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Reason 10 Explained®

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  • Introduction & Setup 4:59

    Introduction & Setup

    Paul kicks this series off with a look at some common settings in Reason's preferences, making sure your audio, MIDI and other general preferences are set correctly.

  • What is Reason? 2:54

    What is Reason?

    A Brief Overview - Now explore what exactly Reason is, and take a brief look at its main user interface elements as well as how to navigate the main views using keyboard shortcuts.

  • Creating Instruments & Browsing Patches 6:24

    Creating Instruments & Browsing Patches

    In this video, you'll learn the various ways to create instruments in the Rack and Track List, and how to load Presets. You'll also learn about browser focus and how to quickly switch between devices when loading sounds, and understand the relationship between the different Tracks and Devices in Reason.

  • The Browser 4:00

    The Browser

    Now take a closer look at the Browser, including how to add favorite locations, create Favorites Lists and drag files and devices into the Rack and Arranger.

  • Device Handling in the Rack 3:21

    Device Handling in the Rack

    Get a handle on how devices in the rack behave, learning how to move or copy devices, collapse and expand them, organize them into columns and rename them.

  • Recording MIDI 4:48

    Recording MIDI

    Now that you have an understanding of how to create instruments, browse patches and lay your devices out, learn how to set up for MIDI recording and start working with note clips.

  • The Transport 5:03

    The Transport

    Continuing on from the previous chapter, now examine the Transport in greater detail, including the role of Plug-In Delay Compensation.

  • Recording Alt Takes & Dubs 4:29

    Recording Alt Takes & Dubs

    Moving on with the theme of recording, discover how to use Alt Takes and Dub Lanes to try out different musical ideas within a sequencer track, as well as how to use Multiple Note Lanes to create layered MIDI parts that can be arranged to your liking.

  • Working with MIDI in the Arranger 3:05

    Working with MIDI in the Arranger

    Next, look at handling MIDI clips in the Arranger, including a selection of right click menu items, and some common functions you might want to perform on MIDI clips. This also covers the use of the Info Bar to set lengths, position and so on.

  • Editing MIDI 8:45

    Editing MIDI

    Learn how to use the Note Editor and Info Bar to position, size and alter notes. You'll also explore MIDI Performance Controller Lanes, and Instrument Automation inside of MIDI clips.

  • Sequencer Tools 7:02

    Sequencer Tools

    The Sequencer Tools expand on the Note Editor, allowing you to make changes to all or selected notes with just a few clicks. Here, you'll learn about every Sequencer Tool in the Toolbox.

  • Working with Automation 7:33

    Working with Automation

    Now that you've looked at editing Clips and Notes, it's time to look at Automation; one of the most innovate and easy to use aspects of Reason. In this video you'll learn how Automation can be handled exactly like a MIDI Clip, and how this can be used to creative effect.

  • Working with Pattern Devices 4:59

    Working with Pattern Devices

    Pattern devices offer an alternative means of sequencing notes in Reason without using MIDI. Here, you'll see how to automate pattern selection on the ReDrum Drum Computer and Matrix Pattern Sequencer.

  • Working with Players 4:09

    Working with Players

    Now learn the basics of Player operation; a new class of device that processes MIDI data in real-time. By the end of this video you'll know how to create, re-arrange and stack Players, as well as how to convert the processed MIDI to Note Clips.

  • ReGroove 6:25


    Sticking with the theme of MIDI processing, let's look at the ReGroove Mixer and how it can be used to apply non-destructive shuffle and delay to your MIDI clips, as well as extract your own personal groove and playing style into a groove preset that can be applied to any number of channels.

  • Blocks 5:47


    Blocks offer a fast, streamlined way of arranging your songs. In this video you'll learn how to create, arrange and convert Blocks. You'll also look at mixing and matching Blocks data with sequencer data, to create variations on the fly.

  • Recording Audio 6:08

    Recording Audio

    Moving away from MIDI, now look at how to create Audio Tracks and get set up for Recording Audio, looking at the various Monitor and Arming Options along the way.

  • Working with Audio in the Arranger 5:05

    Working with Audio in the Arranger

    Now that you've learned how to Record Audio, explore the right-click functions as well as how to handle Audio Data in the Main Arranger View.

  • Editing Audio - Slice Edit 3:17

    Editing Audio - Slice Edit

    Learn how to adjust Warp Markers, split audio recordings into Multiple Segments, Quantize Audio and Convert Your Audio Loops to Rex Files, in this video covering the first of the three Audio Editors.

  • Editing Audio - Pitch Editor 6:47

    Editing Audio - Pitch Editor

    Now look at the "Melodyne style" Pitch Editor and all of its controls, including some useful and creative techniques for altering vocal phrases.

  • Editing Audio - Comp Edit 3:03

    Editing Audio - Comp Edit

    Lastly, see you how to use the Comp Editor to construct one Single Take from Multiple Passes, as well as how to Crossfade the boundary between takes and bounce it all down to a single performance.

  • Creating Insert FX 3:22

    Creating Insert FX

    Insert FX are an essential part of any mix. In this chapter, you'll see how to add Effects to Devices, and how they behave within the Rack Environment, including copying and re-ordering Devices in an FX Chain.

  • Insert FX Programmer 6:14

    Insert FX Programmer

    Following on from the previous video, now look at the Mix Channel Insert FX Programmer, and how it can be used to Save and Load FX Chains as well as create Macro Controls for adjusting essential Effect Parameters either from the Rack, or from the Channel Strip.

  • Creating Send Effects 5:20

    Creating Send Effects

    Learn the difference between Send and Insert Effects, and where to use them. You'll also learn the difference between Pre and Post Fader Sends.

  • The Channel Strip 13:20

    The Channel Strip

    In this video, you'll examine the SSL Channel Strip from bottom to top, learning about each feature as you go. You'll also explore some of the fundamentals of Dynamics Processing, as well as talking about the Phase, or Polarity Inversion Button.

  • Dynamic Sidechaining 4:40

    Dynamic Sidechaining

    Learn how to achieve this unmistakable pumping effect as heard in modern electronic production, using the Send FX Bus to Route a Single Audio Source to Multiple Sidechain Destinations.

  • Mix Channels - Multi Outs & Busses 2:41

    Mix Channels - Multi Outs & Busses

    Now look at how to Configure Instruments with more than one Stereo Output, as well as how to Group those Outputs into a Single Bus for easier Mixing.

  • Mix Channels - Parallel Processing 3:04

    Mix Channels - Parallel Processing

    Staying with Mix Channels, this video will teach you how to achieve Parallel, or New York Style Compression with the use of Parallel Mix Channels.

  • The Master Section 5:14

    The Master Section

    The Master Section sits at the top of every Project. Explore and learn its Functions and Features, as well as how to Change Metering Modes, add Mastering Effects and turn your entire Mix Output into a Recording Source.

  • Exporting 3:09


    In this video, you'll see how to Export your Finished Track either as a Stereo Mixdown, or as Stems ready for delivery to clients or for collaboration with other producers.

  • The Devices - Instruments 11:52

    The Devices - Instruments

    Kicking off a whirlwind tour of some of Reason's Stock Devices, take a brief look at the Instruments in Reason as well as a handful of useful Features and things for you to try out.

  • The Devices - Effects 11:30

    The Devices - Effects

    Next up are the effects, including Synchronous - a Curve Programmer with its own Multi FX Section - and how to turn any Sample into a Custom Reverb Impulse.

  • The Devices - Utilities 5:22

    The Devices - Utilities

    Learn how to create Submixes within the Rack, as well as how to Modulate Parameters on your Rack Devices using LFOs.

  • The Combinator 9:26

    The Combinator

    Worthy of its own video, the Combinator is a deep and powerful device. Watch and see how to Create Layers, Key Splits and Macro Controls for your Instruments.

  • The Devices - Players 4:42

    The Devices - Players

    We now return to Players to look at the different Modules available to you out of the box, and explore at a couple of interesting uses for them.

  • Tips - Sampling & Editing 6:25

    Tips - Sampling & Editing

    As we draw to a close, take a further look on the Sampling capabilities of Reason's Instruments, including how to Trim, Loop and Normalize Samples within a Reason project.

  • Tips - Importing & Tempo Matching 3:31

    Tips - Importing & Tempo Matching

    Learn how to Stretch any Loop to the Correct Tempo, as well as how to use Slice Markers to turn a Section of any song into the perfectly cut Loop for your Project.

  • VST & Conclusion 2:50

    VST & Conclusion

    Finally, see how to Automate, Remote Map and Control VSTs with CV before Paul signs off and brings series to a close.

Product Overview

Reason master Paul Ortiz brings you a collection of video tutorials designed to get you going with Reason 10 from scratch. Learn everything you need to know to understand Reason 10’s layout, basic functions, recording and editing MIDI and Audio, Bussing, Routing, using Instruments, Devices and much, much more!

Paul begins by welcoming you and goes over the common settings in Reason's preferences, making sure your audio, MIDI and other general preferences are set correctly and working. Then you’ll get a detailed overview of what exactly Reason is and what it can do.

You’ll then start your R10 journey with detailed videos on topics like Creating Instruments & Browsing Patches, Device Handling in the Rack, recording MIDI and Audio, Working with MIDI and Audio in the Arranger, Sequencer Tools, and using Automation to add more creativeness to your workflow and productions.

Paul then goes deep into the Players, ReGroove Mixer, the different audio editing modes, creating Insert FX, Send FX, using the SSL Channel Strip, setting up different types of compression, using the Multi Outs & Busses, some of the different devices, Instruments and effects like Synchronous, utilizing the powerful Combinator device, Sampling & Editing, Importing & Tempo Matching, using VST plug-ins in Reason 10 and so much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more detailed info. If you’re new to Propellerheads Reason 10, or just want more info on this amazing and powerful DAW, watch “Reason 10 Explained®” today!

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Reason 10 Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 30 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great videos for every Reason 10 user I highly recommend this set of videos to everyone who’s willing to know more about Reason 10, its use and user interface and how it all works :)) great job, explanations are on the point :))
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful !!! Excellent Tutorial... Very well thought out and put together !
Date published: 2020-05-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Expertly Done This guy has a talent for speaking in short, clear, easy to understand sentences. The course was fairly comprehensive but fast, easy and enjoyable. I don't know how he could have done it any better. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2020-04-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from just watch this Wow! speechless. very precise and efficient tutorial. nothing goes to waste and super helpful. thank you so much
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good for a newbie My first time using reason. Its good to see all the features explains simply.
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the best tutorials I ever took! This one's simply brilliant! Super well organised and perfectly paced, brief but jam-packed with all the important info and presented clearly with illustrative audio examples. Reason is often viewed as a pretty backwards, limited and complex DAW but Paul shows that it's actually very well thought out and focused / distilled to provide just the right tool-set to get the job done. One of the best tutors I came accross here or elsewhere!!! Frankly, Reason Studios should buy the rights to this tutorial and have it added to Reason and posted on their YT channel, because it'd sell lots of copies of the DAW :) P.S. I only rated quality of video at 4 because of Reason's inherent low-res GUI that doesn't lend itself well to zooming. That's not on Paul or Groove3's video player!
Date published: 2020-01-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic explanation Now looking forward to trying it all out
Date published: 2019-11-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Informative and detailed Great series, learned a lot. Had to view a few times there was lots to cover. Great teacher , at times went a little quick, but that could just be me.
Date published: 2019-11-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect This is a really thorough introduction to Reason 10, clearly explained and enjoyable too with good examples and steady pace. Excellent. Thanks.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really comprehensive and organized! If you are just starting or need a refresher, this course will really help. Succinct, to the point, and lots of great examples. Well done.
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Solid Tutorial! This is a jewel!!! Glad I found it, very helpful for cats that love Reason.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful I mess around with Reason on and off. Going through these videos inspired me to do a bit more experimenting with what the software has to offer.
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent instruction preperation and delivery This instruction is a great time saver when coming from another DAW letting you get up to speed with a Reason mindset quickly.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Probably the best introduction to Reason out there! I've seen other paid series from Ask Video, ProducerTech etc, but none of them is so "to the point" and immediately applicable as this series. I keep referring back to sections of the series when I use Reason, so I use it as a reference guide, having downloaded it for offline use makes it even more useful. There's so much information packed into this series, and the pace is pretty fast, so expect to watch each section more than once! A good candidate for purchasing and downloading for offline use.
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Everything you wished you knew This course is a must for any Reason user
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Fast Talker This guy talks much too fast....OMG
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The guided tour to Reason Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and informative. Paul is one of my favourite music educators, so I can easily recommend this series!
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Super helpful and this will be my go to for any and all music software educational needs. Reason 10 explained is a straight to the point, no holds barred way to learn what you have been missing while working in this extremely powerful DAW. I've learned so much in the the first hour, I can't wait for the the whole thing to be absorbed!! Ugh........I'm going to be a production power house when I'm done!!
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow!!! I am a Reason beginner and this has been life changing! I watched many tutorial videos on youtube but was still feeling lost. This course doesn't compare to anything else. Paul is so clear and competent - he makes learning feel a lot less overwhelming. I am really appreciative of these videos and recommend them to anyone who wants to learn Reason. Thank you so much Paul and Groove3!
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great, even for seasoned users I’m a longtime Reason user, still it’s always good to look through some tut videos to refresh thinking and using the daw. Specially if the quality is at this level... thx
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! Very helpful!
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Probably one of the best Reason tutorials out there!!! Really easy to understand, full of useful tips, examples and great for beginners and advanced users!!!
Date published: 2019-01-10
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from reason 10 very well explained, this guy has a clear non irritating voice
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely perfect. Easy to understand, clearly and professional description of each and every point. More of that! very well made, absolutely on the point and narrated without those meanwhile common "uuuhhmm´s" and "ahhhmmm´s"- thats the way a real professional and informative product description has to be made. Thumbs up!!!
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Cool Have wanted to migrate to Reason but was waiting for a Reason Ten Explained (I realize an earlier version of Reason Explained would have served the purpose but decided to hold out) then I saw this; jumped at it while hoping that it would be presented by Paul Ortiz (have been through all his other Reason tutorials) he's the best...
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from best tutorial to learn reason! i have struggled with reason for a while. this tutorial has me excited to use this daw again! thanks!!
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Reason 10 Excellent videosu
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Newcomers to Reason, watch this! I find this to be a perfect example of how to give an overview of a program to newcomers (or people returning to the Reason fold like me!). The first time starting Reason 10 after having last used it at version 5 (!), all the big changes were kinda overwhelming. This tutorial series got me up to speed really quickly. Subjects are being brought clear, concise, never too long, never too short. The narration is clear and relaxed. This is the full five stars for me.
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is a well in depth course on Reason, I've been a Reason user for years and picked up some new tips and tricks.
Date published: 2018-12-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very thorough... This is a tutorial by a guy who obviously knows his stuff. I remember using Reason way back in version 2, and have dabbled on and off since then. However, I have never been able to fully come to grips with it and often found the sequencer clunky. That said, it has always been really fun to play with for sound design. After watching this tutorial I think I might be ready to give it another shot.

As I said in my title, this tutorial is very thorough despite being an introduction to Reason. A lot of introductory tutorials cover their subjects in a very surface level manner, but not here. Hell, I even learned some general stuff about mixing along the way. Awesome, awesome stuff.

Date published: 1969-12-31
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