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Voices of Reason Vol 1

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    Tutorial 1

    Powerful Drums Pt. 1


    In contemporary electronic genres such as Dubstep and Drum 'n' Bass, you need real power in your drums if you want your tracks to stand out and sound professional. In this video you'll learn how to route Reason's Kong Drum Designer for multitrack drum production. You'll then learn about EQing your kick and snare effectively and you'll watch Al start to build the basis of a simple Dubstep beat.

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    Tutorial 2

    Powerful Drums Pt. 2


    In part two you'll build on what you made in part one by adding a breakbeat to your Dubstep beat. You'll then explore parallel compression and side-chain compression, two very important production techniques which will really help fatten up your drums and allow them to cut through even when you've got a monster bass line on the track!

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    Tutorial 3

    Powerful Drums Pt. 3


    Explore drum production in a slightly different genre. In part 3 you'll get a re-cap of what you learnt in part 1 and you'll start programming a UK Funky / Tropical Bass drumbeat. Also discover some more tips and tricks that Kong has to offer including layering a snare and tom together for a fatter timbre.

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    Tutorial 4

    Powerful Drums Pt. 4


    In this video you'll continue making your tropical beat and learn new techniques in Kong, including making use of its pad's alternative 'hit modes' to trigger different samples or different sections of a REX loop. You'll then look at some of Kong's built in FX and it's ability to sample incoming audio by re-sampling some white noise. You'll also learn how to use parallel compression and side-chain compression to further enhance your beat like. By the time you're done you'll have a very funky and percussive beat with kick, snare, clap, hi-hat loop, tom fill, snare roll and filtered white noise.

The Voices of Reason are here! Reason super user Al Swettenham shows you in-depth production techniques as well as tips & tricks on creating authentic sounding productions in different genres. Vol 1 focuses on big, powerful drums in the styles of Dub Step and U.K. Tropical House.

Al starts of with importing drum samples and building your Reason rack with samplers, compressors, EQ's and effects. He then shows you how to program the beats, apply parallel compression, sidechain compression as well as how to EQ your drums to make them punchy and powerful.

If you want to make authentic radio sounding productions in Reason, this collection is an absolutely must see. Watch "Voices of Reason Vol 1" today.

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I am a: Beat Maker

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Submitted 4 months ago

would recommend

Excellent video very good step by step training

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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Troy Carpenter
Submitted 8 months ago

Very Helpful

Great explanation. Enjoyed listening.

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Submitted 10 months ago

Packed with Technique

Another great title by Swettenham!

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guitar player
Submitted 2 years ago

Great production tips

this tutorial gives you a lot of insight into how to produce tracks in reason by watching Al take you thru the process step by step ,, very informative ...

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've been dabbling in music for as long as I can remember in one way or another. As a toddler, my Dad used to sit me at the piano while he played and I'd just bash the keys! But it was in my early teens that I first started trying to write electronic music and learning to program MIDI. I wasn't great at it then but I really enjoyed it and I knew from then on that all I wanted to do was music. When I was 14 I made a CD of my own self made house tunes and persuaded them to sell it in my local record shop down the road. The tracks were pretty basic but I sold all 20 copies!

2. What training have you had?

I did an A-Level in Music Technology, it was pretty retro; we were recording onto analog tape with a Tascam MSR-16 and there were usually only about 8 or 9 channels on the 16 channel desk actually working at any given time! Then I did a BA (Hons) in Popular Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, they were a lot better equipped! I also spent a year working as a trainee studio engineer at ICC Studios, a great recording studio down on the south coast of England. That was really where I cut my teeth, learning to use with Pro-Tools and SADiE. It was hard work but also great fun. ICC was also where I learned the people skills necessary to be a studio engineer. Helping musicians feel comfortable and relaxed so they can give a great performance is a vital part of the job and those skills have come in very handy when working with vocalists on my own music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I first got into recording when I did my A-Level, before that I was really just making crude general midi tracks using a really basic version of Cubase called Cubasis AV. That was a really important step on the road to becoming a producer, before then I didn't really know how to use EQs and compressors effectively. Given that most of my experience up to that point had been teaching myself how to use various bits of software to write dance music, getting some proper training in micing up guitar cabs and drum kits, all using analogue equipment was really valuable.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I'm one third of Rebel Sonix, audio visual bass merchants based in Brixton, London. I joined after having done a few collabs and remixes with them over the last year. I've also worked with Adam Freeland, most notably on a dubstep remix of the James Bond theme for the launch of the videogame Goldeneye Reloaded. I've remixed several tracks by FeralisKinky, the UK's first ever white, female raga vocalist, and I remixed Delirious' last ever single before they broke up, which was a real honour since I remember going to their gigs as a teenager! Other artists I've worked with include Whiskey Pete, Adam Fielding, Steve Leach, Tom+Olly and You And What Army. I get approached quite a lot to do remixes and collabs and I try to do as much as I can, with the inevitable consequence that I'm always really busy!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've spent more than 10 years now learning about studio recording, computer composition and sound design and music production. As a producer I never stop learning because I'm always trying to improve my own production skills. I'm comfortable working in a diverse range of genres as well as a diverse range of software and plugins. I also believe I'm clear, concise and articulate (a trait I've absorbed via osmosis from my parents who are both teachers.) But most of all I'm really passionate about this stuff, music production is my life and when I discover something new I get really excited and want to tell people (just ask my wife!)

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