Join Matt Piper for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the changes to the sequencer and the Transport panel, part of Reason 8 First Look.
Let's take a look at the sequencer and the transport panel in Reason 8. Since I won't be using the browser right now, I'm going to close it by pressing F3. And I also won't be looking at the rack for the moment, so I'm going to maximize the sequencer by pressing F7. Looking in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, you'll see the Sequencer tool bar has all the same tools in it as previous versions of Reason. To right of that, you have snap on or off and the snap time value for how you would like the grid to be divided.
Below the toolbar, you see that the manual record and the all mutes off and the all solos off, those are the M and S buttons their. Are all in the same place as in previous versions of Reason. And to the right of that, there is add new note lane. Which is simply designated by this plus sign here. Which does nothing right now, because we don't have a MIDI track. To the right of that, we'll look at our tool tip Track Parameter Automation.
Little bit different symbol but pretty obvious. And to the right of that is where you would create a new pattern lane or a new loop lane. Below manual record and all mutes off and all solos off, there is the Block and Song view selection button. So if I press Block here, I’ll go to my Blocks view and I can go back to Song here. One thing that you will not see anywhere on the screen in Reason 8 that used to be in prior versions that contained the Blocks feature is there is no blocks enable or disable button in the transport panel or anywhere else on the screen.
If you want to do a project without blocks and you don't want to see any reference to blocks in the sequence area, you can go to Options and uncheck Enable Blocks. I'm going to recheck that, because I want to direct your attention to the right of the Blocks view, Song view selector buttons. Is what looks like another mute button of some sort. And that is actually new for Reason 8 and when that is engaged any blocks automation that is in your project will be muted.
You won't hear anything that's in any of the blocks that you have in your project. If you've not used blocks in the past or aren't quite sure what they are that's okay. That's beyond the scope of this course. But suffice it to say for now, that blocks allow you to work in a more loop based or section based approach in your creative process. I'll unmute that. And not much else has changed in the sequencer. So let's go down to the bottom of the screen and look at the transport panel.
Because there are a few new things here to look at. In the lower left, we have a button now for launching the On-screen Piano Keys. I'll unclick that. You can also as in prior versions of Reason, launch or hide the On-screen Piano Keys with the F4 button. Below the on-screen piano keys button is where you launch the Re-Groove Mixer or hide the Re-Groove Mixer.
To the right of those buttons, you see the Quantize notes during recording button and something new for Reason 8 is that you can actually change the Quantize value right here in the transport panel, if you like. And you have a button now for quantizing any currently selected MIDI notes. And that will quantize to the value that you see above. If you need more fine controls, such as they quantized amount, you can press F8 as I just did to open your tool window.
And go to the Sequencer tools and here under Quantize in addition to the value, which you will see changes in the transport panel when I change it here. You can also change the Quantize amount to a different percentage as in previous versions of reason randomized etc. I'll press F8 to close that. To the right of the Quantize buttons, you see the time display, which is more or less the same as in prior versions of Reason. So as you can see, everything has a graphical update to its look.
To the right of that, there is the Click On and Off button. And a pre-count on or off button and the knob that we've had for the level for the click has been replaced by this handsome slider. To the right of that you see tempo, the rather tiny. For this version of Reason Tap Tempo button. Here I just tapped out the slower tempo and below that, the time signature.
A transport controls for stop, rewind, fast forward, play, new dub, new alternate take and loop on or off are all the same as are the left and right locator displays. And then to the right of those, you see your informational display. Everything is grayed out right now because there is nothing happening. But that’s where you see your DSP usage, your input audio and output audio.
Demo mode indicators, disc overload, automation override. And any calculation for time stretching that might be going on. That's the same as in prior versions of Reason that have that display. It's just a little bit different graphical representation