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Though the Reason factory sound bank and the included Orkester refill are top-notch sound libraries, creative musicians appreciate the chance to hear other ideas and influences. Fortunately, Propellerheads provided a way for this to happen, in the form of a refill. A refill is simply a sound library wrapped up into one file that is compatible with the Reason architecture. Refills can include patches, samples, or songs, or any combination of the three. Anyone can create a refill, including yourself, with the free Refill Pack or application, downloadable from the Propellerheads' website.
The ElectroMechanical refill, free from Propellerheads for registered Reason users, is a wonderful introduction to the world of refills. I am partial to these sounds because I created most of them, and this was my first product for Propellerheads way back in 2004. This sound library includes electromechanical instruments such as Rhodes Pianos, Wurlitzer Pianos, Hohner Clavinets and Pianettes, and Hammond Organs. Let's create a new Combinator and begin exploring. To locate patches and sounds in a refill, simply open up the browser via the Browse Patch button, navigate to where the refill is stored on your computer, and open up the file.
The file hierarchy and patch organization should be familiar territory. Let's open up a few patches and see what they sound like. (music playing) We'll move to the Wurlies. Now, we have an old 100 from the '50s and a 200, which is the more modern sound. (music playing) We'll bring up some Hammond organs.
(music playing) And some interesting textures built on all of these patches. (music playing) If you like what you hear and are a registered user of Reason, go download this refill from the Propellerheads site and enjoy it yourself.
Now, staying with the ElectroMechanical motif, let's move to another refill focusing on more advance versions of these same pianos. These refills are distributed by M- Audio and Renegade Media via Beatport. I'll locate the file via the Patch Browser, and open up Rhodes Suitcase > Recording Rhodes. These patches are huge. Over 450 samples are used to create this instrument. You can vary the direct amp or room sounds in real time and enjoy these unique instruments that have been on hit records since the 1950s.
(music playing) Hear are the release samples? (music playing) We'll vary up the Amp Level and the Room Level. (music playing) We'll try another more affected sound.
(music playing) Now, let's move into another realm altogether and try out some other refills. wHaCked looks interesting. Let's load up some patches. See what this sounds like. (music playing) Let's back out and see what these Not Really Tonal patches have for us.
(music playing) Now, you've seen how easy it is to use additional refills inside Reason. The Refill format is a compact way to deliver high-quality sounds for Reason and it's very easy to create your own with the free Refill Packer application. There are thousands of refill titles available for sale and several thousand more available for free on the Propellerheads website and other legal vendor sites.
Most sound designers offer a limited free version of their sounds so you can try out a few patches before you decide to buy the entire set. Go grab some refills and explore what third-party designers have to offer.
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