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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 34: Automation Clip Toolbox

posted 2010-10-14 at 21:38

Whenever I'm working on music, one thing that I've had in my personal bag of tricks is an "automation clip toolbox." Basically, it's a palette of controller data curves and waveforms which can be applied to automation lanes like level, pan, filter cutoff, etc.

Thanks to the new "stretch clip to tempo" function (Option+Drag for Mac or Control+Drag for Windows) I can resize these automation clips to whatever speed I want. This week I'm giving this toolbox away and showing you how to use it. These clips will breathe new life into an otherwise static pad or provide the creative spark for a new idea entirely. Enjoy!

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Comment posted by: dmnlopez - 2010-10-15 02:19

Thank you again James for another great tutorial. Your weekly tips are invaluable and are much appreciated. Reason has so much to offer in a D.A.W. and sometimes we need some instruction for advanced techniques which you provide weekly. Thanks

Comment posted by: rlubeck - 2010-10-15 22:06

Fricking awesome James! Those clips are ideal for a lazy bastard such as myself :D Will make good use of them, thanks!

Comment posted by: thereddude - 2010-10-19 15:47

kick ass James.
Very handy indeed

Comment posted by: StephanThomas - 2010-10-25 22:31

Hi James did you draw those automation clips yourself or did you record the automation patterns somehow like an lfo controlled midi input? if you drew them manually is there anyway to add curvature to a straight line for instance like the curve between two automation points?

Many Thanks for the great vids!


Comment posted by: MitchBlue - 2010-12-09 02:55

thanks man this vid was awesome

Comment posted by: Intenzity - 2011-05-16 14:22

Yea, so how did you make these? Can I copy any track of midi data and paste it in as automation? Hmmm, lemme go try that.

Comment posted by: jimidi - 2011-10-27 06:37

Where are the downloads now...jb34.zip isn't available (404)

Comment posted by: RoelofViviers - 2013-05-15 16:25

Hey James.Were did the link go?Really want to use it...

Comment posted by: stfual - 2014-07-07 08:41

This is very useful. It would be nice to see then as drawing tools in Reason