Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 1:40 p.m.
Check out this fresh supply of loops from CAPSUN ProAudio – a talented team of producers, musicians and sound designers from Brighton, UK. With an ear to the (under)ground, they create high quality sample packs for a wide range of genres.
Get inspired, create and drop back to Propellerhead so we can hear what you did with these loops!
Figure Remix Challenge
Future Bass elements mixed with bouncy loose quantised drums, evolving bass and choppy lead. This track by CAPSUNProAudio is waiting for your remix! Show us what you can do with this!
CAPSUN ProAudio is a talented team of producers, musicians and sound designers from Brighton, UK. With an ear to the (under)ground, they create high quality sample packs for a wide range of genres.
Let’s hear you sing on this ballad
The track "Dear Johan" is a beautiful pop ballad that only lacks one thing: vocals. Your vocals! Let’s hear your top line on this track and we’ll feature our favorites next week.
Posted Aug. 21, 2015, 10:09 a.m.
The award-winning production crew Salazar Brothers are no strangers to the Propellerhead community. Aside from production credits for a roster of artists spanning from the Swedish Hip Hop elite to bands like Mando Diao, the brothers have also made significant contributions to the Reason Sound Bank and released their own Reggaeton ReFill.
Salazar Brothers beats
Bounce to this collection of beats, fresh from the Redline Studios; home of the Salazar Brothers.
Remix, sing or rap on them, add your flavor! The Reggaeton collection is your chance to get a taste for the comprehensive Reggaeton ReFill, produced by the Salazar Brothers.
Figure Remix Challenge
Ghosts is an eerie but beautiful Figure piece by HeyGoAudio with huge remix potential. What can you do with it? Open it in Figure and tweak it slightly or give it a complete makeover. Drop your remix to Propellerhead and share it with the world!
Best of Mode Audio remix challenge
Last week’s remix challenge from Mode Audio got picked up by quite a few Propellerhead music makers. Hera are a few of our favorites.
Posted Aug. 19, 2015, 9:37 a.m.
This week we teamed up with our friends at ModeAudio, a fantastic sound library company for music producers. They’ve dropped some of their most stylish loops, beats and samples to Propellerhead for you to build on.
ModeAudio also shared a new Figure track with us this week. As soon as we heard it we knew it had awesome remix potential. Why not build on it with Figure, Reason or Take? We'd love to hear what you could do with it. More importantly, they would love to hear!
Like what you're hearing? ModeAudio have amazing ReFill libraries with many more samples and loops in the Propellerhead Shop.
Posted July 30, 2015, 2:57 p.m.
What’s the perfect follow-up to a week of drum loops? More. We're pretty sure there’s no such thing as too much drums.
Your new drummer
The aptly named Discover feed “Your new drummer” has been updated with a new batch of acoustic drum loops to get your creative juices flowing. Open them in Take or Reason and make music!
Figure drum loops
All melody and no time for drums? Check out this feed of Figure drum loops ready for use in Figure, Take or Reason.
Kickstart your pop song with an instrumental loop! In the Pop Beats feed, we've shared some starting points for you to sing, play or build on.
Posted July 28, 2015, 12:33 p.m.
In his own words, Matthew Tarach is:
- Cleveland based Engineer/Producer.
- Keyboardist for Scar the Martyr
- Proud Reason user
- Rum enthusiast
- Player of video games
- Looking for some awesome collaborations!
The metal band Scar the Martyr was founded in 2013 by former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison (with other members from bands like Strapping Young Lad and Nine Inch Nails) and they released their self-titled debut album later in the same year.
We had a chance to ask Matthew some questions about his music making and his work with Scar The Martyr. We are also glad to feature an exclusive piece dropped to Propellerhead for you to build on. Check it out below!
When you load up a brand new Reason song, what’s the very first thing you do?
I usually just mess around. I usually initialize a patch on one of the synths and just start tweaking before I even start doing anything important.
In what way is Reason helping you in your music making?
It helps with my workflow immensely. I often use reason in tandem with PT via ReWire.
How do you use Reason in Scar The Martyr? Do you use Reason in a live environment?
Reason is the heart of my live performance. I have NN-XT racks with all the samples I use during the set and individual patches and tracks that I cycle through depending on which song. Typically Combinators with keysplits. The low CPU usage makes it incredibly reliable for touring.
How does collaborating work for you in a band context? How does Scar The Martyr usually write and arrange a song?
We all live in different states, so a lot of the writing (at least my end) is done via file transfers. A few of the guys will write instrumentation and send me PT files. This is where I use ReWire predominantly.
Have you ever experienced writing blocks? If so, how did you overcome them?
Hah, often enough, and with a few drinks and tons of Grand Theft Auto. I've realized it's best to put things down and clear your mind if your current train of thought and ideas will flow more easily. I'll also switch instruments, if I'm having trouble writing piano/keys etc, I'll switch to guitar and vice versa.
What’s the hardest thing about making music, what do you struggle with the most?
Knowing when to stop on a song. Especially in a digital age, I can just keep adding more and more layers. At one point you need to know to just say "OK, I'm done".
What’s your all-time favorite album?
Oh man... that's difficult. I don't know that I really have one. I do constantly binge "Death Cult Armageddon" by Dimmu Borgir and "Sound Awake" by Karnivool.
The three most used devices in your Reason rack?
Subtractor, NN-XT, Scream 4 Distorsion.
What advice would you give to other people who are motivated to become more creative in their music making?
Listen to tons of different music and genres. Find sounds you like and try to replicate them, chances are you'll find out how to make new sounds that inspire awesome songs.
Learn more about Scar The Martyr on their official website: http://www.scarthemartyr.com/