Noise making effect
In this article, I want to explain the thought process behind the following effect. Since I had a weird childhood a lot of my soundscapes are just plain weird. Sometimes I like to use these type of effects just to have something unpredictable going on while at the same time make it musical. A lot of these type of effect relies on using the audio and make the audio shape the sound in different directions (also known as Audio to CV). At the same time, I want to have some form of manual control on this. The manual control can often be done by using rotaries while doing so.
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.
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).
A Serial effect chain with switches
Welcome back to another article about setting up creative effect in a modular way. While back in the days of Reason 4 or Reason 5 this idea was my favorite thing to do in Propellerhead Reason. While since recently I picked up a Launchpad Pro I am using this technique more then ever. The problem with Rack Extensions is that they can result in to CPU issues (especially if you use more then 64 of them). This lead me to go back to the way reason kind of started and build my own custom effect chains from the ground up again (because they are way more CPU friendly to begin with). While native stock devices will sound a bit more direct and straight forward (to throw in one example the DDL-digital delay vs the Echo) it sometimes requires a bit more tweaking to make certain effects sound interesting enough. Sure it may require more units to make it work, but again from a CPU perspective they are still more friendly.
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.
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.
LFO and the Malstrom in Propellerhead Reason
Welcome back to another article about LFO (or Low Frequency Oscillator in short). In the last few articles I mainly touched these settings using the Subtractor. While the Malstrom feels limited at times, one should never underestimate the flexibility of the Modulators (Mod A and Mod B). In theory the modulators are used to modulate different parameters inside this synthesizer itself. While in practice a lot of LFO patterns I designed back in the day was all based on the Malstrom Mod A and Mod B. The benefit behind this device in particular is that it has most of the interesting patterns to use and to manipulate. While other stock devices come with their Sine, Triangle, Saw, S/H (Sample and Hold) and Drift. Sure, these are nice. But sometimes you need something else. And the Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer is just what it is... something else.
Malstrom Leads Reason Synthesis Refill
As I have promised last week, I would post the current work in progress regarding to the Malstrom Leads I have in mind to add in this massive Reason Synthesis Refill. The current set up I have been working on is a series of 40 different combinator patches. Additionally I have been working on 59 loose Malstrom patches which I will publish once the complete thing is finished up.