Reason Soul School

With Soul School, Propellerhead's funk flavored ReFill series, 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 ReFills explore 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 unique soul and funk instrumentals and all their musical elements – bass, drums, guitars and horns – these ReFills get under the skin of the music. It's like having access to every channel – every instrument – on an old school rare groove multitrack tape!


The two flavors of Soul School

Soul School is available in two flavors: Soul School and Soul School 2. The two ReFills are available separately or bundled together at a discount.

Soul School

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Soul School is a collection of 12 songs from the three capitals of soul. Updated to version 1.5, the ReFill comes with loops and patches for Reason's Dr. Octo Rex loop player, multisampled instruments for Reason's NN-XT Sampler and Combinator, as well as kits for the Kong Drum Designer. It is compatible with Reason version 6 or later.

Reason Soul School features twelve unique soul and funk instrumentals and all their musical elements - bass, drums, guitars and horns.

Soul School 2

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The new Soul School 2 ReFill comes with nine grooves based on the same styles as Soul School. Expanded with patch content for Dr. Octo Rex and the Kong Drum Machine, Soul School 2 is an even more playable collection with tons of loop and sample content ready to be made your own.

For new users, Soul School 2 also comes with the same great multisampled instruments as the original: bass, guitar, drums and horns for entirely new compositions, as well as effects patches for Reason's The Echo, Pulveriser, Scream4 and RV7000 Reverb.

Soul School content

REX files 940
Combinator patches 50
Dr. Octo Rex patches 180
Kong patches 100
Effects patches 20
Samples 2186

Soul School 2 content

REX files 900
Combinator patches 44
Dr. Octo Rex patches 150
Kong patches 78
Effects patches 33
Samples 2170

Live and lively

Composed exclusively for these ReFills and recorded using the finest in vintage technology, all material was played live by funk savvy musicians – simultaneously, without overdubs, for that genuine feel. The sound? Raw, gritty and authentic. Just like all those records you never dared to sample. We dare you not to sample this one.

REX:ed and ready

Every single drum fill, bass line, guitar riff and horn lick featured in Soul School is in Propellerhead's REX format for full flexiblity and tempo independence.

Complementing the mass of loops and licks are the carefully multisampled versions of the included instruments. Perfect for adding embellishments and variety to to your soul stew.

Soul Keys

Free of charge with the ReFills comes Reason Soul Keys, a vintage scented bonus ReFill containing keyboard patches for Propellerhead's finest sound libraries: Reason Pianos, Electro Mechanical (free download) and Reason's own Factory Sound Bank. Reason Soul Keys gives you a wide range of keyboards made to go hand in hand with Soul School: Celeste, Piano, Organ, Clavinet, Wurlitzer, Rhodes and more. Enjoy.

The sound of soul's three capitals



Called Motown, the Detroit based Soul made famous by The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and countless others is light, bouncy and joyful. In translating the Detroit sound to the Reason Soul School ReFill, our focus was on cretating a Temptations style vibe, keeping the drums small in size, but allowing the overall sound to be large and roomy.

Example of the Detroit style



Forever eternalized by Stax Records and artists like Booker T, Memphis represents a rootsier, bluesier sound. Our approach in achieving a Memphis type feel was to maintain a looser playing style and keep the drum and instrument sounds nice and dry.

Example of the Memphis style



Personified by mr James Brown himself, the Cincinnati sound is funky, gritty, punchy and to the point. During the process of capturing the Cincinnati sound for this ReFill we adopted the precise, almost mechanical, yet extremely funky playing style. The sound? Dirty.

Example of the Cincinnati style

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