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Creating an Analog synthesizer with Thor

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.

6 months ago
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Creating an FM growl bass with Thor

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.

12 months ago
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Pulse Width Modulation in Thor

Pulse Width Modulation in Thor

Pulse width modulation in musical terms is a method to reshape a pulse from a wide pulse to a narrow pulse. It usually is handled on a Square wave form and most often a repeating pattern is used to modulate the width of the pulse itself. This often results in to a character sound where it sounds like the wave form itself is constantly in motion. This technique is often used to thicken the sound. In this article we'll be discussing different methods to do Pulse width modulation in Thor in Propellerhead Reason.

2017-09-17
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A modular build with Thor

A modular build with Thor

Welcome back to an idea I had in my mind to do for a very long time. I did something similar while making a 4-Operator FM synthesizer in Reason. While that concept was never finished (because it was way to time consuming to set it up). Also because it had bad reception on the PUF back then, I decided to ditch the whole idea on creating a polyphonic 4-Operator FM synth. While last week there was this additional spark again to create a different set up. And this set up was initialized by the idea on the Xpander build I did last week. The Xpander synthesizer was based on 6 oscillators and where every oscillator has their own position on the Notch Filter.

2017-09-09
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Moog Ladder Filter

Moog Ladder Filter

The Moog Ladder filter has a character sound when it comes to the out put of the sound. While in Thor, it sure looks like we have a filter type called Ladder Filter (Low Pass), however it always seem to lack some analog touch some how. While in my previous installment about creating a Moog type synth using just Thor as a Synth, in this article I am going to focus totally on the Moog Ladder Filter just to see if I can create that warm analog feel to it. There are a few tricks up my sleeves which I am going to implement in this particular set up. So while reading through this article, you may understand a few things on why I am doing certain settings in this specific way.

2017-01-25
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Moog Synth using Thor

Moog Synth using Thor

Moog Synthesizers are often pretty hard to re-create using stock devices. This is the reason why I really love Synthesizer Rack Extensions like the Legend from Synapse. Or different filters that give a nod towards the ladder filters from Moog. While there is one specific filter that sits inside the Thor devices, I always have a feeling it kind of misses something. In this tutorial I will try to create a thing which I am calling the Dual Pass Ladder filter. But this one goes with a twist. Since the Thor device in its native state lacks an "analog" feel to it. I am going to make some adjustments left and right to give the sound a little bit more analog feel. 

2017-01-23
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Using Thor as a Send Effect

Using Thor as a Send Effect

I think that most people have been playing around with Thor, the polysonic synthesizer of Reason. It is still an awesome tool since you are able to program it to bits using the modulation bus matrix. While in some elements I like to use Thor as an Insert effect only. The character of being an insert effect is going to be different then the topic I am going to address today. The example is made in Reason 5.

2016-10-12
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Using Thor as a Filter Redefined

Using Thor as a Filter Redefined

Welcome back to another reason tutorial. In this particular case I will write down a follow up project I did called "Thor as a Filter". The down side with using Thor as a Filter is that in "that" case it can only use Filter Slot 3. While internal Thor can use 3 different filter slots. And as far as I know, there is no easy way to hook up an instrument as an oscillator inside Thor. You could always use the option to route the audio input in to filter slot 1 and filter slot 2 (to fake the

2016-10-12
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Extending Thor Step Sequencer

Extending Thor Step Sequencer

As far as I know, there hasn't been a single post regarding extending the Step Sequencer the way I am about to do this. Since I have a feeling there is only one series of Rob his Reason101 series that dives in to this. Yet his approach is kind of complex and requires a lot of "programming"  skills to pull it all off. As I can remember from the days of The Sound of Reason is that the discussion kind of started there. And I did have a solution for it, yet I didn't want to share my ...

2016-10-12
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Longer step sequencers in Thor

Longer step sequencers in Thor

Welcome back to another "creative" process about Control Voltage (CV) and Thor. The biggest issue with Thor is the build in Step sequencer and having the lack of control to create multiple patterns using it. Rob of Reason101 has been bringing a couple of creative set ups on the table that would kind of do the trick. However, with every "trick" there is a downside. I thought to myself to bring a whole new "look" at the whole unlimited step sequencers approach using Thor. And ..

2016-10-12
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Key triggering effects with Thor part 2

Key triggering effects with Thor part 2

This article is a follow up Reason tutorial like Key triggering effects using Thor. Since I had the question pop up on my youtube account. While I have been using different set ups like this in various "live performance" acts, it still gets the job done even while making a song using a straight sequencer. I think that most people who are in to effects building, will most likely use edit automation sequences while doing it. Triggering keys to get an effect might feel unnatural. There are even ...

2016-10-12
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Key triggering effects with Thor

Key triggering effects with Thor

With one of my previous instalments on creating Audio Effect units in Reason I wrote down the concept on how to create a multi state filter unit using Thor. While the concept isn't something new, since I did a similar set up using Thor and the NN-XT the idea kind of remains the same. While you could decide to use Thor inside the instrument itself. Which gives the additional advantage on having a key gate and note and use this to do something with Thor itself. The audio effect unit (eg: a mix channel ..

2016-10-12
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