Join Matt Piper for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording automation, part of Up and Running with Reason 7.
As you create music in Reason, you'll find that recording automation can actually be a great aid to your creative flow and to your finished product. Recording automation simply means that any knob, button or other control on any device in Reason. Can be automated, and I'm going to show you what I mean by that. In the track that I have up right now, I have a simple hi-hat pattern, and I have a Rhodes piano sound dialed in, and in that Rhodes patch.
I have inserted, and let me show you this in the rack. I have inserted the Echo, which is sort of a warm, analog-style delay. And first I'll let you just hear what this sounds like. Okay, what I'd like to do is play with the feedback control of the echo, and one way I can do this is to simply right-click and choose Edit Automation. Whenever you see that bright green outline around a control in Reason, that means there is an automation track.
That is ready to control or is controlling that parameter. So in this case I am going to draw in some automation, so I've got my pencil tool and I am drawing in a clip. Clip is just a container for information and selecting my Selector tool, double clicking and now going back to the pencil tool, I'll draw in a point here. You see this grey line that shows where the control was at before I started adjusting it, and we'll bring it up as high as we can. And if you don't know on a delay, which is basically an echo device, feedback is how many times does it echo.
And we'll bring it down here. Click outside, and I'm going to Cmd+C or Ctrl+C if you're on Windows, to copy and then Cmd+ V or Ctrl+ V to paste what I just did. And now as this plays, you can see the shape of the automation, and you'll see what happens to the feedback knob, and you'll hear what happens to the sound. Okay, so you get the idea. You can do that with any control. You can try things, and see what they sound like. When you find something that helps.
Your music sound better, you can commit it to your hard disk so that it'll happen the same way, every time. So we just drew that in, but you can also do it hands-on, and of course there are MIDI controllers that you can buy that have knobs and faders on them. So you can have that tactile feel, I'm just going to use my mouse. Here, and I'm going to adjust the delay time. And, I'm going to activate this key pitch control so that, that doesn't sound totally, freakishly weird. And, I would direct your attention to this little red circle here, with the squiggly line.
That is the the record enable parameter automation button. So. You see the record enable on any audio track or instrument track. There is this additional record parameter automation enable. And that means that when that is armed. Let me go back over here so you can see the echo. Any moves that you make on the device this is armed for will be recorded. Okay so we'll select the echo, automation is armed, and now if I press record it should record any move that I make on the echo.
So, as you can see, it automatically created a delay time track. So that's what will happen, it'll automatically create tracks as long as you've got this record enable parameter automation engaged. And this applies not only to affects, but any perimeter on any instrument In fact, I'll press f5. And we'll go to the mixer here, and look at the roads. And I can right click on the Pan, and choose Edit Automation. And now you can see Roads Pan.
And if I scroll down a bit, and record again. And you can see, the automation follow what I recorded a moment ago. So, that's recording automation. You can even automate the tempo and the time signature, and I'll show you that later on in this course.
- Setting up Reason's preferences
- Recording audio and software instrument tracks
- Creating drum beats with Redrum and the Kong Drum Designer
- Triggering REX loops
- Live sampling
- Recording automation
- Quantizing audio
- Pitch correcting vocals
- Using the ReGroove Mixer
- Time stretching and time compressing audio
- Working in the mixer and the rack
- Processing your tracks with compression, EQ, and effects
- Mastering a recording in Reason