Pro Tools users will surely know the name McDSP. They’ve been producing plugins for Native and HD systems that are some of the most respected and desired out there. And when you hear them it’s easy to see why. McDSP’s attention to fidelity and sonic character is second to none. Now the legendary McDSP sound joins the Reason rack with three new Rack Extensions. We spoke with Colin McDowell, the McD in McDSP, to learn about what brought him over to Reason and what he’s got in the works.
He makes it look easy and in some sense it is but Jérôme Tissot, better known as Muttonheads, is a master of infectious hooks and banging club synth sounds. Don’t take our word for it, he’s got the #1 hits to prove the point. In this special artist interview from France, Muttonheads walks us through his custom mastering suite and his latest hit “Snow White” track by track to see just how it works. His studio is built around his Reason rack and Muttonheads uses it to great effect indeed!
Having worked with Madonna, Billy Idol, Marcus Miller, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and many, many more—Dave Isaac has some truly impressive credits under his belt. Not only that, he’s earned 3 Grammy Awards too! In the studio, Reason plays an important part of his productions.
Want to find out more about his approach to music production? Then read on below.
Robert Anselmi, the man behind Reason101, has just released a very comprehensive book called Reason 101 Visual Guide to the Reason Rack. We just got a copy sent to us and really like it. Every device is covered in great detail and there are tons of useful sound design tutorials. There are even sections dedicated to specific Rack Extensions!
We liked it so much that we convinced Rob to share a tutorial from the book for free, exclusively here on the blog! Click the icon below to download a .pdf version of the chapter “Creating Kick Drums”
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It was the the year 2002. The British Empire lay in ruins, Linkin Park won MTVs Video Music Award for Best Rock Video and George W Bush was two years into his first term as the President of the United States. These were grim years… At Propellerhead Software, we were hard at work trying to come up with something to break the doom and gloom. Something to bring a little Christmas spirit to Reason racks all over the world.
After much consideration, we launched a simple Xmas music competition. Each Reason user could compose eight bars of Christmas music at 120 bpm. We also handed out a rex loop of sleigh-bellish jingle jangle (actually, it was Ernst’s weird leg-or-arm-mounted jingly contraption that we recorded for Dan’s 1999 xmas app – ReXmas) that was optional to use in the Christmas composition.
When the loops had been submitted, the users could vote for the top loops, some fancy prizes were handed out… and there was much rejoicing.
But the best was yet to come: taking all the 176 xmas loops and splicing them together into a hellish 47 minute musical marathon that we shared with the users and that we have enjoyed here at the office around xmas time ever since.
And now we think it’s time to share this holiday spirit gem with all of you again. Enjoy!