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NU.F.O. stands for Newly Formed Objective and that objective for Boston residents Moses and EP1C is to combine their past experience creating music across nearly all styles and genres into a whole new electronic animal. If you listen to their catalog of releases, you’ll find it filled with House, Drum & Bass and Electro beats with vocals at the forefront, sung by both of NU.F.O.’s members: Moses & EP1C. Their vocal style has roots in Hip Hop, Pop, Rock and even R&B with lyrics that are both thoughtful and thought provoking.
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!
In this exclusive article, Matt Piper will highlight his 7 favorite new features in Reason 7. To learn more, join lynda.com and get access to his Up and Running with Reason 7 video course as well as over 100 other classes on recording, mixing, mastering, acoustics and software.
1.) Use Hi-Pass and Low-Pass filters to define your mix
Before ever touching any other EQ controls, once you have set comfortable relative signal levels for each channel in your mix, you can define the sonic space of each channel with the Hi-Pass and Low-Pass filters. For instance, set the low pass filter on the kick so that the highest frequencies of the kick do not overlap with the core frequencies of the snare. Then use the high-pass filter on the snare to filter out unnecessary low frequencies. For visual feedback on what you are doing, press F2 on your computer keyboard to see the Spectrum EQ display.