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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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Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 2

Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 2

In this article about Generative music, I will mainly look at the step sequencer of Thor and what you could do pretty fast to get something going. If you think simple you will realize pretty fast that the step sequencer of Thor comes with a setting called random playback on the step sequencer itself. The issue that sometimes comes back to me, random playback is defined by a random seed value and based on this value it will play the sequencer in a random state. Now sure, this might be really your thing to do, or sometimes it may not. Overall the random features come with lack of control over what is really happening. This type of composition is usually a combination of having something random, based on logical terms (OR, AND, IF, XOR etc) to make changes in the music based on those logical operators. While reason by default (without Rack Extensions that is) is not the best environment it work. However, you can get pretty with just a few limitations you will be having. So that is what we'll be doing today, throwing in different ideas with having the limitations we have and try to create generative music.

one year ago
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Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 1

Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 1

Generative music using Reason could be done since Reason 4.0. There is the option to use an LFO and throw this against a drum machine (Redrum Drum computer). While at the same time you can also use the Thor step sequencer. You can use the Matrix Pattern Step sequencer to scale the note information. In theory, this will not be the ideal solution (out of the box). Since note values (Control Voltage) can result in a random state. Just to provide additional information about the concept I will also provide a few combinator patches that should work in terms of the older versions of Reason (like Reason 4 or Reason 5).

one year ago
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Creative reverb techniques

Creative reverb techniques

Welcome back to yet again another article about Propellerhead Reason. Today I felt like looking at Reverb in different ways. While I have touched the ideas on creative reverb engines in a whole wide range of articles (I'll see if I can link those up in the related section) the once I will post today are based on two different ideas. The first one is based on the Fender Reverb engine which uses panning elements to reshape the sound. The second one is a more creative route where I wanted to have a 4 stepped reverb type that gets picked up by resonating reverb engines (ow boy...). Everything I will be touching is based on what the original RV-7000 can do. No convolution stuff is being touched so far so I will assume (big assumption right now since I haven't tested it) is that everything should still work in Reason 4 and Reason 5 even.

one year ago
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Modular synth with subtractive synthesis

Modular synth with subtractive synthesis

Welcome back to a quick article about a modular synthesizer setup. While I have been working with different concepts and ideas regarding building different styles of modular synths there is one combination I never have dreamed about doing: A Modular build with subtractive synthesis. While in theory it is quite similar as previous build I did regarding using Thor. You can for instance read in my previous concept about setting up a Thor build based on that idea (linked up in the related section at the bottom of this article). I also did similar builds using the NN-XT because it can have its unique options regarding to filters. However, for some reason I never had this idea to do it with a subtractor. And to be honest, it can be quite cool to do it.

2017-09-18
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The malstrom as a filter

The malstrom as a filter

In this Propellerhead Reason tutorial we'll be looking at using the Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer as a Filter unit for the Reason Rack. While you either use Thor in such a way there are still plenty of reasons why the malstrom is my favorite choice in certain situations. The limitation on this synthesizer however is that it has the Low Pass Filter 12 dB per octave, the Band Pass Filter, the Comb filters and an additional AM filter. While if you compare this with Thor the Polysonic synthesizer this beast case with an additional Low Pass Ladder Filter, the Notch filter, Peak Filter and the additional Formant Filter.

2017-09-16
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Make a modular synth in Reason

Make a modular synth in Reason

Thor can be used as an effect unit, while at the same time this device can be a fundamental building block in to creating a true Modular synthesizer. The only thing we need to understand is how a modular synthesizer is build, how it works and how we can create one from the ground up again to make something custom and unique at the same time. Yep, it is Monday and today it is time to geek out with Propellerhead Reason!

2017-09-04
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AB switching in Reason

AB switching in Reason

Welcome to another creative set up. In this article I want to address the different options we have to A/B switch inside Reason. While there are plenty of Rack Extensions that do these sorts of things I will mainly focus on a few of them. Once done so, I will look at the power of Thor to do A/B switching and also provide some additional information on why I would go for these routes instead (in short: flexibility duh!). The benefit behind Rack extensions (as I personally see it) they are nice short cuts to get things done fast. That is one of the reasons why these type of plugins can be helpful.

2017-08-20
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lo-fi sound in Reason and how to create it

lo-fi sound in Reason and how to create it

Welcome back to another article about Propellerhead Reason. In this article I want to mainly focus on elements that are the so called lo-fi sounds, how to create low fidelity or artifacts you can create inside Propellerhead Reason itself. While since Reason 9.5 we have access to VST plugins, there are some plugins that mainly focus on to getting that specific feeling. In terms of default Rack devices it just comes down to understanding what Lo-Fi is. How it got there in the first place. So we are able to mimic its behaviors. However there are some default Rack Extensions in Reason (like AudioMatic) which can be help full tools to reshape the sound. So lets dive right in to it... shall we...

2017-08-19
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Creative LFO

Creative LFO

LFO, or Low Frequency Oscillator. If you have been using since day one, you will most likely have used an LFO once or twice. If you are new to Propellerhead Reason you may have used an LFO in the form of Pulsar. Yet never realized it was called an LFO. I am going to write down this article for a few reasons. First of all, I have had my beef with someone on the internet (a well known person who educates online). The whole discussion about this would be "pulsar" lfo and that this would be the best and only LFO to use in Reason and there are non like it. Case and point is, if you are going to throw these type of arguments in my face, then get ready for an article like this. So here we are.

2017-07-02
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Using the Malstrom as a filter unit

Using the Malstrom as a filter unit

In this article I will define a creative way to set up the Malstrom as a filter bank. While the more common route is usingĀ Thor as a Filter. The benefit behind using Thor as a filter is that you have a wide range of different filters to your disposal. Only negative part would be in this context is that you have to manual route them using the Modulation Bus matrix. The malstrom on the other hand does not require any programming skills at all. It gets as straight forward as it gets.
2017-07-02
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Creative Chord builders

Creative Chord builders

Way before players came, I used single instances of Thor to trigger different chords based on 3 or more oscillators. Usually this went in combination of using the circle of fifth (music theory) to make the complete chord progression. In theory, the circle of fifth is nothing more then creating a sequence in order of the perfect fifth note. So, you start with C, then go 7 notes up (which is the perfect fifth) and then you write down that note (which is a G in this case). Then you move on to the next 5th (moving for G and go 7 notes up) which would result in to D.

2017-06-28
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