A new update also turns the Maschine controller into a sequencer.

Owners of Native Instruments’ Reaktor 6 have another reason to delve into the software synth’s new Blocks feature: the latest update allows it to send control signals to external hardware.

The free Blocks 1.2 update will be particularly exciting for those with modular synths. If you’ve got the correct hardware, you can use the new Blocks to send pitch and gate signals over CV and generate gates and triggers from incoming signals. There’s also a new MIDI Out module that will convert CV to MIDI.

As well as the working with analog hardware, Blocks now does a lot more with NI’s Maschine MK2 controller. A new Maschine sequencer allows users to control Blocks patches from the controller, and also features a Euclidean pattern generator.

The 1.2 update also adds a set of drum modules to the Blocks environment, all of which you can see in action below. NI has also created a video that details how to hook the software up to external gear.

Blocks 1.2 is available now for Reaktor 6 owners via the NI Service Center.

Read next: Native Instruments’ Reaktor 6 lets you create a modular synth within your PC



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