Native Instruments has introduced Skanner XT, a Komplete instrument designed by the team behind Reaktor. It’s designed as a library addition for Reaktor 5 users, as well as a sound resource for the free Reaktor 5 Player.
Part sampler, part synth, Skanner XT utilizes a synthesizer architecture to create a variety of sounds for contemporary electronic music production and sound design. Two oscillators “scan” a sample, which at low frequencies deliver a scratch sound. At higher frequencies the oscillators, shaped by the sample waveform, become the dominant force. In this way, Skanner XT provides a range of highly distinctive sounds — from heavy and dirty bass tones to morphing soundscapes and organic pads.
Skanner XT runs in the free Reaktor 5 Player or the full Reaktor 5 version, and is also optimized for easy browsing from the Maschine hardware. It’s available (http://www.native-instruments.com/Skannerxt) for US$59. Users of the previous free version Skanner, are entitled to crossgrade to Skanner XT for a special price of $29.50 until May 31.