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Expanding the vocal possibilities with Neptune

From: Up and Running with Reason 6.5

Video: Expanding the vocal possibilities with Neptune

I want to take the opportunity to show you a unique feature of Neptune that will take this track to a very cool place. Let's record another vocal. This time I'll sing falsetto, and whether I'm good or not really doesn't matter, as you'll soon see and hear. We'll go over to our sequencer and create a new track with Command+T or Ctrl+T, and of course it's record-enabled. We'll click on monitor the input so that we can actually hear what we're doing, and I'll get ready to sing. Now, I want to mute the other vocals so I can concentrate on what I'm singing at the moment, and I'll be ready to record.

Expanding the vocal possibilities with Neptune

I want to take the opportunity to show you a unique feature of Neptune that will take this track to a very cool place. Let's record another vocal. This time I'll sing falsetto, and whether I'm good or not really doesn't matter, as you'll soon see and hear. We'll go over to our sequencer and create a new track with Command+T or Ctrl+T, and of course it's record-enabled. We'll click on monitor the input so that we can actually hear what we're doing, and I'll get ready to sing. Now, I want to mute the other vocals so I can concentrate on what I'm singing at the moment, and I'll be ready to record.

So I'll press asterisk to begin recording and off we go. (music playing) Okay, not so bad. Not perfect, but as you'll soon hear, it won't matter. So I'll go back to the beginning of the track and let's hit play. (music playing) Ah, I can't hear it so I need to get rid of input monitoring and go back and play.

(music playing) Not bad. We're going to fix that up really quick. Let's go over to our rack. We're going to unfold that device and show the Insert effects for this particular track. We'll right-click here in the empty area and choose Neptune Pitch Adjuster again.

Now, on this track I want to do some different things. I want my MIDI input to go to the voice synth part of Neptune and I want to play this with my MIDI keyboard attached to Reason. Now to do that I'll need to actually tell Reason to go look at the MIDI keyboard and attach it to Neptune. We do this by right-clicking somewhere on the device and creating a track for the device, in this case for Neptune 2. That puts a new track lane in the sequencer for this inserted device.

Let's go back to the beginning. It's already in record, and we're going to listen to what chord playing might do to this vocal. Let me hit asterisk for record and off we go. (music playing) Instant Imogen Heap. Now if I want to get rid of my original vocal, we'll go over here into the Neptune and pull down Pitched Signal. That's the original corrected vocal that I've sung. And now all we'll hear is the voice synth.

(music playing) Not bad. And so if we add in our original track, we'll have kind of a finished little beat with a vocal on top, and then we are instant car-commercial land here. (music playing) Awesome! So I may want to adjust some mix blend issues or I may want to adjust some other parameters in the Neptune synth, but this takes us where we want to go very quickly, and it turned kind of a pedestrian-sounding track into something really cool very quickly.

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Up and Running with Reason 6.5

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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Using the exercise files
      58s
  2. 8m 39s
    1. Installing Reason and authorizing your ignition key
      1m 47s
    2. Investigating the Reason folder
      2m 1s
    3. Setting preferences and settings for controllers and audio
      4m 51s
  3. 22m 8s
    1. Making music with Dr. Octo Rex
      5m 8s
    2. Creating additional Dr. Octo Rex tracks and instrument tracks
      3m 53s
    3. Finishing your first beat
      3m 33s
    4. Creating audio tracks for vocals or instruments
      5m 43s
    5. Expanding the vocal possibilities with Neptune
      3m 51s
  4. 18m 7s
    1. Using the ReDrum drum module
      5m 11s
    2. Adding Auto Combinators
      6m 9s
    3. Utilizing multi-loops in Dr. Octo Rex
      6m 47s
  5. 10m 56s
    1. Trying and buying Rack Extensions
      2m 53s
    2. Using Rack Extensions
      8m 3s
  6. 11m 38s
    1. Creating guitar sounds with the Line 6 devices
      6m 10s
    2. Creating bass sounds with the Line 6 devices
      2m 2s
    3. Printing guitar and bass tracks with final amp settings
      3m 26s
  7. 48m 51s
    1. Using the SubTractor analog synth
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Malström Graintable synth
      3m 49s
    3. Using the Thor polyphonic synth
      4m 39s
    4. Using the ID8 Instrument Device
      3m 24s
    5. Using the NN-19 digital sampler
      3m 42s
    6. Using the NN-XT advanced sampler
      7m 8s
    7. Utilizing the Kong Drum Designer
      7m 49s
    8. Utilizing the Combinator
      4m 31s
    9. Utilizing a synth or sampler without a MIDI keyboard
      3m 52s
    10. Using third-party ReFills
      5m 43s
  8. 13m 57s
    1. Putting reverb on vocal tracks
      6m 12s
    2. Adding effects to other tracks
      3m 23s
    3. Utilizing cool effects via the master section
      4m 22s
  9. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the layout of the sequencer
      8m 6s
    2. Utilizing Blocks mode
      9m 40s
    3. Using the ReGroove Mixer
      5m 17s
    4. Editing MIDI performance data
      3m 13s
    5. Editing audio tracks
      2m 43s
  10. 51s
    1. What's next?
      51s

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