Tutorials

How to Make Future Bass Tracks in Reason 10

Posted July 18, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Reason’s unique workflow and extensive sound library gives you everything you need to immerse yourself in the world of future bass production. Check out this video by producer and artist Protostar to learn!

Turn on any Top 40 radio station and you’ll hear the fresh sounds of future bass dominating airplay. But what is future bass? And how do the genre’s top producers create it?

In this tutorial, we’ll break down the defining elements of future bass and demonstrate how Reason 10’s unique workflow and vast collection of instruments and effects can help you create your next future bass anthem.

Pioneered by producers like Flume, Louis The Child, Marshmello, and The Chainsmokers, future bass is one of the hottest new EDM genres today. Combining the percussive grooves of trap and dubstep with the lush textures and gentle bounce of pop, future bass is known for its melodic arrangement of pulsing “supersaw” synth chords and rhythmic pitched vocal samples.

As with all forms of dance music, it helps to start your new song by looping a repetitive groove that makes you want to move. Reason 10 is packed with tools for creating infectious drum patterns—load up to eight percussion loops with the Dr. Octo Rex loop player, or program your own patterns from scratch using Reason’s massive sound library and Redrum drum machine. For a more experimental approach, try using Reason 10’s Kong Drum Designer to sculpt a combination of samples and synthesis and create never-before-heard drum sounds.

Once you’ve created the groove, it’s time to add the signature pulsing chord progressions of future bass. Reason 10 gives you everything you need to compose epic synth parts—choose from hundreds of presets or create your own “supersaw” patch using full-featured synthesizers like Europa, Thor, and Maelstrom. For complex, multi-timbral sounds, try blending multiple instruments and effects together in customizable Combinator devices to create your own elaborate synth sounds.

Now it’s time to focus on the notes in your chord progression. Future bass songs typically feature harmonically rich chords, so don’t be afraid to experiment with suspensions, 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and other inversions to spice up your chord progression. Not a theory whiz? No worries! Reason 10’s Chords and Scales Player will help you craft sophisticated chords and structures with ease. Once you’ve composed a harmonic bed for your song, you can utilize Reason’s intuitive sequencer and advanced automation features to add pitch bends, filter envelopes, volume swells, and LFO wobbles to make your chord progression stand out with the trademark future bass pulse.

No future bass track is complete without an earworm vocal hook—formed by editing the timing and pitch of a vocal sample to create an otherworldly chipmunk-like melody. Reason 10 includes many tools that make it easy to incorporate this trademark technique in your own productions. Pitch Edit allows you to quantize, stretch and re-pitch any vocal sample to the key and timing of your song. After your sample is locked to the scale, you can assign the vocal snippets to any MIDI keyboard using the NN-XT advanced sampler—and compose your own festival-worthy melody with the chopped vocal.

 

Now that you know the ins and outs of composing a future bass track in Reason 10, it’s time to create the next summer dance classic! Start your free trial of Reason 10 today.

 

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Posted July 18, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

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How Reason got its groove back, presenting Reason Electric Bass in a Rack Extension

Posted July 13, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

 

 

We are incredibly proud to present the return of a ReFill classic with a fresh new lick of paint and a whole haul of useful features

Based on our hyper-sampling classic bass solution this one-stop shop of authentic bass instruments and all the under-hood programing that made it in an instant classic, is now available as a Rack Extension dedicated to creating professional-grade electric bass. 

Select from a host of classic sample instruments such as the Fender Precision, Gibson Les Paul or Stingray Fretless Bass optimized for the rack ready to be tackled by your choice of player or MIDI keyboard with all the after-touch, key-switching and mod-wheel functionality from our original refill baked into a new product.

With Reason Electric Bass we wanted to stay as true to the classic signal flow of bass-processing, stomp-boxes and amps as we could with a few updates to those iconic parameters in the digital domain. All the bass instruments can quickly be selected and then served with a blend of the DI signal and the recorded-amplifier, plus your choice of an exclusive re-amping model. Combine this with a selection of stompbox models comprising of an EQ, Compressor, Distortion and Chorus and you’ve got an arsenal of electric bass sounds across a range of genres, literally at your fingertips.

It is my hope that this select range of parameters will allow you to quickly dial in great sound allowing you to focus on writing timeless basslines, riffs and hooks without having to think too hard about the instant fatness of your bass-recording. Compose your riff, tweak your signal and turn up the random articulation button to give your bassline some instant generative funk.

Oh btw! For all you owners of the Reason Electric Bass ReFill, even if you haven’t registered it, you can use the following voucher code to save 61% off the full price!


Voucher Code: REBSAVE

 

Lukas, Product Manager

 

 

 

 

Posted July 13, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Tutorials

How to Record Trap Soul in Reason 10

Posted July 10, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

Reason is the perfect tool for creating Trap Soul beats with banging 808s, classic R&B licks, and sparse atmospheric textures. Check out this video by Stefan Guy to learn!

Trap Soul is a relatively new music genre that combines the atmospheric textures, booming 808s and rapid-fire hi-hats of trap music with the rich pads, lush strings and heartfelt melodies of R&B. Popularized by artists like Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez and Ty Dolla $ign, Trap Soul draws inspiration from the sounds of modern trap music and the neo-soul movement of the 90’s. In this tutorial, we’ll discuss the different musical elements of the genre, and show you how to record Trap Soul in Reason 10.

The foundation of Trap Soul music is a banging beat, and Reason 10 is packed with hundreds of loops, samples and rhythms to get you started. Select from a variety of trap-inspired drum loops for Dr. Octo Rex, or build your own beat using the legendary Kong drum machine. Choose from dozens of drum sounds sampled from some of the most iconic drum machines ever made—or load custom samples to create fresh new beats with your own unique sounds. Pair Kong with Reason’s new Drum Sequencer to create intricate hi-hat rhythms with 1/8th, 1/16th and even 1/32nd note rolls—or use the variable speed and probability functions to introduce variety to simple or repetitive loops.

Trap Soul is known for it’s thunderous low-end, and Reason 10 has everything you need to make the trunk rattle. Cook up fat bass lines using one of Reason’s advanced synthesizers like Maelstrom or Subtractor. Create dark, mysterious pads with sparse atmospheric textures using Grain Sample Manipulator, Europa or Thor. Add ambient piano accents with ID8 or Reason’s new Radical Piano, or sprinkle in some eerie oohs and aahs with the new Humana Vocal Ensemble for the ultimate trap vibe.

Reason 10 makes it easy to add samples from classic R&B records using NN19 or NN-XT—or create your own vintage vibes with built-in presets for lush strings and rich horns. Combine any instrument with Reason’s Scales and Chords to play beautiful, intelligent chords with the press of a button. Dial in the complexity with a few simple controls to create emotionally resonant progressions in seconds.

Now that the stage has been set, it’s time to add some vocals. Reason’s intuitive recording interface makes recording vocals a breeze. Whether it’s a rapid-fire rapper or a soulful singer—just add a new audio track, press record and bear your soul.

Reason is loaded with advanced signal processors for producing professional sounding vocal tracks. Use the built-in pitch correction to perfect vocal performances, or use the Neptune Pitch Adjuster to transform vocals into something otherworldly. Add ethereal effects with the BV512 Digital Vocoder, or create evolving, time-synced effects with Reason’s new Synchronous Timed Effects Modulator. Last but not least, use the RV7000 MKII to add a healthy dose of reverb for depth and you’ve got yourself a radio-ready Trap Soul banger.

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Now that you know how to record Trap Soul beats in Reason 10, it’s time to record your own banger!

Start your free trial of Reason 10 today.

Tutorials

How to Make a Drum n Bass Track in Reason

Posted June 20, 2018, 6:50 a.m.

Drum ‘N’ Bass is a dance music subgenres that evolved from the tangled web of the UK’s underground rave scene in the 1980s and ‘90s, with roots in the broader genre of Breakbeat. Drum & Bass combines heavy synthesized bass lines with vocal samples from soul and reggae records to create an bold, energetic, and supremely danceable wall of sound. In this article and accompanying video, artist and producer Protostar will show you how to record a DnB track in Reason 10.

The defining element of Drum & Bass is its signature rhythm: it starts with the kick drum on beat 1, a snare hit on beat 2, a syncopated kick just after beat 3 on the “and,” and a final snare on beat 4. This core one-two-and-four pattern forms the heart of the groove and is almost never deviated from. Finally, it needs to be fast—tempos usually range between 160 and 180 BPM.

Load a drum loop into Dr. Octo Rex (anything with “DnB” in the name should suffice) and use the beatmaking tools in Reason 10 to make it your own. Hit the “Copy Loop to Track” button to create a MIDI track from your loop, or create your own pattern in Drum Sequencer—and use it to trigger dance sounds from Umpf Club Drums, one-shot samples from ReDrum, synthesized and acoustic drums from Kong, or all of the above. Attack and decay controls come in handy for fine-tuning stacked kicks and snares: try using just the attack from one sound, the body of another, and the decay tail of a third. Then sprinkle in a variety of loops, extra hits, and dub-like reverb and delay to keep the rhythm interesting.

The addition of a pounding synth bass serves a melodic role, and is what sets DnB apart from other dance genres. Sine and Triangle waves are great for a nice round bottom, squares and saw waves add edgy harmonics, and the right wavetable or granular patch can really get things sounding nasty. All of this is possible with Europa and Thor’s multiple oscillators, but stacking several synths in a Combinator will create a thick, complex sound. Flip the rack around and experiment with patching various filters and envelopes to the Synchronous Effects Modulator and Pulsar Dual LFO devices to give the bass some movement.

Now it’s time to add some extra flavor with samples. Samples are a staple of DnB (typically vocal phrases lifted from old soul and reggae records), and serve to break up the monotony of a constantly pounding beat. Load samples into Dr. Octo Rex or record your own, then slice them up or stretch the possibilities with the Grain Sample Manipulator. Almost any other sound can be added to the mix to give it character—soft dreamy pads, sampled keyboards, erratic zaps and sweeps, or just plain old noise.

Now that you’ve learned how to make a Drum & Bass track in Reason 10, it’s time to “break” it down for yourself!

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Tutorials

How to Record Retrowave with Reason 10

Posted June 17, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

With influences ranging from 1970s and '80s film soundtracks to artists like Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and John Carpenter, Retrowave is a genre of driving, synth-based music that has surged in popularity thanks to retro-inspired shows and movies like Stranger Things and Blade Runner 2049. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to record a Retrowave track in Reason 10 using a palette of lush synthesizers, punchy drum machines, and spacey effects.

The foundation of Retrowave starts with a classic arpeggiated synth track. Retrowave relies on the iconic sounds of popular '70s and '80s keyboards—so open up Reason’s browser and try out some analog subtractive synths and early-digital FM devices. Once you've dialed up a patch you like, plug it into the RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator at 80-150 BPM to create the robotic pulse that will form the backbone of your track. Select an Up, Down, or Up+Down pattern and try out some chords until you find the right groove.

Now that you have a solid bassline or chord progression looping on the arpeggiator, take advantage of ReDrum’s authentic drum machine interface to program a simple, minimal and driving beat. Look for an electronic kit with a punchy kick and snare and tunable toms for the occasional tom fill. For a modern, danceable sound, sidechain the kick to one or more synths.

Now we’re ready to flesh out the song by layering sounds and arranging tracks. You can double your chord progression with a lush pad, program a dreamy synth drone with filter-sweeping automation, or add some soaring leads with a portamento synth or live guitar through the “lead” setting on the Softube Amp. To bring a more epic sound to your synth leads, add a healthy dose of delay or chorus.

Once you have the structure of your song laid out, it's time to fine-tune the mix and add a glossy sheen of effects. For an iconic 80’s sound, thicken up your synths with the CF-101 chorus and throw some gated reverb from the RV7000 on the drums. If things are sounding a little robotic, modulating filters with the Synchronous Effects Modulator can give your synths some extra life.  Finally, try the “Tape” or “VHS” settings on the Audiomatic Retro Transformer for an authentic lo-fi filter before rounding everything out with Reason's MClass Mastering Suite.

Now that you know how to record a Retrowave track in Reason 10, it’s time to create your own sci-fi dreamscape! Start your free trial of Reason 10 today.