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Reason 4 Essential Training
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Reason 4 Essential Training

with Bruce Williams

Video: Welcome and mission statement

Hi and welcome to Reason version 4 Essential Training Guide. My name is Bruce Williams. I am a recording engineer based in Sydney, Australia. Propellerheads have done it again. They have introduced some great new toys into Reason version 4. We are going to have a look at an app that takes a rack full of gear like that and cramps it into a box like that. It's really cool. Now I should warn you, if you have not used any other audio software before this, Reason is not for the faint of heart.
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  1. 5m 55s
    1. Welcome and mission statement
      42s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
    3. What's new in Reason 4?
      4m 32s
  2. 26m 25s
    1. What is Reason?
      1m 45s
    2. Simple production enhancements
      1m 35s
    3. Connecting your keyboard
      2m 37s
    4. GUI overview
      3m 31s
    5. Working with the sequencer
      3m 1s
    6. Working with the rack
      5m 46s
    7. Working with the Transport panel
      3m 39s
    8. Essential keyboard shortcuts
      4m 31s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. About this chapter
      27s
    2. The ReDrum drum machine
      5m 27s
    3. The Dr. Rex loop player
      4m 31s
    4. The Subtractor analog synth
      4m 23s
    5. The Malström synth
      3m 27s
    6. The Thor polysonic synth
      6m 36s
    7. The NN19 sampler
      3m 26s
    8. The NNXT sampler
      4m 55s
  4. 29m 3s
    1. Creating drum patterns in ReDrum
      3m 25s
    2. Drawing drum patterns into the Arrange window
      3m 59s
    3. Adding loops from Dr. Rex
      2m 47s
    4. Adding bass with the Subtractor synth
      1m 32s
    5. Adding a synth line with Malström
      1m 34s
    6. Adding an arpeggiated synth line
      2m 31s
    7. Adding a trance beat with Thor
      1m 19s
    8. Adding an organ for punch
      1m 14s
    9. Adding a sound effect for fill
      1m 7s
    10. Automating the mix
      5m 27s
    11. Exporting the sound mix
      4m 8s
  5. 6m 22s
    1. Understanding patches
      3m 16s
    2. Understanding ReFills
      3m 6s
  6. 30m 6s
    1. The View mode
      3m 10s
    2. Sequencer elements
      3m 48s
    3. Working with a track
      7m 13s
    4. The Snap to Grid function
      2m 2s
    5. Time display
      3m 0s
    6. Using loop points
      2m 0s
    7. Working with clips
      3m 33s
    8. Match values
      3m 1s
    9. Inserting and removing bars
      2m 19s
  7. 21m 43s
    1. Overview
      12s
    2. Tempo, time signature, and song position
      5m 10s
    3. Working with locators and loops
      4m 42s
    4. Metronome and Precount features
      3m 7s
    5. Quantize during recording
      2m 27s
    6. Recording automation as performance controllers
      3m 23s
    7. DSP and audio out clip
      2m 42s
  8. 9m 49s
    1. Track data automation
      5m 41s
    2. Devices with no sequencer track
      2m 4s
    3. Recording pattern changes
      2m 4s
  9. 32m 26s
    1. Auto-routing devices
      3m 19s
    2. Using reverbs
      5m 14s
    3. Scream 4 distortion
      1m 51s
    4. The BV512 vocoder
      2m 25s
    5. DDL-1 delays
      2m 36s
    6. Foldback distortion
      1m 31s
    7. The ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter
      3m 29s
    8. The CF-101 Chorus/Flanger
      1m 1s
    9. The PH-90 Phaser
      49s
    10. UN-16 Unison
      1m 23s
    11. The COMP-01 Compressor
      1m 6s
    12. PEQ-2 Parametric EQ
      2m 1s
    13. The MClass mastering suite
      5m 41s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Using Combinator for mastering
      3m 25s
    2. Using Combinator as an instrument
      2m 25s
    3. The Combinator programmer
      7m 4s
  11. 11m 49s
    1. Opening a clip in Edit mode
      47s
    2. Edit mode overview
      1m 54s
    3. Working with notes
      1m 45s
    4. Editing velocity
      3m 55s
    5. Editing notes in the Inspector
      3m 28s
  12. 14m 16s
    1. The Devices palette
      2m 16s
    2. Quantize
      1m 26s
    3. Pitch
      1m 21s
    4. Note velocity
      2m 18s
    5. Note length
      1m 16s
    6. Legato
      41s
    7. Scale tempo
      35s
    8. Altering notes
      1m 16s
    9. Automation cleanup
      1m 3s
    10. And one more thing to remember
      46s
    11. Introducing the Groove palette
      1m 18s
  13. 13m 13s
    1. Basics
      1m 32s
    2. Channel parameters
      5m 42s
    3. Copy, paste, and initialize channels
      1m 46s
    4. Groove settings
      4m 13s
  14. 26m 2s
    1. Spider Audio
      3m 28s
    2. Spider CV
      4m 19s
    3. The Matrix (Unipolar mode)
      4m 55s
    4. The Matrix (Bipolar mode)
      2m 19s
    5. The RPG-8 arpeggiator
      11m 1s
  15. 7m 58s
    1. What is ReWire?
      50s
    2. Setting up ReWire
      3m 7s
    3. Routing audio
      3m 3s
    4. What hosts are available?
      58s
  16. 8m 8s
    1. Self-contained songs
      1m 51s
    2. Song info
      1m 8s
    3. Publishing your song
      1m 12s
    4. Exporting your song as audio
      1m 51s
    5. Exporting your loop as audio
      2m 6s
  17. 4m 28s
    1. The MIDI in device
      2m 23s
    2. The Audio out device
      2m 5s
  18. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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Reason 4 Essential Training
4h 54m Beginner May 09, 2008

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Reason is a loop-based music creation application with a focus on MIDI sequencing, sampling, and synthesis. What sets it apart from other audio software is its unique user interface, which emulates a virtual rack of audio hardware. It is highly technical and can present a daunting learning curve even for those with experience in other audio software, which makes recording engineer Bruce Williams the ideal guide. In Reason 4 Essential Training, Bruce explores every device in the rack, including the Transport panel, and the new devices like the ReGroove mixer, the Thor polyphonic synthesizer, and the RPG-8 arpeggiator. He also demonstrates production enhancements made possible by the revamped sequencer and automation interfaces. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Connecting a keyboard, MIDI device, or other piece of hardware
  • Working with drums, loops, synths, and samples
  • Composing, publishing, and exporting songs
  • Using the sequencer in Arrange and Edit modes
  • Understanding patches and ReFills
  • Adding effects
  • Using ReWire to synchronize Reason with other audio applications
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Reason
Author:
Bruce Williams

Welcome and mission statement

Hi and welcome to Reason version 4 Essential Training Guide. My name is Bruce Williams. I am a recording engineer based in Sydney, Australia. Propellerheads have done it again. They have introduced some great new toys into Reason version 4. We are going to have a look at an app that takes a rack full of gear like that and cramps it into a box like that. It's really cool. Now I should warn you, if you have not used any other audio software before this, Reason is not for the faint of heart.

So you might want to try something a little easier and then come back to Reason a little bit later on, but for those of you who are ready, let's do this.

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