Audio engineer and music producer Matt Piper takes you on a tour of several of the instruments included with Reason 10, including the new Klang Tuned Percussion, Pangea World Instruments, and Humana Vocal Ensemble. Become familiar with some of the newest additions in the Reason virtual instrument collection.
- Reason 10 comes with with a couple of fantastic new synthesizers. Europa and grain, that we'll be looking at later in this course. But right now I'd like to focus on some of the new acoustic sounding instruments that come with Reason 10. So let's look in our instruments menu here. And first I want to let you hear clang tuned percussion.
I'll just double click on that. And I'll get the sequencer out of the way here. And by default we've got this circled bells, mallets, okay. (chimes) Okay, so this clang tuned percussion focuses on metallic and glass sort of sounds and this natural sound right here, you can see the reverb is off and the delay is off.
That's actually what I want, I want you to hear the character of the basic sounds that are here. So here's the alto glockenspiel. (glockenspiel) Okay (glockenspiel) And let's hear the kalimba.
(kalimba) And the Noah bells, I'm going to go down an octave here. (Noah bells) So, this instrument is really cool for film score type stuff. It's really evocative and the other couple of instruments I'm going to show you next, similarly.
Steel tones, takes a moment to load these sounds actually. (steel tones) So if you switch sounds and you press a key and you don't hear anything just wait a few seconds. And the whale drum. I have one of these at home. (whale drum) Okay, so really realistic and organic sounds. And then there are also presets which have more effects more reverb and delay and things like that on there.
(chiming) Like so, okay. Let's go back to our instrument list. And let's listen to pangea the world instruments. Just want to pick out a few of my favorite sounds here. It loads with a struck grand piano. (piano) Which is a little loud even though I was playing it lightly.
Let's try this. (string music) Pretty expressive. Let's hear the kinder clavier. (clavier) Nice toy piano.
This pipe organ is actually pretty cool. (pipe organ) If you're into that sort of thing. And lets hear this traveler organ. (traveler organ) Okay, sounds quite nice.
And I want to show you the last one in this sort of trio similarly configured instruments. The humana vocal ensemble. I double clicked and it just switched to that instrument that is fine with me. And let's hear these venus au natural. (venus au natural) Okay and let's hear the mars counterpart to that.
(mars) So there's some great vocal textures that you can get out of that. There's also a very nice acoustic piano here radical piano, let's check that out. It's interesting it's a little bit different configuration than other piano instruments that I've played in software.
You have presets as you would expect. Let's hear metises place. (metises place) Let me show you the basic idea here, you have three different pianos and you can choose different microphones and different pianos. So, let's see I have a close mic, I'm going to choose a close mic for the home grand and we'll just move this blend all the way to the left so we're hearing the close mic on the home grand.
(close mic on home grand) And now let's switch to the deluxe grand. (close mic on deluxe grand) And the upright. (close mic on upright) Okay but then I've got different microphone types I've got the ambient mic (ambient mic) And a floor mic. (floor mic) Okay so I can mix microphones and mix pianos so here's a deluxe grand with a close mic and I'll choose the same deluxe grand but with an ambient mic and I'll blend in that ambient mic.
(piano) And that's pretty subtle actually. Maybe I'll blend the upright, why not? (piano) And then you can change the character of the piano to more agitated, brighter sound. (bright piano) That will cut through and mix a little more. Or a more subdued sound.
(subdued piano) And then at the bottom you have an ambience level and an ambience type so I could change this to a hall. (hall piano) I have resonance for the strings, let's just be crazy and crank that up. Crank up the release time this will be nutty. (piano) I don't have a sustained pedal handy so I just clicked that there.
Put that back down to normal level and you can turn up the mechanical noise of the keys and the pedal if you want. (piano) You're normally not going to turn that all the way up but I just wanted you to hear it. And radical piano's actually kind of crazy, that string resonance. If you press tab to flip the rack around you can actually plug in an audio input and it will go through the resonance so you can sing into this piano and vibrate the strings.
How about that. Alright well that is a look at some of the acoustic sounding instruments in Reason 10.
- Accessing function keys on the Mac
- Installing additional free content and instruments
- Recording audio and virtual instruments
- Working with the new Reason instruments
- Making beats with loops and the sequencer
- Editing audio
- Correcting pitch
- Automating tempo and time signature
- Mixing tracks in Reason
- Mastering the final recording