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Working with VSTs in Reason

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6 Videos | Length: 47min 17sec
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    The Basics

    Take a look at how to add and manage VSTs to Reason, as well as cover the basics such as adding instruments and effects to the rack.

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    Insert & Send FX

    Paul explores and explains the Insert FX section of the Mix channel, including macro programming, as well as creating Send FX, Automating Parameters and Configuring VSTs as a Multi-Out device.

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    Intro to CV

    Paul now shows you how to use Virtual Control Voltage to sequence notes and control VST parameters with the CV programmer.

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    CV Continued & Audio Routing

    Paul now reveals how to use utility devices to generate CV signals, as well as how to use Reason's flexible audio routing to create a Side Chaining Effect.

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    The Combinator Pt. 1

    Discover the Combinator and how it works with your VSTs to create everything from simple layered sounds to key splits, to full melody sections that you can arrange on the fly with your control surface.

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    The Combinator Pt. 2

    In this final video we'll look at how to build a drum machine out of DUNE 2, as well as how to construct a four voice poly-synth where every voice is an individual Serum patch!

Product Overview


Studio guru Paul Ortiz brings you an in-depth look at using VST plug-ins inside Reason 9.5 or higher. See everything you need to know, plus cool tips and tricks that will make using VST plug-ins even better, now that you can use them in Reason.

Paul starts with the basics, such as how to add and access your VST plug-ins on your computer and Reason, and then how to call them up inside Reason and load them into a Rack.

Next, you’ll explore using VSTs in Reason as Insert and Send FX, including Macro Programming, Automating Parameters and Configuring VSTs as a Multi-Out device.

You’ll then get a crash course on using Control Voltage or CV within Reason to control your VST plug-ins, and more advanced ideas such as how to use Reason's flexible audio routing to create a Side Chaining Effect.

Then you’ll discover cool ways to use Reason’s Combinator device to create everything from simple layered sounds to key splits, to full melody sections that you can arrange on the fly with your control surface.

Wrapping it up, you’ll see how to build a drum machine out of DUNE 2, as well as how to construct a four voice poly-synth where every voice is an individual Serum patch!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re ready to get the most out of your VST plug-ins inside Reason 9.5 or higher, this is the one to watch!


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Working with VSTs in Reason is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Relevant and to the point.
Date published: 2019-09-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from another great tutorial from Paul Ortiz in-depth look at under-the-hood Reason functionality. Very well explained.
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good Series Very good series for using VSTs in Reason
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpfull educative, eyes opener
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Yikes Holy crap. I'm not even close to touching anything I just saw in this video. This was just so mind opening and jaw dropping. I'm literally stunned.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very well done and easy to understand a typically example of how to do teaching videos that give lots of easy to understand information spoken in a very professional manner. perfect, guys! thanks
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Critical Info This is one of those "must see" videos if you intend to use Reason going forward in a serious way. It is the addition of the ability to use VSTs in Reason that has brought it up an order of magnitude in professional usefulness. So if you want to get the very best you can do out of Reason at the professional level you MUST employ VSTs. This is a GREAT first overview and is also pretty "side" info-rich.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A good intro A good intro to what can be achieved.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you, thank you, thank you Much needed intro tutorial to the awesome power just added to Reason. My opinion, it has made Reason the number one DAW out there, but tutorials/manuals on how to use are mostly not developed yet. For example, I spent half a day trying to route multiple instruments in one version of Kontakt to separate MIDI channels (only to come to same conclusion as Paul). Just watching gives me ideas and opens up the world of Reason to me. More please!!!!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Incredible Information Hi Paul....absolutely loved the tutorial. I am slowly unpacking the possibilities but I am going to have to view the material a few more times to digest the amount of information. Excited to travel this journey with you. It's giving me the courage to move outside my technical comfort zone.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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