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!