Native Instruments have just released Skanner XT for Reaktor 5 and the free Reaktor player. It’s an update to the Skanner instrument that adds new sounds, extra categories and extra effects slots. The cost of the full version is $59 and the price of the update for Skanner users is $29.50 for a short time, and the software is available now.
I normally try to give a basic description of the product but the press release did such a colorful way of describing it I’ll just let you check it out with some sound samples. Here’s a highlight from the press release.
“Part sampler, part synth, SKANNER XT utilizes a unique synthesizer architecture to create a wide variety of intense and cutting-edge sounds for contemporary electronic music production and sound design.”
Native Instruments Introduces SKANNER XT
New KOMPLETE Instrument is built on unique wave scanning synthesis, designed by the creators of REAKTOR
Berlin, 26th of April, 2012 – Native Instruments today introduced SKANNER XT, a unique and highly distinctive KOMPLETE instrument, designed by the expert team behind REAKTOR. With a strong focus on unconventional tone and genuine musical expression, SKANNER XT is both an exceptional library addition for REAKTOR 5 users as well as an excellent sound resource for the free REAKTOR 5 PLAYER.
Part sampler, part synth, SKANNER XT utilizes a unique synthesizer architecture to create a wide variety of intense and cutting-edge 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 broad range of highly distinctive sounds – from heavy and dirty bass tones to morphing soundscapes and organic pads.
Developed together with NI synthesis mastermind Stephan Schmitt, SKANNER XT offers two interface views for different levels of interaction with the complex architecture under the hood. Besides a simplified page with a preset morpher and four macro controls, a second view provides access to more detailed parameters in order to further explore the sonic potential of the instrument. A morph control option allows for convenient switching between eight different snapshots – producing unpredictable, evolving sounds that range from the ethereal to the extreme.
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.
Pricing and availability
SKANNER XT is available at the NI Online Shop for $59 / 49 EUR. Users of the previous free version SKANNER, are entitled to crossgrade to SKANNER XT for a special price of $29.50 / 24,50 EUR until May 31st.
Further product information and press material
Additional information on SKANNER XT is available at
A digital press kit including picture material is available at¬