Rob Papen Predator-RE

A synth plug-in worth hunting down

Predator-RE packs almost all of Rob Papen's acclaimed Predator synth plug-in into a Reason Rack Extension, complete with CV and Gate inputs, arpeggiator outputs and around 4000 presets.

Despite a few missing features (vocoder samples, preset morphing, a couple of effects and a few modulation slots), the sound is identical to that of its big brother, running, as it does, off the exact same engine.

"Predator-RE's architecture is straightforward but comprehensive"

A three-oscillator synth, each oscillator offering 128 waveforms (all your analogue favourites alongside a ton of spectrals, additives, 'vocals' and more), Predator-RE's architecture is straightforward but comprehensive.

You've got PWM, FM, phase modulation and ring modulation, a square-wave sub per oscillator, two filters with 27 types (one with a dedicated LFO), five modulation assignments, two LFOs, two envelopes, a shedload of effects, and a deep arpeggiator.

Predator is thought by many to be Papen's best synth, so it comes as no surprise that the RE version is the best synth in Reason - yup, even better than Thor in terms of raw sonics.

MusicRadar Rating

4.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Excellent set of features and effects. Sounds brilliant.

Cons

Still missing a few of the features found on the original.

Verdict

The best synth in Reason. Make it yours.

Description

Reason Rack Extension version of Rob Papen's acclaimed Predator synth

Features

A three-oscillator synth, each oscillator offering 128 waveforms; CV and Gate inputs; Arpeggiator outputs; PWM, FM, phase modulation and ring modulation, a square-wave sub per oscillator, two filters with 27 types (one with a dedicated LFO), five modulation assignments, two LFOs, two envelopes, effects and a deep arpeggiator

Additional Features

Around 4000 presets

Plug-in FX Type

Reason Rack Extension

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