So glad to finally have the new version of the Rigs out the door!
Ever since we first launched the first series of Rigs a year ago we planned to keep these new and fresh, by adding new products every year. We wanted to help customers to find a good selection of Rack Extensions and Refills that would complement each other. We wanted to target them to different users - an acoustic, a synthetic and a "Outboard Rig to rule them all”. The Rigs have been hugely popular and a great success for participating companies. So, it’s with great joy that we now launch the second generation of these Rigs. 50% more products have been added to each Rig. The products in Rig 2 are some of the most well loved REs out there.
The Rigs also gave us an opportunity to crete Refills on a different level than we’ve been able to in the past. For the first time, we could create ReFills that uses more than one RE as we know precisely which REs and ReFills the user own. This creates opportunities for some really nice Combinators. Employing the best sound designers and mix engineers we could find to create tremendous presets - J Chris Griffin and Kevin Schröder have really done an amazing job. This is a great opportunity to glimpse over the shoulder of these professionals.
Outboard might not have been the best name as it wasn’t self-explanatory what it actually contained. So, we renamed it to Mix & Mastering Rig. The focus of the Mix & Mastering Rig as much on the tutorials on how to mix and master a song as on the included Rack Extensions and presets. The included video course combined with the presets makes it possible to drastically improve the sound of your songs.
And speaking of video tutorials, one aspects of the Rigs that we felt didn’t get enough attention were the video tutorials that AskVideo prepared for the each Rig. Each participating product gets one video on how the RE is actually working and one video of how it’s used in a song. The course is laid out so you gradually build up a song, so by the end of the course you’ll hear a finished song. In total, AskVideo produced 137 videos, that’s more than 8 hours of tutorials for the three Rigs!
For more information, check out the video below or go here!
In the spirit of the holiday season, I have put together a free ReFill as a gift for all you Radical Piano and Radical Keys owners out there!
Stuff your stocking with a handful of exclusive Combinator patches that show just how far you can take these Radical Instruments when you layer them with everything from synths to samples. Perfect for getting inspired when you can finally sit down and make some music during the holidays. Listen to how it sounds in the SoundCloud player and, most of all, enjoy!
How do you use Reason in your music making? Reason is my go-to sequencer for programming rhythmic elements, layering bass and keyboard parts when I'm doing additional production during my mixing sessions.
What's the best music making tip you ever got? My good friend, Dave Pensado, told me once: "It's better to sound new than good." Innovation is pushing the envelope and landscaping the sound of the music industry of tomorrow.
Do you have any favorite sound or patch?
Thor's Factory SoundBank's "Silver Strings" Patch - gives brilliance to any string arrangement.
Subtractor Factory SoundBank's "Warm Pad" Patch - perfect for layer existing pads or to fill out low-mid frequency space.
Subtractor Factory SoundBank's "Lately Bass" Patch - great patch to add punch to any bassline.
What do you do when writer's block strikes? During mixing I start with the technical side of things first before I touch the creative. I also love walking or catching a movie. These things help me with finding my inspiration back.
What has been the best moment in your music making career thus far? Being part of Timbalands camp via JVU Entertainment/Side by Side.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring producers and musicians? Stay open-minded, strive to push the envelope and most importantly make sure you always have fun making music.
As a bonus for Reason users, Koen has put together his favorite Combinator effect patches featuring his bus processing chains and settings. Download the ReFill, group your tracks on a bus and slap on one of these Combinators in the insert fx slot in the Mixer and tweak away!
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!