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paskel13 2006-07-20 18:09

Learning Reason
I am very interested in learning how to use Reason butt I cannot make progress. I am using my guitar with a Roland GK20 synth to play sounds in but I have no idea how to setup a system. Is there Reason For Dummies or something simiilar? I am an old guy (55) tying this for the first time. I have a great system with my Mac, Digi 002 rack and Mackie 824 monitors. However I cannot produce anything out of Reason.

Sirius0108 2006-07-20 20:02

Re: Learning Reason
If you are not interested in sifting through books and/or manuals, I recommend Reason 3 CSI Master. It is a software DVD with six hours of lessons broken up into various chapters. I like the way you only view the Reason screen in the lessons as the narrator explains what happens. You can easily pause it and try what just occurred in Reason. I think I recall there being a lesson on connecting outside MIDI interfaces in it.

: I am very interested in learning how to use Reason butt I cannot make progress. I am using my guitar with a Roland GK20 synth to play sounds in but I have no idea how to setup a system. Is there Reason For Dummies or something simiilar? I am an old guy (55) tying this for the first time. I have a great system with my Mac, Digi 002 rack and Mackie 824 monitors. However I cannot produce anything out of Reason.

buwatcha 2006-07-20 20:21

Re: Learning Reason
I'm thinking about doing the Producerlab seminar - it looks awesome. It's more than just Reason too:

gwmatt 2006-07-20 20:49

Some links
: Here are some links:

Beginner Level:

1) Reason 3 CSi Starter (CD):

Description: If you are new to Reason 3 and want to get up to speed quickly, this CSi Starter is for you. This hands-on, interactive training CD-ROM provides a unique way to work through a basic production from start to finish. Gain a solid understanding of Reason while learning how to use all the exciting new features in version 3. Packed with approximately 2.5 hours of movie tutorials, this interactive training product guides you through the business of producing a song. Sit back and watch as a pro shows you the ins and outs of Reason 3, and then practice what you?ve learned with the quizzing feature. With the updated CSi MT Player 4 interface, you?ll enjoy a new custom movie playback bar with fast forward and rewind scan options, and location markers that provide an easy way to instantly access the key location of each movie tutorial.

2) Reason 3 Ignite! (Paperback):

Description: Reason 3 Ignite!", written for both PC and Mac platforms, is the perfect companion if you're just starting out with this software. Topics are easy to find with the detailed table of contents and the complete, well-organized index. This book, presented in an easy-to-understand manner with step-by-step instructions and many screenshots, fills the need for information the manual does not provide. To add more value and provide you with tools to enhance learning, the companion Web site offers downloadable source files used in the book. The author?s in-depth knowledge of this application coupled with the strong and updated look of the Ignite! series, leaves this book standing as an excellent source to get you up and running quickly on Reason.

3) Reason 3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

Description: Combining pristine sound quality with a comfortably retro-styled virtual rack (including a polyphonic synthesizer, mixing console, sampler, and drum machine), Reason has won legions of fans since its introduction. Now, everyone is singing its praises -- from bands like Nine Inch Nails and Prodigy to video producers. Here to show you why is the first Visual QuickStart Guide on the topic. Using simple step-by-step instructions and loads of visual aids, this friendly volume promises to have you up and running quickly -- using all of Reason's instruments, loops, effects, mixing capabilities, and drum kits. You'll also find complete coverage of Reason's essential features: from its extensive racks and sound banks to its lifelike, rear-rack cabling, as well as its effects, automation, integration with other audio programs, and more.

Beginner to Intermediate Level:

1) Reason 3 Power! (Paperback)

Description: Geared toward intermediate users, "Reason 3 Power!" is the perfect book if you're a home recording studio musician! You'll learn how to use Reason with other software and hardware through in-depth tutorials and explanations. This guide is packed with tips that even a quite experienced user may not be aware of. It provides the 'why' behind the "how" so you leave this book with a better overall knowledge of the ins and outs of the application. The authors cover Reason from A to Z in order to bring you up to "power user" status. This book explores the history of MIDI, how Reason works with MIDI, and valuable tricks of the trade that will help make your songs sound professional. Whether it's for a professional musician or a hobbyist, "Reason 3 Power!" coupled with this dynamic software will take your creative possibilities to a whole new level.

2) Reason 3 CSi Master (CD-ROM)

Description: This interactive training CD-ROM guides you through the key operational techniques and cool new features of Propellerhead's Reason 3. Comprised of approximately six hours of movie tutorials, this unique learning tool includes not only functionality, but also production techniques, special shortcuts, key commands, and before and after audio examples. "Reason 3 CSi Master" takes you to the next level of software and production operation through detailed discussions of software buttons, elements and menu items, production technique demonstrations, shortcuts, and tips. If you're a new users, the Introduction topic is useful for learning set-up, first record, edit, and mix. Even the most experienced Reason users will find tips and techniques that advance their overall knowledge of this powerful software!

Advanced Level:

1) Power Tools for Reason 3.0: Master the World's Most Popular Virtual Studio Software (Power Tools Series) (Paperback)

Description: ower Tools for Reason 3.0 provides insider tips and techniques for producing music using Reason, one of the world?s most popular virtual-studio programs. This second edition explores the new features of the latest version, and projects from the earlier edition incorporate new devices and samples. Revisions in the chapters on Dynamics Effects and Filters reflect the features added with the MClass Compressor, Maximizer, and Equalizer devices, while a new chapter on audio mastering discusses the use of these devices to improve sonic fidelity. A Combinator chapter discusses new synthesis, effect configurations, and methods used in the patches from the updated Factory Soundbank Library. Readers will expand their sonic palettes by applying the advice of a recognized Reason guru, who explains the audio concepts behind these effects so readers can become experts in sound innovation. Power Tools for Reason 3.0 delivers an in-depth understanding of advanced production techniques to experienced Reason users. The accompanying CDROM features demo software, custom samples, and original Reason song files.

2) Reason 3 Overdrive! (Paperback)

Description: Geared toward advanced users of Reason, this book offers succinct chunks of guru-level advice - power techniques gleaned from the author's experience as a Reason power user. This new version 3 of Reason, Propellerhead's flagship music application, is used to emulate audio hardware such as samplers, analog synths, mixers, drum machines, effects and a real-time multi-track sequencer. The tips, presented in bite-size chunks, bring you to the next level and enable you to hone your skills on various functions within the application. Written to provide you with a resource that helps you along the way, this book gets you through a tip in a maximum of 2 pages. This guide will stay on your shelf and serve as a useful reference for whenever you are working within Reason.

dawelo1958 2006-07-20 22:07

Re: Learning Reason
On the Home page here, click 'Articles' and on the right side of the page, find the 'Discovering Reason' articles including 'Six Strings Attached'. It is a first step guide to using your guitar as an input for Reason.

Discovering Reason

Seanboyle 2013-03-23 02:59

"Reason 6 Power!" by Prager and Childs is a great one. I'm in the same boat you are, and it's helping me immensely!

xbitz 2013-03-23 07:58

this is the one for dummies :) (nice old topic :D )

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