Twisted Tools S-LAYER for NI Reaktor: Create playable and unique sound combinations by layering samples

Twisted Tools has announced the release of S-LAYER, a sound creation tool for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.

Twisted Tools S-LAYER

S-LAYER is a sound creation tool that allows you to create, edit and play new sound combinations by taking samples and layering them together using an eight part sampler and an intuitive cell layout. By combining sounds from the included sample map or your existing sample library, S-LAYER facilitates the discovery of new oneshots, sound effects and loops using pre-existing sample content. Whether you’re looking for a new way to create thick drum samples for hip-hop or a massive impact sound effect for game, S-LAYER delivers.

With S-LAYER, up to eight parts are played back and manipulated simultaneously using an advanced layered sampler engine, where each layer remains independent and can be surgically edited. Time-tested sound design techniques such as reversing, pitching, modulating and mixing sounds together can be quickly achieved by randomizing and fine-tuning with sliders and knobs. In addition to the on-board granular, filter and time-based effects, you can also connect your own effects using the insert/send system or by using the direct outputs. Once you’ve found a sound combination that you like, you can store it on-the-fly in one of eight ‘Scenes’ which can be dynamically played backed and controlled using MIDI.

In addition to the included sample library featuring sounds from many renowned sound designers, S-LAYER comes bundled with an iPad Lemur MIDI template by Antonio Blanca and a MIDI template for Native Instruments’ Maschine.

S-LAYER features

  • Advanced layered sampler engine.
  • Intuitive and fast parameter cell interface.
  • Layered playback and editing of up to eight samples simultaneously.
  • Independent sampler, filter, grain and fx send controls per layer.
  • Extensive randomization options.
  • 4 assignable Modulation Sequencers with independent speed and length controls.
  • 4 assignable Wrapper knobs to offset cell slider positions and modulate live.
  • 8 Scenes per preset that store and recall parameter settings and modulation.
  • Insert/FX Send system to connect and modulate your own effects.
  • Transpose Mode to play layered sound combinations chromatically.
  • Direct Outs per voice for Multi-Out Instrument support using DAWs or hardware effects.
  • BPM Sync mode for loops and tempo synced oneshots. .
  • iPad Lemur MIDI template by Antonio Blanca.
  • NI Maschine MIDI template by Twisted Tools.
  • 128 samples included in the default sample map.
  • Over 2500 preset sound variations.
  • Sample content and sound design by: Antonio Blanca, Richard Devine, Delect (Chris De Luca/Leonard De Leonard), EVAC, Glitchmachines, Jedsound, Miguel Isaza, Mike Huckaby, pNORTNAOMI, Surachai and Tonebuilder.

S-LAYER for Reaktor 5 is availble to purchase for $69 USD.

More information: Twisted Tools / S-LAYER

  • Chris R Gibson

    Approaching from an electro-acoustic standpoint, I have been amazed at S-Layer’s deepness and capabilities apart from it’s amazing single-shot layering talents.

    Working with longer samples and sustained triggering, S-Layer becomes a tool capable of incredible dimension.

    Using the ‘Wrapper’ functions as a realtime mixer is allowing some genuinely exciting prospects to not only become possible, but amazingly accessible and friendly from both a compositional and performance perspective. A distinctive advantage of mixing via ‘Wrappers’ is the ability to systematically and progressive ‘morph’ the active layers over an entire composition under systematic design of the music space that under any other system would be unwieldy.

    Unbelievably (well, not really knowing Twisted Tools), each time I make a lateral and deep turn into a idea space inspired from the presented tool set (and thinking I will finally hit S-Layer’s parameter limits), I am pleasantly surprised to find TT has already been there first and made it a welcome place in which to pursue all the imagined possibilities.

    I am incredibly excited at this point, this may become the tool that finally fills the conceptual gaps in design, implementation, and physical ability I have been lacking/needing to explore the decidedly more ‘modernist’ ideas that seem to be my inspiration these days (Mark Fell, Evol, Akos Rozman, Mats Linstrom, John Wall, Oneohtrix, Actress, Burial…to name just a few of the many ‘underground?’ and adventurous electronic explorers that are straddling both the legacy and cutting edge of digital/analog conceptions).

    Well done Twisted Tools, this promises to be a tool worth many years of creative investment ;-)

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