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Mastering suite

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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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.

11 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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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.

12 months ago
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Reason Rack Extensions and Mastering

Reason Rack Extensions and Mastering

Welcome back to another article about mastering in Reason. In my previous article about mastering I focused a lot on how to set up a master section in Reason and how it internally should work like. While since Reason 6.5 the game has changed, and this game changer came in the form of Rack Extensions. While we recently have been treated with VST support in Reason 9.5, I might admit right of the bat that I haven't used any VST for mastering yet.

2017-08-01
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Mastering in Reason

Mastering in Reason

In the previous few articles I have been writing down a few guidelines on mixing. And till this point I haven't even talked about the mastering process of it all. The major key to mastering a track is that the end goal of this process is to have everything as loud as you can. That is essentially the end game. The mixing process will play an important role in to how well the track can be mastered. Because a poor mix, results in to a poor master. Sure, some stuff will sound louder. When the mix is crap (just to use the word crap, it is subjective anyway), the master will be crap.

2017-07-31
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Parallel Compression while mixing

Parallel Compression while mixing

In the series of Mixing and Mastering we already covered most of the basics about compression. While compression inside the SSL Mixer in theory is similar as using a compressor as an insert effect. In some cases (not all) I prefer the method of parallel compression in Reason. This would be similar as New York compression. In theory you are adding an additional compressed signal next to the original (uncompressed signal). In theory this adds loudness on the starting point on the sound (until the compressed signal kicks in). So in theory, it still quite similar as normal compression as a send, but the difference is that you add the compressed signal next to the original signal. Thus resulting in a different type of dynamics.

2017-07-29
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Compression SSL Mixer in Propellerhead Reason

Compression SSL Mixer in Propellerhead Reason

In this Propellerhead Reason tutorial I am going to write down a free (duh!) reason tutorial about compressors. I will go through the basics about compressors, how they work and explain how a compressors will have an impact on the mix. While in previous articles and videos I put a lot of focus on the MClass Compressor, Pulveriser and some parts are about the SSL Mixer in Reason. Compression in the SSL Mixer is quite similar as using a MClass unit (yet there are some subtle differences). The role and purpose on using it will be quite similar. So let me start there first.

2017-07-25
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Send effects in the SSL Mixer

Send effects in the SSL Mixer

Many people have mixed opinions about insert effects and send effects. Also, there are a lot of miss conceptions regarding how send effects work like. Since this is now turning in to a series of mixing and mastering, I think it would be a good time to touch the subject matter one last time: send effects

2017-07-20
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Mixing and mastering using Reason

Mixing and mastering using Reason

In this part about mixing and mastering using Propellerhead Reason we'll be mainly looking at the volume section. In our previous article we mainly focused on explaining the different frequency ranges and which might be important to keep an eye for in a general context. The download examples will be made in Propellerhead Reason 9.5. The file I will be using is based on a Midi file made on the MSX-2.

2017-07-16
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Mixing and mastering in reason

Mixing and mastering in reason

Mixing and mastering in Reason has improved in the last couple of years. Till version 5, it was a little bit of a tedious process to master a track. The obvious route for those tracks was using a Mastering suite with a wide range of MClass units. Mixing in those versions was a bit of a tedious process. Since Reason 6 we got the SSL mixer console embedded inside our favorite Digital Audio Workstation. The workflow has improved a lot. With the coming of Rack extensions, things took a real big u-turn. And now we have VST in Reason since version 9.5, there is just no end to what we can accomplish to mix and master a track.

2017-07-15
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