Micro tutorial #4 - Channel strip rundownposted by Record Blog 2009-06-11 at 18:11
I'm just writing a short note saying that the latest micro tutorial is available here, and that it is a close-up on a channel strip in Record's main mixer. See what goodies are available in each channel.
On POD Farm® and Recordposted by Record Blog 2009-06-08 at 15:09
After the last micro tutorial we see a lot of people wondering about if and how Record works with Line 6 POD Farm®.
First, in case you don't know what POD Farm is, read all about it here: http://line6.com/podfarm/
In very short terms, here is how it works with Record:
In Pod Farm, you can create patches consisting of combinations of the pre amp, effect, amplifier and speaker cabinet models you have on your Line 6 interface. The patches you save in Pod Farm can then be opened in the Line 6 amps in Record.
For any Line 6 user, this is a big deal, since you can bring all your guitar tones into Record.
To use POD Farm, you need any USB-equipped Line 6 device, like an audio interface, a POD XT or the KB37 keyboard.
Apart from using any combination of guitar amp and cabinets, the POD Farm integration also offers quite a few creative options. For example:
* Build a POD Farm patch with just one of the many cool effects in POD Farm and he presto: Tape delay emulation in Record.
* POD Farm also has a set of really great pre-amp models that you can use in your record rack.
Effect parameters can not be tweaked in Record (other than the amplifier controls on Record's Line 6 amp device). It's a little like using the Line 6 amp in Record as an effect stomp box.
If this didn't answer your question - ask in the comments and I'll try my best to reply.
Record micro tutorial #3posted by Record Blog 2009-06-05 at 19:11
Just a quick note to say that micro tutorial #3 is up on the web. This one is all about the Line 6 guitar and bass amp in Record. Don't miss it!
Record Features Reasonheads will LOVEposted by Record Blog 2009-06-04 at 16:02
Hi, Gerry Bassermann here. Just wanted to jump on and talk a little about using Record in the studio, how almost every session is producing a song or song idea, and how all my guitars and basses have new strings on them at the same time - been a long time for that - almost like a planetary alignment. But after months of recording audio tracks only, I recently returned to my virtual Reason devices to sweeten and crunch the music, and noticed a lot of wonderful enhancements to the way Reason behaves in its new digs. Here are some thoughts about those features... enjoy!
Record Features Reasonheads will LOVE
While you can't be blamed for being distracted by stuff like effortless recording, multiple racks and that superbad mixer, you should be aware that there are welcome new features available for Reason in the Record environment. Don't miss them!
- Soft Keyboard... that's right, you can trigger your various Reason devices with the new onboard keys with the mouse OR playing the qwerty keyboad of your computer - on the plane, at stoplights, waiting for the hairdresser... you WILL make more music!
- Audition Notes in Edit Mode... looking for another cymbal to use on that beat? Doing a little note correction on that piano part? Now when you move an event to another note, you will hear the sound and immediately know what's happening.
- Xplode... this new feature let's you split out drum parts into separate lanes (one sound per lane) for individual editing, Regroove processing, etc. This lets you loop record a rhythm track and split it up later - another example of capturing ideas by jammin and sorting it later.
- Move Notes Between Clips... instead of having to Join clips just to move things around in Edit Mode, now you can move or copy events between clips. So now instead of having to commit totally to a continuous linear track model just to move things around easily, you can stay in multi-clip mode and edit with complete flexibility.
- Smarter Cable Revealing/Hiding... instead of the all on/all off cable viewing, there's now a transparency system that let's you easily see the cables you're interested in, while still showing the others (transparently) - and you can read jack labels thru them!
- Glow Reveals Selected Track... once your Song gets loaded up with tracks, channels and devices, it can be hard to keep track of what's where. This feature helps a lot by giving you feedback about your selection or what you've just created. For example, select a track in the sequencer and see the same mixer channel glow - so it's easy to get there and tweak the sound.
- Sort Selected Device Groups... devices with relationships or dependencies, like a synth with an effect or two, now stay together when you move them so it's easier to keep track of the connections.
- Scroll To Connected Device... another great way of navigating those enormous projects. When you select a sequencer track, both mixer and rack will scroll to the appropriate device, and similarly selecting a mixer channel will scroll the sequencer to the right track, etc
- Optimized Loading... smarter loading procedures help get your Song up and ready to go faster. Really noticeable when using those Propellerhead Hypersampled Refills.
So there's lots to smile about for Reason users... check it out.
New micro tutorial upposted by Record Blog 2009-05-29 at 13:44
Just a quick note to say that the second Record micro tutorial just went online. This one is focused on integration between Record and Reason.
Check it out here.
Ignition key in the house!posted by Record Blog 2009-05-26 at 16:08
We just received what looks to be the last prototype of the Ignition Key. Looks and feels really good!
Micro tutorialsposted by Record Blog 2009-05-20 at 20:52
Just a short note - if you haven't seen it already, the first in a series of micro tutorials are now up on the site. These will be a bunch of short little videos that highlight some certain aspect of Record. The first is about the basic layout in Record and how to move around in the program and setting up for your first recording.
Check it out here
If there are topics you'd like to see in coming micro tutorials, please leave a comment below.
State of the testing 1posted by Record Blog 2009-05-18 at 19:09
State of the testing
The second week of beta testing has just begun and we're trying to get through all the bug reports we got during the weekend. We released the second beta version last Thursday and have been able to close a lot of cases since then. Each time we release a new beta, we add a new and hungry group of users to the beta testing.
It's great fun to see so many people interested in testing. I wish we could let everybody join but at the moment we can only let in a fraction to be able to respond to the active testers.
To encourage bug hunting we are giving out online licenses to the testers who are first to report a new bug. All testers begin with Record in Demo Mode that lets you use the application fully, only you can't open documents. Once you are awarded with an online license you can run Record with Internet Verification, which means you can open your saved documents and use the application unrestricted.
That's all for now. I gotta go back to hunting bugs but stay tuned for more updates on our progress and a big thanks to all the testers who have helped us so far!
Why Record?posted by Record Blog 2009-05-15 at 14:18
Why another recording program when the world is already full of them?
It’s a valid question, that’s for sure. Especially in a market where products are very similar, continuously stealing features from each other. And the truth is, it doesn’t really matter what application you’re using, as long as you can get the workflow and sound out of it that you need.
The problem is, most often you can’t.
When we designed Record we went back to our original roots, the drive that made us create Reason a long time ago. In 1998, when the Reason design came to life, there were already incredible synthesizers. You could already make music with your computer. There was immense power in the solutions that existed.
The problem was on another level, in that you spent far too much of your time with left brain stuff, just making things work, even getting any sound out of your equipment at all! With Reason we really tried to solve that, put everything you needed in one powerful solution that made people create more and better music.
We have long felt that music recording and production have been plagued by problems similar to those we experienced with instruments ten years ago. Music recording on computers lacks the flow that musicians deserve. It’s unfortunate but has natural causes. Recording has classically been the engineer’s domain and most of the solutions we have today were designed from that standpoint and are more then ten years old. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to start anew, with another perspective.
It has to be admitted that some great initiatives have been taken lately in getting new users to start recording, but these then fall short in terms of power. To make a really nice professional sounding production you need powerful editing, a great mixer, great effects, great amps – great sound and lots of it!
So Record is an attempt to take the musician’s perspective. Your perspective. But at the same time we wanted to create a really serious recording application. We just want to provide the tools you need and then get out of your way, letting you do what you do best: play, record, produce and mix. And we want you to sound fabulous.
There are tons of other considerations that went into the program too, like maximizing computer power, facilitating collaboration etc., but I’ll leave that for other posts on this blog.
Let me just end by thanking everybody who made this possible, I get to stand in the limelight a lot, but I actually only had a small part in it. And a great and humble thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response that we’ve seen in these first few days of what we think will be a new era in recording for musicians.