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Utilizing cool effects via the master section

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Video: Utilizing cool effects via the master section

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.

Utilizing cool effects via the master section

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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Up and Running with Reason 6.5

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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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