Music can really play tricks with the mind at times. In the following article, I will be describing one technique that does a really mind job at best. The Shepard tone I am going to describe is something that often is used in cinematics to create suspense for instance. Others use it just for the fun of it being an illusion. It kind of would be similar to those images from Escher.
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.
LFO, or Low Frequency Oscillator. If you have been using since day one, you will most likely have used an LFO once or twice. If you are new to Propellerhead Reason you may have used an LFO in the form of Pulsar. Yet never realized it was called an LFO. I am going to write down this article for a few reasons. First of all, I have had my beef with someone on the internet (a well known person who educates online). The whole discussion about this would be "pulsar" lfo and that this would be the best and only LFO to use in Reason and there are non like it. Case and point is, if you are going to throw these type of arguments in my face, then get ready for an article like this. So here we are.