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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: Get started with MIDI keyboards in Reason 3.0

In this music production tutorial you will learn how to initialize setup and get a basic understanding of Midi Keyboards control with Reason 3.0. Learn the basic technology and effects that go along with creating electronic music from keyboards and other MIDI sources in Reason 3.0 in this three part tutorial. Part one covers basic setup, part two covers LFOs, Sequencer edits, and use of the Pitch bend / Mod wheel and part three covers understanding control knobs and the automation thereof.

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: Setup glitch effects (Granulizer) in Reason 3.0

In this Reason 3.0 music production software tutorial you will learn how to get Malstrom like effects with your own samples. The Malstrom synthesizer can create some wild sounds and it's important to know how it works and what it does. Watch and learn how to create a DIY graintable synth with Reason 3.0, similar to what Malstrom does but using your own samples.

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: 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: Sample with Reason 4.0 and ReCycle

Want to create a track to rival any of those by Kanye, Just Blaze, or Mighty Joe? If so, you'll need to know how to sample. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to incorporate samples into your music using ReCycle and Reason 4.0. Take a look to get started using samples in your own music.

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: 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: Create a progressive house synth in Reason 4.0

In this tutorial, we learn how to create a progressive house synth in Reason 4.0. Start with the mixer and add use the combinator. Right click, then create a polysonic synthesizer. Bring it down to four and then click the "show programmer" button. Select one, two, and three and then make sure your octave is four. Bring up the octave on the second so it's five. For the third oscilator, make it analog and make it a sign wave. This octave will go down one so you get some bass. Go to the mixer an...

How To: Make beats like Anti Pop Consortium in Reason

In this tutorial, we learn how to make beats like Anti Pop Consortium in Reason. First, access the synth mode and play it so you can hear what it sounds like. You can see the delay playing as well as the items that are making this sound different. Open up the different filters and knobs as you are playing with the different sounds inside the program. Take it to a different level to test out what you want your music to sound like and what you want to hear. Play with this and the different filt...

How To: Make a basic dirty south loop arrangement in Reason

In this video, we learn how to make a basic dirty south loop arrangement in Reason. First, load up a synth loop from the Dirty South loops. Find one that you like, then find a drum loop for this. After you have loaded this, then load up a sampler to add to this. Play this and then start to edit the sound. You can higher and lower the volume and change the tempo as well. Take small sections at a time and then you will have a sound that you like! Save this when finished and come back to edit wh...

How To: Use vocoders as effect control units in Reason

This music production software tutorial is on the use of the BV512 vocoder as a frequency specific effects gate in Reason. This way, it is quite easy to draw a frequency curve to delay only your treble, distort your midrange, and reverb your bass, or any configuration imaginable. See how to use vocoders as effect control units in this video.

How To: Produce live performance patches in Reason 3.0

Would you believe that you can use Reason as an all-in-one performance tool? This Reason 3.0 tutorial will show you how to generate beats quickly, on the fly, using advanced Combinator automation and Dr. REX loops a-plenty. Use of Midi keyboard a must! See how to generate music quickly without completely ripping someone off in this Reason 3.0 tutorial series.

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: Visualize envelope effects in Reason 3.0

In this music production software tutorial you will learn a quick Reason trick - how to actually "See" the effect of your filter or mod envelopes in real time. This visualization trick works with any Reason instrument. Set it up and watch it move each time you press a key inf a filter or mod envelope effect.

How To: ReDrum a new way in Reason

There are many ways to program or automate the redrum in Reason. This music production tutorial looks at an innovative way to auto-quantize using the Drum Solo options. Watch and learn this easy keyboard setup with a lot of potential for ReDrum in Reason.

How To: Use Propellerhead Advanced Reason software

In this video series, watch as musician and songwriter Darin Carter teaches how to use Reason with advanced settings. Learn how to use the different synthesizers and effects, how to sequence them with midi, and how to export them into a format that can be shared with other programs and be performed live.

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