The band Halocene won our recent A-List Song Challenge with their upbeat punk rock anthem 'Rock and Roll'. I was really impressed with the production so I asked the band if they were up for sharing the Reason-file with the community—and they were!
If you have Reason 7 or above, you can download the track and check out how it was made. This is a great example of mixing in the box, with extensive use of Reason's big mixer. Regardless of skill level, there are both songwriting and production tricks to learn here. Brad from Halocene was even kind enough to record a short little voice over on how you get around the document at the end of the song.
Download the song and check it out!
Download 'Rock and Roll' by Halocene as a .reason file. (471 MB)
How do you use Reason in your music making? I use Re-drum loads. Most of the Maximo Park songs I write start with me programming a beat that goes with the tune I'm working on. That beat may then getting mirrored by live drums. I love using it as sample trigger through the tracks.
What's the best music making tip you ever got? A tip from Neil Young - Always listen to your mixes next door if they sound good there, you're on the right track!
Do you have any favorite sound or patch? The 'Disco Snare' is a great default snare for any style if you're working quickly.
What do you do when writer's block strikes? I tend to have 3 or 4 songs on the go at once so if ones not happening I switch to another. Alternatively I do something different like work on an imaginary soundtrack or create hybrid noises by combining effects, songs often materialise from that.
What has been the best moment in your music making career thus far? Our band has been very lucky in that we have been able to travel the world & play great places but despite that my best moments are simply having the freedom to write & do something I love everyday, I'll never take that for granted.
Any Words of Wisdom for aspiring producers and musicians? I guess it sounds obvious but if you have the drive & can work hard you're giving yourself a head start. If you're writing or producing listen to lots of varied things & try music you wouldn't normally listen to, it'll keep your own ideas fresh.
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!
It was touring that introduced Chris Vrenna to Reason. He needed a light and transportable keyboard rig for touring with Marilyn Manson. Flying constantly between festivals, they couldn't bring the truckful of gear they had used earlier and Reason turned out to be the perfect live setup.
We met with a very tired Chris Vrenna in his home in Los Angeles. Working in the studio with Marilyn Manson means you work the night shift. He had crawled out of bed for our late afternoon visit though, and talked to Propellerhead product specialist James Bernard about his use of Reason on the road. We also got a walkthrough of his Reason rack setup for the track Sweet Dreams.