Chroma and Gris-Gris are a beautiful pairing, a performance-savvy sequencer and a “monster” monosynth. If the release of the OSC implementation we dreamed of in Reaktor wasn’t enough to make you dust off NI’s modular flagship, this will surely do the trick. It’s the work of Montreal-based Reaktor guru Peter Dines, veteran CDM contributor and one of our favorite patchers anywhere, on any platform, for his eminently-practical, sonically-lovely creations.

And just as the Chrome sequencer goes nicely with the Gris-Gris synth, the whole thing comes alive with Reaktor’s new OSC implementation, letting you perform sequences – alone or in public – with a variety of inputs. So, in addition to mouse (which works quite well, in case you’ve only got your laptop handy) and MIDI, you can fire up OSC. That means Konkreet Performer, TouchOSC, and Lemur on the iPad/iPhone/etc. all make gliding through sequences from your fingertips a joy.

In fact, Peter says Konkreet Performer is his favorite. I think if KP hasn’t won over everyone’s heart, it’s probably because you need the right patch to match its alien, futuristic abstract interface – and this could be that, as seen as Peter uses the two in the video here.

For its part, Gris-Gris has legato and glide features that combine with Chroma, plus great-sounding virtual analog mono sounds with “flux controls” for adding a bit of chaos and morphing. There’s a dedicated filter LFO, too – listen via SoundCloud below.

The whole package is tuned for plug-in operation as well as standalone says Peter. (Good call.)

Check out the sounds and Konkreet Performer – performing.

US$24.99; requires a full copy of Reaktor. Full details and interface guide:

Chroma and Gris-Gris: Sequenced Monster Monosynth

(We dreamt about proper OSC happening, and it happened. Maybe now we can dream about Reaktor Player support for the amazing Reaktor community, somehow? Well, we can dream, anyway.)

  • durkkooistra

    I dont know about Reaktor player licenses – But with Kontakt it’s pretty steep priced, with a huge initial investment.

    I think Reaktor as a platofrm and concept is much more sound designer/ consumer oriented. Where Kontakt’s KSP is a badly documented and difused language; Reaktor uses prefab blocks and much more friendlier documented.

    So yeah, It would be very nice to see a more open Reaktor for sure!

    • Peter Dines

      Times have really changed when people talk about Reaktor having friendlier documentation. I hadn’t looked through the docs much in the last few versions and I’m surprised how good they’ve gotten.

    • durkkooistra

      You helped out many confused Reaktor users over the years peter, and for that I salute you! Congrats on another lovely instrument!

  • a

    I think OSC might mean we’re getting hardware control suited for reaktor…. Hardware control could also be used as a “dongle” for the reaktor player / user library for folks that don’t want to buy the full version of reaktor.

    • Peter Dines

      I’d argue that the iPad is already hardware control suited for Reaktor. ^_^

      The only tangible thing that would really add to it in my mind is something like a Quneo, and that already exists. I’m not convinced that a Maschine-style dedicated controller is something that would genuinely suit Reaktor. Though I’m willing to be pleasantly surprised if it turns up.

  • John S

    The variation or “flux” in the synth makes it sound great. Lovely random sounds!

    • Peter Dines

      Some of that is the built in flux LFOs and some is live parameter mangling with Konkreet Performer.

  • Matt jackson

    Where is the link to gris gris?

    • matt jackson

      I see. They are in the same .ens

  • Mike Baker

    Love the way this thing sounds! I don’t have Reaktor, but am interested enough in this synth that I’d consider buying it. Anyone know whether this will open in the demo version of Reaktor?

    This post says “…requires a full copy of Reaktor”, but other pages seem to imply that you only need to make sure you have Reaktor, not just the player. Any definitive answers?