Propellermix: "The vultures", he cried

Posted April 16, 2015, 8:02 a.m.

For this week's Propellermix, we were completely smitten with Alexis Snyder and her song '"The vultures", he cried!'. While the song is hauntingly beautiful on its own, there was something with the phrasing that just begged for a jazzy bossanova groove... We simply had no choice but to try it out! Take a listen:

 

Try it yourself! Add something to the original song and see in which direction you'll take it. Simply open it in Take or Reason on the player page and start making music. We'd love to hear what you come up with, so make sure you drop your result to Propellerhead and send us a tweet @PropellerheadSW or share your music on our Facebook page.

Posted April 16, 2015, 8:02 a.m.

Propellermix: I don't know what's going on

Posted April 1, 2015, 9:05 a.m.

It's Propellermix time, people! This week we're highlighting a remix made by Reason Product Manager Ludvig.

 

 

We asked Ludvig about his remix and how he approached it:

 

"This started when I heard Ryan's "I Don't Know - Produced", which was based on "I Don't Know" by aarongrider. I thought the acoustic guitar intro would work fine in a higher tempo, so I made a 120bpm guitar hook loop out of it. At the same time I happened to hear "What's going on?" by beat86, which had some really nice vocals. It sounded as if these two pieces could fit together somehow, although both tempo and key were different... Some tempo and pitch matching was done in Reason, after which I started adding bass, drums and other niceties, using the Factory Sound Bank, Disco School and Soul School. The disco guitar in the chorus section is actually the same acoustic loop as in the intro, but run through a Softube Amp and an Alligator!"

 

Want to add vocals, an instrument or re-arrange the Propellermix? Just open it in Take or Reason to add your own part. And if you want to try your hand at remixing the original yourself—simply open it in Take or Reason and start making music. We'd love to hear what you come up with so make sure you send us a tweet @PropellerheadSW or share your music on our Facebook page.

 

Posted April 1, 2015, 9:05 a.m.

Figure, Take and Reason updates

Posted April 1, 2015, 9:03 a.m.

We’re happy to announce the release of new versions of Figure, Take and Reason!


Take

Never sing a flat note with Take. The new “Voice Tune” helps you stay in tune, or gives you that modern R’n’B sound when turned all the way up. Clean up, distort or color your recordings with effects on each channel, give your tracks a “final mix” sound with mastering presets, and sing in a key that works for you with transposable backing tracks.

Download Take on the App Store (free!)


Figure

Figure, the fast and fun beat making app for iOS is now free! Also: Make a beat in Figure and open it in Take—the key of your Figure song is automatically brought over to Take, so Voice Tune gives you great results instantly.

Download Figure on the App Store


Reason

Reason gets a bunch of new stuff, too, based on all the feedback we’re getting from you. Reason 8.2 features a slick new auto-update system so you're always using the most current version, without the hassle of bulky manual installs. You’ll also get Improved patch navigation with Revert Browse, extended Remote support for Redrum, more colors for tracks, channels and clips, and tons of other improvements. It’s a free download for owners of Reason 8, of course.

Download the Reason 8.2 update / Buy Reason

Posted April 1, 2015, 9:03 a.m.

Propellermix: Here's to you

Posted March 26, 2015, 11:58 a.m.

It's a new week and you know what means, right? You guessed it! A new Propellermix feature! This week we're highlighting a remix made by our own Leo.

 

 

We asked Leo about his remix and how he approached it:


"I found “Here’s to you” by yourlittlegem through an email notification, as it was based a beat I had made previously. I instantly realized I had to remix it. To get rid of the original beat I had made, I opened both the original piece and yourlittlegem’s version in Reason, phase inverted one channel and got the difference—just the vocals (and quite a bit of background noise, but that just adds to the vibe). Then I built it from the ground up as a new song in Reason. Hope you’ll like it!"

 

Want to add vocals, an instrument or re-arrange the Propellermix? Just open it in Take or Reason to add your own part. And if you want to try your hand at remixing the original yourself—simply open it in Take or Reason and start making music. We'd love to hear what you come up with so make sure you send us a tweet @PropellerheadSW or share your music on our Facebook page.

 

Posted March 26, 2015, 11:58 a.m.

Artist Drop: Cid Rim

Posted March 26, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

The world of Cid Rim circles around the boundless magic and mythical formulas of funk. When speaking of his influences and musical socialisation, the 28 year old viennese producer and drummer of JSBL inevitably ends in the 70's of the past century. While starting as an enthusiastic sample digger, his current works has a playful and interlaced sound, shifted with deep chords. A hybrid of programmed beats and analogue drum patterns meets razor sharp grooves and monumental power-steps. We had a chance to ask him some questions about his music making and feature an exclusive track dropped to Propellerhead. Check it out below!

 

How do you use Reason in your music making?

Reason is my main production software. It was the first proper program i got, when i was 14 or so and it still is.

What are the three most used devices in your Reason rack?

NN19, Redrum, Subtractor... still!

You just released your new record Charge / Kano and we've been playing it loud in the office. Could you tell us a bit about the creation of these two tracks?

I had a loop of the beat in the beginning of "Charge" lying around. Then I came up with the main chord progression on the piano and when I started to put those two together on the computer i had something in mind, like a huge wall of big band brass for the chords. I tried out how close I could come to that feeling with synth sounds. As soon as i had the main part, the rest of the track went quite easily. 

Then when I had it finished, I already knew I wanted to put it on the A side of a record with two club tracks only so I needed another one that fits. Inspired by the drum rolls of the A side I thought I could maybe go even more into to a higher, faster, ridiculous show-off fusion vibe with the second one. It's named after the Mortal Kombat Character "Kano" that can perform a horizontal and upwards roll to hit the opponent. The fast hook of the track reminded me of that move. 

What motivates your creative ideas and creative activity?

Just music making itself. I'm enjoying lots of other activities that could seem to influence my music but ultimately I think my main inspiration comes from making music. It's not like the fantastic dish you ate yesterday will get you an idea for the track you're making today. It's rather the amazing beat you just programmed or the bassline you just played that inspires you to go further and maybe make an entire track out of it. 

Being a drummer, how does that influence your song writing and producing? The track Saturated Phat Boy you dropped to Propellerhead has quite a complex rhythm.

It helps, but not as much as you'd think. I believe that you can learn how to compose beats on a drum set as well as on a drum computer. In fact the mixture of both is probably a very healthy one, but its not essential. I know producers composing the sickest chord progressions without ever having touched a piano before, so...

Is there something that you do to put yourself into a creative state of mind?

I think the important point is not how to get inspired, but to keep on trying if you're not!

If you have experienced creative blocks, how have you overcome them?

Even more trying. It can help if you start doing things differently. If you got a certain pattern of working, try to lose it, mix it up, go from the back to the front. Or just work with sounds you've never used before. Flip things up and surprise yourself. Just don't stop trying and playing around, I think that's the most important thing.

What advice would you give to other people who are motivated to become more creative in their music making?

It takes time to achieve something. Creativity comes from playing so take your time for playing around. Perfection comes with practice and time, so again, take your time and be patient. If you like making music and you're good at it you just need to do it every day!

 

Cid Rim also dropped an original piece of music to Propellerhead called "Saturated Phat Boy". Take a listen below! Want to add vocals, an instrument or remix the song? Just open it in Take or Reason to add your own part and join the music making.

Posted March 26, 2015, 10:09 a.m.