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Old 2011-06-30, 15:48
markhansavon markhansavon is offline
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Thumbs up Good Guitars!! Propellerheads and users of Reason, you'd better be reading this!!

Reason Guitars! (Trust me this is gonna blow your mind)

So, Reason doesn't come with really great distortion for doing guitars. Actually, I really like the Scream unit when combined with other effects, or for creating custom patches for synths or bass or drums it sounds great.

My new goal was to just use MIDI guitars and get as good a sound out of
Reason as possible, without relying on Record or POD Distortion. I've created two combinators as an example of the best I could get using only Reason, no Record POD Distortion necessary. It uses compression to naturally distort the guitars, and makes use of the frequency filter to control whether or not the guitar is muted or sustained.

- Unpolished, played through keyboard and exported in about 5 minutes time. Unlike pro demos from sample libraries, this was not painstakingly done at all, and I still feel it sounds pretty good. - The polished painstaking version, and yet it's not that hard to do at all. This is just editing it so that the muted notes velocities are lower. - WAH Guitar, using Screams "Scream" P2 setting hooked up to a Thor's LFO2 automation.


You use the MOD Wheel to control whether or not the guitar is muted or sustained. When mixing guitars, make sure to pan one part left and one part right at the very least to get a good full rhythm guitar sound.

Here is a sample song file to demonstrate what the guitars can do, and an mp3 file as well:
- MP3 File Link
- The Reason 4 Song File Link

Tips when using the guitars:

The polyphony on the guitar combi's are set to 2. It's meant to be played in the fashion of holding your sustain pedal down, while controlling whether the guitar is muted or sustained with your mod wheel.

First, try moving your mod wheel to the center. Then, push two keys (play a P5 or P4, and make sure you don't play too low or too high, play around C2) of your keyboard down, holding your sustain pedal. Still holding your sustain pedal down, move to two other keys on the keyboard (another P4 or P5 around the same range).

Last edited by markhansavon; 2011-06-30 at 15:54.

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