A-List Drummers–is there anything they can't do?

Posted June 23, 2016, 8:46 a.m.

The latest additions to the A-List series are two new Drummers – Classic and Power.

Classic Drummer is meticulously recorded by Ryan Gruss from Loop Loft using “vintage tea-towels” dampening the drums, very much inspired by production techniques of the 60s. If you want dry, clean drums to shape into your own sound this is the stuff you must have. And considering the amount of effects that comes with Reason there is an endless supply of new sounds, never before heard by mankind. Or keep it dry and fresh in a nostalgic way.

Power Drummer on the other hand is recorded by the punkfather of drums, Ryan Greene. An old metalhead like myself gets goosebumps on my goosebumps when I listen to this at the “proper” volume.  Raw energy fed straight to the soul without even touching a granola bar. You might even get a friendly visit from your neighbor after he has attempted to play along on your common wall. The room in this recording is the best we’ve ever heard! And let me tell you that I’m not even that kind of a nerd that sits and listen to rooms all day. Well, actually I do. I sit in an office room all day and listen to the soft, lackadaisical keyboard noises from our developers as they work their magic. But, nothing compares to the ROOM in the Power Drummer. It has that “je ne sais quoi” (or as the French call it “that certain something”) that can put the loudest 3-month baby in a meditative trance.

Question time: What could possibly be the drawback from using these skin-clad cans of doom?

  1. None.
  2. I prefer the sound of one kit, but prefer the playing style of another A-List Drummer.
  3. My music demands several drummers playing in unison.

Correct answer: A – None, none more black.

All of these objections above can be solved by flipping the rack. Lo and behold - an ingenious feature of CV ins and outs, meaning that we can link different drummers. If you like me have decided to use all three drummers but want them to play the same rhythm, what do you do? You either decide to spend some quality time at the backside of the rack. Or you simply download the freshly prepared Combinators that have done this work for you already. Or if you desperately need the Plush Pilots playing style on the Dry kit from Classic Drummer. Just use the Combinators, mix or mute the drums as you like and Bob’s your uncle.

The extra Combinators that works for all three drummers can be downloaded here.

If you don’t own these products yet, try them out for free over here.

Happy meditation,

/Mats

Posted June 23, 2016, 8:46 a.m.

Announcing Reason 9

Posted May 20, 2016, 2:40 p.m.

We're incredibly proud to announce Reason 9 and I'm personally super excited to finally share this version with you!

Reason 9 is filled with new devices, features and sounds that makes the journey from musical inspiration to perfection even better. I've actually been making music with Reason 9 during most of its development cycle and as a music maker, it's been extremely inspiring to work with. The first time I tried using Scales & Chords together with a Dual Arpeggio and one of the new patches, it resulted in something I would've never thought of writing—and eventually a whole new song! And as one of the top 3 worst singers in the world, Pitch Edit quickly proved indispensable.

I could go on and on about this version and how much I like it, but it's one of those things you have to see and hear for yourself. Make sure you try the new version and stay tuned on YouTubeFacebook, Instagram and Twitter as we show you more of Reason 9 in action.

Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Reason Product Manager

Posted May 20, 2016, 2:40 p.m.

Welcome Allihoopa!

Posted Feb. 22, 2016, 9:58 a.m.

Today’s the day. It's February 22nd 2016 and our baby is finally ready to stand on its own two feet. Welcome Allihoopa, Music in the Making. For a year now we’ve been working on our vision of what this planet's music making should and will look like, in the future.

At Propellerhead, we’ve always been driven by one dream and one dream only, helping people make more and better music. Tearing down what barriers we can to let people express themselves. And that work continues. At the same time, we realized a couple of years ago that one piece of the music making puzzle was sorely missing.

Technology has meant the world to musicians. There’s really nothing stopping anyone with a little talent and a lot of persistence to make it in music. Even all the way to the top, if that is what the dream is all about.

Still, in the technological revolution, a few core values have been lost, or at least are sorely missing. Music making is inherently social. Start singing a tune in a room full of people and you’ll see what I mean. And musicians are very different, more different than the tools available today. Some people are obsessed with that one instrument, some only want to write the perfect melody on whatever they can get their hands on. Some have the stage as their final goal while others are happy only to experiment with sounds, late at night in the bedroom. And since the advent of computer based music tools, technology has changed too. Today a majority of young people see a future where everything is done on mobile devices.

In that world, Allihoopa will be the world’s musical hub. We don’t aspire to be a music distribution network, there are plenty of those already. No, Allihoopa is the place where music is made. It’s where you can get a peek into other musicians' creative process, hear their ideas before they’re fully formed, learn from others, get inspired and find people to collaborate with. Be a part of the network for the world’s most exciting and rewarding way of expressing yourself. As we say, Music in the Making.

And today it is born.

If you’re already making music on Propellerhead Discover, all your music is now moving to allihoopa.com. And for Reason users – you can expect more Reason focus here at propellerheads.se in the future.

Posted Feb. 22, 2016, 9:58 a.m.

Free reverb resources - where to find impulse responses

Posted July 22, 2015, 12:37 p.m.

Hi there, Stefan here. I just wanted to go through a few resources of where to find new impulse responses to use with the new convolution mode in the updated RV7000 MkII–when you're finished going through the massive RV7000 MkII ReFill, that is.

There is a plethora of free impulse responses (IR files) out there on the web which are free to acquire and free to use. This is only a list of a few of them, so if you're feeling bold, just do a google search for "free impulse responses" and I'm sure you'll find even more.

Another cool trick is if you use Logic Pro, you can simply rename the .sdir files used in Space Designer to .aiff or .wav and they can be used in the RV7000 MkII!  You can find the .sdir files in the following directory: ~/Library/Application Support/Logic/Impulse Responses.

Starting with the most important ones, well, since I'm a guitar player.

Guitar cabs

RedWirez
Marshall 1960A cabinet.
http://www.redwirez.com/free1960g12m25s.jsp

GuitarAmpModeling.com
Huge amounts of guitar cabs, and general talk about IR use.
http://guitarampmodeling.com/viewforum.php?f=32

Kalthallen Cabs Free
Guitar cabinets.
http://cabs.kalthallen.de/kalthallen_free.html

Signalaudio's God Cab 1.4
Mesa guitar cabinet.
http://signalsaudio.com/product/gods-cab-1-4/

Spaces

AirWindows
Huge spaces sampled here.
http://www.airwindows.com/airwindows-impulses/

EchoThief
Lots of unique spaces.
http://www.echothief.com/

Intelligent Machinery Productions
Experimental and artifical and unnatural spaces.
http://www.intelligentmachinery.net/?page_id=764
http://www.intelligentmachinery.net/?page_id=114

OpenAIR
Real acoustic spaces, interesting buildings and other sources.
http://www.openairlib.net/

Balance Mastering
Try your mix through the Funktion One sound system at The Hive Project night club.
http://www.balancemastering.com/blog/free-funktion-one-impulse-responses-ir-irs-convolution/
A very cool and unique space here, how about an old German NSA listening tower?
http://www.balancemastering.com/blog/free-teufelsberg-nsa-listening-tower-impulse-responses-ir-irs-convolution/

Voxengo
Various spaces.
http://www.voxengo.com/impulses/

Diego Stocco
Free/donation for this bonus pack, good for rhythmical material.
https://gumroad.com/l/FFSCA

Samplicity
Two free halls.
http://www.samplicity.com/download/

Reverbs

Lexicon 480L
Classic reverb.
http://www.housecallfm.com/download-gns-personal-lexicon-480l

Fokke van Saane's Impulse Responses
Lots of classic reverbs, springs and speakers, and also: his own mouth (!).
http://fokkie.home.xs4all.nl/IR.htm

Pipelineaudio
Eventide DSP4000 and TC Electronics M5000.
http://pipelineaudio.net/downloads/convolution-and-impulses/

zidee
Lexicon PCM90.
http://homepage.hispeed.ch/zidee/

Samplicity
Bricasti M7, classic reverb unit.
http://www.samplicity.com/bricasti-m7-impulse-responses/

Signal To Noise
Lots of classic reverb units
http://signaltonoize.com/?page_id=4188

Posted July 22, 2015, 12:37 p.m.

Reason 8.3 is here

Posted June 30, 2015, 2:09 p.m.

Today we’re releasing the third update to Reason since version 8 came out. That’s three releases in just over six months! As a product manager it’s really exciting to see your product come to life and reach users quickly. But I’m even more excited as a music maker—there’s some really exciting stuff in this update.

What? Tell me Leo! What’s in Reason now? Tell me now!

  • New reverb effect! RV7000 is now MkII and gains a convolution mode, essentially allowing you to sample room characteristics. It truly sounds great, and opens up for a lot of new experimental possibilities. Try loading it up with a hand clap, a noise sweep, or even a drum loop and let it work its magic on your sounds!
  • A ReFill with a collection of some of our favorite Impulse Response content available on the web, along with some unique samples (like a Eurorack spring reverb, the Propellerhead kitchen, and the inside of a piano) and a bunch of patches making use of all this content.
  • The browser is now available in the detached rack window, too. Solving the number one feature request since Reason 8 came out.
  • Time savers like “static value” now being accessible in the arrange view in the sequencer; Zoom to Selection (press Z to zoom in or out); and buttons for selecting what instrument you play in the rack are the icing on the update cake.

Just like the updates before it, this is free for those who have Reason 8. Just fire up Reason 8.2 and hit the “Download” button to get the upgrade. If you haven’t got Reason 8 yet, there’s no better time than now.

Also don’t forget to grab the free RV7000 MkII ReFill, you’ll find it here.

It's been a blast to work on this release. Before I sign off I just want to say a big thank you to everybody who's been involved in making it happen: developers, designers, sound makers, testers. You know who you are.

Leo Nathorst-Böös, @leo
Apps Product Manager

Posted June 30, 2015, 2:09 p.m.