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The Polar Dual Pitch Shifter is a great tool for keyboard players, singers, and mix engineers alike. Guitarists, on the other hand, have embraced harmony effect devices like this for over thirty years and so for them Polar is even more of a welcomed addition to the Reason rack. In this Getting Started tutorial, we take a look at the basics of the Polar Dual Pitch Shifter and show guitarists some of the amazing versatility it can add to their playing. Guitarist or not, everyone can learn a thing or two about Polar from this introduction tutorial.
From recording guitar with hip hop legends like Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to touring with Salvador Santana, and even in his own solo albums, Jared Meeker is a powerhouse player with flawless technique and flawless tone.
Jared has applied a guitarists mentality to the Reason rack by creating Combinators that integrate with his Line 6 FBV Shortboard MkII foot controller. The result is a stompbox pedal board more powerful than you could ever dream of… and requiring far fewer 9V batteries!
But don’t just listen to Jared’s killer tones, try them out yourself! He has provided every patch he shows in this video’s 4 songs and we decided to add to the collection with a few of our own favorites as well. With patches from Jared Meeker, James Bernard, Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Ryan Harlin, and Gary Bromham you’ll have a nice collection of new tones to rock out with in our exclusive “Strum and Thumb” mini ReFill!
By Matt Piper
Welcome to the first article in the Record U series – this article will teach basic techniques for recording electric guitar, with information about mic’ing guitar amps, and also recording directly into Reason with no microphones or amplifiers at all, using Reason’s built-in Line 6 Guitar Amp device. Lets get started with some general tips for recording your guitar amp!
Use a flashlight
In many combo amplifiers, the speaker is not actually in the center of the cabinet, and may not be easily visible through the grill cloth. In this case, shining a flashlight through the grill cloth should allow you to easily see the position of the speaker so you can place your microphone accurately.
For years I’ve experimented with MIDI guitar with mixed results (so much hardware, yikes!). After getting Reason I’ve decided to dust that guitar controller off and see what damage can be done.
Hooking it up
A lot of people starting out on MIDI guitar use it where every string transmits out on a common channel. After a short while sonically it becomes one dimensional. However, with your MIDI guitar set to “mono mode” each string transmits on its own separate MIDI channel. My Parker MidiFly transmits over channels 2-7 in this mode. The high E string transmits over channel 2, the B string transmits over channel 3, and so on. Check the manual for your controller to see how it is set up for transmitting over six different channels.
The great thing about using a MIDI guitar with Reason is that each string can go to a separate device that you create. Your low E can go to a Subtractor for bass sounds, while the A string can be sent to a Malstrom, D string to a NN-XT sampler, etc. When you have your controller set to this “mono mode” and you are connected to Reason thru a MIDI interface, you should be able to see six red lights lighting up individually on the “MIDI In Device.” This means you are set up correctly and ready to start creating!
Let’s start out with an empty rack, then create a mixer and a reverb. Next, let’s create a Subtractor and load in “Warm Pads” from the Factory Sound Bank > Subtractor > Pads folder. I usually start out by setting the Subtractor polyphony value to 1 to prevent extraneous notes. Pitch bend for now can be set at zero.
Next hold down the Shift and Options keys (for Mac) or Shift and Control (for PC), click on one end of the Subtractor’s rack “ears” and drag it down. Do this four more times and you’ve got six Subtractors with the same patch and settings, ready to be assigned. Now you can go up to the top of your rack and assign each individual string its own Subtractor by using the pull-down menus on the MIDI In Device. I usually rename the Subtractors after the string that they’ll be assigned to, like “E string,” “B string,” all the way down to “Low E string.”