Grain Sample Manipulator
Grain sample manipulator advanced layers
I am Hydlide of Reason experts. In this article, I am going to create a combinator that would be similar as an approach to how the NNXT internally works. Since I have heard a lot of times, we need a better sampler inside Reason. Yet at this point, we have a better sampler since Reason 10, Grain sample manipulator.
Thor the Polysonic synthesizer
Creating an Analog synthesizer with Thor
I am Hydlide of ReasonExperts.com. In this article, I want to share an idea on how to create an analog synthesizer using Thor inside Propellerhead Reason. While the idea is nothing new (since I have talked about this technique in for instance creating a Moog synthesizer in Reason and while making video presentations like creating an analog synth using subtractors). I am always a fan of perfecting different ideas and this is just one of those moments. Since there is one setting, in particular, I find very useful to emulate the idea of analog style synths. And this would be the setting voice key. The idea I am going for is based on different ideas I did in the past but do something slightly different.
Grain Sample Manipulator
Grain Sample Manipulator
I want to demystify most of the features that are existing inside of the Grain sample manipulator. While I haven't really focussed on this device that much, because of issues that were in Grain and Europa since Reason 10 was released. While they were fixed in Reason 10.1 (thanx to yours truly) I decided to wait to write down an in-depth article about this device. Since I wanted to analyze a lot of different segments on what this device can do, unscrew the screws on the Grain engine itself just to see what lies under the hood, and program it in many different ways so I can call myself a Grain Expert too...
Layered plucked chord player
Welcome to another article about sound design using the Subtractor. As some of you may well know the subtractor still has a special place in my heart for many reasons. Because it is simplistic to use by looking at it. It has most of the important options to make a sound (while honest, it is not the best there are better options). And it is a synth to work fast with. In most cases, I am into layering my sounds using a combinator. Today I would like to throw in the process on how I have managed to create a chord builder using the Reason 9 players while using the subtractor. There are different things you can do with it, but I will just throw in the basics so you can expand on this after reading this through. The angle I am going for with this setup is to have a house classic type of plucked lead that could work well in any type of Electronic Dance music type of genre.
Thor the Polysonic synthesizer
Creating an FM growl bass with Thor
Thor the polysonic synthesizer is cool at times. Till this day I still revisit this device for many different reasons. While it is flexible to play around with different oscillator types. The most interesting part is playing around with the Thor Modulation Bus matrix. Since in theory, this section can almost modulate any setting inside the device itself. The major problem with the mod bus matrix is that there are so many connections possible it is hard to write them all just down in one article. There is one item I find really interesting (and you probably have read about it on this website in particular) and this is the Oscillator to FM.
Malstrom Graintable synthesizer
Wavetable fun with the malstrom in Propellerhead Reason
Welcome back to another quick tip about Reason. In this article, I will be looking at the Malstrom Graintable. Just for the fun of it. When most people get asked the question about wavetables, the first option that usually comes to mind is Thor or these days Expanse. Others may prefer Europa or Grain. Without a doubt, Expanse is my preferred synth these days to do wavetable manipulation (just because it comes with sample loading). Sometimes I like to pick an odd synthesizer to do wavetable manipulation. The Malstrom fits into the category of odd synthesizers just because most people tend to avoid this green horror machine. The major problem with the Malstrom (at least from what I have heard of) is that it lacks a certain character, it has a thin metallic type of sound output and some have a hard time understanding the Malstrom in general. Once you start to understand what lies under the hood of this synthesizer it will make pretty much sense on how to make a sound work with the Malstrom itself. The only disadvantage with this 15-year-old synth is that it is a bit limited by the wavetables that the Malstrom houses. But still, you can do plenty of things with this device alone.
Dr OctoRex in Propellerhead Reason
Breaking out of the loop
Welcome back to another article about Propellerhead Reason. In this one I would like to address a few tricks I often apply myself to get out of the "loop". Where the original is based on a loop. Some of these ideas might be quite obvious, but then again I can just write them down in let's say 30 minutes time. The concepts off breaking out of a loop aren't that hard. It requires some logical thinking and it may require a few things to make it all work. Anyhow here are some ideas to get you started with it.
Kong the Drum designer
Kong Transient shaper
In Reason, we had a Transient Shaper since Reason 5. A transient shaper is something different compared to what compressors are doing (yet they are mixed up pretty often). In this article, I want to briefly touch on transient shapers, what they do and how you are able to set them up using a stock device to make them work. Since Reason 9.5 came with VST support there are plenty transient shapers to choose from. In this article, I won't be touching the VST realm (otherwise there would be no end to this article anyway).
Redrum in Propellerhead Reason
Redrum Patterns for Reason
Here you go, 110 Redrum patterns for Reason 5 and above. Last year I was involved in making a large refill you may have heard of called the Reason Refill 2016. In this refill, I created a wide range of Rex loops based on personal crafted redrum patterns. Since I am still having these patterns in my possession I thought I would share these patches on my site as well. While I might admit this is only a short portion of the pattern I created back then. Some patterns were made in Reason 5 (the song files I am sharing today) while others were made originally in Reason 8. So those will have to wait because the complete package is way too big to share on this site (so I need to strip them first). The song files I am posting today will not contain any samples since these are also a part of the Reason Refill 2016.
NN19 in Propellerhead Reason
NN19 sampler basics
While the NN-19 sampler has been around for quite sometime, I have to explain what this sampler does and how it works. Simply because there seems to be some 'mis-understanding' about samplers and audio in general in Reason. The concept of the NN-19 sampler is a basic sampler player that house one or more samples in one sample player. There is in this case a relationship between the note it is played back, the speed of the playback and the pitch that you get in return (Keyboard Tracking). This usually means that a higher pitch results in to a shorter playback time. While lowering the pitch results in to a lower playback time.
Europa shape shifter
Europa Shape shifter for Reason 10
Last Friday the Propellerhead team held a live stream session on Facebook. While there are tons of reasons why Facebook is not the ideal platform from a sound output perspective it is quite clear why they went for this medium. Because of the social aspects and the liking and sharing stuff no one really cares about. On a personal note, I missed the live session totally because I already knew that the feed would be uploaded to youtube later. So I sat this one out.
Subtractor layers using Propellerhead Reason
Welcome back to another article about our good old friend, the subtractor polyphonic synthesizer. The thing with this classic synthesizer it just never gets old. Every time I load it up, it just puts a smile on my face. Might it just be because it screams classic and old, or just because I am revisiting an old friend. Every time I pull a few strings on this thing there are always different type of sounds I can get from it. While limiting myself out with that old thing (hey remember that Reactor Refill I did back in 2015? That was all based on subtractors). The reason why I always love to use this synthesizer is because of the option of subtractive phasing. Multiply I personally do no use that often just because I always have a feeling it tends to make it rather unstable sonic wise. While subtractive can be used to sweep through a wave form rather gradual or in some cases rather fast. There are plenty of different options.