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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 last thing to discuss concerning effects and inserts is how to utilize the Master section in Reason to either creatively affect your song or to finalize level for output. Once again, Reason makes this task easy to accomplish. We have our song from the previous two videos sounding great. I want to show you some possibilities that can enhance your music, even at this late stage of production, using the Master inserts of Reason's mixer. I'll move to the Rack Display and click Show Insert FX on the Master panel.
The now-familiar insert area presents itself to us and I right-click in the area to bring up the contextual menu. For now, I'll choose MClass Maximizer, under Studio Effects. This device will help maximize mix level and protect the outputs from clipping. Let me show you how it works. (music playing) Adjusting the settings creates a super-loud but peak-free mix, and I could bounce down now for a great track.
But I want to show you how this section can be used for more creative ideas. Let me just get through a few devices and show you what can happen before we finish up this chapter on effects, and I'll leave you to more exploring after the video is over. Here we go. I'll select this device and I want to delete it by hitting Command+Delete or Ctrl+Delete, and let's bring up something cooler, maybe a Pulverizer, under Creative FX. I think a tremolo might be in order, so let's scroll down to some of the Tremolo patches. (music playing) Then I'll scroll through. (music playing) Awesome! Let's delete this device and bring up the Alligator.
I think Anticipation Pendulum has got my name on it. (music playing) Gator Aid is another great one. (music playing) Synchro Slaps is great. (music playing) Very cool! Let me show you kind of another device.
It's the Stereo Imager. (music playing) Now, let's delete this device, and I want to change gears completely and bring up a Neptune device introduced earlier in the course.
And I want to play Neptune from my attached MIDI keyboard with the mix running and see what happens. Now remember, I right-click anywhere in the Neptune device, select Create Track for Neptune1, and get ready to play the now-attached MIDI keyboard. I'll make some basic settings to allow the keyboard to control the voice synth, and I'm going to remove the original signal so all we hear is the voice synthesizer. Let's see what happens. (music playing) Now all I'm doing is playing on the MIDI keyboard just across the octaves and seeing what happens. (music playing) Pretty cool! Hopefully you see how cool Reason can be as I apply effects.
I've said this before, but this is an incredible amount of power available for music making. I hope you take the time to explore and understand how FX devices in Reason can be connected and strung together and I hope you're inspired enough with these cool effects to go create some groundbreaking new music that rocks the world and brings peace to your soul. Enjoy!
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