J Bizness Top Five
Heavily influenced by producers like DJ Battlecat, DJ Premier, and J. Dilla, J. Bizness takes a fresh approach to creating music using unconventional sounds while marrying them to the classic West Coast flavor. Using Reason 4 and Recycle 2.1, J. Bizness produced his debut LP, Reason: Beats & Pieces; a masterful work that displays the wide spectrum that is Hip-Hop.
You're Not Leaving (Reason Factory Sound Bank / Subtractor Patches / FX)
This is a common patch used in a lot of my instrumentals. This particular sound serves as either a sweeping ambient effect when the key is sustained, or a bass heavy 808 kick drum when the key is set to a short release. The bass response of the quick attack really rattles the room and I love it! It NEVER gets old to me.
Shore Thing (Reason Factory Sound Bank / Subtractor Patches / FX)
Here is another patch that I use often. When a key is sustained, this patch is a good Foley effect for ocean or beach ambiance. I use it mostly as a rhythm effect in my instrumentals. I usually apply a sharp attack to a key and alternate multiple keys across the keyboard to give an instrumental a very heavy "breathing" effect, similar to that of Darth Vader.
Cork (Reason Factory Sound Bank / Thor Patches / Signature Patches / Tipper (TP))
I have a tendency to use FX to establish rhythm or mood for my instrumentals. This particular patch sounds really interesting when played in short stabs and creates a spacey "Morse code" effect. I usually apply a staccato pattern throughout a large range of the keyboard and alternate the key/pitch to give this patch an effect similar to that of a DJ scratching & cutting a record using a crossfader.
Ageless Exposition (Reason Factory Sound Bank / Combinator Patches / Pads)
I really like this particular patch because the sound is very sweet and subtle. This patch in its preset stage has a fairly quick attack response and makes very pretty chord arrangements. This patch has a ghostly ambiance to its character without adding any Aux effects.
etiK rM [Harmonium] (Abbey Road Keyboards / Instrument Patches / -Style Patches)
All of the instruments in this bundle were sampled and programmed with very realistic detail. When using this patch, the hiss from the mic or amp emulation give it that dirty sound that I like for Hip-Hop instrumentals. You can even hear the scale mechanisms when playing the keys, which makes this patch really cool.
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