Around the world Summer is in full swing. Here in Sweden the midsummer decorations have been raised, the July 4th fireworks in the US have been detonated, and in the UK they've done whatever typifies summer for them which we imagine involves watching Wimbledon while eating a scone. Here in the Propellerhead HQ we're in a rotating schedule of summer vacations and summer productivity, always bringing you new and cool stuff down the pipeline.
In this issue:
The reviews are still coming in for Reason 7 from some of the biggest music publications and even some mainstream news like Time taking note. One thing seems unanimous, people LOVE Reason 7!
When Adam and his brother tried programming their own computer games as kids his own attempts were terrible. Fortunately however, the music Adam made for those games using ProTracker software on the old Atari ST computer wasn't terrible. In fact, it was so good he quickly outgrew what he could achieve on such a basic set up. After a recommendation from a friend and seeing the rack cables in action for himself, Adam was quickly a Reason user and now even pushes Reason to its limits with his epic full-bodied synth soundtracks.
After a couple independent releases, Adam Fielding's music caught the attention of Distinctive Records in the UK who promptly signed him for those and future releases. Now Adam splits his time between producing his own albums and soundtracks for TV and film use.
We caught up with Adam to check out how he builds up his ideas and arranges them in Reason using Blocks.
Max Rehbein just might be the best thing to come out of Germany since the pretzel! Never short on amazing sounds and willingness to share his knowledge, Max is back with another sound design tutorial. This time he'll show you how to make an Electro Bass sound using amplitude modulation in Thor. Sound complex but it's freakishly easy. Throw on a little distortion and you're off to the races. We'll let Max explain the rest but if you hear those Electro bass sounds and want to learn how to make your own, this tutorial is for you!
It used to be that in order to get this classic compression sound you had to get it through vintage hardware - the vintage HA100X UTC transformers, tubes, T4B opto modules, and other magic that went behind the deceptively simple faceplate. Oh and did we mention it cost close to 3,000 dollars on the used market, provided you could even find a working unit 30+ years old? But still, people wanted that sound and it's easy to see why. It sounds amazing. The computer wizards over at Cakewalk have modeled this legendary compressor in all its glory. Those transformers, tube sound, and even that T4B... it's all there in the sound. And best of all, this beauty is ON SALE for the summer. Starting today Cakewalk is offering a 30% discount on the RE-2A Rack Extension!
This month two new ReFills from Sonic Elements each based on new sounds for classic Reason devices: Subtactor and Malström.