Reason Tutorial

First Song with Reason

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    Getting Started

    Paul welcomes you and introduces the Blocks system in Reason, and begins sketching out a basic drum section using a classic drum machine emulation and taking advantage of note lanes to arrange drum parts.

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    Adding Synths & Automation

    Now see how to add bass and pads, as well as using automation to shape the sound over time.

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    More Layers & Song Sections

    Now explore creating additional song Blocks, as well as some basic patch design and additional synth layers. You'll also see how to use the Blocks in the arranger to sketch out a rough arrangement of the song.

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    The Drum Mix

    In this video learn how to commit Blocks data to sequencer data, and get started on a basic drum mix to form the foundation for the rest of the mix.

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    Mixing Synths

    Next you'll see how to make some tweaks to the synth sounds, utilizing Reason's Player devices, as well as using automation to create two different bass sounds with one device. You'll also look at adding send effects into the mix.

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    Recording Live Instruments

    In addition to learning how to use side-chaining, you'll discover how to set up Reason to record live instruments and track some electric guitar. You'll also learn how to arrange your tracks in each of the three views and re-order your track list.

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    Vocals Pt. 1

    Now discover how to prepare vocals for mixing, including pitch and formant correction, as well as some basic grouping and EQ'ing.

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    Vocals Pt. 2

    Wrapping it up, you'll see how to effect the vocals, as well as use automation to create some interesting transition effects, and finally wrapping the track up with a mastering plug-in for a professional sound and level.

Product Overview


Reason expert Paul Ortiz brings you the beginner’s guide to using Reason to make your first song! Paul starts with a blank Reason session and walks you through the entire process of creating and arranging your first song, along with basic mixing and mastering practices.

Paul begins by welcoming you and then jumps right in, revealing Reason’s Block system for recording and arranging, and sketches out a basic drum part.

Next, you’ll see how to add synth parts and automate them to further shape their sound over time, for a more interesting performance. Paul then shows you how to create additional song Blocks, as well as some basic patch design and additional synth layers.

Paul now demonstrates how to tweak the synth sounds, add send effects into the mix, create and use sidechaining, how to setup and record real live instruments, and finally, how to mix your tracks and vocals, and apply a mastering plug-in to the whole mix for a professional sound and overall level!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re new to Reason, and are ready to make you’re first song, this is the video series to watch. Get “First Song with Reason” today.


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First Song with Reason is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 26 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top Instruction! This was tremendously helpful!
Date published: 2021-06-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome really good all-round beginning videos
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Groove 3 is my go too! Love this video!
Date published: 2019-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you!!! This has helped me so much!!
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I really enjoyed the technique's and work flow in these tutorials and I can't wait to try out these out in my own projects
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really excellent tutor This tutor is really great. More videos from him please. In-depth look at Reason functionality and good track!
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Should be essential viewing for any beginning/intermediate Reason user This is the kind of tutorial series you'll find yourself returning to over and over again, not just for the information or production techniques, but also for inspiration. Very few educators manage to find the balance that Paul manages so effortlessly here (and his other videos). He's the reason I subscribed to Groove3.
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GOLDEN GOLDEN GOLDEN Blown the F away. Paul is a gangster. We need more Paul now. Can you get Paul to do a 5 hour masterclass on vocals and all sorts of crazy things? Paul is an instant hit. He knows his stuff and I was following along like it was so easy. I truly believe Paul should bring out some more classes and not just in Reason. Keep it up Paul, this is awesome material.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very well understandable and informative! thats a really good way to learn how we can use the nearly limitless possibilities of Reason. good job!!!
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! Great tutorial! Lots of inspiration! Hope to see more videos with this guy. Thanks!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Overview of Reason The video provides a good broad overview of the capabilities of Reason. The series is not for step-by-step guidance on using Reason as it moves pretty quickly. That being said, as a new Reason user, I enjoyed seeing a seasoned user show what it can do. The dreamwave-styled track he creates sounds great and this course is actually likely worth it just for showing the process of putting together a song. You get to see it come together piece by piece.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A Gold Mine of inspiration Paul Ortiz is just so ridiculously talented and this tutorial was simply brilliant. You watch how effortlessly he composes a super cool track, and if you pay attention, you actually can pick up some of that genius and apply that to your own productions. Looking forward to more from Paul and his magic in Reason. :)
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Smoke Coming Off My Speakers The track made in this video is FIRE. Reminds me of some of 80s tracks I used to hear as a kid.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Interesting Good tutorial
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Definitely watch before making your 1st song! So many great tips and tricks for 1st time users! Awesome! Highly recommend!!!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nicely Done!! I have owned Reason for years and never really used it like it was meant to be used.. This video motivated me to use it more in my productions. Nicely done. This was the first video I watched since subscribing to the website and I am looking forward to many more tutorials.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great overview of a production done in Reason. For anyone looking to see what music production looks like in Reason. You will get a general sense of workflow as well as nice tips that will help you along your own journey into Reason. I recommend working on a song as you watch the video.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GREAT JOB GREAT JOB ur the best
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent video Really great video for producing and loving Reason (even if I don't use it)
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good lesson I'm very glad that I got it thanks to you)
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely helpful learned a lot from this series Very helpful I was skeptical about getting reason but this video really helping me with the learning curve I might have
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from At LAST! Finally, a really EXCELLENT first look and overview of working effectively in Reason. In my opinion, this should be the very first video anyone watches to get into Reason. I liked it so much I'm having my kids watch it, who want to get started using it instead of playing video games! That's a good enough "reason" right there, and this series is that clear!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good The Instructor explained everything to the point. He's a pretty good Producer also............
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent I loved how the whole song took shape ...from very simple individual elements, building parts which finally sound like a great finished product. I wish at the end of the last video you had played the full song from start to finish so we could hear it in it's entirely and enjoy all the musical elements coming together. Thank you very much for making this video. It has inspired me to write. :-)
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!! Really Good and in-depth tutorials.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I love tutorials like this. I could easily sit through the entire sequence in the hour and a half or so and not get bored....even come away inspired. I am jealous of how easy the author makes things seem, but I have to remember that there was a lot of preparation and [likely] experimentation that went into producing this series. Nonetheless, it is a sign of genius to execute and explain things simply, only to have the end result be outstanding and sound complicated. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-09-23
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