Reason Tutorial

Making Trap with Reason

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    Introduction (8:40)


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    Making Trap Beats Pt. 1 (18:59)


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    Making Trap Beats Pt. 2 (19:20)


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    Sub Bass in Trap (10:27)


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    Composition in Trap Pt. 1 (14:18)


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    Composition in Trap Pt. 2 (10:50)


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    Processing and Resampling Vocals Pt. 1 (16:52)


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    Processing and Resampling Vocals Pt. 2 (10:50)


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    The Drop Pt. 1 (11:22)


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    The Drop Pt. 2 (14:49)


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    The Arrangement and FX (19:05)


Reason 7 super user Al Swettenham is back with another series and this time it's all about Trap! Join Al as he shows you how to use Reason 7 to create a killer Trap track containing all the elements of this hugely popular and successful genre of music, from the ground up.

After a quick introduction and running down all his Reason settings and preferences, Al gets to work on the all important Trap drum beat. Al builds up his kit in Kong, programming his drum track in distinctively complex rhythms that are the hallmark of Trap music. Moving on to the sub bass, Al shows how to use Reason's Subtractor synth to create a simple but devastating Trap baseline.

Once the beats and bass are created, Al focuses on introducing musical elements to the composition, and quickly builds strong melodic parts in the Trap fashion. Next up are vocal elements that are heavily processed short vocal clips, enhanced via time stretching, pitch shifting and ultimately resampling all in an NN-XT.

Now it's time for the drop! Al builds some filthy lead synths from scratch using techniques such as FM synthesis, oscillator syncing, pitch modulation and filter sweeps. After putting together the final arrangement, Al creates a few FX sounds like noise sweeps and pan risers to close out the track and the series.

If you use Reason for your productions and want to learn how to make a killer, authentic Trap song, then this is a must see... Watch "Making Trap with Reason" today.


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LB
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful!

I’m excited about everything this has to offer. It has helped me to become a better producer.

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andy1324
Submitted 8 months ago

Another Top Groove3 video

First off I highly recommend this video, lots of great insights to Trap Style Secondly, This is something I think should be a pre requisite on every Tutorial and that's "an initial play through", not just a few bars, or skip altogether, but an actual full play through of what you're going to create, as happens with this course, an absolute must. This course and a few others I've checked out recently are starting a trend I hope continues, and that's towards producing a much more polished very professional final track. I think the stakes are getting higher now, and there is a movement past complete beginner amateur sounding productions, and going towards more world-class polished end productions. Some of these videos have a lot of information in a small space so be forewarned all in all an Excellent video series. Also I don't even use Reason, but still found the information very valuable.

I am a: Professional

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rolune
Submitted 10 months ago

great tutorial

Excellent tutorial, very useful and clear.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Reason

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pschuessler
Submitted 1 year ago

Way more than I expected

Some very good advices. Unfortunateley in Reason I'am not a Reason user. But anyway, Top-Tutorial...

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otha
Submitted 1 year ago

Thanks

take a gift and make it better!

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Albelto
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Helpful

top top top, very good

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DanKiva
Submitted 1 year ago

A good tutorial covering a broad range of aspects of trap music.

A good tutorial covering a broad range of aspects of trap music. I think it's especially for beginners helpful.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Reason

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Darryl
Submitted 1 year ago

Sooo Good!

Swettenham knows Thor, Reason and production in general so well and gives many awesome techniques in Reason!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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sjamaldoug
Submitted 1 year ago

love it

great really trying to learn

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Reason

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Jinglebushy
Submitted 2 years ago

A good amount of information here about Trap.

Great examples on how Trap uses builds and sweeps and how to work them into the transitions. Lots of little tips and tricks in here as well. Easy to understand and follow.

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've been dabbling in music for as long as I can remember in one way or another. As a toddler, my Dad used to sit me at the piano while he played and I'd just bash the keys! But it was in my early teens that I first started trying to write electronic music and learning to program MIDI. I wasn't great at it then but I really enjoyed it and I knew from then on that all I wanted to do was music. When I was 14 I made a CD of my own self made house tunes and persuaded them to sell it in my local record shop down the road. The tracks were pretty basic but I sold all 20 copies!

2. What training have you had?

I did an A-Level in Music Technology, it was pretty retro; we were recording onto analog tape with a Tascam MSR-16 and there were usually only about 8 or 9 channels on the 16 channel desk actually working at any given time! Then I did a BA (Hons) in Popular Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, they were a lot better equipped! I also spent a year working as a trainee studio engineer at ICC Studios, a great recording studio down on the south coast of England. That was really where I cut my teeth, learning to use with Pro-Tools and SADiE. It was hard work but also great fun. ICC was also where I learned the people skills necessary to be a studio engineer. Helping musicians feel comfortable and relaxed so they can give a great performance is a vital part of the job and those skills have come in very handy when working with vocalists on my own music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I first got into recording when I did my A-Level, before that I was really just making crude general midi tracks using a really basic version of Cubase called Cubasis AV. That was a really important step on the road to becoming a producer, before then I didn't really know how to use EQs and compressors effectively. Given that most of my experience up to that point had been teaching myself how to use various bits of software to write dance music, getting some proper training in micing up guitar cabs and drum kits, all using analogue equipment was really valuable.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I'm one third of Rebel Sonix, audio visual bass merchants based in Brixton, London. I joined after having done a few collabs and remixes with them over the last year. I've also worked with Adam Freeland, most notably on a dubstep remix of the James Bond theme for the launch of the videogame Goldeneye Reloaded. I've remixed several tracks by FeralisKinky, the UK's first ever white, female raga vocalist, and I remixed Delirious' last ever single before they broke up, which was a real honour since I remember going to their gigs as a teenager! Other artists I've worked with include Whiskey Pete, Adam Fielding, Steve Leach, Tom+Olly and You And What Army. I get approached quite a lot to do remixes and collabs and I try to do as much as I can, with the inevitable consequence that I'm always really busy!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've spent more than 10 years now learning about studio recording, computer composition and sound design and music production. As a producer I never stop learning because I'm always trying to improve my own production skills. I'm comfortable working in a diverse range of genres as well as a diverse range of software and plugins. I also believe I'm clear, concise and articulate (a trait I've absorbed via osmosis from my parents who are both teachers.) But most of all I'm really passionate about this stuff, music production is my life and when I discover something new I get really excited and want to tell people (just ask my wife!)

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Making Trap with Reason is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful! I’m excited about everything this has to offer. It has helped me to become a better producer.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another Top Groove3 video First off I highly recommend this video, lots of great insights to Trap Style Secondly, This is something I think should be a pre requisite on every Tutorial and that's "an initial play through", not just a few bars, or skip altogether, but an actual full play through of what you're going to create, as happens with this course, an absolute must. This course and a few others I've checked out recently are starting a trend I hope continues, and that's towards producing a much more polished very professional final track. I think the stakes are getting higher now, and there is a movement past complete beginner amateur sounding productions, and going towards more world-class polished end productions. Some of these videos have a lot of information in a small space so be forewarned all in all an Excellent video series. Also I don't even use Reason, but still found the information very valuable.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great tutorial Excellent tutorial, very useful and clear.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Way more than I expected Some very good advices. Unfortunateley in Reason I'am not a Reason user. But anyway, Top-Tutorial...
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Thanks take a gift and make it better!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful top top top, very good
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A good tutorial covering a broad range of aspects of trap music. A good tutorial covering a broad range of aspects of trap music. I think it's especially for beginners helpful.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Sooo Good! Swettenham knows Thor, Reason and production in general so well and gives many awesome techniques in Reason!
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from love it great really trying to learn
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A good amount of information here about Trap. Great examples on how Trap uses builds and sweeps and how to work them into the transitions. Lots of little tips and tricks in here as well. Easy to understand and follow.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well done I really learned a lot from this tutorial! Well done.
Date published: 2016-09-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Amazing course! I decided to check out this course even though I am not a Reason user, I use Studio One, but I found it very helpful despite the fact that all opposes the two DAWs. There is invaluable information on programming drums and arrangement that gave me a lot to think about in my next production. And the tutor is an amazing sound designer, too. I did not give 5 stars just because he did not always explain the reason behind his decisions while making a move.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Explained very well I liked all aspects of the tutorial, I wish Al could do this with Reason 8 or 9 thats about to come out!!!
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great deal Im so happy with this tutorial, doesnt good only for make Trap in Reason, because i improve my knowledge about the software too. The examples were very clear, and the teacher is a Master. Great deal!!
Date published: 2016-03-23
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