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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.
The ID8 device was originally included in the now-discontinued Propellerhead's product called Record. When Record was integrated into Reason 6.0, this unit also followed. The original intent for this unit was for it to be used as a device compatible with standard MIDI file imports, and it is still the default instrument used when a standard MIDI file is imported into Reason. But it turned into a songwriter's toolbox for two reasons: first, the sounds in the patches in this unit are topnotch, and secondly, all of the patches are available from the front panel--no browsing required.
Patches are broken into basic groups of instruments for quick selection and the whole group of instruments is displayed at one time, each instrument one button-press away. Let's go through some patches. We'll load up the stock Grand Piano sound, and I'll just play a little bit of that. (music playing) I love the Vibes patch.
(music playing) The Mark II Rhodes is an amazing patch. (music playing) The Whirly is really good.
(music playing) The Rock Organ is totally cool. (music playing) Finger Bass is really cool.
(music playing) And the Mod Wheel creates a little filter effect. (music playing) The Upright Bass is not bad at all. (music playing) The Flute, under Brass and Wind, is really sweet. (music playing) And we can't leave it without Drums.
(music playing) Though not officially a general MIDI synth, it's perfect for building a quick palette of sounds based on the standard MIDI spec. ID8 patches are designed to load quickly and easily, and the amount of work needed to get a proper sound created is minimal. For great sounds and a songwriter's workflow, use ID8 and keep the ideas flowing.
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