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Reason Grain Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    4:53

    Thomas introduces the series and briefly outlines the interface of the Grain synthesizer. He also provides a brief explanation of granular synthesis and how it processes audio samples material.

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    Tutorial 2

    Audio Sampler & Motion Modes

    10:15

    Thomas begins his discussion on the Grain synthesizer by covering how to load and edit audio in the audio sampler. He also breaks down the audio motion modes in the synthesizer's sampler section that are used to playback audio.

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    Tutorial 3

    Granular Oscillator Pt. 1

    8:27

    In this video, Thomas covers the tape mode, long grains mode, and the grain oscillator mode on the synth. Thomas explains the controls on each of the different modes and shows how they can be used to change the sound of a synth patch.

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    Tutorial 4

    Granular Oscillator Pt. 2

    5:39

    In the second part of this video, Thomas discusses the spectral grains oscillator mode and shows how it can be used to alter samples in the synthesizer. He gives an explanation of spectral synthesis and the controls on the oscillator mode.

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    Tutorial 5

    Pitch Controls & Sub Oscillator

    5:34

    This video covers the pitch controls for the oscillator section of the synth. Additionally, Thomas talks about how to uses the sub oscillators to add additional frequency content to sounds. He discusses the controls on the sub osc, the waveforms, and the modulation controls.

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    Tutorial 6

    Oscillator Audio Routing

    2:56

    Learn how the audio on the synthesizer can be routed from the oscillators to the different parts of the synthesizer, as well as how to control the volume of the sub oscillator.

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    Tutorial 7

    Filter Modes

    6:37

    In this video, Thomas talks about the synthesizer's filter modes, filter controls, and how to use the envelope to control the filter's frequency cutoff.

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    Tutorial 8

    Amplifier Envelope

    7:59

    Learn how to use Grain's audio amplifier envelope to sculpt the volume of a synth sound. In this video, Thomas covers the basics of adsr envelopes and gives an example of how the audio envelope can be uses to create different synth sounds. This video also covers the gain controls, velocity scaling, and pan features in the amplifier section of Grain.

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    Tutorial 9

    Advanced Modulation Envelope

    8:40

    Follow Thomas as he discusses how to use the advanced modulation envelope on the Grain synth. He first gives an overview of the envelope's controls and then show how to map the envelope to the filter.

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    Tutorial 10

    Low Frequency Oscillators

    9:13

    In this video, Thomas breaks down the low frequency oscillator section of the synth. Then, he covers the different lfo waves forms, speed controls, as well as the playback features. He also shows how the lfo can be mapped to the pitch and volume controls of the synth to create a rotary speaker style effect.

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    Tutorial 11

    Modulation Bus

    6:12

    Learn how the modulation bus can be used to create advanced modulations and audio routings. In this video, Thomas uses the modulation bus to show how one can control both the filter frequency and pitch of the synthesizer via an lfo, opening up complex modulation possibilities for sound design.

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    Tutorial 12

    Audio FX Pt. 1

    9:47

    Thomas covers the effects controls on the Grain synth, using a patch from the Reason Factory Soundbank as an example. First, he covers the modulation effects, then the distortion and equalizer units.

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    Tutorial 13

    Audio FX Pt. 2

    8:53

    In this second video on the effects section of the Grain synth, Thomas talks about the delay, compressor, and reverb units. He also gives an overview of the various controls on each unit.

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    Tutorial 14

    Additional Features

    13:14

    In this video, Thomas warps up the discussion on the features of the synth by covering voicing controls and key modes. He also shows how an external a pulsar lfo and be used to controls the internal parts of the synthesizer via control voltage. Then he also shows how the synthesizer's internal envelopes can be used to control an instance of the Audiomatic Retro Transformer in Reason's rack.

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    Tutorial 15

    808 Bass Patch

    7:41

    Learn how to use Grain to re-synthesizer a kick drum into a pitched 808 kick. This patch makes uses of the attack and textures of the kick sample, as well as a sub oscillator, to create a fat sounding kick.

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    Tutorial 16

    Melodic Synth Patch

    9:48

    In this video, Thomas shows how to make a melodic arpeggio and chords patch by combining the sub oscillator with a kalimba sample. He also shows how to create evolving textures by using the motion envelope to control the audio sample's playback.

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    Tutorial 17

    Lead Synth Patch

    8:35

    Thomas takes a sample from a classic vintage synthesizer and transforms it into cinematic sounding a granular lead.

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    Tutorial 18

    Ambient Bass Synth Patch

    10:09

    Learn how to make a textured bass sound, by using granular synthesis for the top end texture with the sub oscillator to provide bass harmonics for the sound.

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    Tutorial 19

    Ambient Pad Synth Patch

    9:06

    In this final video, Thomas shows how to make an ambient pad sound by using a sample from the Reason Factory Soundbank. This patch makes use of granular synthesis, as well as the effects section of the synth to create a ambient pad sound.

Thomas Cochran presents an in-depth look at Propellerhead’s Grain virtual granular synth. Learn all of its features and functions as well as interesting sound design techniques allowing you to fully command this powerful synth.

Thomas starts off by welcoming you and then briefly outlines the interface of the Grain synthesizer, as well as provides a brief explanation of granular synthesis and how it processes audio sample material.

Thomas then proceeds to go through every section of Grain in full detail, including the Audio Sampler & Motion Modes, the Granular Oscillator, Pitch Controls and Sub Oscillator, Audio Routing, Filters, Amp Envelopes and Modulation, LFOs, Audio FX and much, much more.

You’ll then see how to use Grain creatively with videos on sound design, making an 808 Bass patch, Melodic Synth patch, Lead Synth patch, Ambient Bass Synth patch, and Ambient Pad Synth patch all from scratch.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to Reason’s powerful granular synth Grain or just want to know more, this series will take you from zero to hero… Watch “Reason Grain Explained®” today.

Jackson
Submitted 2 months ago

Magnificent!!

This video not only does a great job explaining Reason's new synth, Grain - it really is well done - it also provided a simple but meaningful explanation of how general synthesis works. Unlike a lot of videos on synths, this one takes the time to let you hear how every little tweak changes to sound. That was immensely helpful. I would have learned synthesis a long time ago if all those other videos had been as good as this one.

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Thomas Cochran electronic musician and multi instrumentalist from Austin Texas, who now lives in Los Angeles. He focuses on creating electronic music that features both ambient and classical influences.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing music at a young age, starting with classical guitar. This started my love for music and eventually expanded into learning other instruments as well. To date, I have had over ten years of classical experience and training as well as additional instrumental experience.

2. What training have you had?

I grew up studying classical guitar and composition and eventually started applying my classical knowledge to learning other instruments as well, ranging from violin, cello, keys, and drums.

3. When did you get intro recording?

I got into recording out of necessity when me and some friends started a band back in high school and couldn't afford studio time. Through this, I learned about music production and recording and haven't looked back since.

4. Why are you so good at training people?

I love learning about the technical aspects of music production, this helps me understand the how music production works under the hood. I have also worked for several years creating music production tutorials online.

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    Reason Grain Explained

    Thomas Cochran presents an in-depth look at Propellerhead’s Grain virtual granular synth. Learn all of its features and functions as well as interesting sound design techniques allowing you to fully command this powerful synth.

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Reason Grain Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Magnificent!! This video not only does a great job explaining Reason's new synth, Grain - it really is well done - it also provided a simple but meaningful explanation of how general synthesis works. Unlike a lot of videos on synths, this one takes the time to let you hear how every little tweak changes to sound. That was immensely helpful. I would have learned synthesis a long time ago if all those other videos had been as good as this one.
Date published: 2018-03-03