Creating an Analog synthesizer with Thor
I am Hydlide of ReasonExperts.com. In this article, I want to share an idea on how to create an analog synthesizer using Thor inside Propellerhead Reason. While the idea is nothing new (since I have talked about this technique in for instance creating a Moog synthesizer in Reason and while making video presentations like creating an analog synth using subtractors). I am always a fan of perfecting different ideas and this is just one of those moments. Since there is one setting, in particular, I find very useful to emulate the idea of analog style synths. And this would be the setting voice key. The idea I am going for is based on different ideas I did in the past but do something slightly different.
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.
Making your own custom reverb
This article is going to be a long stretch and a daring one I might say. If you think in terms of "room" and "size" the first thing you think of is an effect called a reverb. Since a reverb creates "space" right? While using a reverb is basically something everyone has used, tried to manipulate and so on. Let me say this: did you know that you can mimic a reverb with a bunch of delays in a sequence? While most people tend to overlook the idea, it is quite similar to a plain spring reverb. Since in theory, a spring reverb (technically) passes on the sound over a spring, and the spring starts to "move" (tremor) based on the sound. This causes the artifact of a repeating sound that slightly gets altered by the frequency of the spring itself. While there are plenty of ways to mimic this behavior I am going to throw in one simple idea that will reshape the sound in a different way. Just keep in mind while a sound is traveling in a towards a specific object the composition of that object will have an impact on what the result of the rebound sound will be like. Anyway, enough about the intro lets start making a unique type of effect that could be a unique type of reverb while doing so.
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).
In this tutorial we'll be looking at ambient music in Propellerhead Reason. A lot of times ambient tracks are pretty much 'empty' as a whole. In comparison to, lets say, EDM music there is much more going on. Ambient tracks are usually about drones and soundscapes. While in a lot of times the bass line can be used as a syncopation for the track itself. They can also be used in different ways to drive the listener nuts at some point, not really realizing what is going on with the track. This is also on of the reasons why an Ambient Bass is pretty hard to do right. Because you want to avoid the so called four to the four type of rhythm. And because they are sometimes hard to make from a sequence perspective it often gets underestimated.
Matrix pattern sequencer in Reason
Welcome back to another reason tutorial. I have been writing down multiple articles where the Matrix Pattern Sequencer has been applied. I never wrote down a complete article dedicated to this simple, yet effective machine. Since the Matrix is quite versatile as a device. What makes it even cooler is that matrix has been here since the first versions of Reason. Till this day, the pattern step sequencer still is quite useful. By default the Matrix pattern step sequencer is used to make monophonic lines.
Matrix pattern advanced usages
Welcome back to another tutorial about Reason. In this Reason tutorial I will write some more advanced and irregular usage while using the Matrix Pattern step sequencer. In its default state the Matrix is a nice and clean device to set up monophonic lines rather fast. You can read more about this in an article I posted 4 days ago here: Matrix pattern step sequencer in Reason While the Matrix feels like underestimated, it can be used for all kinds of Control voltage toolbox set ups. In this article I ...