Time Exile makes interesting things for Native Instruments. He’s the brain behind instruments such as Flesh and The Mouth and effects like The Finger. Earlier in the year, we enjoyed his independent release SLOO (Shed Loads Of Oscillators) swarming instrument for Reaktor Player. Now he’s reworked that idea into an effects version that replaces the oscillators with resonators. It’s called SLOR.
The idea comes from Tim’s desire to generator harmonics, chords and pitches from beats. He says that he understands beats far better than he understands harmony and so wanted to build something that can take the transients of drums and generate the other musical stuff around it. To do that you’d need shed loads of resonators, so that’s what he built.
SLOR takes holds of transients and builds horribly complex sounds with them. The simplest beat or noise can be transformed into a mass (or mess) of audio reactive, mutating sonic events. But it’s all kept under control. It doesn’t spin off into endless distorted feedback, it retains its shape and is remarkably musical.
How does it do it? With the use of special and probably magical algorithms. This can help you do some “live transient detection, envelope following, morphing, parametric polyphonic LFOs, polyphonic scale mapping, swarm pattern switching and much more.”
As with SLOO the interface is simple and invites a playful approach. There’s loads of dice to click on for random goodness and depth hidden behind “+” buttons. But ultimately, as with all Tim’s stuff, it’s just there to be played with.
SLOR is compatible with the free or full version of Reaktor Player and is available now for £49.
- SLOR product page