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Reason Tutorial

First Song with Reason

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8 Videos | Length: 1hr 28min 18sec
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  • Getting Started 6:47

    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.

  • Adding Synths & Automation 8:39

    Adding Synths & Automation

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

  • More Layers & Song Sections 11:39

    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.

  • The Drum Mix 12:28

    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.

  • Mixing Synths 11:46

    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.

  • Recording Live Instruments 12:29

    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.

  • Vocals Pt. 1 11:17

    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.

  • Vocals Pt. 2 13:13

    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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