Disquiet Junto Project 0381: Shared System

Disquiet Junto Project 0381: Shared System
The Assignment: make music using a free software synth assembled by Scanner.

Step 1: This week’s project involves all participants working with the same instrument. The instrument is a specific set of modules in a free software synthesizer. The software is Reaktor Blocks Base. It comes as part of the free Reaktor Komplete Start, which is available here:


(Certainly if you’d prefer to emulate this week’s “shared system” using VCV Rack, or another piece of software, or your own hardware modules, that is totally fine.)

Step 2: The musicians Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud) graciously agreed to create a shared system based on Reaktor Blocks Base. It consists of these modules:

Bento Box Osc
Bento Box SVF
Bento Box VCA
Bento Box Mix
Bento Box Env
Bento Box LFO
Bento Box S&H
Bento Box 4 Mods

Here is some background on Scanner’s thought process in the development of this system: I think it would be interesting to present a limited package of blocks they can use, and to not use a traditional sequencer. Instead, people would consider how an LFO or modulation can move a sound or series of sounds around. (In some sense, this is a more West Coast than East Coast approach.) I’m concerned if we include the sequencer then it would suggest lots of decent pattern-oriented music wrapped around a similar theme or approach. This idea of such reductionism is basically about avoiding the obvious in these encounters and leaving the creator to think a little more than they might have to otherwise. It could perhaps be reduced further, but it’s enough to get people shaping sounds and creating shapes. Any less and it could potentially be too limiting and uninspiring. It’s truly a Bento Box Delight. I presume there’s a modest learning curve for some users, but there’s a guide that seems very clear on the NI website.

Step 3: Create a piece of music using only the modules (one of each) as described in Step 2 above.

Seven More Important Steps When Your Track Is Done:

Step 1: Include “disquiet0381” (no spaces or quotation marks) in the name of your track.

Step 2: If your audio-hosting platform allows for tags, be sure to also include the project tag “disquiet0381” (no spaces or quotation marks). If you’re posting on SoundCloud in particular, this is essential to subsequent location of tracks for the creation a project playlist.

Step 3: Upload your track. It is helpful but not essential that you use SoundCloud to host your track.

Step 4: Post your track in the following discussion thread at llllllll.co:


Step 5: Annotate your track with a brief explanation of your approach and process.

Step 6: If posting on social media, please consider using the hashtag #disquietjunto so fellow participants are more likely to locate your communication.

Step 7: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.

Additional Details:

Deadline: This project’s deadline is Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted in the morning, California time, on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Length: The length is up to you.

Title/Tag: When posting your track, please include “disquiet0381” in the title of the track, and where applicable (on SoundCloud, for example) as a tag.

Upload: When participating in this project, post one finished track with the project tag, and be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.

Download: Consider setting your track as downloadable and allowing for attributed remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution, allowing for derivatives).

For context, when posting the track online, please be sure to include this following information:

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Image associated with this project adapted (cropped, colors changed, text added, cut’n’paste) thanks to a Creative Commons license from a photo credited to Ananabanana:




The project is now live.

I do have a version of Blocks Wired but can’t see those modules there. And downloading Komplete Start needs you to run Native Access something I swearer not to do anymore after it messed up my Kontakt 5 libraries a while ago…
Any tip about how to get those modules on an old install of Blocks Wired?

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Let’s see if someone with some knowledge can pitch in with some suggestions.

Fun to try this - I don’t DAW much. Other question: I have the eight modules grouped and an LFO running into Levels (with a VU bar showing) - but am not hearing anything.

I’m sure this is obvious, but what do you patch the ending signal in for final audio output?

screenshot attached. Thanks!

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Why do you have audio in patched directly to audio out? Shouldn’t you use audio out to output the signal of your patch? :slight_smile:


Ha, yeah - I didn’t read the labeling on the modules correctly. Thought THAT was the ouput of levels; not a separate module called OUT, needing its own patch.

Here’s what worked - Viva me DAW Noob!


I think we’re all gonna be learning a bit this weekend.


I already run Aruturia’s Moog Modular V and would like to replicate this inside that software. @EPTC’s screenshot of the system helps me to map the Reactor onto the MMV, but I don’t have a clear sense of the 4Mods module: could someone post a screen shot of that?

Thanks in advance!

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Here you go - https://www.native-instruments.com/fileadmin/ni_media/downloads/manuals/REAKTOR_Blocks_1_3_Manual_English.pdf


20 characters of thanks!

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Okay, so am I understanding the guidelines correctly in that the intention is to use the sequencer to modulate parameters rather than pitch (which is how I read the phrase “traditional sequencer”)? Is that how other folks are hearing this?

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The Reaktor Block in question is a modulation sequencer, so this would be the default. I guess if you’re using something else you’d need to make a judgement call?


I don’t think I’ll contribute this time cause I can’t get what the modules are w/o having them, but learn? we shall.

Although I’m pretty sure that the modules in my block wired are similar to the ones included on this version, mind…

But I’m not a modular educated guy Alas.

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Just in case it’s helpful to anyone, here’s an ensemble with the “Shared System” modules all loaded up. The layout is bad and nothing is connected, but it’ll save you a few minutes at least :slight_smile:

edit: The way blocks racks work as ensembles is a little weird, so that ate my audio input/output modules on reloading (ie: not very useful).
Here’s a .nksr file that seems to preserve that bit


You’re the best. Thanks for that.


Okay, I’m officially not a DAW’er! - But I tried very determinedly.

Made a few drones and some other nice arpeggio plucks with Reaktor that felt pretty cool. But it felt really controlled and clean, so I sort of wanted to throw some dirt on it. I offloaded the phrases into an 8bit sampler to slow them down with pitch and then filtered into some other hardware.

Reaktor Block plays the opening notes and then becomes car horns (with a little reverb and looping/overdubbing) - Added some extra events to this from an existing patch that was inside the room. (Sound kind of brightened up when I saw them in the mixer) Thanks as always.


If anybody makes a VCV Rack system, would you mind sharing it here as the Shared System for this prompt?


That would be great.

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Here is a similar Shared System set up for VCV (with the caveat that Fundamentals don’t include a S&H afaict, so feel free to bring your own to the table).