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Mastering suite

Mastering suites are often being used for processing the final audio chain. The core function for the mastering suite is to have the final polished version of a track ready.  With Reason 5 there are 4 main core components you could use to make a mastering suite work. An Equalizer, Stereo Imager, Compressor and finally the Maximizer. Each tool has its own unique function within the final master. 

5 months ago
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Reason 9 example files<br/>mixing and mastering series

Reason 9 example files
mixing and mastering series

In this article, I will provide the reason 9 files that go with the series about mixing and mastering. 

9 months ago
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Electric pianos in Reason

Electric pianos in Reason

Welcome back to another creative sound design topic. Today I am going to create myself an electronic piano that is based on a wide range of different theories. While some electric pianos (like the Rhodes for instance does) uses hammers that strike a metal plate which then goes through an amplifier. This has a similar character and concept when playing, for instance, a Vibraphone. Major differences there is that a vibraphone uses different sticks, while the Rhodes piano uses a type of hammer and the sound output will go through an amp.

11 months ago
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How to make use of send effects in Reason

How to make use of send effects in Reason

Regarding mixing and mastering send effects will always play an important role in making a mix work. As I have mentioned in my other article about 5 mixing tips that usually work there are a few elements I have thrown in this list that can be used with send effects. Since we rely on volume, panning, eq, compression, and depth it is the latter which can the quite an essential part of using send effects. While some may see these type of busses as magic (since it is a matter of adding an effect and twist a knob) there is some bigger theory what defines a send effect and how to make use of it. In this article, I want to point out a few different ideas.

12 months ago
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Playing melodies around scales

Playing melodies around scales

Today's article is all related to Reason 9. Just because of the idea we are going to use players to make a song much faster (and it may also be an aiding tool later to know how to make a melody later). The reason why I am using players is simply that since Reason 9 I haven't really played any chords manually myself (as I am starting to realize this). One may argue that using players is like cheating to create music. When you understand the idea of making music than players in Reason 9 will make things a lot easier to get things done (without forgetting the whole theory behind it). You may have seen me bounding together a whole article about building chords last week. That is the theory behind it... today we'll be expanding on this to make melodies the easy way.

12 months ago
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5 tips mixing tips that usually work

5 tips mixing tips that usually work

When it comes to mixing it may often be challenging from time to time to have the proper mix setup. There are all these books and all these different techniques that often explain the basics about how to mix and master your stuff. Every time there are little tricks that add that little extra's but if you think simple, mixing isn't that hard. If you think in terms of the Pareto Principle (where is based on the 80/20 rule) it means that doing 20% of what a mixer engineer could normally do would result into 80% of the results of it. Meaning the first 20% is the least effort yet have most of the effective results. Everything else could be done but requires more effort but has limited results

12 months ago
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Noise making effect

Noise making effect

In this article, I want to explain the thought process behind the following effect. Since I had a weird childhood a lot of my soundscapes are just plain weird. Sometimes I like to use these type of effects just to have something unpredictable going on while at the same time make it musical. A lot of these type of effect relies on using the audio and make the audio shape the sound in different directions (also known as Audio to CV). At the same time, I want to have some form of manual control on this. The manual control can often be done by using rotaries while doing so.

12 months ago
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Chords for beginners

Chords for beginners

When it comes down to making music a lot of music artists will be using basic chord progressions. Chord progressions have been there for decades and there are complete 'theories' (music theory) that will shed some light on the subject of how it all works. In this article, I will make use of something that is called the circle of fifth from music theory to create basic chord progression based on triads. All of this will require knowledge about triads, major chords, minor chords and the circle of fifth.

So I will jump straight into this because there is a lot to cover.

12 months ago
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Control Voltage Step Sequencer of Thor

Control Voltage Step Sequencer of Thor

In the following article, I would like to focus on one specific element that sits inside Thor the Polysonic Synthesizer. It will be the curve output from the step sequencer. While in practical usage the step sequencer is often used to play a sequence in a linear direction. A similar thing could be said for the Matrix Pattern Step Sequencer. Sometimes we just need a simple tool that allows a curve that can be stepped differently per note and sometimes we don't. There are all kinds of different options to make this work. For instance, we could use a velocity setting to act like a "hidden" cv controller (for instance using a Velocity to Filter to mimic the idea of a VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter)). In the next few paragraphs, I would like to use the curve from the Thor synthesizer to mimic this idea but have different things to control its output.

12 months ago
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How to create a clear mix

How to create a clear mix

Welcome to another article about mixing and mastering. In this article, I will mainly look at the subject on how to create a clear mix. While some of these methods might be questionable, in practice I use a lot of these techniques to make it all work within my own mixes. The whole goal while mixing is to put a balance between sounds. A good mix prevents things from jumping out in the mix, or a good mix will prevent things from sounding to flat in the mix. There might be different reasons why people would mix in different ways. Since a mix is a personal thing, it may vary per situation. Often I have caught myself making 2 different mixes where the outcome will vary on the whole arrangement even. I am just saying this because a mix, in particular, can have an impact on how the song plays like.

one year ago
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Multiband reverb

Multiband reverb

Hi, in this article (in which I really won't waste my time, because it is Christmas) I am going to present a set of multiband reverb. The problem with most reverb is that they often have problems (or issues, let me put it that way) when triggering the different type of frequencies. This totally depends on the original sound that is used, which frequencies 'it' is triggering and how the reverb is set up in theory. Long decay times can make a reverb create a long sonic boom while using less damping on the higher frequencies it tends to hiss a lot (when using a lot of high-hats). I prefer to use different techniques that would fit in the realm of the multiband reverb. This technique simply allows me to create different reverb types per frequency I am using, thus it allows full control on how the reverb act like on a specific range of those frequencies.
one year ago
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Analog filters

Analog filters

In this article, I will do a small write-up about a technique I sometimes use to drive a filter into a different analogue type of filter effect. While normally you could use the Thor Filter with Self Oscillation. This is a nice touch since you are adding a sine wave on top of the waveform itself. This method is ideal for making your filter scream analogue (since in the analogue world this technique is often applied because they respond to frequencies). A lot of analogue filters also love the idea of using control voltage inputs where these inputs are controlled by oscillators (which are often free running or used in combination with a sequencer). These type of setups make the filter rather aggressive, yet unstable at the same time (something that a digital filter does not do since they often sound very clean). So with that said, I will create a setup and show you a method to put dust on a filter.

one year ago
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