Propellerhead Newsletter

June is upon us! On Friday we will be celebrating Swedish mid-summer. It's a holiday that involves dancing around a giant maypole, singing songs about frogs, and very cultured gatherings of friends where we sample fine imported and domestic spirits (translation: get slizzard). Before we head off to the countryside for those festivities we wanted to leave you with a few goodies. Enjoy!

In this issue:

  • NEW! Reason Disco School ReFill
  • Felix Cartal Artist Feature
  • Berklee Music Online Classes and Tutorial


Announcing Reason Disco School

There is something about Disco music that continues to work in clubs around the world. The beat, the strings, the plucky guitars... whatever it is, Disco has been irresistable to dance music producers for the past 30 years. Up until now getting great disco samples has been challenging, expensive (licensing), and time-consuming to dig through crates looking for that elusive "break."

That's why were thrilled today to announce Reason Disco School - the follow up to our popular Soul School ReFill. Disco School is designed to give you authentic grooves impeccably recorded and all REX'd for flexible production and manipulation.

Featuring the famous sounds of Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles, Disco School has every element your dance and hip hop tracks need. To watch our feature video, read more and hear several sound examples, head over to our website.

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Artist Feature: Felix Cartal

Felix Cartal spent his early years as a musical pinch hitter... filling in for local Vancouver rock bands whenever they needed a member. After taking a class on MIDI production in high school, however, Cartal realized both the advantages of being a solo artist and the power of producing with Reason. His sound still borrows heavily from his punk rock origins, using synths to convey the heaviness and aggression normally coming from guitar amps.

After successful releases on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records and tours with MSTRKRFT, Felix Cartal is still driven by his band roots both in sound and production philosophy.

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Berklee Music Online

The Berklee School of Music has long enjoyed its status as one of the top music and technology schools in the world. More recently they have expanded their reach, bringing the curriculum straight to your laptop with their Berklee Online courses.

These courses pack all the knowledge you'd expect from a Berklee class together with the added convenience of home-based learning. The summer term starts on June 27th and it's not too late to sign up for their Reason training. You can read up on the course in more detail on

To get you started course instructor, composer, and producer Erik Hawkins has posted a recent video tutorial about making hip hop beats in Reason using Kong and groove quantize templates.

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