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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“Creating Kick Drums“
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!
In the spirit of the holiday season, I have put together a free ReFill as a gift for all you Radical Piano and Radical Keys owners out there!
Stuff your stocking with a handful of exclusive Combinator patches that show just how far you can take these Radical Instruments when you layer them with everything from synths to samples. Perfect for getting inspired when you can finally sit down and make some music during the holidays. Listen to how it sounds in the SoundCloud player and, most of all, enjoy!
Terry Bozzio is one amazing drummer. He’s played with countless musicians and constellations, including Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. Terry doesn’t only play the drums though! For his own compositions he often turns to Reason.
How do you approach music making in Reason?
I use reason in so many different ways. Sometimes I just search through sounds until I find something I like & then create around that sound. When I use a keyboard I always like to try the sounds at the lowest & highest registers (where the sounds were not designed to be played) to find unique effects I can compose with. I like using the keyboard to get human or loose phrasing without quantization. On the other hand, I have used no keyboard & just use the MIDI sequencer to punch in notes one at a time. I’ve composed many classical pieces this way. I find it much like working a crossword puzzle! It has to make sense vertically & horizontally!