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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.
So we have got our pad, now we want to bring in another synth line and we are going to get something that is a little bit arpeggiated and we are not going to play it all the way through. So we will go for something like this and just going to slow down the release time a little bit, jump across here, key me up to the seventh bar and hit Record. (Music plays.) So what I have done is I've played in a few notes there.
Now let's suppose I want to create more copies of this information. Ideally, what I want to do is to trim the ends of this particular event to an even number, in other words, to the end of a bar. So what I am going to do is grab the end of that, trim it into the beginning of Bar 9 and I am going to trim this one back to the end of Bar 16. So what I can do now, now that I have trimmed this back to exactly eight bars in length as we can see in the Inspector at the top, is to create a duplicate of this particular event and if you remember to do that we use the Control key, left-click and drag in Windows or the Alt key with left-click and drag on the Mac.
So now we have got two instances of that same note data. So we can just jump back here. (Music plays.) OK, so you get the idea that now that we've worked out that we can trim our events to an even number of bars we can then copy and paste them wherever we need to within our track so that we can have parts of a line that come in at certain points of the song, but then drop out at other points of the song.
In the next movie, we'll bring in Thor just because we want to hear Thor in the mix.
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