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Native Updates Reaktor for Mac

3.0.6 gets improvements to audio and event tables By Dave Nagel
Native Instruments, a German audio developer, has released Reaktor 3.0.6. Reaktor is a sound design studio for Macintosh and Windows that offers synthesis, sampling, effects and other features. The update is only for the Macintosh version.

According to Native Instruments, the 3.0.6 update, released yesterday, includes several bug fixes and "major" improvements to audio and event table modules. It also offers smoother operation at high CPU loads and can open audio files up to 32 bit. And Tapedecks can now change sample rates on the fly.

Native does caution that version 3.0.6 still has some potential problems, including a potential crash in Logic Audio when using VST automation and crashes with some ASIO cards from Mark of the Unicorn. A new fix should be available next week, according to Native.

Reaktor runs standalone or as a plugin on Mac and Windows systems. It's a modular system that, in version 3, features a completely rewritten core audio engine optimized for the G4's AltiVec engine. It includes an enhanced toolbar, high-resolution level meters, a floating property inspector, a visual sampler (with support for AKAI sample data), X/Y control with real-time display, analog modeled filters, disk recording and playback and an eight-tap and eight-channel scanning mixer.

Reaktor supports sample rates up to 96 kHz. It includes hundreds of instruments and thousands or presets and supports VST 2.0, ASIO, SoundManager, DirectConnect, MAS and FreeMIDI interfaces. The 3.0.6 update is downloadable for free from Native Instruments' Web site. For more information, visit

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, 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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