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self vocoded signals

Welcome back to another article about the BV512 vocoder. In this case, I will mainly look at self-vocoded sounds and how you can make use of the BV512 vocoder to create a different type of artifacts even while using the original sound you were using. In a nutshell, the BV512 vocoder translates pushes the input sound into the additive realm more or less. With that in mind, we can (when needed) make a blend from subtractive towards additive synth while using the vocoder in this context. To be fairly honest here, the BV512 is not the perfect vocoder while applying this technique since it shows 'weird' artifacts in the FFT-mode inside this device. But from a reason build in device perspective, it is the only way to do this. And as long there are no real other Rack Extensions that implement a vocoder in this type of context we'll just have to keep using this device until one gets developed (I would personally love to get one that is a native Rack Extension device for sure). But ok, this is a personal preference anyway. And I know parsec can be set up as a vocoded type of setup, but it is not the same thing.

12 months ago
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Creating an FM growl bass with Thor

Creating an FM growl bass with Thor

Thor the polysonic synthesizer is cool at times. Till this day I still revisit this device for many different reasons. While it is flexible to play around with different oscillator types. The most interesting part is playing around with the Thor Modulation Bus matrix. Since in theory, this section can almost modulate any setting inside the device itself. The major problem with the mod bus matrix is that there are so many connections possible it is hard to write them all just down in one article. There is one item I find really interesting (and you probably have read about it on this website in particular) and this is the Oscillator to FM.

12 months ago
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Wavetable fun with the malstrom in Propellerhead Reason

Wavetable fun with the malstrom in Propellerhead Reason

Welcome back to another quick tip about Reason. In this article, I will be looking at the Malstrom Graintable. Just for the fun of it. When most people get asked the question about wavetables, the first option that usually comes to mind is Thor or these days Expanse. Others may prefer Europa or Grain. Without a doubt, Expanse is my preferred synth these days to do wavetable manipulation (just because it comes with sample loading). Sometimes I like to pick an odd synthesizer to do wavetable manipulation. The Malstrom fits into the category of odd synthesizers just because most people tend to avoid this green horror machine. The major problem with the Malstrom (at least from what I have heard of) is that it lacks a certain character, it has a thin metallic type of sound output and some have a hard time understanding the Malstrom in general. Once you start to understand what lies under the hood of this synthesizer it will make pretty much sense on how to make a sound work with the Malstrom itself. The only disadvantage with this 15-year-old synth is that it is a bit limited by the wavetables that the Malstrom houses. But still, you can do plenty of things with this device alone.

12 months ago
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Europa Shape shifter video series

Europa Shape shifter video series

Welcome back to another a small video tutorial series about Europa the Shape shifter in Propellerhead Reason 10. In this small series I will briefly talk about what Europa is and touch the more interesting subject like how to deal with sound design using Europa. In the first video I will briefly touch the subject on that Europa is a wave table synthesizer that can reshape the wave table by using the shape knob. Then there are the different modulators to throw the sound in a whole different direction. What makes Europa kind of unique is the spectral setup that comes with it. Since at some extend you will be touching the additive realm with this one. The sound will then pass on to the unison and the audio filter. The last chain of events are the effects.

one year ago
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Modern EDM Bass in Reason

Modern EDM Bass in Reason

In this Propellerhead Reason tutorial we'll be looking at ways on how to create moderns style EDM Basses using free or stock devices. If you look at the stock devices then using the Malstrom or Thor will be ideal. Because moderns style Bass sounds are all about morphing sounds. A lot of these moderns basses are created with VSTs like Massive or Serum. Since I want to everything relevant to the reason rack itself, I will be mainly looking at Rack extensions to get this one done. Ideas that come to mind to cover in this realm are Groovy Mellon - Morfin FX Crossfade. Since it is a rack extension that allows a quick blend between 2 different wave tables. Ideal would be having more tables. 

2017-09-03
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Proton Particle Accelerator Upgrade

Proton Particle Accelerator Upgrade

Proton was introduced for Reason 9.2. While we are a months in to this particular upgrade, a new version for Proton has been released.

2017-07-29
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EDM Music patches for Expanse

EDM Music patches for Expanse

In this post you can find a link to a reason refill (or just loose patches) in the direction of EDM Music. These patches have all been created with Expanse using Serum wavetables that are in the public domain. Courtesy goes to Adventure Kid from Sweden regarding the wave tables that are in this download link. If you like these wavetables, I would suggest checking out his website. In this patch pack you can find only 92 patches which are created in a time span of 5 months time (who cares how much time this would take). The wave tables are custom serum based wave tables.

2017-07-29
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