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Reason Instruments Explained® - Vol 1

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Instrument Overview

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    Tutorial 1

    Overview of the Instruments


    A brief description of the nine different devices in Reason 5, (Thor, Malstrom, Subtractor, Kong, ReDrum, NN-XT, NN-19 , Dr. Octo Rex and the Combinator) and their functions within the program as well as the types of synthesis and sample playback they offer. Focusing upon describing and identifying the instruments.

Selecting and Playing Instruments

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    Tutorial 2

    Instrument Selection


    Looking at the instruments available in the Reason 5 Factory Sound Bank and how to choose from the selection to get your desired sound.

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    Tutorial 3

    Playing Instruments


    A description of the different ways in which synths can be played in Reason. Playing live with a MIDI controller, the on-screen keys in Reason 5, the RPG-8 arpeggiator, pattern sequencing and loop playback are all discussed to provide clarity to the distinct differences between devices.

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    Tutorial 4

    Assigning Controls


    Discussing the ways in which a MIDI keyboard, or a QWERTY keyboard can be used to control parameters and automate data through override mapping and controller assignments.

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    Tutorial 5

    Using Patches


    Looking at how to edit patches, save your own patches and use Reason's internal interface to manage your patch library.


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    Tutorial 6

    Subtractor: First Look


    An identification and detailed description of Subtractor's sections, settings and signal flow. Including the oscillator section, the filter section, the envelope section, the LFOs and the performance modulators.

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    Tutorial 7

    Subtractor: The Oscillators


    A look at the 2 oscillators in Subtractor, their waveforms and settings. Including Phase, Pitching, FM and Mix settings as well as keyboard tracking and the Noise oscillator.

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    Tutorial 8

    Subtractor: The Filters


    Learn about the filters, their types and settings, and their effect upon your sound.

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    Tutorial 9

    Subtractor: Envelopes & LFOs


    Exploring the 3 envelopes and 2 LFOs in Subtractor and their distinct routing and modulation capabilities.

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    Tutorial 10

    Subtractor: Inner Workings


    A deeper look inside Subtractors signal chain, performance modulation settings and rear panel/CV options.

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    Tutorial 11

    Subtractor: Creative Possibilities


    A few tips and tricks for making varied and interesting patches in Subtractor as well as lessons for new-found patch programmers.


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    Tutorial 12

    Malstrom: First Look


    Identifying and demystifying the sections of Malstrom's front panel. Including the oscillator section, filter/shaper section, modulation section and the various settings.

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    Tutorial 13

    Malstrom: The Oscillators


    Looking at the oscillators, their wave types and settings, as well as the envelopes, pitching, motion and indexing options available for each voice.

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    Tutorial 14

    Malstrom: The Filters


    A study of the filter and shaper section. The shaper types, filter types and functions of the knobs and buttons are discussed as well as routing options.

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    Tutorial 15

    Malstrom: The Modulators


    Learning about both modulation sections and how they shape the sounds in Malstrom, including some interesting combinations of modulation waves and settings to produce a wide variety of sound.

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    Tutorial 16

    Malstrom: The Inner Workings


    The global settings of the front panel and CV/ gate options of Malstrom's unique rear panel are discussed.

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    Tutorial 17

    Malstrom: Creative Possibilities


    A series of tricks and tips for programming more dynamic, interesting and playable patches in Malstrom.


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    Tutorial 18

    Thor: First Look


    Identification and descriptions of the various sections within Thor. Including the oscillator section, amp section, filter section, envelope and LFO section and the modulation matrix.

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    Tutorial 19

    Thor: The Oscillators Pt. 1


    An in-depth look at the Thor's oscillators, their various types and functions and examples of each oscillators potential uses.

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    Tutorial 20

    Thor: The Oscillators Pt. 2


    A look at how the oscillators interact with each other and the routing possibilities given by Thor, including the mixer section.

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    Tutorial 21

    Thor: The Filters


    A deeper look into Thor's filters and their types and settings as well as a brief description of the various principles of audio that each filter relies upon to shape sounds.

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    Tutorial 22

    Thor: Envelopes and LFOs


    Learning about using Thor's 4 available envelopes and 2 available LFOs to shape sounds and modulate settings from Thor's front panel.

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    Tutorial 23

    Thor: The Modulation Matrix Pt. 1


    Looking at sources, destinations and scaling to learn how to program in Thor's Modulation Matrix.

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    Tutorial 24

    Thor: The Modulation Matrix Pt. 2


    An in-depth look at the available sources for modulation. Learning to use the variety of sources to achieve our synthesis and sound design goals.

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    Tutorial 25

    Thor: The Modulation Matrix Pt. 3


    Looking deeper into the available destinations for modulation in the Modulation Matrix and learning to use them to get the sounds we want. Also, learning to route external audio through Thor's available inputs.

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    Tutorial 26

    Thor: The Step Sequencer


    Learning about Thor's Step Sequencer, CV inputs and outputs and how to program patterns for note and synth parameters. Also, looking at some of Thor's functions that can only be accessed through the Step Sequencer.

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    Tutorial 27

    Thor: Creative Possibilities


    A summary of some other tricks and tips for using Thor in a non-traditional manner. As well as some traditional, but useful, patch programming techniques.

The definitive guide to Reason's instruments is here. If you really want to know the ins and outs of Reason's amazing built-in instruments look no further.

In Volume 1, Sedric covers all 3 of Reason's built-in synth devices (Subtractor, Malstrom and Thor) in great detail giving you overviews of all the controls and features. He then goes section by section of each synth, explaining what every knob and button does with sonic examples so you see and hear what they actually do. Sedric then finishes up each synth with a "creative uses" tutorial showing you cool ways to use the synth as well as tips and tricks.

Also, as an added bonus for the new Reason user, Sedric has included 5 bonus videos covering general instrument overviews as well as how to select instruments and play them, assigning controls and using patches. We have included these videos in both Volume 1 and 2 of Reason Instruments Explained.

If you use Reason and really want to get the most out of its instrument devices, this collection will give you what you need to know... Get Reason Instruments Explained today.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I come from a family of casual musicians, mostly pianists. When I was very young, I learned to play piano, then forgot it all when I was teenager and then discovered guitar and bass...

2. What training have you had?

Formal training? Almost none. But I've made every mistake one could make in the world of recording and learned from every one of them. I've also had the privilege of interning with some very knowledgable studio techs and engineers and consider that a very valuable education.

3. When did you get into recording?

As a teen in the 90's, my band needed a way to get our music on CD, but our budget was very limited. We pooled our parent's money and bought a cheap Tascam 4-track tape recorder. Since I was the resident geek, it was my job to figure out how to record a 5-piece band with only 4 tracks and 2 SM57s. When I discovered overdubbing, my mind was officially blown. Then I discovered software and digital recording and became an instant lifelong addict.

4. People you have worked with/for?

The vast majority of my work as an engineer, studio tech or producer has been for projects I was personally involved in, or for close friends. However, I have had the opportunity to work with several notable Bay Area studios over the years. Including a bit of work at the Wash House, famous for their work with late rapper Mac Dre.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I consider the pursuit of knowledge a lifelong journey, and I've always been willing to share what I know with others... Perhaps to a fault. I've been known to speak at length on subjects for which there is no justifiable reason to know so much... I just enjoy teaching, and enjoy digital recording. I think the only things you need to train are knowledge and passion, and I'd like to believe that I have those in spades!

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Date published: 2017-07-27
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Date published: 2017-05-07