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Join author J Chris Griffin, as he demonstrates how to record music in Reason 6.5, the virtual music studio used by some of the world's most popular musicians and DJs. Get jump-started with the "Making Music Right Away" chapter, and then dig into the program and discover how to create beats with ReDrum, use loops in Dr. Rex, and record guitars and basses through the built-in Line6 devices. The course also shows how to work with the built-in synths; utilize the collections of samples, patches, and programs known as ReFills; and add effects on several types of tracks. Finally, Chris dives into the Reason sequencer, track types, editing audio and MIDI data, and setting the tempo and click track.
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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