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Native Ships Reaktor 4 and Reaktor Session

Audio software gets Mac OS X support By Dave Nagel
Audio software developer Native Instruments has shipped Reaktor 4, as well as a new collection of studio tools and virtual instruments called Reaktor Session. The new releases, previewed originally back in January at the NAMM convention, bring the Reaktor family up to date with Mac OS X.

Reaktor 4, the latest release of Native's flagship software synth, sampler and effects generator, gains support for Mac OS X, a new library, graphical sample mapping, snapshot morphing and randomization. It also receives an integrated browser with drag and drop support, improved VST support, redesigned interface, improved oscillators from the Pro-53 and several new modules. And it allows users to generate their own sound machines.

Reaktor Session is a collection of Studio Tools and virtual instruments built on the same audio engine as Reaktore 4. It includes synths, samplers, groove machines, live tools and effects with thousands of presets. It works standalone (with ASIO and Core Audio support), as well as VST 2.0, Audio Units (Mac OS X) and DXi (WIndows).

Reaktor 4 is available now as a full version release. Update CDs can be ordered now, and downloadable updates will be available within the next few days, according to Native. The full version runs $499. Updates from Reaktor 3 cost $79 for those who purchased the software prior to Jan. 17. Reaktor Sesson runs $249. Both packages are available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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