Grain sample manipulator advanced layers
I am Hydlide of Reason experts. In this article, I am going to create a combinator that would be similar as an approach to how the NNXT internally works. Since I have heard a lot of times, we need a better sampler inside Reason. Yet at this point, we have a better sampler since Reason 10, Grain sample manipulator.
Polymodular systems build Complex
While I have been working on a few different ideas to make a patch inside the Polymodular systems there is one thing I haven't tried myself yet, so... time to do it. First of all, let me share my thoughts before I am going to provide the whole concept as I have made this one. Normally if you take an instrument that contains an envelope the envelope will be used per voice. While in theory, you can manipulate envelopes (and what they do) inside the Polymodular systems. So they do not always have to listen to a single note or key. They can also be set up different. With that idea in mind, I thought of one easy method to 're-trigger' the envelope (and thus retrigger the envelope on all keys while they are still playing). This can be done by using 2 different distributors. One for being the normal 'sequencer' while the other acts more like an envelope re-trigger device. If you would then think about the number of options in that realm... let me not even start there.
Breaking out of the loop
Welcome back to another article about Propellerhead Reason. In this one I would like to address a few tricks I often apply myself to get out of the "loop". Where the original is based on a loop. Some of these ideas might be quite obvious, but then again I can just write them down in let's say 30 minutes time. The concepts off breaking out of a loop aren't that hard. It requires some logical thinking and it may require a few things to make it all work. Anyhow here are some ideas to get you started with it.
The Echo breakout
The Echo is an effect that got introduced in Reason 6. While it is well documented in the manual there is one element in the manual that is barely touched: the Echo Breakout section. As defined in the manual "The Echo features special Breakout jacks which allow you to insert other effect devices into the feedback loop. The signal is processed externally and then fed back into the loop, meaning that each delay repeat will be more colored by the effect(s) connected to the breakout jacks."
The delays in Reason
In this video, I am going to talk about what are the best options for delays as an effect. I might note I will mainly look at the build in effects or rack extensions. I will not be talking about VSTs, just because there are plenty of options in this video.
I might also add, I am mainly talking about stuff I personally own. There is a wide range of different options to use. And I might note that I don't own every delay effect that is out there (at least, I believe I don't own all of them).
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).
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.
Transposing the Matrix pattern Step sequencer
The matrix step sequencer is a utility that allows the user to make a monophonic pattern and use it to trigger a specific sequence. While by default it does not allow transposing at all with in Reason since the original design for the Matrix was meant to be a pattern based sequencer. You draw in 32 different patterns, select on the sequencer which patterns are playing in a sequence. And that is how they say is that... On a personal note I often use the Matrix in context while making quick bass line sequences and throw those on the sequencer lane by right click "copy notes to track". I am just adding this piece of information in case you didn't know why it is there.
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.
Matrix toolbox combinator part 3
Welcome to another follow up reason tutorial on the series about the Matrix Toolbox I have been setting up inside Propellerhead Reason. Today it will be somewhat similar as the previous toolbox. The major difference here is that I wanted to have a toolbox series that allow different sets of control to manipulate the CV output. In this case I am using a set up where all 4 matrix pattern step sequencers are using for one single CV output. The matrix curves are merged together in 2 by 2 pairs. The curves can be balanced (like a mix knob if you will) to go from one set to another control voltage set. The result, a flexible method to manipulate CV while being in full control on what is happening with their outputs.
Matrix combinator toolbox
In this propellerhead reason tutorial I will mainly look at one device in particular: the Matrix Step sequencer. While by default the matrix is used as a step sequencer. This device is still used in my production as my go to Control Voltage device. Today I want to share a single combinator which contains four different matrix patterns step sequencers using up to 8 slots each. The whole idea here is that it could be used as 4 different outputs to control 4 different inputs. Let me divide this article up in to a few different segments. For those who are new to this DAW might learn a few things here. Others might want to skip the first few segments though in case you already know what this device is doing.
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.