How To: Record distorted guitar using mics, amps, settings, and digital effects

Recording the tortured sounds of a guitar running through three pedals and a dirty amps worth of distortion has been the heart of rock n' roll since Jimi Hendrix at least. In this video you'll learn everything you need to know to record distorted guitar sounds yourself. It discusses mics, amps, settings, and positioning, then moves on to computer-side stuff like amp sims, EQ, double tracking, and compression. If you play rock guitar, want to record it, or both, this is a must-watch.

How To: Play the keyboard on Reason like Brazilian Girls

In this six minute tutorial the host and keyboard player for the band "Brazilian Girls," Didi Gutman, shows viewers how to play the keyboard in the song titled "Reason." Throughout the video, Didi Gutman shows various methods and techniques that are used for the style of keyboard that he plays. Filmed in Gutman's place of residence in Brooklyn, New York, Gutman also talks briefly about how the band got started and how he first got involved with playing the keyboard. The video also shows him r...

How To: Make killer loops in Reason with David Spoon

British record producer David Spoon explains how he uses the computer program Propellerhead Reason 4 to create rhythm and bass tracks in his home music studio. He explains that by just messing around with the controls within the program, you can create a lot of interesting sounds and effects. Sometimes the best sounds are discovered by accident. He uses Filter 2 to create interesting effects that he describes as "acid-y" or "nasty", having to do with the resonance of the bass sound. He also a...

How To: Use Reason 3.0 music software

In this series of online video tutorials you'll learn how to use Reason 3.0 music recording software. Expert Jerus Arte demonstrates how to use the program, from installing it on your computer and setting it up with the right preferences, how to control the master volume, and how to use features like the NN-19, the NN-XT, the Dr, Rex loop player, and the Redrum machine. He shows you how to use effects like the compressor and reverb, and how to mix down your song into a format that can be burn...

How To: Use ReDrum to load a .wav sample into Reason 4

So, you've got a copy of Reason 4 now huh? Congratulations, you own one of the most powerful music-making tools on Earth. It is infinitely complicated though, and getting started can be tough. Watch this video to learn how to load a .wav sample into Reason 4 using ReDrum, something you're going to be doing a lot of as you produce your tracks.

How To: Make an electro pop dance beat in Reason 4

Electro pop is everywhere in these 1980's-obsessed 2000's, and if you can churn out a solid dancable electro pop beat on your PC you're well on your way to some musical success. Watch this video to learn how to make a cool dance electro pop beat in Reason 4 based on the song "Midnight Movie" by The Secret Handshake.

How To: Create drums sounds using Reason's Thor synthesizer

Create drums sounds using Reason's Thor synthesizerYou can use the Thor synthesizer to make a kick, snare, hat and clap sound.Kick:Use the analog oscillator with triple wave form octave3. Set the source to mod envelope 45 destination oscillator 1.Use a very short attack to K and release time. You get the short effect of pitch. Try different oscillator types to get different textures.Snare: Use the same basic patch that we created for the kick. We will keep it as the basis for most patches for...

How To: Produce an electro pop song in Reason 4

Electro pop has been big business since The Postal Service made their era-defining record in 2005, and few artists since have captured that magic as well as Owl City. If you fancy producing some electro pop yourself and have Reason 4, watch this video to learn how producing a good electro-pop song works using Owl City's "Cave In" as an example.

How To: Make a chiptunes-style lead synth track in Reason 4

This video will teach you how to make a chiptune-style lead synth track using Reason 4. Chiptunes are basically electronic music songs made out of 8-bit sounds, mostly from video games. The synth lead you will be making in this video is not, as such, a true chiptune, it's better because it doesn't cling dogmatically to outdated technology.

How To: Make a harsh lead synth track with dissonance for hard techno in Reason 4

Nowadays digital and analog synthesizers can produce a nearly infinite number of sounds, and many of them sound terrible to most people. If you find yourself more in the Trent Reznor music camp though and love making dystopian, harsh sounds in your music, watch this video. It will teach you how to make a really harsh, dissonance filled lead synth track in Reason 4. Great for glitch, industrial, and other abrasive electronic styles.

How To: Trigger instruments on key release in Reason 3 or 4

This music production software tutorial describes a hack to allow you to trigger an instrument or effect when you RELEASE a key in Reason 3 or 4. This is useful for guitar strums, Hi-hats, mutes or delays, or vinyl scratch effects. With this trigger trick you can create back beats easily. Have one effect produced when you push a key, and another when you release the key using release gates in Reason 3 or Reason 4.

How To: Produce a drum and bass track using Reason 4

Drum and bass started off as a subgenre of Jungle and has since become one of the biggest types of electronic dance music on Earth. If you have Reason 4 and want to start producing drum and bass tracks, you've found the perfect place to start. This video will teach you how to make a DnB song from scratch over seven days using Reason 4.

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