Propellerhead Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Presenting the Reason Soul School ReFill
  • Artist story: Tom Middleton
  • Record U: Essentials of Dynamics Processors
  • Learn Reason online with Berkleemusic
  • Straight from the interwebs


With Reason Soul School, Propellerhead Software's funk flavored ReFill, the soulful sound of the 60's and 70's is up for grabs. You won't find grooves rarer than these.

The Reason Soul School ReFill explores the classic sounds coming out of soul's three capitals: Detroit, Memphis and Cincinnati — and puts them in the midst of your Reason rack. Featuring twelve unique soul and funk instrumentals and all their musical elements — bass, drums, guitars and horns — this ReFill gets under the skin of the music. It's like having access to every channel — every instrument — on an old school rare groove multitrack tape!

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Artist story: Tom Middleton

Tom Middleton has been a driving force in electronic music for the last 20 year. He is the man behind countless releases under guises such as The Modwheel, E621, The Jedi Knight and many many more. We talked to this veteran about his background, how he learned the craft from Richard D James back in Cornwall, England, and about his use of Reason as his main writing and production tool.

In the interview, we also get a walkthrough of the track Hypnotizer that just came out on Urbantorque Recordings. We'll get to learn some of the Jedi Master's secret moves and how he uses Reason to build his signature deep sound.

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Record U

If you're unfamiliar with the techniques available for creating a mix, you might feel a bit of anxiety as you stare at all those mixer faders, knobs, and processors, wondering what to do. In Record U part 3 Ernie Rideout gives you all the secrets to using compression in your music. We will learn more about the foundation of dynamics processing, compression, limiting, gating and expanding.

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Learn Reason online with Berkleemusic

New term starting January 11!

Berkleemusic and Propellerhead Software have developed Reason Certificate Programs that provide a powerful credential for any resume, as well as the practical skills necessary to pursue your creative ideas using Reason.

The Reason Certification Program enables artists from around the world to reach their creative potential by acquiring this industry-recognized certification. One of Propellerhead's goals as a company is to provide the tools and the path towards making music a reality for all artists, and the Reason Certification Program is a valuable step towards that goal.

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Straight from the interwebs

Here are some cool and useful links to things on the big big big world wide web out there.

Reason user Adam Young "heads to the basement to craft his Owl City debut" — Electronic Musician interviews rising star Owl City:

Propellerhead Product Specialist Matt Piper at Line 6 takes you through his favorite aspects of Propellerhead Record:

David Wills at Pro Audio DVDs has some tips and tricks on using the BV512 Vocoder in Reason:

Brand new Reason and Record blog Phi Sequence gives you a guide to routing audio through the Thor Polysonic Synthesizer: