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#1stGrain – it's Grain fest!

Posted Nov. 17, 2017, 12:37 p.m.


UPDATE NOVEMBER 17

Thanks so much for joining the Grain fest! We hope you've had a good a time at the party. Keep making music and posting your Reason 10 sounds using the #1stEuropa and #stGrain hashtags! We'll keep an eye out and repost your gems!

Please enjoy a few of our favorites in the #1stGrain fest!

 

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Welcome to Grain week! The Grain Sample Manipulator has taken the Reason world by storm and now we want to hear what you are doing with it. Lush sonic landscapes? Glitchy Basslines? Or something completely unheard of?

Share your first Grain creations with the world using the #1stGrain hashtag. We’ll share and repost our favorites by Thursday Nov 16th. Go granular and share!

Don’t have Reason 10 yet? Download the trial today and join the Grain fest!

Want to hear our favorites in the #1stEuropa week? Click here!

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Drum Machinology 101

Posted Nov. 14, 2017, 10:20 a.m.

From the hip hop’s immortal 808 kick to the sound of the mighty Linndrum, drum machines have provided the pulse and energy in electronic music for more than 40 years and we keep getting hypnotized by the robotic grooves they provide.

The history of the drum machine actually goes back all the way to the 1930s, when Leo Theremin (yes, that Theremin) built a sine wave based rhythm instrument called the Rhythmicon. The size of a refrigerator and notoriously hard to use, it wasn’t a hit and it would take another 30 years before rhythm machines actually started to come out as products. Early examples such as the Wurlitzer Side Man used vacuum tubes for sound generation and mechanical rotating discs for sequencing and they didn’t make a huge impact on music when they came out. Gradually, drum machines shrunk in both size and price with the adoption of solid state electronics and products such as the Donca-Matic range from Keio-Giken (that would later become Korg) in the late 60s.

Drum machines were initially thought of as accompaniment tools that practice your playing to when a drummer wasn’t available and indeed they didn’t really see much use in recordings from the era. In the early 70s drum machines started to appear in pop productions with Sly & the Family Stone scoring the first #1 featuring a drum machine: Family Affair.

As electronic pop music started to evolve, drum machines became part of the sound and not a novelty. With more advanced products such as the Roland CR78, artist could program their own rhythm patterns and the electronic rhythms could be heard on more and more pop records.

In 1980, the Linn LM-1 came out. It was a pricey unit at almost $5000, but it offered sampled drum sounds and helped define the sound of the 80s as we know it today. Ironically, the most iconic machines of the era: the Roland TR-808 and TR-909 didn’t make a huge impact when they first appeared. They were analog drum machines (apart from the hi-hats and cymbals in the 909) and didn’t sound as modern as their sampled counterparts that came out around the same time. The 808 & 909 route to legendary status went via pawn shops and classified ads where a new generation of hip hop beatmakers and budding house producers could get their hands on these machines for peanut money.

Looking to add the sound of iconic drum machines to your beats? Reason’s Redrum was designed to mimic the 80s legends both in sound and workflow. And the mighty Kong Drum Designer lets you craft your own synthetic drum sounds. The Propellerhead shop is a gold mine for these sought-after sounds. Rack Extensions to emulate classic drum machines, drum loop libraries constructed with the legends from years gone by - take a look at which of these top drum machines will work for you.

Don’t have Reason? Start with a free 30 day trial and see what Reason can do for your music-making.

 

Posted Nov. 14, 2017, 10:20 a.m.

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#1stEuropa – It's Europa fest!

Posted Nov. 9, 2017, 1:47 p.m.

Updated November 9, 2017

Thanks so much for participating! We really enjoyed listening through your creations! Here are a few of our favorites. Enjoy!

 

 


It’s Europa Fest! Reason’s new monster synth is receiving lots of love from its users all over the world. But what can you do with it? Aggressive arpeggios? Pulsating pads? Tantalizing Textures?

Share your first Europa creations with the world using the #1stEuropa hashtag. We’ll share and repost our favorites by Thursday Nov 9th. Get creative and get heard!

Don’t have Reason 10 yet? Download the trial today and join the Europa Fest!

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Reason 10 beta challenge: The winners

Posted Oct. 24, 2017, 1:53 p.m.

After they were done hunting down bugs, we asked our awesome beta testers to be creative and record a video of them making music with Reason 10 and the new instruments for a chance to win an upgrade to Reason 10. The response has been massive and we've had so much fun watching all the videos! It was no easy task picking only three videos but we finally chose these three talented winners!

We'll reach out to the winners with their free Reason 10 upgrades. Congratulations and thank you!

Watch all submissions here!

Posted Oct. 24, 2017, 1:53 p.m.

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Plug-in subscriptions done right

Posted Oct. 9, 2017, 2:01 p.m.

Ernst Nathorst-BöösToday Propellerhead are launching Rack Extension subscriptions. And I dare say it’s the first time plug-in subscriptions are done the way they should have been in the first place.

First, let me get a few things straight. Subscriptions are not replacing sales. You can still buy all Rack Extension products as usual, and we absolutely have no plans to change that. Secondly, Rack Extension instruments and effects are more popular with you musicians than they ever have been, even after we introduced VST support. Thirdly, Propellerhead are as dedicated to the Rack Extension format as we ever have been. There’s lots of stuff in the RE pipeline.

With that out of the way, let me get back to why our subscriptions make more sense than anybody else’s. Other company’s subscriptions usually mean one of two things. Either you subscribe to one product at a time which gets really expensive and a pain to manage. Or you subscribe to a fixed bunch of products, usually all from the same manufacturer. This means you end up paying for a bunch of stuff you really didn’t want. Not good.

So, what if you could choose between hundreds of products, creating your own personal mix of plugs from a huge selection of manufacturers? And what if you could just switch out the ones you find that you didn’t use as much as you thought, only to add completely new and fresh products, even ones that just came out? What if you could up- and down-size your music arsenal freely, between those periods when you make a lot of music and the other times when your life is filled with other things than making tracks (yeah, right).

All that is exactly what Propellerhead subscriptions are all about. Letting you mix and match your musical life in the way that’s best for you.

With this freedom, there are a million ways you could organize your plug-in life. Let me just share my one favorite. With Reason comes an amazing set of devices and those will always be the backbone of the rig, for all of us. In addition to that, most people add a few essential Rack Extensions, those select ones that you learn really well and use on almost all projects. And now, on top of that you can add a subscription that you vary over time, with projects, with musical styles you’re into or with new techniques you want to explore and learn.

The Reason devices. The REs you own. The mix of instruments and effects you get from subscribing. The best of three worlds rolled into one.

/Ernst Nathorst-Böös

Click here to learn more about Rack Extension subscriptions!

Posted Oct. 9, 2017, 2:01 p.m.