Native Instruments have just released an update to Reaktor 6 that brings in Ableton Link. So now you can instantly tempo sync your computer running standalone Reaktor to any other computer, laptop, tablet or iPad running any other Ableton Link enabled software.
Ableton Link is a new technology that’s emerging as a bit of a standard. It emerged first on iOS as a way of simply syncing together the iPad with Ableton Live playing on the laptop. It’s since been adopted by several other manufacturers enabling lots of iPad musical hook-ups. On the desktop, Propellerheads dropped it into Reason 9.1 back in September and it can also be found on RemixLive from Mixvibes.
Having Ableton Link in Reaktor though is a big one. Reaktor is a very gigable piece of software that runs very nicely standalone. This update will enable some seriously complex jamming between machines. All Ableton Link does is keep things in time, but actually, that’s all you need when making music on more than one computer.
It’s also dead easy to set up assuming your machines are on the same network. The Reaktor update is available via the Native Access app, it takes seconds to download and install. Run Ableton Live or your other Ableton Link enabled software on one machine and hit the “Link” button. You may need to allow it access past your firewall. Load up Reaktor 6.1 on another computer, hit “Link” and they find each other. It could not be simpler. In the image above I had Ableton Live running on a Surface Pro 4 and Reaktor 6.1 on a Surface Book just like that. No fuss, no mess, perfectly in time with each other.
Is there anything else in this update? Who cares – Ableton Link rules. I made a little video about it below.