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Music Production with Reason 4

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Chapter 1 - Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:10

    Video introduction by Kurt and Josh. Describes what will be covered and how this project came to be.

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    Tutorial 2

    New in Reason 4

    6:15

    Get a basic introduction to the new features in Reason 4 and the basic layout of Reason.

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    Tutorial 3

    Song Overview

    4:25

    Get a basic introduction to the new features in Reason 4 and the basic layout of Reason.

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    Tutorial 4

    Mixer Setup

    1:26

    Explanation of typical rack setup when getting started with a new Reason song.

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    Tutorial 5

    Josh Submix Setup

    2:40

    Explanation of Josh's use of Submixers within combinators.

Chapter 2 - Drum Arrangement

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    Tutorial 6

    Drum Programming

    5:18

    Josh demonstrates the basics of using the ReDrum Drum computer and Pattern Programming as well as drum sequencing techniques with the Reason 4.0 Sequencer tools.

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    Tutorial 7

    Percussion

    4:54

    Using Dr.REX Loop Players, percussive elements are added to the track in a dedicated Combinator submixer patch. The process of using loops in Reason is demonstrated as well as some advanced features of the sequencer.

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    Tutorial 8

    ReGroove

    2:51

    This video explains how to use the ReGroove mixer and browse for groove templates. The demo then shows how to apply a groove template to the drums to add a swing to the programming.

Chapter 3 - Sequencing and Arrangement

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    Tutorial 9

    Setting up the Mixer

    1:50

    Reason's auto routing features are described in this section as a Mixer and Aux Bus effects are added into the rack. RV-7000 Patch browsing is explained.

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    Tutorial 10

    Sequencing the Bass

    2:18

    Josh loads up a customized synth stack combi in this segment, then records and arranges the bassline sequence. This is another demonstration of the sequencer, clips, and quantization.

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    Tutorial 11

    Labeling the Bass

    1:18

    Organizing the sequencer by using the track, lane, and clip labels is an important technique to keep the workflow moving. This section shows how to label and color clips and lanes.

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    Tutorial 12

    Moving Lanes

    1:29

    The sequence for the chorus is arranged in this segment, and the various lanes are reorganized in order.

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    Tutorial 13

    Detaching the Sequencer

    1:12

    Having already recorded a few more bass sequences, Josh shows more on labeling sequences. This includes a quick demonstration of full screen sequencing mode. The reason track uses separate lanes to indicate different sections of the song.

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    Tutorial 14

    Vector Automation

    2:12

    Demonstration of adding automation clips in the arrangement view of the sequencer. Editing Vectors and using the value editors for precise changes.

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    Tutorial 15

    Divide & Mute Loops

    2:45

    Use of the Razor Tool to divide clips, and the mute feature to create small musical drop out in the song before the chorus. Use of the Eraser tool to remove excess clips for the shaker loop.

Chapter 4 - Song Development

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    Tutorial 16

    Guitar Distortion

    1:32

    Procedure for inserting distortion effect between a sound module and loading a Scream 4 distortion patch.

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    Tutorial 17

    Guitar Automation

    2:02

    Josh demonstrates using multiple sequencer lanes to automate a pitch bend and organize automation clips.

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    Tutorial 18

    Sequencing the Piano

    2:54

    Using the browse instrument and search features of the browser, a piano patch is added to the track and Josh records a sequence.

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    Tutorial 19

    The Bell

    1:33

    Demonstration of adding a custom made Combinator patch to the song and sequencing it. A description of how the sound originated by Woody who layered a bell tone along with a falsetto vocal sample.

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    Tutorial 20

    STOMPP

    1:52

    Demonstration of the Drone Combinator patch called "Stompp - Deep Chord" and applying to the bridge of the song.

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    Tutorial 21

    Nasty Sweep Intro

    2:18

    Adding an intro sound with the Malstrom and adding an automation clip in the sequencer to modulate a filter sweep.

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    Tutorial 22

    Nasty Sweep Arrangement

    1:06

    Arranging the filter sweep sequence to enhance different transitions throughout the song.

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    Tutorial 23

    Intro Drum Fill

    0:41

    See how a Drum fill is added to the intro of the song.

Chapter 5 - Song Arrangement

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    Tutorial 24

    Arranging the Second Section

    1:11

    See Josh using the copy and paste features to quickly duplicate the base tracks for the second part of the song.

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    Tutorial 25

    Adding a Dropout

    0:41

    Learn how to use the Razor to create a breakdown for the transition into the second verse of the song.

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    Tutorial 26

    Sub-Drop

    2:18

    Learn how Josh uses a Thor percussion sound to add a sub-bass drop in the breakdown

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    Tutorial 27

    Drum Fill

    0:49

    Demonstrates recording a drum fill during the transition, to add movement and signal a change.

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    Tutorial 28

    Crash & Context

    0:31

    This tutorial walks you through adding a Crash cymbal hit, for excitement, and listening to the entire breakdown sequence.

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    Tutorial 29

    Ambient Breakdown

    2:51

    This tutorial demonstrates collapsing sequencer tracks to get an overview. Removing sequencer clips for Drums, Bass, etc. to create a dramatic transition for the final ending arrangement. Clip Manipulation by using the tempo change feature in the toolbar. Also listen through the entire breakdown and transitions.

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    Tutorial 30

    Thor Programming

    6:14

    This segment is a demonstration of programming the Thor Polysonic synthesizer to create a custom patch for the breakdown.

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    Tutorial 31

    Organ & Fill

    1:52

    Overview of the final touches added to the bridge before the third chorus. Description of adding parts to increase track intensity to bring the song to a climax.

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    Tutorial 32

    Exporting the Song

    1:04

    Brief overview on exporting a song out for burning, sharing or collaboration.

Chapter 6 - Vocals in Reason

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    Tutorial 33

    Prep Vocals for ReCycle

    2:11

    This video covers previewing the vocal tracks in a DAW and preparing them for use with ReCycle.

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    Tutorial 34

    Vocals in ReCycle

    4:12

    Demonstration of how to use ReCycle to cut up a vocal track for use in Reason.

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    Tutorial 35

    Vocals in Reason

    2:05

    Demonstrates the process of importing the vocal REX files into Reason through a Dr.REX loop player, and the process of loading REX files into the NN-XT.

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    Tutorial 36

    Vocal Looping

    2:17

    Special effect technique of looping samples in the NN-XT.

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    Tutorial 37

    NN-XT Vocal Zones

    5:32

    The process of consolidating multiple ReCycle loops into a single NN-XT sampler, and the procedure for adjusting the sequence.

Chapter 7 - Dynamics Processing

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    Tutorial 38

    Vocal Submix

    3:50

    Setting up the NN-XT Zone to route vocals through separate outputs into the vocal submixer.

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    Tutorial 39

    Vocal Compression

    2:52

    This video covers inserting Compressors on the vocal tracks.

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    Tutorial 40

    De-Ess Vocals

    3:22

    Inserting a DeEss configuration using the sidechain input feature on the MClass compressor.

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    Tutorial 41

    De-Essing Explained

    3:46

    Deeper explanation of what happened in the De-Ess video.

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    Tutorial 42

    Compressing Drums

    5:21

    Overview on how to use an MClass Compressor with drums.

Chapter 8 - Special Effects

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    Tutorial 43

    Grain Vocals

    7:39

    Building a custom granular sampler Combinator patch.

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    Tutorial 44

    Grain Main Vocals

    1:19

    This tutorial applies the granular triggering configuration to the main vocals and sequencing the effect through the breakdown.

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    Tutorial 45

    Using a Vocoder

    2:57

    Alternative approach to the Ambient Breakdown by adding a vocoded layer derived from the Stompp patch and the vocal effects.

Chapter 9 - Engineering a Mixdown

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    Tutorial 46

    Mixing Sounds

    6:05

    The process of going through and balancing levels for the mixdown.

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    Tutorial 47

    Mix Automation

    4:07

    This tutorial guides you through using the sequencer to automate mixer parameters.

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    Tutorial 48

    Vocal Automation

    4:00

    Take a look at the process of automating the Vocal mix and elements.

Chapter 10 - Mastering

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    Tutorial 49

    Josh Mastering

    6:16

    Using the MClass mastering suite as an insert between the group mixer and the the Reason Hardware interface. Selecting a MClass patch and adjusting the settings to apply equalization and limiting.

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    Tutorial 50

    Kurt Mastering

    11:55

    Take another look at mastering Narrow Escape with the use of all MClass devices plus some more detailed mastering tips.

This groundbreaking release shows you how one of the hottest songs included in the new Reason 4 Factory Soundbank was created. Learn step-by-step how the awe inspiring track "Narrow Escape" was written and produced by the songwriter himself, Josh Mobley (aka Neoverse).

Furthermore, the series is directed by Reason guru and world-wide Reason speaker and instructor Kurt Kurasaki (aka Peff). Get ready for a journey that shows you how to build this track up from nothing, into something truly great.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

Throughout the years, I've studied different instruments including piano, sax, and classical guitar.  I can't say that I've excelled at any of these since I was never disciplined enough to practice.  I did enjoy studying music theory, and I've been interested in electronics since I was quite young.  I was always taking things apart - telephones, radios, televisions, and sometimes I manage to reassemble them without ending up with spare parts. When I was two-years-old, I had this record player and I wanted to find out where the sound was coming from, so I took it apart. It was still plugged-in, and I learned about high voltage electricity - the hard way.  Eventually the two interests met when I was given my first little electronic keyboard, a Casio VL-1.

2. What training have you had?

Other than a few classes on synthesizer programming at Columbia University, I have no formal training in music or recording.  I'm primarily self-taught in production and recording.   While in University in 1990, I recorded an album. It was MIDI synth based and I recorded it straight to DAT. I had a Roland D-50 as a controller and a rack consisting of an Akai Sampler, Korg M-1, MKS-80 Super Jupiter and a Proteus module - all being driven by the old Voyetra DOS based sequencer.

3. When did you get into recording?

I had a small project studio back in the mid 90s where we used ADATs and a Neotek console with a lot of outboard analog gear.  My first real DAW was the Akai 4 track recorder.  I learned early on the importance of a good front end for digital and since then, I have tried to keep my workstation up to date with good converters.

4. People you have worked with/for?

My commitments to Propellerhead Software keep me pretty busy.  Between the various sound design projects and Producers Conferences , I have so little time to commit to other productions.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I'm pretty good at deconstructing and reverse engineering processes which makes it possible for me to demonstrate how things are accomplished with music hardware and software.  I love to learn about new things and I'm constantly exploring and experimenting on innovative uses of Reason.

I'm also take a lot of time to think about pedagogical approaches and try to find the best balance of information that will satisfy the curiosity of experienced Reason users while keeping the language and explanations simple enough for a neophyte.

Products by Kurt

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    Music Production with Reason 4

    This groundbreaking release shows you how one of the hottest songs included in the new Reason 4 Factory Soundbank was created. Learn step-by-step how the awe inspiring track "Narrow Escape" was written and produced by the songwriter Josh Mobley (aka Neoverse), with comentary by Kurt Kurasaki (aka Peff).

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