Join J Chris Griffin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating guitar sounds with the Line 6 devices, part of Up and Running with Reason 6.5.
One of the many cool features of Reason is the way it handles and processes audio after recording. Anything can be done to the source audio after the fact--distortion, reverb, delay, you name it--and the original audio remains intact. This is especially cool when recording guitars and basses because the processing options remain open right through to mixdown. I have a song that I have been working on in my studio that needs some guitar. This is an actual in-progress production of mine and not something prepared for lynda.com.
As a result, the exercise file you receive may be substantially different from the one I work with here, but the results will be the same. My friend David agreed to play some guitar on this track and helped demonstrate the power of Reason. He's playing a Gretsch Countryman, and I'll be running it through the included Line 6 POD Device in Reason. This is the exact same Line 6 product that is offered throughout the Line 6 range, only the amp and cabinet choices are more limited in this Reason version. If you own POD Farm or a POD XT device, connect it to Reason with a USB cable and all of the end choices available in those software packages will automatically show up in the Reason list.
Let's give a quick listen to the bridge of this tune before David records the guitar part and see what it sounds like. (music playing) So, I'll have him play a couple of guitar parts over this. Let's see what happens.
The first thing I need to do is create a new track. Now, I have guitar signal showing up. Dave, if you'll play and show us we've got it. And I want to record monitor and click that button so I can actually hear what we're doing. So Dave play, great. (guitar playing) Now, I want to insert a Line 6 Device inside this audio track. So I'll show the Rack by hitting F6, unfold the audio track, show Insert FX, and then right-click in the blank area, choose Studio FX > Line 6 Guitar Amp.
Now, if you'll play, Dave, we'll have a completely different sound. (guitar playing) Awesome! I'll change models just a bit to kind of give you an idea of what we can do. Dave, if you'll play along. (guitar playing) Perfect. All right, we're back to the 1968 Plexi, which I kind of like. So, this is great. Now, notice the Tuning Fork icon over here. If I click that, this area becomes a quick little tuner.
Dave, if you'll play and will tune up very quickly. (guitar playing) Let me move my mouse. It selects the note for you and tells you if you're in tune or not. It looks like you're a little flat on the D. Now, if you hit F3 the whole thing blows up and you can see it in a giant screen so that the player can actually see for himself what's going on. (guitar playing) Perfect, thanks, Dave. Let's turn off the tuner. Dave has already heard the track and is ready to play.
I'll have him lay down a simple Power Chord Track to complement my tune. Now notice I don't have pre-engaged. I don't want to pre-count it at this point. I just want to get into record and go. So, here we go. Let's put in record. (music playing) So, at this point I might want to name the track. I'll just click over here and name it PWR Chord 1, and number one because I'm actually going to put another one on it.
Now I want to duplicate this track, so I'll just right-click here on the track header, select Duplicate Tracks and Devices, and we'll make a duplicate with the Line 6 already inserted, already in record. We'll just record-enable that. Dave, if will play a little bit for us? (music playing) Okay, now obviously we don't want the audio that it duplicated, so I'll just hit Delete and get rid of it. Put my play head back to where I want it. And off we go. (music playing) Great! Thanks Dave.
Now, I noticed as we were recording a couple of clip indicators were illuminated. I'm not too worried about it at this point. It is rock and roll, and we are distorting the mess out of this guitar, so I'm going to let it go. It sounded great as I was monitoring it and if it happens to you, you might evaluate whether you want to do another take or not. In this case we're just going to let it go. Next, we'll do the same thing, only with bass.
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