Reactable - The Coolest Instrument Around - Win A Free Licence

Posted on 2012-10-06 in Promotions40 Comments38777 Views
Reactable - The Coolest Instrument Around - Win A Free Licence

I've been meaning to write a post about Reactable for a long while but never got round to it. Reactable has to be one of the coolest looking instruments around and is good fun to play even if its a little hard to get your head around how it works. Its the type of thing you would expect to find on star wars or in the studio of the Star Ship Enterprise with Doctor Spock knocking out some weird futuristic tunes.

I must admit I'm still in the dark about much of what it can do and learnt a lot by watching some of the videos on the Reactable website and youtube as I was researching this post. If you ever get a copy of this its well worth watching the tutorials before even downloading the ap.

So what is Reactable

In their own words ..

Reactable is a revolutionary new electronic musical instrument designed to create and perform the music of today and tomorrow. It combines state of the art technologies with a simple and intuitive design, which enables musicians to experiment with sound, change its structure, control its parameters and be creative in a direct and refreshing way, unlike anything you have ever known before.

Reactable uses a so called tangible interface, where the musician controls the system by manipulating tangible objects. The instrument is based on a translucent and luminous round table, and by putting these pucks on the Reactable surface, by turning them and connecting them to each other, performers can combine different elements like synthesizers, effects, sample loops or control elements in order to create a unique and flexible composition.

As soon as any puck is placed on the surface, it is illuminated and starts to interact with the other neighbouring pucks, according to their positions and proximity. These interactions are visible on the table surface which acts as a screen, giving instant feedback about what is currently going on in the Reactable turning music into something visible and tangible.

Additionally, performers can also change the behaviour of the objects by touching and interacting with the table surface, and because the Reactable technology is “multi-touch”, there is not limit to the number of fingers that can be used simultaneously. As a matter of fact, the Reactable was specially designed so that it could also be used by several performers at the same time, thus opening up a whole new universe of pedagogical, entertaining and creative possibilities with its collaborative and multi-user capabilities.

Reactable Live

Reactable Live or Reactable mobile

Reactable comes in a few different flavours. If you have a huge pile of cash (around $12,500) burning a hole in your pocket and you want to have a conversation piece then you could go crazy and buy yourself a very cool Reactable Live. Reactable live is the real world / hands on version that comes in a kit bag that you build to give you a cosmic coffee table type instrument with a set of pucks that you place on an interactive screen. See the pics and save me trying to describe it.

For the rest of us in the real world we have the option of Reactable mobile. Reactable is available from all good ap stores and can be downloaded to either your android or iphone or ipad. I went for the ipad version as the screen tends to be a bit small for me on phones. Reactable mobile comes with all the features of its big brother but has the bonus that it fits in your pocket and wont break the bank at a very reasonable $9.99

Reactable tables & community

This year the guys at Reactable got in touch to tell me about the launch of Reactable community where users can download and upload tables (saved sessions) and share them with each other. For example if you have created a song on Reactable simply save that table and all its settings and upload it for others to hear, download, remix. Its a great way to get your hands on other peoples mixes and see how they have used the software.

Reactable tutorials

I for one found it to be a pretty confusing ap to start with but stick with it, its a lot of fun and has plenty of potential. To help you on your way heres a playlist of Reactable tutorials.

You can also have a look through the manual

We have 3 FREE licences to give away

To be in with a chance of winning a FREE licence for Reactable on your ipad / iphone / android smartphone simply click like share this page on facebook or twitter etc and then leave a comment telling us where you shared it and Ill pick the winners at random in about a weeks time.

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Comments (40)
  1. lion022620
    lion022620 on Sun 28th Jul 2013 - 10 years ago

    Posted it to facebook.

  2. LouaGuapa
    LouaGuapa on Tue 25th Dec 2012 - 10 years ago

    the coolest instrument ever is the piano or even the flute lol

  3. ElectronBlue
    ElectronBlue on Tue 18th Dec 2012 - 10 years ago

    Face book man. Looperman rules

  4. DjoeGio
    DjoeGio on Mon 19th Nov 2012 - 11 years ago

    Well i put it on my FB, as a whish for Saint Nicholas

  5. nabilkhazzaka
    nabilkhazzaka on Sat 17th Nov 2012 - 11 years ago

    I posted it here
    and here
    Yeah, would be dead cool to have that thing!

  6. Tormon
    Tormon on Fri 16th Nov 2012 - 11 years ago

    They have one of these tables here:

  7. 3rdNippleMusic
    3rdNippleMusic on Wed 14th Nov 2012 - 11 years ago

    Congrats !!!


  8. BlaqPain
    BlaqPain on Tue 13th Nov 2012 - 11 years ago

    To all my 600+ twitter followers! ;)

  9. Danielbotha
    Danielbotha on Mon 12th Nov 2012 - 11 years ago

    Shared to Facebook:

  10. aprilexe
    aprilexe on Sat 10th Nov 2012 - 11 years ago

    I actually have the ipod version. Highly recommended.


  11. hardheadsupahard
    hardheadsupahard on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 - 11 years ago


  12. Zigma71
    Zigma71 on Fri 26th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    I posted mine on my facebook
    I hope I win:)
    Thank's for the competition opportunity

  13. MightyMemphis
    MightyMemphis on Wed 24th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Dam - nevermind. I guess it pays to read the thread.

  14. MightyMemphis
    MightyMemphis on Wed 24th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago


  15. NeonTiger78418
    NeonTiger78418 on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Thanks Looperman! Congrats to the other winners too! :D

  16. DJBloom
    DJBloom on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    On my site yoooor :)

  17. Decnet
    Decnet on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Oh this is fun! I bought a new phone just because of the App, and you can be damn sure ill upload experiments with the Reactable in the near future.. THANK YOU LOOPERMAN!

  18. metal4adarkworld
    metal4adarkworld on Sat 20th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Man,just missed it! Well, I posted it in several places, here they are:



    Facebook (Record Label Fan Page):

    Facebook (Personal Page):

    Congrats to the winners!!!

  19. ThePantherLab
  20. ThePantherLab
    ThePantherLab on Fri 19th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    damn, I missed the deadline..but anyhow - here`s the link where I shared the post - peace ;)

  21. Looperman
    Looperman on Thu 18th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Im pleased to announce that the three winners were




    Well done guys. If you have not already done so make sure to get in touch.

  22. dhannymaister
    dhannymaister on Tue 16th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    I'm a bag of nerves! :P

  23. Looperman
    Looperman on Mon 15th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    ok, this is now closed. winners have been chosen and contacted so no more entries please.

    Once ive heard back from them Ill post again and let you know who won.

  24. Minor
    Minor on Sun 14th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    wow this is one of the coolest things i have ever seen. Can't wait to hear what people do with it.

  25. LordDice
    LordDice on Sat 13th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    I shared this post on my Facebook. Man, I would love to had this! It's almost like a dream come true. What a great tool. I have been researching this, it is just amazing, it would probably hold me captive for The rest of my life. Awesome.

  26. StormChaser
    StormChaser on Fri 12th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Shared on my facebook

  27. NeonTiger78418
    NeonTiger78418 on Wed 10th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Oh, and good luck to everyone else! :D

  28. NeonTiger78418
    NeonTiger78418 on Wed 10th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Shared on my Facebook Timeline:

    Shared on my Facebook Music Fanpage:

    Crossin my fingers... :p

  29. Smalldog
    Smalldog on Wed 10th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Shared on FaceBook 10/10/12:

  30. 3rdNippleMusic
    3rdNippleMusic on Wed 10th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago


    Shared on Facebook October 9, 2012:


  31. johnholden614
  32. angelacatano
    angelacatano on Mon 8th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    This is an awesome software! Had the joy of working with it's creators some years ago, would recommend it 110%
    Shared through my Facebook account :)

  33. nicols
    nicols on Mon 8th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Shared it on my timeline!

  34. dhannymaister
  35. LanceAre
    LanceAre on Sun 7th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Wow, this looks absolutely amazing and I'd love to have it. I shared this on twitter ( I own/operate my own sports blog so a good number of people will see this link. =)

  36. Decnet
    Decnet on Sat 6th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Shared this on my personal facebookpage witch i daily show to persons i educate in IT and means aprox 1600 new people every month.. Every school out there and every business that i show my facebookpage too will see "this" specific link, and ill make sure to promote the reactable since ive been a huge fan of it for like a year back.. im HAPPY that looperman brought it up.. ///Dec!/Robban.Hakansson

  37. Joekidd
  38. Looperman
    Looperman on Sat 6th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    dont forget to post a link to where I can see the post being shared

  39. arkeyetexture
    arkeyetexture on Sat 6th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    Sweet Deal!!
    Shared to my facebook!

  40. WeazelBeats
    WeazelBeats on Sat 6th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

    I placed it in these 2 facebook groups:

    so this link is shared to almost 50.000 people!

    I'm so interested in this! :)

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