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.

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.

Elite Session with Lucky Date

Posted July 20, 2015, 2:15 p.m.

 

House producer and long time Reason user Lucky Date recently joined up with Pyramind and held a two hour Elite Session which is now available online over at their website. Among LOTS of other things, Lucky Date talks about his production process and workflow in Reason and also how he came to the name "Lucky Date". We get an in-depth exploration of his own tracks and how they came about, as well as a discussion about collaboration techniques when working with other producers and musicians.

Check out the video teaser below and then head over to Pyramind's website for the full two hour Elite Session.

 


Click here to watch the full two hour Elite Session with Lucky Date!

 

Pyramind Training, the San Francisco music production school, operates side by side with Pyramind Studios. Pyramind offers a wide range of programs; Music for Picture and Games, Electronic Music Production and Rock & Acoustic recording as well as four online programs centered around specific DAWs.

Click here to learn more about the courses at Pyramind Training!

 

 

Posted July 20, 2015, 2:15 p.m.

Artist Drop: D.K. the Punisher

Posted July 15, 2015, 8:34 a.m.

Donovan Knight, better known as D.K. the Punisher, is a producer/songwriter/DJ from Baltimore, MD. D.K.’s journey with music began in 2000 at age 8 when he began rapping, and continued 4 years later when he began making beats for himself and other rappers. D.K. has produced records for Dom Kennedy, Mac Miller and many others.

In 2013 D.K. produced Justin Bieber's single All That Matters,  along with Andre Harris.

D.K. dropped a few beats to Propellerhead for you to build on, and we also got a chance to ask him how Reason helps in his music making.

 

When you load up a brand new Reason song, what’s the very first thing you do?
First I do is start browsing through sounds. I have a dope template set up already, so all I have to do is search until something catches my ear.

In what way is Reason helping you in your music making?
Just by completely facilitating my creative process. Reason is sort of responsible for the way I approach music making, even in other DAWs. I like to tweak and create my own sounds a lot to give an advantage over my peers.

The three most used devices in your Reason rack?
NN-XT, Subtractor, Combinator

What’s your all-time favorite album?
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

What advice would you give to other people who are motivated to become more creative in their music making?
Explore as many types of music and experiences as possible. Inspiration is everything, and having many points of reference when it comes to creating is just as crucial.

 

 

Posted July 15, 2015, 8:34 a.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. Now I'm off for vacation, then work begins on Reason 8.4.

Leo Nathorst-Böös, @leo
Apps Product Manager

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