Join Matt Piper for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the Reason software instrument tracks, part of Up and Running with Reason 7.
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Back when Reason was first released, around about 13 years ago, it was software instruments only. You couldn't plug in a microphone or guitar. It had a much smaller mixer, but what it had, was the ability to make electronic music using virtual instruments contained within the software that sounded like the hardware devices that were hundreds or thousands of dollars and not always so easy to get your hands on.
So, before we get to recording software instruments in Reason, I just want to take a very quick kind of whirlwind tour through the software instruments that come with Reason just to give you a little bit of an idea what these little icons mean that I'm about to drag out of the tool window. So here's the Kong Drum Designer. Actually, I'm going to press F6 here so that we can see our rack in full. And I can play a few notes on my midi keyboard, and you can see down below that there's more to the Kong Drum Designer than just the presets.
There's the Re-drum drum computer. This is one of the original, old-school Reason devices. A pattern-based drum machine. There's the Thor polysonic synthesizer which again has more than meets the eye once you maximize it. The original reason synth, the subtractor analog synthesizer. The Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer. For those of you who know a bit about synthesis, this is Propeller-head's own combination of wavetable and granular synthesis.
A much simpler device is the ID8. No frills, but very usable sounds. If you just need a piano sound, you can find one here, upright piano. Or if you need to find a guitar sound. Or a bass sound. You don't have the synthesizer controls that you have on the other devices that we looked at, but you do have very usable sounds that you can dial up quickly. There's the Dr. Octo Rex loop player. Which we will use more later on in this course.
There's the NN - XT advanced sampler this is another one or when you unfold it you will see all it has to offer but in the mean time we can browse the presets the original reason sampler which is much simpler as the NN19 And finally, something we'll get to later on in the course, the external MIDI instrument, and this is actually used to connect to external hardware devices if you have an actual piece of metal and plastic with keys on it, for instance, or a rack module that you want to control with Reason, that's what you would use this for.
Once you've been using reason for a long time, you'll become very accustomed to these individual instruments and their character and their sound sets, and you may find yourself thinking I want t use Thor for this part of the song. But as you acclimate yourself to reason, you probably won't be thinking along those lines. You may be thinking I need a verbal based sound. And so what you can do is, create instrument. And the shortcut for that is, Cmd+I on the Mac, and Ctrl+I on Windows. So now, as we looked at earlier in the course, you can simply search for wobble.
And now I can see everything that has wobble or something close to it, in its title. And I can hear what it sounds like and we're well on our way to making yet another dubstep song.
- 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