Hot Reason How-Tos

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.

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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.

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