Boscomac devices for Native Instruments Reaktor are now FREE!
If you’re willing to put up with the Reaktor tax, there are some seriously cool effects and instruments to use. Native Instrument’s Reaktor 6 is a playground of synthesis and DSP, with a plethora of devices available readily for free.
For those unfamiliar with Boscomac, he’s a seriously talented developer who released 50 ensembles for Reaktor between 2012 and 2016. And now, you, my dear reader, can grab all of these for free!
I can’t cover every single one of these because we’d be here all day. Instead, I’ll focus on a few of my absolute favorites.
First up is The Chiller, which aligns with the string machine sound. This is inspired by the ARP Omni, which I have no clue how it sounds in comparison.
However, I love this instrument, especially when paired with a good reverb. The sound it puts out is lush, giving retro-tinged beds to harmonically ground your retro wave compositions.
Retape is another favorite and brings that touch of tapey goodness to a sound. The overall sound is very exaggerated, so this is more of a character plugin rather than a fastidious emulation.
If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to the RC-20 Retro Color, this gets fairly close in terms of wow and flutter.
Floodverb is a delightfully lush ambient reverb. Reaktor doesn’t get enough lip service for its free effects, but this is one seriously great reverb, especially for ambient works.
I’ve had fun running this in conjunction with generative patches drawn up in Reaktor or VCV Rack. You really can’t go wrong.
The Leader is another personal favorite, drawing inspiration from the Moog family of synthesizers. It’s got a pair of fat oscillators and a great filter. This is one seriously cool synth for the likes of basses and leads and makes a great alternative to Monark.
Finally, The Stabber brings some familiar Roland sounds to the fore. It isn’t explicitly modeled after a particular Juno, but the core concept of the sound is there. I’ve been a huge fan of this for polyphonic plucks and the like.
Download: Boscomac Collection (FREE)