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Reason 5 Explained®

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1



    Quick explanation of what to expect from the Reason 5 Explained series.

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    Tutorial 2

    Reason Installation


    See how and where you should install Reason 5 to your computer.

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    Tutorial 3

    Registration & Setup


    See how to enter your serial number, authorization code, and register online easily.

Your Preferences

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    Tutorial 4

    General Preferences


    Learn what tweaks you can make to help Reason run smoothly on your system.

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    Tutorial 5

    Audio Preferences


    See how to dial in your sound card settings in Reason for optimal performance.

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    Tutorial 6

    Keyboard & Control Surfaces


    Learn to setup your MIDI keyboard and or controller to work properly with Reason so you can begin to record.

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    Tutorial 7

    Advanced Preferences


    Explore configuring and using external MIDI gear with Reason 5.

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    Tutorial 8

    Computer Keyboard Preferences


    Learn how to customize your computer keyboard with Reason 5 to operate best for you.

Getting Comfortable with Reason

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    Tutorial 9

    Open, Close, Create, & Save


    Learn the important basic Reason 5 song management functions.

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    Tutorial 10

    Rack Overview


    Discover how to adjust the different Rack views and how to add devices and more.

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    Tutorial 11

    The Sequencer Pt. 1


    Learn about the different modes of the Reason 5 sequencer, as well as its tools and what they can do for you.

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    Tutorial 12

    The Sequencer Pt. 2


    See what the Track List area has in store for you. Learn about lanes, tracks and get a quick introduction to Lane Automation.

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    Tutorial 13

    The Sequencer Pt. 3


    Discover the Edit and Arrange pane found in the sequencer area. The playhead, loop points, and snap function will play an important part of your song writing process.

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    Tutorial 14

    The Transport Panel Pt. 1


    See how to control Reason 5 from the Transport Panel and how to change tempo, engage the click track, and read the indicators and more.

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    Tutorial 15

    The Transport Panel Pt. 2


    Watch how to automate different things in Reason 5 including Tempo and how to use your Transport Track to automate various parameters.

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    Tutorial 16

    Monitoring Your Audio


    Explore the Reason 5 Hardware Interface and how to use the Audio I/O, Big Meter, and Advanced MIDI view options.

Starting Your Musical Journey

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    Tutorial 17

    Makin Some Noise


    See how to create an instrument and or effect, learn basic routing so you can run your devices into the mixer and more.

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    Tutorial 18

    Recording MIDI


    Discover the basics of recording and playing back MIDI data in Reason 5.

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    Tutorial 19

    Recording Automation


    Explore how to record automation for volume fades, pans and other parameters.

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    Tutorial 20

    Loop Recording


    Learn how to make more than one pass over a recording using the Loop Recording feature.

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    Tutorial 21

    Copy Pattern to Track


    Explore how to get those complicated patterns from a pattern based device into the main sequencer window so you can further edit them.

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    Tutorial 22

    Copy Loop to Track


    Discover how to edit Rex files in the main sequencer window after utilizing the Copy Loop to Track function.

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    Tutorial 23

    The Browser


    See how to find that certain instrument or effect using Reason's powerful browser functions.

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    Tutorial 24

    Creating an Instrument


    Go deeper in to the instrument creation process and see what you need to do to get that exact instrument you were looking for.

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    Tutorial 25

    Explore, Save & Load Patches


    Once you create that awesome sound, you'll want to save it for future use. Watch and learn how in this video.

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    Tutorial 26

    Initialize Patch


    When you begin creating those instruments from scratch, you'll want to start with a clean slate. This video shows you how.

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    Tutorial 27

    Basic Routing


    Discover all the different possibilities when routing things in Reason. LEarn the important basics first.


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    Tutorial 28

    Spider Merger & Splitter


    Discover how to get creative with the advanced routing options offered by the Spider Merger and Splitter dives in Reason.

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    Tutorial 29

    The Synths


    Learn about the different synths that Reason offers, and what each is about, and get inspired as you hear some the sounds they can make.

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    Tutorial 30

    The Samplers


    The samplers in Reason are excellent for pro's and beginners alike. In this video you'll learn what a sampler is and how to get it working for your applications.

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    Tutorial 31

    Dr. OctoRex


    New to Reason 5, learn the geography of the Dr OctoRex and how to import REX files into it and export them out.

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    Tutorial 32



    Although this is a golden oldie, the ReDrum sill holds its own when it comes to pattern based percussion. Learn the geography of this amazing unit and how to manipulate parameters such as pitch, length and start points and more.

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    Tutorial 33



    Another new addition to Reason 5, the Kong device offers a wide range of sample playback possibilities. Learn all about the unit and the effects that can be used within it.

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    Tutorial 34

    Nurse n Nano


    With the introduction of Kong comes a few new tools within the device; Nurse Rex and the NN-Nano Sampler. These two units units give you have the ability to sample, re-sample, load REX files and manipulate all type of parameters. Watch how.

Live Sampling Is Easy

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    Tutorial 35

    Easy Sampling


    Reason 5 offers the ability to sample live sounds on the fly. Learn which units are capable of this new function in addition to how to use the sample edit window.

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    Tutorial 36



    Explore how to route your device so that you can properly re-sample your instrument to make a whole new sound.

Doing Your Own Thing

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    Tutorial 37

    The Combinator


    Once you've created your own instrument from scratch you might want to combine all the elements used for that instrument. Learn how to do this process with the Combinator device.

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    Tutorial 38

    The ReGroove Mixer


    Learn all about the ReGroove Mixer and how to create some variations of your idea using its features and functions.

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    Tutorial 39



    Watch and become a master of the powerful arpeggiation tool found within Reason 5, creating out of this world keyboard parts.

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    Tutorial 40

    The Matrix


    See how Reason's Matrix device offers you the ability to create patterns quickly and easily, similar to the old ReBirth software sequencer.

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    Tutorial 41

    Spider CV Merger


    See how to manipulate all types of parameters on other devices via the Spider CV Merger. You'll get an introduction on how to make some exciting vibes and sound based on this expressive tool.


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    Tutorial 42

    ReWire into Logic


    For those times when you might want to mix your new masterpiece in Logic, you'll need to ReWire Reason to do so. This video walks you through the process of getting those awesome Reason sounds into Logic.

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    Tutorial 43

    ReWire into Pro Tools


    Learn a couple of different ways to get Reason rewired into your Pro Tools session quickly and easily.

The End

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    Tutorial 44

    Wrap it Up


    In this video you'll see how the Blocks function works in addition to some of the other topics covered in past videos. See and hear how you can reassemble your existing song to come up with a totally new montage of sound.

If you're new to Reason 5, this is the ultimate guide to get up and running and making music! DAW mad man Scott Griggs takes you step by step from the beginning, all the way to making your first track.

Scott teaches you the beginner the important basics such as installation, registration, authorization, audio setup and configuration, and then goes into song management, rack and sequencer overviews as well as recording and playing back MIDI, automation, routing, device and instrument overviews and so much more.

If you want to incorporate the powerful Reason 5 into your production arsenal and are not sure how to use it, start here and learn it right from the beginning. Scott will have you running Reason 5 like a veteran in no time. Get Reason 5 Explained today.

Submitted 1 month ago

Another excellent video even though its an much earlier version

Scott is a wonderful instructor he main gold is to explain items with simple ease and example you can not go wrong with groove3 tutorial videos. A quality and standard thats is seconds to none.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase, Reason, Reaper

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Very Hopeful

This helped me to remember because I haven't used Reason in awhile.

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Submitted 7 months ago

Great Great Great

very powerful really Great one

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

The earliest memory I have is when I was 7 years old - I got my first guitar. When I was 9 I got my first keyboard.

2. What training have you had?

Mostly self-trained; however, I was the drum major in high school (playing alto sax & drums/percussion), and majored in music for a short time.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was around 10 years old I started to basic multi-tracking with my dual tape deck stereo. I would record a keyboard part; move that cassette into the other deck and do a playback while recording a new part into the "record" deck. Voila! Ghost tracks were something I hated back then!!

4. People you have worked with/for?

Let's see ... there was that fast food joint, the grocery store, the bolt company, the theater ...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

OK, how much did my mom pay you to say that I'm "good"? I guess it's because I try to have fun while showing folks what to do. If I get bored while making a video, I'm quite sure that the viewer will not be too stoked to watch it. I want people to feel like they could kick off their shoes, relax, and watch a video where they might learn something.

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Reason 5 Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another excellent video even though its an much earlier version Scott is a wonderful instructor he main gold is to explain items with simple ease and example you can not go wrong with groove3 tutorial videos. A quality and standard thats is seconds to none.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Hopeful This helped me to remember because I haven't used Reason in awhile.
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