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solomank 2009-08-15 22:22

I love you: Please improve audio quality
 
Love note

After years of waiting, I am forced to sacrifice Reason's sweet fast paced workflow for the superior audio quality offered by Logic, and others, even though their high powered synthesizers offer thousands of redundant, dated sounds.

Software developers: Please understand - I have loved the work you have done. I have appreciated the simple boundaries offered by your programs. They have forced me to grow, and they have given me untold hours of engagement. Time wasted? No.

Software developers: Please understand - I don't need new things. I need better sound quality. I have improved my signal paths with careful eqs and compression, but side by side, sound by sound, reason does not compare with the others. Reluctantly, I have agreed to stop finishing things in reason.

I build tracks up, massaging, tuning, loving, but yet hiding from my beloved reason that I will be exporting its midi to another program to finish the track. To another program that offers crisper, more detailed, more spatially separated synthesizer voicings, to another program that sounds better.

I love Reason, but it becomes more and more like the angry relative that doesn't really explain things that well to outsiders, and I'm approaching a time when I won't be inviting it around anymore.

Two suggestions, because I love you Reason:
First: improve whatever processes contribute to making sample playback, mixing, and synthesizer sounds sound more professional. I don't care about increasing the load on my cpu. Make it sound better. I hate apologizing to my friends about the basic differences between logic and reason.

The other: improve the Matrix pattern sequencer. Sequencing with the Matrix is like touching my girlfriends raw liquid sugar. It is so simple and powerful. But it can be improved. I want to develop patterns that are longer than 32 steps without toggling between pattern A1 and A2 and A3 and A4 and A5. I want to develop patterns that are taller than 13 notes without toggling through the 5 levels of octaves.
I could do this on the piano roll sequencer, but it's not that much fun. Expanding the Matrix or making a newer, larger rackmount matrix style sequencer with horizontally scrolling, vertically expandable viewing options would be the best thing you could ever do.

Unless you were to develop a VST that combined a higher fidelity version of your Subtractor synth with said expanded matrix components. Would I buy it? Absolutely.

lowlifebware 2009-08-15 22:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by solomank (Post 647411)
Sequencing with the Matrix is like touching my girlfriends raw liquid sugar.

Can you explain this please, I have no idea what this bit means?

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mattias800 2009-08-16 00:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by solomank (Post 647411)
a higher fidelity version of your Subtractor synth

You mean Thor?

phasys 2009-08-16 11:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by solomank (Post 647411)
First: improve whatever processes contribute to making sample playback, mixing, and synthesizer sounds sound more professional. I don't care about increasing the load on my cpu. Make it sound better. I hate apologizing to my friends about the basic differences between logic and reason.

You might want to read up a bit on how to improve your sound with Reason.

rfitz 2009-08-17 10:23

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Originally Posted by lowlifebware (Post 647422)
Can you explain this please, I have no idea what this bit means?

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Do you want him to include pictures :D

kage630 2009-08-17 19:03

i would like to see what would happen if the same producers who contributed to native instruments' "massive" stock soundbank threw down on some thor combinator patches.

i'm really not sold on this nay-saying reason's sound quality bandwagon, and i'm not going to be until some seriously talented sound designers try their hand at developing synth patches for reason.

typewriter 2009-08-19 18:08

Upgrade to Record. There you have a SSL desk. That should sound good enough.

But in any case I do not understand that people don't get it that other DAWs have a slightly higher output (some decibel plus) compared to Reason. That's all. This makes the sound "so much better". And that has been discussed here a thousand times.

bw120205 2009-08-19 18:52

I've realized that there are trade-offs with any route you take in your quest for sonic perfection. For a while I used the Arturia MiniMoog VST for synth sounds and NI's Battery for drum sounds but the CPU load on my computer become so annoying and intense that I was willing to give up some clarity for the ability to have more tracks and a greater amount of automation and what not. Maybe you have a really great computer that can run multiple VST's simultaenously, which in that case go for it! If you are me and have a laptop with 2 gigs of Ram then you will get a headache. If sonic clarity and overall realism is what you seek then definitely go with some nice VST's. There is no comparison that they sound better than the sounds in Reason, but I tend to favor being able to work with a ton of sounds at the same time.


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