Do we have an all-purpose Reason thread yet?

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I know Ronan started something, but it would be nice to have a rolling thread for Reason users and people who want to start using the program.

I love using Reason, have been doing so for a couple of years now, but I still feel like a novice on the whole. I'm always discovering new things and have really been getting into using the Subtractor to make weird and wonderful noises. That said I'd really like to start getting into the Thor module - but it looks SO complicated and advanced, I don't know where to start.

I'd also like to know more about drum programming in Redrum and Rex. Redrum can be a little awkward to use I find, although I know there are tips for making it a lot simpler to use. Rex is cool too, but I find creating Rex loops quite in Recycle fairly arduous, and then I'm not entirely sure what I should be doing wih them. So far I've mostly used Rex to quantize live basslines and to recreate drum loops with new instruments by linking the Rex module to Redrum. I'd like to know how to come up with more interesting rhythms. I'd also like to know how to make my drums sound better n general - how to manipulate compression etc.

My main issues with Redrum though are knowing what to do once I've got a couple of ideas down. I find it's hard, once I have a few layers in place, not to make it too muddy. I also find that I can come up with a good 16 bars of music and then don't know what to do next.

dog latin, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 09:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Okay, here's a weird thing - I just tuned my guitar, and I'm trying to play along in Reason, but the NN-XT and Subtractor samples seem completely out of tune with the guitar. IT's like Reason is tuned completely differently but for the life of me I don't know how or why cos it definitely used to be - is there a setting I need to change somewhere?

dog latin, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 10:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

OK, have you tried comparing your guitar with the samples, note by note (eg all open strings E-A-D-G-B-E). Some samples may have some pitch bending into them... Try using a simple sample (a piano, for instance) to check. The may also be a pitch knob on the sampler. Make sure is set to "0".

one boob is free with one (daavid), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 22:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

if you're using Subtractor, make sure that both oscillators are set to semi=0 and cents=0, and that there's not a mod envelope or LFO that's affecting the pitch. If you have the FM knob turned up or ring mod turned on, or if your phase mode is set to "X" (multiplicative) I think this can result in some odd-sounding harmonics being emphasized which might result in the oscillator sounding out-of-tune. Otherwise it should be set to A-440 concert pitch.

harriet tubgirl (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 20 October 2009 22:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

reason 5 looking pretty sweet.. live sampling!

lemon lime & butters (electricsound), Friday, 28 May 2010 01:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

and i only just recently updated to reason 4 and record!

LINGO FROM THE BURGER KING KIDS CLUB (latebloomer), Saturday, 29 May 2010 19:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

and the reason is you

ksh, Saturday, 29 May 2010 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

is record worthwhile? is it a plugin for reason 4 or a completely separate thing?

village idiot (dog latin), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 11:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

the opposite really. it's a DAW that you can use reason inside.

electricsound, Tuesday, 1 June 2010 11:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

In other news, I've been discovering the awesomeness of wiring Gate and Note CVs through to other modules, usually using the Spider. Great fun = you can produce some seemingly random noise by putting things through LFOs, and even create bizarre automatic drum patterns using this method.

village idiot (dog latin), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 11:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Another thing - I was previously just saving my Reason tracks as WAVs and then recording over them in Acid Pro (because I'm used to that program) and editing in Sound Forge. This worked fine, but it was painstakingly slow and if you made a mistake, it was very hard to go back and correct it.

Later, and for whatever reason, I started trying out ReWire through Nuendo, with mixed results. I'm thinking that maybe if I'm going to be taking production a bit more seriously, I should ditch Nuendo and start using an audio DAW such as ProTools, Cubase or Logic.

Which of these are best for Rewiring Reason and also recording my own stuff over it?

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Completely unrelated to this, and I think I may have brought this up before, but I have a Samson monitor amp and speaker set being run from a cheapy Edirol UA20 sound card. The problem I'm finding is that even when I turn everything up very loud, it's still quite quiet for a monitor of this capacity. Ought I to get a new soundcard or try using a mixer or a different audio interface, or might it simply be a shit amp or something?

village idiot (dog latin), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 12:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Right now I'm wiring Reason with Reaper, and I can definitely see why people are so devoted to that program. It's really flexible/powerful, stable, clearly and simply organized, and you can get a personal-use license for $60.

The only reason I'm even thinking about using anything else is that I'm curious if Record can be used in the same modular way Reason can -- I'd really like to do things like, say, using Matrix patterns to control effects on audio I've recorded.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 00:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

OH HELLO, I picked up Record (it's only about $150 if you already own Reason) and it is RIDICULOUSLY GREAT if you're already into working with Reason. Amazingly great. So, so great.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 16:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

temptedings.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 16:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Want.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 16:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

Do you guys both have registered copies of Reason? That price for the upgrade really is nice.

If you're interested, I could tell you a lot more about why I like it. The short version is basically --

a.) if you're already into Reason's workflow, this really is just Reason with audio and an arrangement view. The rack view is the same. And being able to go in there and patch audio through the same effects and automations as everything else is just terrific. It's genuinely like some weird dream I'm having where Reason can magically record things.

b.) the mixer is great! I mean, it's set up like hardware (Reason-style), and I'm really loving having a whole console strip sitting there -- this time with compression, filters, EQ, and spaces for effects inserts already set up. (It is SO NICE just being able to turn on a high-pass filter on the strip instead of loading a freaking plug-in.)

And so far it's fast, stable, easy to use, deals with latency well ... just so much nicer than rewiring Reason into something else.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Friday, 4 June 2010 03:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah i'm getting this. i really want R5 and record will be a sweet bonus

Help Im minger (electricsound), Friday, 4 June 2010 03:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hrmm, yeah, one of these days I will register Reason - around the same time I also upgrade from 3.0 or whatever I'm still running... :-/

It's totally On The List of things to do.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 09:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ha, I hear that. I mean, I used a cracked copy of version ONE for about EIGHT YEARS before I felt totally happy to pay full price for the latest. It was like good penance to Propellerhead for free-riding on their product, plus I got like a decade's worth of development at once. (Wish I'd had the vocoder and distortion box before!)

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Friday, 4 June 2010 13:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ha! I just read that version 5/Record has Autotune. OHHH how I wished for that so many times during the days when Shimura Curves were still a going concern...

I'll buy 5 when it's released. I have a feeling it's going to blow my mind when I get it.

(And hey, don't forget that most of Drukqs was (allegedly) written on the Reason 1 beta. That was one of those factoids that upon hearing it completely exploded mine head. Like... HOW.)

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 13:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^ that's exactly why I love the program so much, though: sit around patching things together in creative enough ways, and you can do that. (I assume it'd appeal to Aphex since he started off patching together the exact kind of hardware Reason wants to work like, right?)

BTW I forgot something about Record -- the time-stretching is the best time-stretching I've ever seen in anything. I spent a good hour just playing with it: recorded a half-dozen audio tracks at 120 BPM, turned the tempo up to 160, turned it down to 80 ... it handles it amazingly well.

Not that that's a critical feature, but seriously, I'm afraid everything I record from now on is going to have a ridiculous show-off guitar solo that I recorded at half-speed and then turned back up.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Friday, 4 June 2010 13:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Are there any decent books for Reason beginners out there? I've been playing with it for like 6 months now but still basically just use it as a glorified drum machine. I have no idea how to use 99 percent of it.

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

x-post

I've said it before, I'll say it again: that whole "it works just like the old hardware that FX geeks are used to..." thing is why I love it. I understand that's what makes it confusing to kids who have (eep!) grown up on Ableton and never actually seen the interface of an old Roland drum machine. But if that's what you're used to, it just makes perfect sense.

However, I didn't realise how lazy I'd got. Got quite a shock when I got Rebirth for my iPhone and was all IOWERJLK WOEIRKJWEJK SDLFKJSKLDFJKL WEKRJLKJ how do I step program this again? Had to dig out an old manual but then I was all "oh yeah, that's how."

I just miss the ability to muck around with pitch/speed like you did on a 4-track. I want to be able to record stuff at slow speed and jack it up fast & high so everything sounds like Daphne & Celeste. I miss that kind of thing.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

REBIRTH IS OUT ON THE IPHONE????????

drop it like it's hot, Elena (HI DERE), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

yyyyyyeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

::aphexgrin.jpg::

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Shit, I forget we don't have emoticons on this forum sometimes.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

still right there with you even with lack of emoticons

drop it like it's hot, Elena (HI DERE), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Be prepared to lose a couple hours of your life trying to get it all worked out again. Don't try to use it on a bus or anything as you will miss your stop. It's really annoying, all the buttons being so small and trying to resize to get from the 303s to the 808. You'll just spend hours hunched over it going "SQUELCH" in tiny motions. It will trigger any latent OCD in the most sane of humans.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

so basically it's just like the original Rebirth with more targeted finger cramps?

drop it like it's hot, Elena (HI DERE), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

No, it is actually really stupidly hard to use on an iPhone.

Not that that's gonna stop anyone from trying.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

sorry, i know i've heard of it, but what is rebirth? I don't have a copy of it with Reason 4.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Short form: it was kind of a proto-Reason that was focused on making a virtual/digital version of the 303 and 808.

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Friday, 4 June 2010 14:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think the first music I ever heard from HI DERE was a really nice Rebirth track! I used to use it for drum/bass tracks to record over, but I never had the patience to sit with it and make a whole independent song that actually flowed.

n/a, I have no idea about books, but here are three other things I think might help:

- people here could probably answer a lot of broad questions, like "what's this module for"
- I seem to remember the manual's entries on each piece of gear actually being super-helpful
- if you feel like playing with other people's files, I kinda think that can be useful. the program's so modular that you can honestly take apart what someone else built and see how it works -- just follow the wires from one box to another. in fact, if you were curious about a specific module, or how to do a certain thing, I could actually find or throw together some use of it and send you a file with just that part, along with some notes on what it's doing
- mostly though, one of the nice things about Reason is that you can REALLY mess around with it and just see what works. you know, plug things into each other, connect Matrix patterns to different effects parameters, fiddle with some knobs ... it's really well-built to encourage that.

(geeky sentence: I had such a happy "DUH" moment when I realized what happens if you randomize the curve steps on a Matrix and connect them to the frequency on the envelope filter.)

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Saturday, 5 June 2010 00:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha it's like "how to learn Reason" = "press TAB and see where the wires go"

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Saturday, 5 June 2010 00:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, echoing the sentiment that although the manual is quite helpful the basics, really the best way to learn Reason is just to muck about with it. A lot of "hrmm, what does that do?" and twiddling some knobs and reconnecting some wires round the back.

The more I use it, the more I realise what an amazing program it is. It's so easy to pick up enough of the basics to knock out passable tracks (hey, I spent the first 6 months or so just writing symphonies on it - because I could) but even 5, 6 years later, I'm still finding new tricks on it.

(Have just read Nabisco's geeky sentence and had mine own "oooh, what does that do?" moment.)

Using an Aural Exciter in an Orgone Accumulator (Masonic Boom), Saturday, 5 June 2010 08:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's just a fluttery stepped filter effect, but I always liked starting songs by randomizing the steps and seeing what kinds of rhythms came out. (Instead of, you know, just opening and closing the filter on 8th notes or something.)

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Sunday, 6 June 2010 16:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Nothing teribly interesting happened when I tried this Nabisco - I think I must have done it wrong. Youre plugging a module into the envelope filter's freq CV and controlling this on the Matrix Curve CV right?

village idiot (dog latin), Monday, 7 June 2010 09:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, it's nothing super-magical, but ... you'll want to do this with a pretty airy-sounding synth pad. Set the filter to a low-pass, and turn the frequency on the front almost all the way down. Turn the sensitivity where you plugged in the matrix all the way up. Maybe adjust the release on the envelope to be a little longer. Maybe a touch of resonance. (And of course don't forget to run the matrix -- I always forget that.) Then randomize the whole length of the pattern. I might be forgetting something else, but I think that should do it.

All it's doing is using the curve on the matrix to open and close the filter frequency -- so if you've turned the front frequency all the way down, that means a high curve step lets all the sound through, and a low one barely lets anything through. Typically you could use that to draw a smooth curve (which would do a filter sweep), or maybe draw in quarter notes (so the filter pulses open on the beat), but if you randomize the pattern, the filter will flutter around to whatever odd rhythm comes out, or glitch around a little.

If that doesn't make sense I could send you a file, but it's really not anything all that special -- I just remember getting really excited when I figured it out.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 05:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

(Right, I just threw a quick sloppy one together using the Subtractor "Cloud Chamber" pad, playing a major-seventh chord: LP12, filter freq=32, res=22, env=72, v=0, ADSR=0,64,0,127. For unruly glitching, plug the matrix's gate CV into the filter's resonance slot. Maybe it's just me -- there's something about this sound I can just sit and listen to forever.)

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 05:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cheers Nabisco - I'll be checking this out this evening.

village idiot (dog latin), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 09:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

when I was fiddling around with Reason 3.0 I found the sequencer to be the opposite of user-friendly and the bass matrix was severely limited in effects

anyone agree on the sequence being harsh? or should I have just watched/read more tutorials

have yall seen better sequencers on other programs?

serious nonsense (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 19 June 2010 06:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

(or whatever the matrix is, it was limiting)

serious nonsense (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 19 June 2010 06:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

To be honest, I don't use the matrix, I use the Sequencer Widow. And honestly, if 8 octaves in 1/64 notes ain't enough for you, your music is a lot more complex than anything I've ever seen.

Cornish Kraffthwyrken (Masonic Boom), Saturday, 19 June 2010 06:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

What I meant when I said that Reason 3.0 "sequencer" seemed harsh:

I found it very tedious to pencil in notes on the grid (the grid and track layout is what I call the "sequencer").

Also, it was annoying that I had to create multiple tracks for a single synth if I wanted to modify the reverb, delay, or anything else on any given musical meter or note from that same synth.

And there wasn't any fade-in or fade-out (over time) options for reverb, delay, yada-yada-yada (at least from what I gathered).

Furthermore if I wanted to change the synth itself by just modifying the attack a little I would have to create a duplicate synth and modify the attack a little bit. Ideally I would want to be able to change around the attack, decay, yada-yada-yada on one synth a lot, but creating tons of duplicates to do that would be a waste of time. Once again I would like an user-friendly way to adjust the knobs and sliders on any one synth as if a DJ was spinning a knob during a performance. I want to be able to do this without having to create hundreds of duplicate synths.

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/6017/synth.jpg

Also there is no chord presets on the keyboard grid so I had to pencil in notes to make up a chord. If I wanted to play around with chord combination it would be great if there was chord presets (and maybe there is and I didnt know about it?)

serious nonsense (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 19 June 2010 07:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Furthermore if I wanted to change the synth itself by just modifying the attack a little I would have to create a duplicate synth and modify the attack a little bit. Ideally I would want to be able to change around the attack, decay, yada-yada-yada on one synth a lot, but creating tons of duplicates to do that would be a waste of time. Once again I would like an user-friendly way to adjust the knobs and sliders on any one synth as if a DJ was spinning a knob during a performance. I want to be able to do this without having to create hundreds of duplicate synths.

whaaaaaaaaaaaat, I don't know about v3.0 but you can totally record envelope/controller changes in reason 4. And iirc you can route any knob on your MIDI controller to any effect on any Reason instrument. I can't imagine this very basic feature not being included in reason 3.

Hou Hsiao-Hsteen (crüt), Saturday, 19 June 2010 07:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

what does record envelope/controller changes mean?

these were the things I desire btw:

1) little timers that are triggered at a set point during a song initiating a slider adjustment or knob twist until the timer runs out.

2) I would like to be able to click on individual meters, notes or chords and be able to change and sound effect

3) I would like a 'sequencer' that lets me punch in chords as opposed to penciling in notes. It would be less time consuming to experiment with chord progressions if there was chord presets

serious nonsense (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 19 June 2010 07:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

crüt, so maybe Reason can do #1 on my list. If so how easily/effectively?
can it do #2 or #3 on my list?

Is there a sequencer that anyone knows of that can do all this stuff and has lots of bells and whistles on the synths and effects?

serious nonsense (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 19 June 2010 07:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you find it time-consuming to "pencil in the little notes" I'd recommend you get a MIDI keyboard controller. Also, if you get one with knobs on it, you can assign said knobs to pretty much any control on the interface, record your "knob-twiddling" in real time.

I use Reason 3, you can do all of these things except number 3.

In your sequencer window, go to arrange mode. Click the little blue envelope to show the Controller Lane.

Then click the next one over, with the down arrow, and it'll give you all of the programmable options for that instrument.

You can even create a sequencer track for individual effects - just create a new sequencer track and assign it to your reverb or your Scream or whatever. Again, click the blue envelope and you can select *any* of the controllers - either assign them to a MIDI keyboard and twiddle your knobs or use the pencil and line tools to draw the controls in the blue "lane" at the bottom.

Cornish Kraffthwyrken (Masonic Boom), Saturday, 19 June 2010 09:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wait, you can do 3 as well, but it's so clumsy I always forget that you can do it.

Cornish Kraffthwyrken (Masonic Boom), Saturday, 19 June 2010 09:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Create a C chord - C, E, G.

Copy and paste it or just select it.

In the menu, select Edit then Change Events - it'll bring up a little dialogue box where you can transpose said chord - but it just does it in semi-tones, rather than specify "make me a G chord" so you'd have to either know or count how many semitones that is. Clumsy and probably not exactly what you're after, but it might make things easier if you don't have a MIDI keyboard to just play new chords in.

But if you want to just type in chord names and have the thing play them, you should probably use something like GarageBand and browse loops instead of a full sequencer like Reason.

Cornish Kraffthwyrken (Masonic Boom), Saturday, 19 June 2010 09:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you find it time-consuming to "pencil in the little notes" I'd recommend you get a MIDI keyboard controller. Also, if you get one with knobs on it, you can assign said knobs to pretty much any control on the interface, record your "knob-twiddling" in real time.

^^^^ OTM.

Hou Hsiao-Hsteen (crüt), Saturday, 19 June 2010 09:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^ this (actually using a MIDI keyboard to enter notes right now, although I'm using REAPER)

display-name aesthete (snoball), Saturday, 19 June 2010 10:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

Lorax, it seems like you might appreciate using a VST host to run Chordspace -- it's a plugin that lays out every chord variation in a give key and outputs MIDI when you push the button. No plugins in Reason, of course, but if you're really interested in one-button chords ...

But beyond VST plugs like that, I'm not sure what other ways there are going to be of sequencing synths beyond (a) recording with a MIDI instrument, or (b) penciling it into a chart.

This confuses me:

I would like an user-friendly way to adjust the knobs and sliders on any one synth as if a DJ was spinning a knob during a performance.

From version 1.0 on, the simplest way to do this was to record-arm that synth and then just ... spin the knob! (Whether with the mouse or with a MIDI recorder.) I guess Ableton is a little handier with being to immediately assign any controller knob to any parameter, but it's basically the same thing.

I would like to be able to click on individual meters, notes or chords and be able to change and sound effect

If you want to change effects parameters on a rigid/stepped program, the curve on the Matrix can be really handy for that. Otherwise, just record yourself automating a knob on the module (say, a synth), and then you'll see the value for that parameter on the sequencer track. You can then easily go in and pencil in rapid changes on the chart. (Like faster/sharper than you could do with a knob. Although you can also just record your knob automations at a drastically reduced tempo if you want!)

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Saturday, 19 June 2010 21:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Pretty much any button, knob, or parameter on any Reason module can just be straight-up recorded into that sequencer track. (And by right-clicking on whatever knob, button, or slider it is, you can bring up all the "edit automation" / "clear automation" / etc. options)

(except for things like actually loading new patches)

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Saturday, 19 June 2010 21:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thanks all, I've had the sudden urge to try music software again lately. I don't own reason atm I had pirated it at one point a few years ago and I never watched a single training video (like those on youtube) but I saw a bit of an official how to learn reason video I pirated as well.

I'll see if I decide to do Reason or pick some other music software.

serious nonsense (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 19 June 2010 23:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah maybe try actually paying for it and reading the manual this time before deciding it doesn't suit your needs

wavestation (r1o natsume), Sunday, 20 June 2010 12:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

people take the piss out of me for using reason. Apparently due to it apparently having an 'inferior' sequencer. Hate the logic one so my mac based music production has to make do. Anyone else come across this view?

owenf, Wednesday, 7 July 2010 14:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

i find that kind of sequencer interface infuriating, but who cares? if you can get the results you want, then it's good.

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 7 July 2010 14:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So I have a question about Reason, actually two questions:

Is there a way of affecting the post-effect sound a delay or reverb make? I have this little piano flourish with a long long tail at the end. I want the echo to slowly bend down in pitch, but I can't find a way to do it since Reason is not plug-in oriented. (I'm using Reason 4).

Also - is there an easy way to create a gapper/snipper? I have a noisey ride cymbal played through redrum with a long release that I want to simply pepper my drum patterns with ie. Rather than going "TTTTSSSCCCCHHHHHHHHHhhhhhh" I want it to go "TT_SS_CC_CC_HH_HH_HH_hh_hh" (or variations on this). I have tried using the Matrix to affect a Filter insert, but this isn't really cutting it enough. Anyone got any experience in doing this?

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 30 July 2010 12:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

PROBLEM TWO: Various ways of doing that, but here's the first one to mind -- take whatever Redrum slot the cymbal is in and route its output directly into a mixer channel. Use a Matrix to control the level of that mixer channel.

PROBLEM ONE: This is stumping me a little -- I can't think of a "proper" solution offhand. If it's just one flourish, I guess my dirty shortcut solution would be to export it, load it back up in an NN19 sampler, and use the pitch wheel to bend the echo. I think there might be a real solution, though, and next time I've got the program open I'll think on it.

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Thursday, 5 August 2010 00:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

thanks nabisco!

village idiot (dog latin), Thursday, 5 August 2010 08:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

problem two sounds better suited to a wav editer imo

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Thursday, 5 August 2010 13:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

editor

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Thursday, 5 August 2010 13:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Problem two - if you want it to tt ss hhh hhh in time with the beat, you're better off sidechaining the kick drum to it. (or whatever drum has the accent you want to mute)

post-graduate education in Ladyology (Masonic Boom), Thursday, 5 August 2010 13:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

is there an easy way to copy and paste an entire section of a song (ie all the instruments/tracks)? I want to double the length of one section.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

If your section you are wanting to copy is (say) 16 bars long, move the left marker to the place you want it to repeat and the right marker to 16 bars later. Then you can select "add bars between section" which will create a 16 bar gap and move everything after it along. Then just highlight the entire section in the sequencer window you want to copy and past it into the gap. It's easy enough to select more than one lane at once.

It should be easy enough, but I'm just saying this from memory without reason if front of me at the moment.

I am using your worlds, Tuesday, 31 August 2010 22:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Is there a good book or guide to using Reason for the intermediate user? What woudl be really useful is something that has diagrams of setups for things like vocoders, ducking compressors, multi-delays etc...

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 09:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not sure about a book, but this site is useful for video tutorials:

http://vimeo.com/user3205543

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 09:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Go to arrange view (button in the top left of the sequencer window that looks like a layer cake) highlight the whole section you want to copy (you can edit -> group the whole section if you want to be able to grab the whole thing and manipulate it more easily) then copy, put your cursor where you want it to go, then paste.

Is there any way to manually change the colour of groups you have already assigned, rather than just let Reason colour it whatever colour it likes? I find this really irritating, as if you have two groups you want to serve the same function, if you make one tiny edit, it irritatingly changes the colour of the changed group.

Karen D. Tregaskin, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 09:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not sure what you're asking there, but I thought if you highlight a chunk of stuff you can right click on it and change the colour? Or is that not the same thing?

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

There is no right click on a Mac. I'll try various apple-clicks and alt-clicks and see if anything lets me do it.

Karen D. Tregaskin, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Irritating that my Reason upgrade arrived in the post this morning, but I can't use it before I enter my licence number, which I can only get on the Propellerheads website, which is currently refusing to load.

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, I said I'd buy Record when Reason 5 came out though OMG, jumping straight from Reason 3 to Reason 5 is gonna make my head spin, isn't it?

I have no reason (heh) not to. I have the money. I wants it. I said I'd buy it as a reward for the past 2 months worth of 750days.com monthly challenges. I need to just do it. It will make me so happy. I think. If it frustrates me, I still have the discs for Reason 3 and I can just reinstall that.

Someone kick me and make me do it.

Karen D. Tregaskin, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Do eet

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Do it! I found the jump from Reason 3 to 4 so rewarding (in fact I found it all "clicked" much quicker as a novice using 4). Plus Record and 5 look amazing!!! And if I had the money, that's what I'd spend it on.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

OK, I have just ordered. Having it shipped to work so I don't have to play the "when are they gonna deliver it, do I have to sign for it?" game. Eeeeep, exciterated.

Especially as I am in the middle of working on a song that really needs a lot of vocal treatment and therefore will be perfect for testing Record's capabilities on it.

Karen D. Tregaskin, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

So jealous! I'm sure you won't be disappointed - get involved Karen! Also wouldn't mind hearing the results.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

what do you all use as your Reason controller? I've been using my Novation keyboard which is obviously great to play the keyboard instruments but I've had trouble mapping stuff to the knobs for adjustment, wondering if there's something better I could be using to control effects and percussion

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

pfff... some old crumby midi controller keyboard with a loose connection. I play keys so badly, I generally just automate as much as poss these days.

The Great Cool Lulu who sleeps in Riley... (dog latin), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

so when i have a song i want to pull a sample from, my usual process is to load the song into garageband, cut it down to the part i want to sample, export it as an aif, pull the aif into recycle, set the parameters of the sample, then export it so i can play it in reason.

now all of a sudden garageband isn't properly loading songs in, it says "importing file" or whatever but doesn't actually pull the song in. but i'm wondering if there's better software i should be using or an easier way to cut the song down and then export it as an aif before pulling it into recycle. preferably cheap/free for mac.

congratulations (n/a), Sunday, 11 November 2012 18:58 (five years ago) Permalink

What version you using?

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Sunday, 11 November 2012 20:02 (five years ago) Permalink

looks like Audacity is available for mac. i've used it at work (both for job-related audio editing and to prep a sample for music at home) and it's pretty good/easy/free.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Sunday, 11 November 2012 20:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I use Audacity for this on my Mac. No problems.

I am using your worlds, Sunday, 11 November 2012 21:09 (five years ago) Permalink

ok cool I've used audacity before

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 12 November 2012 01:47 (five years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Getting Reason 7 next week!! So excited, I'm booking a day off to play around with it.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Friday, 18 October 2013 10:44 (four years ago) Permalink

All I need now is a copy of Soundforge (I miss Soundforge). That's still the best self-contained audio editor right?

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Friday, 18 October 2013 10:46 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I've been using Reason Essentials for a few years, but I had to reinstall it recently because I had my hard drive replaced. It was working fine for a couple of weeks, but now it's doing this thing where it's trying to stretch all of the tracks to the tempo, even though I'm not using the stated tempo. It makes everything sound choppy and off-beat. I tried hitting disable stretch for the tracks but it doesn't help. Even if I start a new song and record in audio live, it tries automatically to stretch it and it sounds shitty. I can't find a way to universally disable stretch. I feel like since it started out of nowhere I must have accidentally changed a setting but I'm not sure what setting it would be. Any ideas?

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:34 (two years ago) Permalink


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