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Acid Techno

Acid Techno

Acid, or also known as acid techno is often being defined by an element called "acid". A lot of these type of songs are defined by a specific type of instrument: The TB-303 Bass line. While back in the days of Reason 4, the most common approach to create a TB-303 type of sound was using a Thor Polysonic Synthesizer. Most important would be using the Low Pass Ladder Filter set on 18 (since the original used a LP18 filter). 

2016-12-05
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Euro Techno Sequence

Euro Techno Sequence

Where I think the Techno scene kind of got 'ruined' is the Euro Techno genre. Now I am not saying that Euro Techno is a bad thing. It was just a genre that took the whole idea of techno, and threw the concept over board. The major issue I have with this type of genre is its structure. Since this is just a mix of "disco" and "techno" sequence wise. While normal techno was more about that beat, the way that things flow, and the effects. Euro techno is more in terms like "intro", "chorus", "verse",  "chorus", "verse", "intermezzo", "chorus", "verse", "autro". Thus... it is almost like any genre but then with "annoying sounds".

2016-12-04
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The Clubby Techno Sequence

The Clubby Techno Sequence

If you have been in a lot of clubs, like me, then this might be a worthy type of subject to write about. Because there are 2 main stream type of techno songs. The commercial diarrhea and the underground scene. The commercial stuff is something you would most likely have heard somewhere on the radio, or while you were driving towards home. The reason for it to be commercial diarrhea is that these type of songs are hyped, have a twist, and targeted towards a broader audience just because of the main ideas that they change a lot of things in the techno track to make interesting for a larger audience (I am not saying that this is a bad thing though).

2016-12-04
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Techno Sequence using the Sequencer

Techno Sequence using the Sequencer

In the previous article about setting up a Techno sequence, I mainly talked about the old school method on how mixing consoles were used back in the days to set up a song. In this article I will use the sequencer of Reason mainly to be the heart of the sequence. This by itself might get rather complicated to read. Since things may turn a bit complex I am going to focus mainly on the sequence, and not the sound design of it. I will try to do my best to make things sounding 'logical'

2016-11-30
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Sequencing a detroit techno song

Sequencing a detroit techno song

I will do my best to debunk a few things regarding setting up a techno sequence from start to finish (with an estimate song duration of approx 5 minutes). The main issue (and part of my biggest struggle while thinking about this topic) is that it totally depends on what type of techno song you are willing to create. This is partially the reason why I started this whole series with "the history of techno". A lot of different sub genres (especially Euro Techno) have different builds. In this article I will be mainly using Reason 8. Because I am going to use a wide range of different audio loops to process them.

2016-11-27
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Techno setting up a complete kit part 3

Techno setting up a complete kit part 3

In this article I will mostly repeat similar set ups but in a different angle / direction. In theory it comes down to having multiple options where sounds can be thrown in a different direction or context. From a certain point of view this kind of distinct one techno set from another. A lot of it has to do with the way things are balanced (mix), a lot has to do with the amount of harsh tones are in them (distortion) and a lot has to do with 'space' (reverb / eq etc). To be honest, a lot of techno kits kind of do a similar thing over and over again, but shuffled in a different direction

2016-11-25
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Techno setting up a complete kit part 2

Techno setting up a complete kit part 2

In this second kit I am going to keep things simple, and minimalistic as much as I can. Also I will be using loops in a different way (again). The main course of this one will be the bass drum set up. In most cases you will need a bass drum which can be controlled in different directions

2016-11-23
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Techno setting up a complete kit part 1

Techno setting up a complete kit part 1

There are plenty of different ideas I still want to cover in the realm of Techno. This will be just one of them (with many more to follow). The nice thing about the set ups I want to create is that later on you can use different elements and combine them later in different sets. Call it your "lego set of techno kits".

2016-11-22
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Techno Kick reverb effect in Reason

Techno Kick reverb effect in Reason

In the previous article about setting up a kick, I ended with two major important parts regarding setting up a Kick Drum. In terms of Techno Music a reverb is often used in terms of being a "creative effect". In this article I will focus a lot on different ideas and angles regarding setting up a Reverb. In most cases I would refer to the RV-7000. Since the RV-7000 is more flexible.

2016-11-21
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Setting up a Techno Kick Drum

Setting up a Techno Kick Drum

In this article I will write down different ideas regarding setting up a Kick in Techno.

2016-11-20
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Techno Series a little History lesson

Techno Series a little History lesson

While it has been a while that I have checked out the Techno Scene. And now that I have back tracked the last couple of years. Just to put myself in to context, I used to be a techno fan myself. And this was in the area that techno was driven by hard stumping beats, some TB-303 acid riffs or with some cool stabbing synths that would define the melody. And some minimalistic elements like tribe stuff. Nothing fancy.

2016-11-17
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Tripping on Acid Bass Lines

Tripping on Acid Bass Lines

Welcome to another Sound design topic. In this topic I will share some thoughts and ideas regarding recreating the "TB303" type of sounds. Now, to be fairly honest: with out the TB303 / Rebirth in our arsenal in Reason there is no way you will ever get that classic Acid type of sound back in the Reason rack. Sure there are some alternatives that you could use to get close (using the Malstrom and use the TB303 wave table for instance). However, the idea that often keeps my interested is to get a .

2016-10-12
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