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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.

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Deep House Pad in Propellerhead Reason

Deep House Pad in Propellerhead Reason

Welcome back to another article about the Genre Deep House. In this specific article, I will be mainly focusing on Pads. While Pads in the Genre Deep house are not that common in the old school deep house songs (since they are all about making things sound like disco). During the modern days, Deep House started to lean towards the more ambient type of pads just to get a dreamy feeling into the genre itself. A deep house pad can go in different directions and angles. Since if you take an empty track that contains just a bass line, a few percussion elements it the pad drives the mood. Then you can already think about the idea that a pad is almost like the carrier of the full song. Some pads can be mysterious, others can be moving, it can also be resonating and sometimes you will need a more bright pad (to stretch it towards a more uplifting mood). This is partially why making a Deep-House pad can sometimes be a hard job to do. Because if the tone is wrong, the mood can also be wrong.

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Layered Basslines for Deep House

Layered Basslines for Deep House

In this article, I want to give a very quick tip about how to layer a bassline yet have a lot more control on how to reshape it while using a sequencer. For this tutorial about Deep House, I will skip using the Combinator (since I want it to be as flexible as I can). The idea here is to have two bass guitars basically playing at the same time. And to do this, we'll be needed two basslines which are playing at the same time. Yeah, call it cheap and easy, but there is that.

The benefit of this technique (something I tend to use a lot myself) is that while using two tonal different types of basses they can also make the song travel in all kind of different directions. Lets it be more uplifting (tonal), or let it be more dark and depressing (subtone). By balancing them differently they can add a third dimension (groove). Since the tonal and subtonal sounds can play well with each other.

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The basics elements of deep house music

The basics elements of deep house music

Welcome back to another series of House music in Reason. In this article, I want to start off with writing down the basic ideas what the genre Deep House is all about. While I have originally written a complete article about the genre house music itself, deep house borrows elements for this genre while mixing it with a blend of jazz or blues elements. In short, it uses the percussion elements of house, while adding on top of this the usage of acoustic elements like piano's, Rhodes, or Pianets (where the latter two are acoustic electronic instruments). In the early days of Deep House music, it has some bridge between Gospel vocals. In the modern days, the Gospel is replaced with traditional vocals. Deep House is also known as a minimalistic type of House music. It usually consists of a bassline, some chords, and some deep sounding pads with a touch of a groovy percussion set. While using these elements it also comes with a lot of emotion (=deep). The mood for this would be more relaxing, hypnotizing and chill with a groovy element.

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Interesting piano setups for Reason

Interesting piano setups for Reason

Welcome back to another article about Propellerhead Reason. While during this week I have been starting to explore a genre of Deep House I thought it would be fun to mainly talk about different type of piano setups you could be used in this realm. Deep House is a genre that touches the realm of Jazz, Soul, and Blues. Where a lot of instruments that are used are soft picking type of sounds. While at the same time a lot of acoustic instrument is used. This is what separates the origin of house music (since that genre was originally all based on using sampled material). At the same time, deep house is often seen as a more chilled down version of house music. While a lot has changed during the progression of time (since is a genre that started to rise up during the '90s) a lot of the basics of the genre has still remained the same. But I will go more in depth about this in a later article.

One thing I really like about this type of house music is that electronic pianos and real pianos play an important role in this genre. While real pianos are often filtered as such (to mimic the idea that it turns in to an electronic piano again). In Reason itself, there are a lot of different options that can be used to make use of a piano that could fit in a genre like Deep House itself. So I would like to share some different ideas that touch this realm. I might add, I will be using Reason 9 while writing this article. So some of the patches that I am providing may not work in older versions (just saying).

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