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Finishing your first beat

From: Up and Running with Reason 6.5

Video: Finishing your first beat

Now that I'm finished creating the beat, I want to do a quick mix using the built-in mixer in Reason 6.5. This is an accurate model of a well-known British console, and I have to say, it sounds very close to the real thing. Channel EQ and Compression come as close as I heard software accomplish. We'll show the mixer window by hitting F5, and I want to adjust levels and do some basic EQ moves. Nothing fancy at this point. We just want a basic mix of this beat. So as you can see, the mixer has a fader, some send controls, an Insert section, EQ, compression and gate, and an initial gain.

Finishing your first beat

Now that I'm finished creating the beat, I want to do a quick mix using the built-in mixer in Reason 6.5. This is an accurate model of a well-known British console, and I have to say, it sounds very close to the real thing. Channel EQ and Compression come as close as I heard software accomplish. We'll show the mixer window by hitting F5, and I want to adjust levels and do some basic EQ moves. Nothing fancy at this point. We just want a basic mix of this beat. So as you can see, the mixer has a fader, some send controls, an Insert section, EQ, compression and gate, and an initial gain.

So we'll be using all of these things together to kind of create an interesting mix. So as I listen as I play through the track, I'm going to be altering dynamics, some EQ, some different things to kind of make this mix really pop. Here we go. (music playing) Now I want to focus on the drum loop, so I'll turn off everything or pull the faders down and have the drum loop by itself. (music playing) So the next thing I want to do, the click is kind of getting in my way so we'll just pull that off here in real time.

I don't really even need to stop the track to make that go away. I'll just hit click and off it goes. (music playing) So let's turn the compressor on. I'll alter my Threshold and Ratio, really make it just stomp, and I might want to give it a little extra gain. (music playing) That begins to make that loop really just stomp. (music playing) Bring up the acoustic guitar and I might want to do some EQ moves.

A little the high-frequency content here, maybe a little high mid. Now let's add the bass. And a couple more of EQ moves and I think we're done. (music playing) Great! Now I've got my basic channels the way I want them. Now let's move over to our main master compressor.

Now of course this compressor does model the SSL compressor, and with that real live compressor you have to use it very gently or else it'll be very heavy-handed. Let me turn it on and I'll have basically an auto release time, and let's play the track and see what we've come up with. (music playing) So I want to move my threshold to where it just basically kisses it and makes that needle move just a little bit. Click our attack, a little make-up gain.

We'll hear the difference. Here it is out, and in. So that's our mix. Now we're ready to move on to the next stage, and that could be delivery at this point-- we could finish this track up, bounce it out, and be done--or we could add some audio tracks like vocals or another kind of instrument that only could be recorded through audio, and that will be covered in the later parts of this course.

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Up and Running with Reason 6.5

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J Chris Griffin
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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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