Reason 9 includes three new devices: Scales & Chords, Note Echo, and Dual Arpeggio. Collectively, these three devices are called the Players. Learn how to use the Players to create complex and nuanced keyboard performances while holding a single note on your keyboard controller. Audio engineer and songwriter Matt Piper shows you how to quickly and easily create elaborate keyboard parts in the sequencer using the Players, and how to send notes from the Players to a sequencer track for further editing or copy and pasting for use with different instruments.
- [Voiceover] One of the most powerful additions to Reason Nine is the players. I'm gonna show you what those do. They don't make any noise on their own, so they require an instrument in order to function. So, I'm gonna create an instrument here. And I'll look into Reason Nine sounds for a piano. See a concert grand here, I think that should be fine. (piano music) And now I can look at the players.
And I have three, I have the Dual Arpeggio, I have Note Echo, and I have Scales and Chords. I can choose any of these or any combination. I'm gonna go for Scales and Chords first. And it shows me where it wants me to put it, with this orange plus sign. It won't let me put it in any wrong place. And now I'm just gonna play single notes on my keyboard. (piano music) Okay, and I have several choices of scales here and keys.
I can also press these keys on this little keyboard and create my own custom scales. It will not let me play any wrong notes if I press black keys in the left side keyboard. (piano music) And black keys are not part of the C major scale, but it's still playing C major. I can turn on filter notes if I want to be reminded when I'm hitting the wrong notes. (piano music) See, when I hit the black keys it tells me to stop and then just turn that back off.
I can choose how many notes I want in the chord. (piano music) The inversion determines which note in the chord is gonna be on the bottom. (piano music) Open chords will spread out the chord a bit, so without it (piano music), with open chords. (piano music) You can add an octave up, (piano music) an octave down, (piano music) or a color note. (piano music) And you can momentarily step outside of the key (piano music) with the alter button.
Now, before I show you the other two players, I'd like to just create a short sequence here. I'm gonna turn this off for the moment and turn on the click and the pre-count. (clicking) (soft music) Okay, and I'm gonna just move that in there and move the right locator over and turn on the loop.
And turn the click off. And let's hear what I got there. (piano music) Okay. Now, let's bring in the Dual Arpeggio. I could put that above or below the chords and scales and the signal flows from top to bottom. So, let's hear what this sounds like. (upbeat piano music) And I'll go ahead and turn these first two players off and then bring in the Note Echo, so you can hear what that does.
(soft piano music) If I turn it off, you'll just hear the single notes again. (soft piano music) Okay, I'm gonna leave it off here for a moment and I'm gonna choose this Make Things Interesting.
And then I'll bring that in in a moment. (upbeat piano music) Alright, so that's quite a lot for only three notes that I played on my keyboard.
Right now all we've actually recorded in the sequencer are these three notes that I recorded and that's fine but if you want to be able to commit these individual notes that we are hearing to the sequencer so that you can edit them later, you absolutely can do that. So, we go up to the top here and send to track. And now you see in the sequencer a bunch of new data has appeared and this bypass all switch has turned on, so that will bypass all three of these players.
And now we just have this amazing piano performance recorded in the sequencer for the concert grand piano track. (piano music) As you can see the players are really powerful creative tools in Reason Nine.
- Recording audio and virtual instrument tracks in Reason 9
- Loop recording
- Creating synth lines
- Making beats with loops and the sequencer
- Editing audio
- Correcting pitch
- Automating tempo and time signature
- Mixing tracks in Reason
- Master the final recording
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/30/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Reason 9.5.x, including using VST plugins in Reason, MIDI drag and drop, and delay compensation.