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Shape from Lectric Panda

Shape from Lectric Panda

Shape from Lectric Panda is a utility that was originally designed by Lectric Panda and was released as a separate Rack Extension. While synchronous was more an effect process generator where the curve could also be used as an external control voltage output. Shape, on the other hand, is all about that idea yet take it towards a whole different level. When I originally bought Shape as a utility to sculpture a sound in all kind of different ways, I started making use of this device more often especially in terms of Genres like Ambient music, IDM, Breakcore, and Glitch.  Part of the beauty lies in the way you can reuse the same pattern, yet do it differently while the waveform progresses over time. So from an evolving point of view, that is pretty much perfect for the genres I just mentioned.

5 months ago
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Drum Sequencer in Reason 10

Drum Sequencer in Reason 10

During the release of Reason 10.1, we are introduced to a new Player called Drum Sequencer a Rhythm player. While downloading the update it does not include the player by default. Since the player is free till 31th of may 2018. So after grabbing the latest update (till 31 may 2018), you can download this player for free manually. You will need to go to the shop page to grab it. Add it to your cart. Then 'checkout' and you can grab it for $0.00. I am just adding this paragraph because I have been poked about this issue for a couple of times through email, facebook or youtube.

10 months ago
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Morphing Filters

Morphing Filters

Not so long ago I saw a new shop item flying by called the ZPlane Morphing filter from Lab One Recordings. While the ZPlane Morphing filter is inspired by the Red Queen Equalizer it has the added touch to it to morph two filters using a morph rotary. In theory, this is similar to using 2 filters in parallel and use a balance knob in between to balance two different filters. While I have made setups like these many times before using the Mixer 6:2 or Mixer 14:2 there is one device (which is a free rack extension) that can do something similar in this context.

Because I am about to touch the rack extension realm, and the earliest version I have installed at this point in time is Reason 9.5, I will add that all the example files I will be presenting are made with Reason 9.5. While they should work with Reason 6.5 and above, I hereby cannot fact check if this will work properly in older versions of Reason (just adding this as a disclaimer).

one year ago
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Polymodular Build

Polymodular Build

Welcome to another experiment. Last year I bought the Polymodular systems from Blamsoft for around 25 euro. While this system is totally under-rated (4 stars where it should have been 5) I sometimes like to have fun making a real complex build out of these. Since in theory these are modeled after 'modular synthesis'. Thus they are ideal for those type of tasks to create an own custom modular synth from the ground up. When you think 'modular' synth, you will most likely think that it is all monophonic. The part that shines with these things is that they can be monophonic or polyphonic. For instance the oscillator that comes with the polymodular setup is the VO-1 (Viking oscillator). While it originally has an output slot for the Monophonic, it also makes use of a poly CV (where these devices are still one of the few that support it). 

one year ago
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Nostromo 2 Spectral Synthesizer

Nostromo 2 Spectral Synthesizer

Welcome back to another article about a Rack Extension. In this article we'll be looking at Nostromo 2 from Lectric Panda. Nostromo 2 is a Spectral Synthesizer. The idea with this concept is that the user can define up to 9 different wave form slots and as a result this can become a complete waveform in a sequence. In theory this could be seen as a custom made wave table synthesizer where you set up wave table plays back. Every waveform in wavetable is defined by a wide range of spectra (hence the name of this synth). The playback takes place is defined by a wide range of LFOs (and there are a lot of them). This could be done by using a XFade setting which cross-fades between the different wavetables in the sequence or it could done by jumping from one wavefrom to another.

2017-09-13
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Mixfood WT4 Wavetable synthesizer Review

Mixfood WT4 Wavetable synthesizer Review

Welcome back to another reason rack extension article. Today we'll be looking in to the next IDT device from Studio Corbach. The latest extension that has been released for the Reason Rack is a device called Mixfood WT4 Wavetable synthesizer. While this could be seen as a similar product such as the Mixfood Remix yet they are also quite different in a design point of view with some similarities over the complete device. While this article should really be seen as a rack extension comparison article there are some moments in time we might start looking back at devices we have seen from the same company / brand / person. Make note I am not endorsed by the owner of these products nor am I endorsed by Propellerhead. Because of this I can just speak my mind, and I will still not shut up. I'll try to be honest here and throw in some constructive criticism while this article progresses over time. 

2017-09-05
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vk 2 viking synthesizer

vk 2 viking synthesizer

Today I want to give a second look at the VK-2 Viking synthesizer. Since in my initial thought I was quite negative about this synth. To be honest, I give my own opinion about these type of rack extensions. If I would just name every feature of a device, it wouldn't make much sense to write an article about a device. Since well... all those specs are already presented on the shop page. You might have heard my complaints about this synthesizer 

2017-07-30
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Proton Particle Accelerator Upgrade

Proton Particle Accelerator Upgrade

Proton was introduced for Reason 9.2. While we are a months in to this particular upgrade, a new version for Proton has been released.

2017-07-29
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New features in the ABL3 Bassline synthesizer

New features in the ABL3 Bassline synthesizer

I am a huge fan of the classic sounding 303 bass line, the ABL-3 Bass line synthesizer made by AudioRealism has become the perfect 303 bass line replacement in the digital realm. While this synth has so much potential in terms of genres like Techno, House or Goa Trance. The Computer Bass line recently has been updated with new extra features. The update itself is a payed update (9 euro to be exact). While these extra features will bring different new options to the table. Compared to the original ABL3 a lot has changed. There are features I wanted to have which I also discussed in my original tutorial about the ABL3 from AudioRealism.

2017-05-09
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Recycle Wavetables from other synths

Recycle Wavetables from other synths

This week I started writing a couple of articles about wavetable synthesis. In this article I would like to write down an idea when it comes to "borrowing" wave tables from other synthesizers. From this angle I am going to focus on one device in particular. The Orbis Wavetable Synthesizer

2017-03-29
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Custom wavetables in Propellerhead Reason

Custom wavetables in Propellerhead Reason

In our previous article I touched the surface on Wavetable synthesis in reason. The whole idea in this article (and some follow up articles) is to mainly focus on different ideas and possibilities regarding different rack extensions. The Reason example files I will be posting will be in Propellerhead Reason 9.2. Since this is about loading up custom wave tables. However where I can, I will stick with combinator patches that are usable in Propellerhead Reason 7 and above.This topic is mostly about Rack Extensions. 

2017-03-23
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Wavetable synthesis in Reason

Wavetable synthesis in Reason

Since Propellerhead Reason 9.2, sample loading in Rack Extensions has been added.Wavetable synthesis in Reason has opened up. And to be honest, this is quite awesome news. At some point, Propellerhead Reason was always a little bit limited towards customizing you own unique sounds. But when it comes to loading the sample directly in a Synthesizer module itself, then it becomes a whole new episode. Or saga even. For me, loading up wave files in side lets say the Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer usually was a huge deal for me. With Reason 9.2 we have proton that sorts out this issue. While time will tell, we might expect some devices that would do something similar, or better. Which is quite awesome to see this trend happening.

2017-03-21
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