Propellerhead Discover is a fantastic feed for musical ideas, ready to be picked up in Reason with a single click. When you open Discover material in Reason, the tempo information is preserved, making it very easy to get going quickly adding your own production and musical ideas.
However, sometimes the greatest song ideas captured in Take might have been recorded by singers without a steady tempo or backing beat, which means the tempo tend to drift quite a lot. That shouldn't stop us from being able to use them in Reason, though. In this tutorial, Ryan shows us the basics of finding inspiration from Discover but also an advanced technique for tempo mapping and fitting freely recorded material to a fixed tempo grid ready for Reason production.
Discovering Reason is a series of articles created especially for people who have been using Reason for some time, yet can't help but feel they've only scratched the surface. While many of them were written for much older Reason versions, they're more retro or classic than out of date.
Reason's endless possibilities are not always obvious and there's a myriad of nifty tricks hidden in this open-ended production environment. We are creatures of habit, and it's easy to become lazy and get stuck in routines - routines which are often a heritage from other production environments that emphasise on quantity and diversity rather than flexibility and experimentalism.
The articles will assume that you have a fair amount of experience with Reason, and will not cover all the details of certain basic operations. Consult the Reason Operation Manual if you stumble upon something unfamiliar.
It happens all the time. You hear a song on the radio, on Spotify or on YouTube and you're thinking "Wow, THAT sound is really nice. How do I get that?".
That's exactly what we thought when we heard Clean Bandit's song 'Rather Be'. So after some research time in the lab, Mattias shows you how to recreate the main synth sound from that song in this tutorial video:
Hard-hitting drums that really cut through the mix is key to any electronic music. But how do you get it right? Luckily, Max Rehbein is here to show you. Learn how to layer your sounds, EQ to perfection and spice things up with creative FX in this advanced tutorial.
In 2012 Niles Dhar, also known as The Cataracs, stopped by Musicians Institute in Los Angeles for a Propellerhead Producers Conference. Niles gave an incredibly inspiring talk about production, but not the technical details we often get wrapped up in. His talk gets to the heart of the philosophical points of what it means to be a producer, work with people, and how to maximize what you're good at while knowing when to collaborate. It was too good not to share.