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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 37: Parallel Processing

2010-11-04 at 14:38

The War of the Roses, the Cold War, or the Pepsi/Coke War... all these have come before us but we are currently locked in a much tougher battle known as "The Loudness War." Producers everywhere are fighting with everything they have to out-blast each other on the radio, in clubs, and iPods earbuds around the world.

When you want to "go nuclear" in the loudness war, your best weapon of choice will be something known as parallel processing. It adds punch, bass, or crunch to your tracks while maintaining audio fidelity at the same time. This week I'll show you how to do parallel processing in Reason/Record.

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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 36: Comping Takes Together in Record

2010-10-29 at 21:36

It's nearly unimaginable to think about early music recording. Musicians had to record their songs in one take direct to wax/acetate records. 100 copies of an album meant recording 100 flawless takes for every musician playing together!

Compare that to today and Record 1.5's "Comp Editor." You can cycle through recording, doing take after take after take, choosing the best parts of each, and stitching them together into one flawless performance. This week I'll show you how.

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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 35: Edit Your Loops and Stretch to Tempo

2010-10-24 at 20:55

The new "stretch to tempo" feature in Record 1.5 (AUDIO+MIDI) and Reason 5 (MIDI only) means that it's easier than ever to take a WAV loop off your hard drive and bring it into your session - quickly employing Record's excellent stretch algorithm along the way.

In case you're new to waveform editing and sample stretching, this week I'll show you how it's done. It's easier than you may think and the production possibilities become vast.

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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 34: Automation Clip Toolbox

2010-10-14 at 21:38

Whenever I'm working on music, one thing that I've had in my personal bag of tricks is an "automation clip toolbox." Basically, it's a palette of controller data curves and waveforms which can be applied to automation lanes like level, pan, filter cutoff, etc.

Thanks to the new "stretch clip to tempo" function (Option+Drag for Mac or Control+Drag for Windows) I can resize these automation clips to whatever speed I want. This week I'm giving this toolbox away and showing you how to use it. These clips will breathe new life into an otherwise static pad or provide the creative spark for a new idea entirely. Enjoy!

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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 33: Step Sequencing Kong Drums using Redrum

2010-10-07 at 01:08

Maybe you're the type of person who has spent ten years making drum beats on ReDrum. You don't say "4 on the Floor Kick"... you say it's a "1 - 5 - 9 - 13 Kick" To you the word hi-hat is spelled "3-7-11-15." It's just how your brain works. Well you'll be happy to know that with the addition of Kong, you don't have to change your workflow to take advantage of the ocean of new sounds Kong brings to your drum beats.

This week I'll show you how to hook up ReDrum to Kong so you can step sequence your patterns with Kong and even change patterns via a Combinator knob.

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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 32: Linking Multiple OctoRexes for Simultaneous Playback

2010-10-01 at 16:42

If you're the type of person who got excited about Dr. Octorex switching between multiple REX loops but yearned for simultaneous layered playback then this week's tip is for you! I'll show you how to toss a bevy (that's right I used the word "bevy") of Octorex Players into a Combinator for linked and layered playback.


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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 31: Using Neptune on an Already Talented Singer

2010-09-24 at 01:36

So many times people look at pitch correction from a standpoint of "how extreme can it go?" Understandably, entire sub-genres of Hip-hop have risen out of this mentality. However, this week I decided to show you how MOST of us will probably be using Neptune. This week is all about using Neptune tastefully for perfecting an otherwise nice vocal performance and applying additional harmonies via the voice synth.

Also wanted to mention..

The song used in the video is called "Paper Boats" by a very talented artist, Daniel Snow.

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52 Reason and Record Tips Week 30: Using Neptune on a Singer that needs it...ME!

2010-09-17 at 18:38

Now that Record 1.5 has come out, people are experimenting with the Neptune Pitch Corrector and Voice Synth and some have been asking for tips for lead vocals. Still others have been asking how to activate the Voice Synth for some insta-harmonies. This week I'll attempt to answer both questions by putting Neptune to the test ON MYSELF! You are about to witness my debut as a singer... and my swan song all the same time.


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52 Reason and Record Tips Week 29: Kong's New Effects Used With Other Devices

2010-09-09 at 22:34

Kong didn't just redefine how you design drum sounds in your Reason and Record productions... it redefined your sound processing in general, thanks to Kong's ability to be routed as an external effects device.

Doing this gives you access to use Kong's built in effects like the Transient Shaper, the Analog Tape Echo or the Snare Rattler on other audio tracks or Reason devices. In this week's episode I'll show you how to wire up Kong like a Send/Return effect into your mixer.

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52 Reason and Record Tips Week 28: Nurse Rex (Kong) Chunk Trig Tips

2010-09-09 at 22:32

This week I'll show you how the Nurse Rex module inside Kong is redefining Rex loops' ease and creative potential in your music.

Previously creating Rex chunks and triggering them in a track required some planning, ReCycle software, and locked you into a tempo once you made your custom Rex files. All that is a thing of the past in Reason 5 and what's left is just unlimited experimentation.


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