Hot Reason How-Tos

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: 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: Make drum & bass basslines in Reason 4

This video demonstrates how to design drum and bass lines in a Reason 4 program. This video does not have a speaker rather it shows you on the computer how you would make these lines. Music plays at sometimes but mostly it is various screens and demonstrations of making the base lines. There is text to help you out on the screen. If you follow the steps in this video, you'll be able to create a basic drum line using Reason 4.

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: 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 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 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: 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: 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.

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