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: 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: Delay CV signals in Reason

This music production software tutorial demonstrates the use of an Audio Delay to create an effective CV delay, with some tweaking in Reason. CV delays are useful for instrument design and combinator construction. Learn how to delay control voltage outputs in this Reason video.

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 your synths pulse & pump in Reason

In this video, we learn how to make your synths pulse & pump in Reason. If you want to achieve the pulsing sound when you are playing your song. Then, go into the beat and add in different drum, snare, beat sounds, etc. Once you add these into your beat, you will be able to play around with them. Change the effects by twisting the knobs and changing up the reverb, chorus, and more. Move the effects around until you end up with a beat that you like. Once you are finished, save this and use it ...

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.

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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