ModeAudio wants to collaborate with you

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 Challenge

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 Aug. 19, 2015, 9:37 a.m.

Don’t stop the beat–more free drum loops for your music

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.

Pop Beats

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 30, 2015, 2:57 p.m.

Your new drummer—free drum loops for your music!

Posted July 23, 2015, 2:23 p.m.

Get a new drummer for your next track! This week we've made a feed with acoustic drum loops, perfect if you need a solid foundation for your next song or just want something to jam to. Check out the feed, open a loop in Take or Reason and make some music!

Figure drum loops

Do you prefer waveforms and filters to sticks and cymbals? Check out this feed of electronic drum loops made in Figure! Ready to build on in Figure, Take or Reason.

Posted July 23, 2015, 2:23 p.m.

Hard-hitting Dubstep drums

Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 2:44 p.m.

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.

Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 2:44 p.m.

Terry Bozzio on Music Making

Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 4:11 p.m.

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Terry Bozzio is one amazing drummer. He's played with countless musicians and constellations, including Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. Terry doesn't only play the drums though! For his own compositions he often turns to Reason.

How do you approach music making in Reason?
I use reason in so many different ways. Sometimes I just search through sounds until I find something I like & then create around that sound. When I use a keyboard I always like to try the sounds at the lowest & highest registers (where the sounds were not designed to be played) to find unique effects I can compose with. I like using the keyboard to get human or loose phrasing without quantization. On the other hand, I have used no keyboard & just use the MIDI sequencer to punch in notes one at a time. I've composed many classical pieces this way. I find it much like working a crossword puzzle! It has to make sense vertically & horizontally!

I can't compose well without the feedback of good sounding instruments. Reason provides that when using realistic sounds. Also, I have put my entire drum set & many of my own percussion samples into Redrum or the NN-XT sampler. I can create beats & sounds that are truly me! I'm not a good keyboard player but I have done pretty cool solos in Reason & if I made mistakes I can go back in and correct them to make it as I intended. Using the above I have been able to create realistic sounding classical pieces, ambient electronic pieces, realistic drum playing on fusion like pieces & hybrids of all of the above.

Do you have any special tips on staying creative and productive?
I think it is to make music my "secret hobby" to act as if I am doing this only for myself & I don't have to play it for anyone for their approval. I try to act as if this was a "McGuffin" or just a private experiment done in a non-judgemental way for my own enjoyment.

And when writer's block strikes?
Just keep on or switch to another piece. Most of the best stuff I have done comes to me while watching TV with Reason! I'll mute when it gets boring & plug in some notes. Then if it sounds good in the morning I keep at it!

What has been the best moment in your music making career thus far?
I think when I enjoy listening to something I wrote over & over for myself only, and it really makes me want to hear it again!

(Aside from all the great live performance situations I have had with the greats like Zappa, Beck, Jagger, Acuna, Holdsworth, The Metropole Orkest, sold out solo theatre tours etc. etc.!!!

Any words of wisdom for aspiring producers and musicians?
Well, aside from the above, you have the most incredible technology to realize your ideas with! If mozart had Reason he would have composed 24/7! You have the means now to make music by yourself anywhere, anytime, even without the parameters & restrictions of a musical education! Who knows what wonderful stuff will come out of it?! Please just follow your heart & do it!

Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 4:11 p.m.