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Reason Instruments Explained® - Vol 2

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Chapter 1 : Instrument Overview

  • Overview of the Instruments 6:49

    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.

Chapter 2 : Selecting and Playing Instruments

  • Instrument Selection 2:57

    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.

  • Playing Instruments 7:26

    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.

  • Assigning Controls 8:08

    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.

  • Using Patches 4:11

    Using Patches

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

Chapter 3 : NN-19

  • NN-19: First Look 4:57

    NN-19: First Look

    Identifying and describing the sections of the NN-19's front panel and outlining the flow of audio through NN-19. Oscillator section, sample window, envelopes, LFOs and settings are all discussed.

  • NN-19: The Keymap 8:48

    NN-19: The Keymap

    An up-close look at the keymap and it's functions. Arranging and adjusting samples are discussed in detail.

  • NN-19: Sampling & Resampling 12:46

    NN-19: Sampling & Resampling

    Showing the process of creating a new instrument in NN-19, and how to resample a sound for further editing and arrangement. The basic principles of sampling in Reason 5, and the rear panel of the NN-19 are covered here as well.

  • NN-19: The Oscillator 3:50

    NN-19: The Oscillator

    A description of the driving oscillator for NN-19 and it's settings. Including the amp envelope and the oscillator's function within the synth.

  • NN-19: The Filter 4:02

    NN-19: The Filter

    A look at the filter, it's modes and settings and it's envelope settings. The LFO is also discussed here.

  • NN-19: Creative Possibilities 9:03

    NN-19: Creative Possibilities

    A few tips and tricks for the NN-19, as well as a description of the limitations and advantages of the NN-19 vs. the NN-XT such as parameter automation and sample start time.

Chapter 4 : NN-XT

  • NN-XT: First Look 5:26

    NN-XT: First Look

    An identifying look at the NN-XT. Including detailed descriptions of all of the sections and settings in the NN-XT and it's internal signal flow. Differences between NN-19 and NN-XT's handling of samples and layers are discussed here.

  • NN-XT: The Keymap 16:10

    NN-XT: The Keymap

    Learning about NN-XTs more advanced keymap and the concepts of zones and zone parameters, groups and group settings and assignments. Multiple output sections are covered here as well.

  • NN-XT: The Amp Section 2:57

    NN-XT: The Amp Section

    Looking briefly at the Amp section and it's special envelope as well as it's global settings and how they affect the current instrument.

  • NN-XT: Filter & Mods 4:57

    NN-XT: Filter & Mods

    Learning about the filter section, the mod envelope, the LFOs and the pitching options for each. Velocity and Mod Wheel settings are covered here as well.

  • NN-XT: Zone Parameters 10:20

    NN-XT: Zone Parameters

    A detailed description of all the zone parameters and how they are used within instruments. Techniques including looping, tuning and alternate sample triggering are covered here.

  • NN-XT: Creative Possibilities 12:30

    NN-XT: Creative Possibilities

    A collection of tips and tricks for the advanced NN-XT user to aid in the creation of both traditional and non-traditional patches and facilitate a better workflow in Reason 5.

Chapter 5 : ReDrum

  • ReDrum: First Look 6:21

    ReDrum: First Look

    Identifying and describing the various sections and settings of the Redrum's front panel. The pattern sequencer, channels, channel settings and unique qualities of Redrum are overviewed.

  • ReDrum: The Channels 8:56

    ReDrum: The Channels

    Learning about the three different types of channels in Redrum and their settings. Also discussed, loading samples and instruments.

  • ReDrum: The Pattern Sequencer 6:11

    ReDrum: The Pattern Sequencer

    An in-depth look at sequencing patterns, editing patterns and playing them in your tracks. Including a brief description of pattern editing and arrangement in the arrange window.

  • ReDrum: The Rear Panel 5:44

    ReDrum: The Rear Panel

    A look at using the individual outputs and gate controls to further advance knowledge of Redrum's inner workings and signal flow.

  • ReDrum: Creative Possibilities 7:57

    ReDrum: Creative Possibilities

    A few tips and tricks for out-of-the-box Redrum users. Techniques including gating, layering and pattern triggering are discussed here.

Chapter 6 : Dr. Octo Rex

  • Dr. Octo Rex: First Look 3:03

    Dr. Octo Rex: First Look

    A descriptive overview of the front panel sections available in Dr. Octo Rex. Including the loop window, envelopes, LFO and modulators. Working with REX loops is also briefly discussed here.

  • Dr. Octo Rex: The Loop Window 4:54

    Dr. Octo Rex: The Loop Window

    Learning about loading REX files, manipulating them and becoming familiar with the settings available in the loop window. Also, becoming familiar with the principles of slice-based loop manipulation.

  • Dr. Octo Rex: Slice Edit Mode 5:31

    Dr. Octo Rex: Slice Edit Mode

    Using slice edit mode to alter the REX files we have loaded into the Octo Rex on a per-slice basis. Settings, parameters and techniques are discussed in-depth. The multi-slice output section of the rear panel is discussed here as well.

  • Dr. Octo Rex: Manipulating Loops 7:50

    Dr. Octo Rex: Manipulating Loops

    A look at how to use all 8 of Dr. Octo Rex's slots to manipulate loops in real-time as well as translating loops to MIDI data and editing MIDI-triggered slices through Edit mode in the arrange window.

  • Dr. Octo Rex: Global Settings 4:18

    Dr. Octo Rex: Global Settings

    Envelopes, the filter modes and settings, the LFO, the amp section and the performance modulators are all reviewed here in detail.

  • Dr. Octo Rex: Creative Possibilities 6:00

    Dr. Octo Rex: Creative Possibilities

    Exciting techniques using the Dr. Octo Rex and some of its hidden purposes. Techniques including gate triggering, ReGroove user groove definition and creative button assignments are discussed.

Chapter 7 : Kong

  • Kong: First Look 4:08

    Kong: First Look

    Learning to identify and use every part of Kong's front panel and learning the signal flow through the device. The different kinds of synth and sampling modules available and the effects options are described and named.

  • Kong: The Pads 12:59

    Kong: The Pads

    Learning about the functionality and purpose of the pads as well as understanding Kong's pad assignments and settings section.

  • Kong: Physical Modeling 9:56

    Kong: Physical Modeling

    An in-depth look at the 3 Physical Modeling modules in Kong. Including techniques to achieve popular and useful sounds.

  • Kong: Synth Modeling 5:42

    Kong: Synth Modeling

    An up-close view of all 4 Synth Modeling modules in Kong. Including techniques to achieve popular and useful sounds.

  • Kong: NN-Nano Sampler 6:23

    Kong: NN-Nano Sampler

    Looking at the playback of sampled material through the NN-Nano and it's multitude of settings and uses.

  • Kong: Nurse REX Loop Player 9:02

    Kong: Nurse REX Loop Player

    Looking at the mini-REX player inside Kong and it's trigger types, functions and settings. Learning how to use chunks and slices in Kong Kits.

  • Kong: The Effects 17:36

    Kong: The Effects

    The variety of effects modules and their parameters are covered here. Also, we look deeper at the bus routing, and master FX sections.

  • Kong: The Rear Panel 7:34

    Kong: The Rear Panel

    A closer look at Kong's rear panel, multiple output and external effects options. Including using the gate triggers and aux sends.

  • Kong: Creative Possibilities 8:41

    Kong: Creative Possibilities

    Looking deeper in Reason 5 and Kong to explore new possibilities and interesting methods of achieving the sound you want.

Product Overview


Vol 2 of the definitive guide to Reason's instruments is now available! If you want to know everything about Reason's powerful built-in instruments, stop right here.

In Volume 2, Sedric goes deep into all of Reason's built-in drum machine and sampler devices (Kong, ReDrum, NN-XT, NN-19 and Dr. Octo Rex) explaining all of their controls and features. He then breaks down section by section each device, showing you what every knob and button does with sonic examples so you see and hear what they actually do. Sedric then finishes up each instrument with a "creative uses" tutorial showing you interesting ways to use the devices 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 volumes 1 and 2 of Reason Instruments Explained.

If you use Reason and need to know your stuff, this series is what the doctor ordered... Get Reason Instruments Explained today.


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