrument, with exceptional
potential for improvisation and experimentation. When used in a
sequencer host, controlling THE FINGER from a MIDI track allows for
intricate and precisely fine-tuned effects sequences.
THE FINGER utilizes the free KORE PLAYER to operate both as a
standalone effects software and as a plug-in within any host sequencer,
and can also be used within the full-featured KORE 2 system. With two
parameters per effect being controlled by velocity and modulation wheel,
the eight Macro Controls of the KORE interface provide further sound
tweaking options. Owners of REAKTOR 5 can also access an advanced
user interface to set additional parameters and set up individual custom
The introduction of THE FINGER is complemented with the release of
Tim Exile's "The Finger EP", a four-track album derived from live
performances that utilize the software. The tracks are available for free
download via "The Now Wave", a new blog established by Tim Exile and
dedicated to live electronic music performance, at http://thenowwave.blogspot.com/. Pricing and Availability:
THE FINGER is available for download purchase in the NI Online Shop
for $79 / 69 â‚¬.