In this micro tutorial we're taking a look at the new Clip Safe feature when recording with our Balance audio interface and either Reason Essentials or Reason software. Clip Safe lets you restore distorted takes, saving what could have been a perfect performance if not for the overload.
As musicians, once we start recording and putting our "all" into the performance we often find that our playing is louder than it was when we set our levels. Those of us who have lost too many good takes to distortion end up recording while watching the levels carefully. That sort of distraction hurts the performance. It's very difficult to be both performer and engineer at the same time.
Clip Safe lets us record, concentrate on our performance, and know that even if we do overload while recording we can simply repair our distorted audio and save the take.
When Daniel Snow sets out to record he starts out by clearing the dinner table first, not because his mom raised him that way but because that's where he makes his home studio. Daniel Snow is in many ways the epitome of the modern musician. He records at home in a room that lacks five-figure acoustic installations and six-figure consoles. In fact, he has little else than a collection of instruments to play, Balance and Reason. Yet Daniel's music sounds fantastic. He has passion, character, talent, and everything else you can't buy off the shelf.
We visited Daniel Snow in Albuquerque, New Mexico while he was recording a track on his upcoming album to see his process first hand. The song he put together that afternoon is stunning, sounds great, and is a testament to how much you can achieve at home when quality tools meet great ideas.
From recording guitar with hip hop legends like Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to touring with Salvador Santana, and even in his own solo albums, Jared Meeker is a powerhouse player with flawless technique and flawless tone.
Jared has applied a guitarists mentality to the Reason rack by creating Combinators that integrate with his Line 6 FBV Shortboard MkII foot controller. The result is a stompbox pedal board more powerful than you could ever dream of… and requiring far fewer 9V batteries!
But don't just listen to Jared's killer tones, try them out yourself! He has provided every patch he shows in this video's 4 songs and we decided to add to the collection with a few of our own favorites as well. With patches from Jared Meeker, James Bernard, Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Ryan Harlin, and Gary Bromham you'll have a nice collection of new tones to rock out with in our exclusive "Strum and Thumb" mini ReFill!
Acoustic singer/songwriter Cyra Morgan is about as new as a debut artist can be. How new? She's using the same pick she started learning guitar with on day one. She hasn't changed her strings yet because she doesn't know how.
But these things don't concern Cyra because she's soley focused on one thing: Getting out the music she's heard in her head for 20 years. And in that regard, recording at home with Balance and Reason Essentials has been nothing short of liberating for her. We visited Cyra at her cozy New England house where she's put together a modest studio to capture her ideas and to hear one of her latest songs, Beautiful Madness.