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Native instruments Komplete

Native instruments Komplete

Komplete 12 from Native Instruments has been released since September 2018. While I recently purchased myself Komplete 11 Ultimate edition I thought I would just start to write down my initial thoughts on this Komplete bundle. While I am early in to explore just everything this pack has included, writing down a single article about the contents of this whole bundle would not really do it justice. Therefore, I might start spending some time to write additional articles or make some additional videos while I am exploring this sonic explosion of content. Because that is basically what it is. A total mind-blowing massive amount of sounds.

5 months ago
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Creating an Analog synthesizer with Thor

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.

6 months ago
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Grain Sample Manipulator

Grain Sample Manipulator

I want to demystify most of the features that are existing inside of the Grain sample manipulator. While I haven't really focussed on this device that much, because of issues that were in Grain and Europa since Reason 10 was released. While they were fixed in Reason 10.1 (thanx to yours truly) I decided to wait to write down an in-depth article about this device. Since I wanted to analyze a lot of different segments on what this device can do, unscrew the screws on the Grain engine itself just to see what lies under the hood, and program it in many different ways so I can call myself a Grain Expert too...

6 months ago
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Deep House Pad in Propellerhead Reason

Deep House Pad in Propellerhead Reason

Welcome back to another article about the Genre Deep House. In this specific article, I will be mainly focusing on Pads. While Pads in the Genre Deep house are not that common in the old school deep house songs (since they are all about making things sound like disco). During the modern days, Deep House started to lean towards the more ambient type of pads just to get a dreamy feeling into the genre itself. A deep house pad can go in different directions and angles. Since if you take an empty track that contains just a bass line, a few percussion elements it the pad drives the mood. Then you can already think about the idea that a pad is almost like the carrier of the full song. Some pads can be mysterious, others can be moving, it can also be resonating and sometimes you will need a more bright pad (to stretch it towards a more uplifting mood). This is partially why making a Deep-House pad can sometimes be a hard job to do. Because if the tone is wrong, the mood can also be wrong.

11 months ago
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Layered plucked chord player

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.

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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How to create a hoover lead

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.

one year ago
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Creating House music with the Korg M1 Piano

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).

one year ago
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Thor in Reason workshop

Thor in Reason workshop

Welcome to a new video series about Thor in Propellerhead Reason. In this series I will touch different elements on how to do sound design in Reason. This complete series will be going through some basic elements first trying to answer most of the 'basic' questions that people may be having when looking at a device like Thor for the very first time. 

I'll be going in depth about the following items to start with:
Oscillators
Filters
Envelopes and LFOs

one year ago
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Pulse Width Modulation in Thor

Pulse Width Modulation in Thor

Pulse width modulation in musical terms is a method to reshape a pulse from a wide pulse to a narrow pulse. It usually is handled on a Square wave form and most often a repeating pattern is used to modulate the width of the pulse itself. This often results in to a character sound where it sounds like the wave form itself is constantly in motion. This technique is often used to thicken the sound. In this article we'll be discussing different methods to do Pulse width modulation in Thor in Propellerhead Reason.

2017-09-17
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Creating an Ambient Pad with Textures

Creating an Ambient Pad with Textures

Welcome back to another Tutorial about Propellerhead Reason. Today we'll be looking at ways we can create an ambient pad or ambient drone. While I have touched this subject on different occasions I would like to go through a linear approach while building a layered pad and talk you through the basic ideas and thoughts about why I am doing this. Others may have a different opinion on the subject because an ambient pad can be created in many different ways. Hence I am choosing a linear direction on this approach so have some ideas to either create one for yourself or learn different methods to improve the technique on pad building. With this intro done for, lets get started with making an Ambient Pad.

2017-09-10
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Make a modular synth in Reason

Make a modular synth in Reason

Thor can be used as an effect unit, while at the same time this device can be a fundamental building block in to creating a true Modular synthesizer. The only thing we need to understand is how a modular synthesizer is build, how it works and how we can create one from the ground up again to make something custom and unique at the same time. Yep, it is Monday and today it is time to geek out with Propellerhead Reason!

2017-09-04
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