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Reason 5 Explained

If you're new to Reason 5, this is the ultimate guide to get up and running and making music! DAW mad man Scott Griggs takes you step by step from the beginning all the way to making your first track.

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Getting Started


Introduction 0m:57s

Quick explanation of what to expect from the Reason 5 Explained series.


Reason Installation 2m:20s

See how and where you should install Reason 5 to your computer.


Registration & Setup 7m:39s

See how to enter your serial number, authorization code, and register online easily.

Your Preferences


General Preferences 5m:43s

Learn what tweaks you can make to help Reason run smoothly on your system.


Audio Preferences 3m:40s

See how to dial in your sound card settings in Reason for optimal performance.


Keyboard & Control Surfaces 3m:58s

Learn to setup your MIDI keyboard and or controller to work properly with Reason so you can begin to record.


Advanced Preferences 2m:05s

Explore configuring and using external MIDI gear with Reason 5.


Computer Keyboard Preferences 2m:15s

Learn how to customize your computer keyboard with Reason 5 to operate best for you.

Getting Comfortable with Reason


Open, Close, Create, & Save 3m:53s

Learn the important basic Reason 5 song management functions.


Rack Overview 6m:28s

Discover how to adjust the different Rack views and how to add devices and more.


The Sequencer Pt. 1 7m:16s

Learn about the different modes of the Reason 5 sequencer, as well as its tools and what they can do for you.


The Sequencer Pt. 2 5m:44s

See what the Track List area has in store for you. Learn about lanes, tracks and get a quick introduction to Lane Automation.


The Sequencer Pt. 3 2m:27s

Discover the Edit and Arrange pane found in the sequencer area. The playhead, loop points, and snap function will play an important part of your song writing process.


The Transport Panel Pt. 1 8m:18s

See how to control Reason 5 from the Transport Panel and how to change tempo, engage the click track, and read the indicators and more.


The Transport Panel Pt. 2 0m:00s

Watch how to automate different things in Reason 5 including Tempo and how to use your Transport Track to automate various parameters.


Monitoring Your Audio 2m:55s

Explore the Reason 5 Hardware Interface and how to use the Audio I/O, Big Meter, and Advanced MIDI view options.

Starting Your Musical Journey


Makin Some Noise 2m:55s

See how to create an instrument and or effect, learn basic routing so you can run your devices into the mixer and more.


Recording MIDI 3m:53s

Discover the basics of recording and playing back MIDI data in Reason 5.


Recording Automation 3m:16s

Explore how to record automation for volume fades, pans and other parameters.


Loop Recording 2m:58s

Learn how to make more than one pass over a recording using the Loop Recording feature.


Copy Pattern to Track 2m:01s

Explore how to get those complicated patterns from a pattern based device into the main sequencer window so you can further edit them.


Copy Loop to Track 2m:36s

Discover how to edit Rex files in the main sequencer window after utilizing the Copy Loop to Track function.


The Browser 9m:30s

See how to find that certain instrument or effect using Reason's powerful browser functions.


Creating an Instrument 3m:17s

Go deeper in to the instrument creation process and see what you need to do to get that exact instrument you were looking for.


Explore, Save & Load Patches 4m:18s

Once you create that awesome sound, you'll want to save it for future use. Watch and learn how in this video.


Initialize Patch 3m:04s

When you begin creating those instruments from scratch, you'll want to start with a clean slate. This video shows you how.


Basic Routing 5m:45s

Discover all the different possibilities when routing things in Reason. LEarn the important basics first.



Spider Merger & Splitter 5m:39s

Discover how to get creative with the advanced routing options offered by the Spider Merger and Splitter dives in Reason.


The Synths 6m:55s

Learn about the different synths that Reason offers, and what each is about, and get inspired as you hear some the sounds they can make.


The Samplers 8m:38s

The samplers in Reason are excellent for pro's and beginners alike. In this video you'll learn what a sampler is and how to get it working for your applications.


Dr. OctoRex 14m:47s

New to Reason 5, learn the geography of the Dr OctoRex and how to import REX files into it and export them out.


ReDrum 7m:17s

Although this is a golden oldie, the ReDrum sill holds its own when it comes to pattern based percussion. Learn the geography of this amazing unit and how to manipulate parameters such as pitch, length and start points and more.


Kong 12m:26s

Another new addition to Reason 5, the Kong device offers a wide range of sample playback possibilities. Learn all about the unit and the effects that can be used within it.


Nurse n Nano 8m:59s

With the introduction of Kong comes a few new tools within the device; Nurse Rex and the NN-Nano Sampler. These two units units give you have the ability to sample, re-sample, load REX files and manipulate all type of parameters. Watch how.

Live Sampling Is Easy


Easy Sampling 8m:13s

Reason 5 offers the ability to sample live sounds on the fly. Learn which units are capable of this new function in addition to how to use the sample edit window.


Re-Sampling 4m:24s

Explore how to route your device so that you can properly re-sample your instrument to make a whole new sound.

Doing Your Own Thing


The Combinator 8m:25s

Once you've created your own instrument from scratch you might want to combine all the elements used for that instrument. Learn how to do this process with the Combinator device.


The ReGroove Mixer 9m:42s

Learn all about the ReGroove Mixer and how to create some variations of your idea using its features and functions.


RPG-8 6m:39s

Watch and become a master of the powerful arpeggiation tool found within Reason 5, creating out of this world keyboard parts.


The Matrix 6m:02s

See how Reason's Matrix device offers you the ability to create patterns quickly and easily, similar to the old ReBirth software sequencer.


Spider CV Merger 6m:22s

See how to manipulate all types of parameters on other devices via the Spider CV Merger. You'll get an introduction on how to make some exciting vibes and sound based on this expressive tool.



ReWire into Logic 3m:30s

For those times when you might want to mix your new masterpiece in Logic, you'll need to ReWire Reason to do so. This video walks you through the process of getting those awesome Reason sounds into Logic.


ReWire into Pro Tools 8m:10s

Learn a couple of different ways to get Reason rewired into your Pro Tools session quickly and easily.

The End


Wrap it Up 7m:12s

In this video you'll see how the Blocks function works in addition to some of the other topics covered in past videos. See and hear how you can reassemble your existing song to come up with a totally new montage of sound.

Scott Griggs

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

The earliest memory I have is when I was 7 years old - I got my first guitar. When I was 9 I got my first keyboard.

2. What training have you had?

Mostly self-trained; however, I was the drum major in high school (playing alto sax & drums/percussion), and majored in music for a short time.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was around 10 years old I started to basic multi-tracking with my dual tape deck stereo. I would record a keyboard part; move that cassette into the other deck and do a playback while recording a new part into the "record" deck. Voila! Ghost tracks were something I hated back then!!

4. People you have worked with/for?

Let's see ... there was that fast food joint, the grocery store, the bolt company, the theater ...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

OK, how much did my mom pay you to say that I'm "good"? I guess it's because I try to have fun while showing folks what to do. If I get bored while making a video, I'm quite sure that the viewer will not be too stoked to watch it. I want people to feel like they could kick off their shoes, relax, and watch a video where they might learn something.

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