Native Instruments yesterday pushed out an unannounced new version of Reaktor. I spoke about Reaktor before being a good interface for audio visual programming. New Native Instruments releases to existing products are usually not exciting, but this one was. A big part of the new product was the Blocks functionality, which basically creates a standard for modular synthesis within Reaktor. While others have tried to create modular systems in Reaktor, the resulting interfaces have left much to be desired. In this case, the Blocks are beautiful, largely because the patching is contained in the edit screen (which is very easy to access). The result is the best looking software modulars ever to grace to screen.
This has been a banner year for software that tries to replicate modular systems, both with Max for Cat’s Oscillot, and now NI Reaktor 6. I will be doing a full review of blocks in the near future, and many even put out a few Blocks myself.