Layered plucked chord player
Welcome to another article about sound design using the Subtractor. As some of you may well know the subtractor still has a special place in my heart for many reasons. Because it is simplistic to use by looking at it. It has most of the important options to make a sound (while honest, it is not the best there are better options). And it is a synth to work fast with. In most cases, I am into layering my sounds using a combinator. Today I would like to throw in the process on how I have managed to create a chord builder using the Reason 9 players while using the subtractor. There are different things you can do with it, but I will just throw in the basics so you can expand on this after reading this through. The angle I am going for with this setup is to have a house classic type of plucked lead that could work well in any type of Electronic Dance music type of genre.
The FAWM 2018
Welcome back to another post about an event that took place last February. It was in fact the February Album Writing Month 2018. In this article I would like to write down some initial thoughts on the process, how I proceeded and end with some final thoughts of this event.
How to create a hoover lead
There are all kinds of different takes regarding a hoover lead. In this article, I am going to set one up using Thor where some thoughts behind the way I am setting this one up. It isn't that hard to understand a basic hoover sound. In theory, a hoover sound has mostly a saw wave character to the sound itself. The major difference between a traditional saw wave and a hoover is that there is a lot of detuning taking place and while moving from one note to the next you glide the sound so it goes gradually up and down in pitch. Now that we have talked about the basics... here we go.
Creating House music with the Korg M1 Piano
Welcome back to another sound design topic that fits in the genre House Music. The Korg M1 Piano was a classic piano used by many house artists to create those nice stabbing chords or play melodies with them. The character from these pianos is somewhat similar to an electronic piano but with a touch of brightness to them. While in Reason itself we do not have an existing out of the box M1 Korg piano, there are however some resources out there (which I have gathered and throwing inside this article).
Subtractor layers using Propellerhead Reason
Welcome back to another article about our good old friend, the subtractor polyphonic synthesizer. The thing with this classic synthesizer it just never gets old. Every time I load it up, it just puts a smile on my face. Might it just be because it screams classic and old, or just because I am revisiting an old friend. Every time I pull a few strings on this thing there are always different type of sounds I can get from it. While limiting myself out with that old thing (hey remember that Reactor Refill I did back in 2015? That was all based on subtractors). The reason why I always love to use this synthesizer is because of the option of subtractive phasing. Multiply I personally do no use that often just because I always have a feeling it tends to make it rather unstable sonic wise. While subtractive can be used to sweep through a wave form rather gradual or in some cases rather fast. There are plenty of different options.
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.
New features in the ABL3 Bassline synthesizer
I am a huge fan of the classic sounding 303 bass line, the ABL-3 Bass line synthesizer made by AudioRealism has become the perfect 303 bass line replacement in the digital realm. While this synth has so much potential in terms of genres like Techno, House or Goa Trance. The Computer Bass line recently has been updated with new extra features. The update itself is a payed update (9 euro to be exact). While these extra features will bring different new options to the table. Compared to the original ABL3 a lot has changed. There are features I wanted to have which I also discussed in my original tutorial about the ABL3 from AudioRealism.
Basic Elements House Music
Welcome back to another tutorial in the series of Basic Elements. In this article I would like to set up a starters guideline in the realm of house music. While it is fair to say that writing just one article about House Music would not really cut it. Therefor I will try to give a few different set ups so you can get started by creating your own. The Definition of House music House music is an electronic music genre that originates from Chicago. Developed in the early 80s. Early house music is ...