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Reason 10 Production Tricks & Tips

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    Building Synth Kits with Kong

    This video will look at using Kong as a CV nerve centre to trigger synths in place of its built-in drum modules.

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    NN Nano Glitch Drums

    Using the NN Nano, learn how to create a patch that selects drum samples from a random pool for glitch style drums.

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    Randomized Beat Slicing with Kong

    Next up, see how to set up Kong as a beat slicer ready to drag and drop loops onto for 8 or 16 chunk slicing.

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    Grain as a Loop Player

    Grain can do a lot more than make pads, and in this video you'll discover how to use tape style tempo matching, as well as tape stops and granular tempo sync'd loop playback.

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    Randomizing Top Loops in ReDrum

    ReDrum's random pattern generator can be an excellent source of quick rhythmical inspiration. Discover how to use it and bounce the results to MIDI.

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    Getting 16 Channels of Multi-Out

    See how to overcome the 8 stereo channel limitation with this simple but effective workflow trick using Kong, and also VST instruments.

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    Polyphonic CV

    Using a free rack extension, watch how to hook up multiple Matrix devices to a single synth for full polyphonic playback.

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    Sidechaining with Audio

    In this video, re-visit sidechaining methods and see how to use the FX sends of the master section to distribute sidechain keying.

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    Building a CV Sidechainer

    Following on from the previous video, discover how to build a CV powered volume ducking machine using Grain as an envelope generator.

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    Pattern to Track with Rack Extensions

    Rack extensions don't have the ability to copy patterns to tracks (yet), but using the combinator and players it's possible to get around this with a simple workaround.

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    Using Players in Combinators

    Nesting players inside of a combinator is a fantastic way of creating layered auto-accompany style patches to kick start your song ideas.

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    Using Alter Notes to Modify Arpeggios

    See how using arpeggio playback automation and altering notes with the toolbox is a great way to liven up static arpeggio sequences.

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    External MIDI Instruments & Delay Compensation

    In this video you'll learn how to compensate for the delay between Reason and external MIDI devices using groove lanes to introduce negative track delay.

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    Europa & Grain Freeform Envelops & Mod Sync

    Explore a couple of little known Europa and Grain features to draw your own wavetables and grain playback envelopes, as well as tempo sync the rate of modulation effects.

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    Internal Sampling Pt. 1

    Learn how to record the live output of any device in Reason directly to an audio track for a "hardware style" approach to recording to capture unexpected ideas.

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    Internal Sampling Pt. 2

    Continuing on from the previous video, see how to use the I/O section to sample the output of any device directly onto Kong patches for an MPC style workflow.

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    Internal Sampling Pt. 3

    Using Mix Channels as record sources can be a great way to save on CPU when using hungry devices that require low latency, such as guitar amp simulators. Using this method, set up a virtual guitar processor inside Reason and record wet direct to any audio channel.

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    Mix Channels as Sends

    Nesting effects inside Mix Channels as send effects gives you access to the SSL's macro features, sidechaining and full EQ and is a fantastic way to use the send FX section.

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    Thor as an Audio Processor

    Old devices can still be taught new tricks! Discover how to set Thor up as a filter, gate and envelope programmer for external audio.

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    Using Note Echo to Correct Patch Tuning

    This final trick will help you re-pitch incorrectly tuned presets without having to use MIDI transposition or edit the patches themselves.

Product Overview


This is it. If you want to learn some of the coolest tips and tricks for Propellerhead’s Reason, look no further. Reason guru Paul Ortiz reveals some of his favorite production nuggets that are sure to open your eyes and your mind when producing with Reason.

Paul begins with tutorials on a broad range of production topics such as building synth kits with Kong, NN Nano glitch drums, randomized beat slicing with Kong, using Grain as a loop player, and randomizing top loops in ReDrum.

Then, jump to inspirational workflow and CV usage tutorials covering topics such as polyphonic CV techniques, CV sidechaining, setting up 16 channels of multi-outputs, Rack Extension and Combinator tricks and more.

Moving on, Paul shows you how to alter notes to modify arpeggios, how to compensate for the delay created when using external MIDI devices, and drawing your own wavetables and grain playback envelopes for Europa and Grain virtual instruments.

You’ll then get 3 videos dedicated to slick internal sampling techniques, including how to record the output of any device in Reason to an audio track for that “hardware style” approach to recording and capturing ideas, using the I/O section to sample the output of any device directly onto Kong pads for an MPC style workflow, and how to utilize Mix Channels as record sources, when using hungry CPU devices that require low latency, such as guitar amp simulators.

Wrapping it all up, Paul reveals creative techniques for nesting effects inside Mix Channels as send effects for better flexibility, using Thor as an audio processor, and using Note Echo to correct patch tuning!

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more detailed info. If you’re a Propellerheads Reason user, this collection of videos are truly a no-brainer… Watch “Reason 10 Production Tricks & Tips” now.


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Reason 10 Production Tricks & Tips is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All Killer No..... Paul Ortiz' tutorials work for me. He gets so much info across in a most concise and clear way. There are a great deal of invaluable tips, delivered with perfect diction.
Date published: 2020-08-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Masterclass Wow! Just... Wow! Paul is a genious!!
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Stuff!!! This helped me out so much. Thank you!!
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This one’s a winner After initially skipping around and viewing several of the topics, it was clear that these is the most helpful and well presented tutorial I’ve come across. Reason is my main DAW and I’d call myself a power user. Even so, Paul is a pleasure to follow and I felt inspired by a few tricks right away.
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Incredible I just went from video to video not stopping to try and do. He flies through the info, but it's all there so I decided to just enjoy it the first go around and now that I've finished all videos, I plan on going back methodically through each one and extract what IMHO is huge amount of Reason wisdom. Excellent!!!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Learned a lot from this. Hope to see more like this in the future!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another Golden HIT Paul is nothing short of special. He is so good at what he is doing and showing, it's actually rather scary. I keep saying we need like a master class of waves mercury or vocal sessions or hip hop sessions and Paul needs to be the author for those videos. I don't care what you make but man keep Paul coming cause he owns it.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiration bomb! These are incredibly Inspiring and useful tips! One of the best tutorials I've ever seen on any topic! Highly recommend it to anyone involved with sound design, music for videos/games or any modern style of music.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Title More Reason tutorials with Paul Ortiz, please.
Date published: 2018-03-24
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