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How to Record a Rock Song in Reason

teacher avatar Evan Oxhorn, Make Better Music

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7 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Overview of How to Record a Rock Song in Reason

    • 2. Programming Rock Drums in Reason

    • 3. Recording Rock Guitars in Reason

    • 4. Recording Bass and Drums Fills in Reason

    • 5. Recording a Rock song in Reason Lead Guitars

    • 6. Mixing & Mastering a Rock Song in Reason Pt 2

    • 7. Recording a Rock Song in Reason Bonus Tip

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Learn how to record a rock song in Reason. The class starts with programming drums, then continues with laying down rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and leads.

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Evan Oxhorn

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At Stock Music Musician, you'll learn music production tips and music licensing strategies that you can instantly implement to improve your music and make more money. Producers who use Reason software to make music will find heaps of tutorials.

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1. Overview of How to Record a Rock Song in Reason: Welcome to recording a rock song in reason. Over the next few lessons we're going to learn how to do is to create a like Scratch demo, which we'll use to create a drum track which will program. The reason this is going to be some sort of a Kings of Leon study type rock pop song. So we'll learn to program the drums. Then we'll learn how to create some guitar tracks and some layers and get those sounding good. Are based and kind of do a little rough mix and Master So you can see how it all comes together. So if you are at all interested in taking an reasoning to the next level, I do have a handy cheat sheet for using reason. I'll put a link to it down below. Go check that out. It'll help you speed you on this process. And now let's jump into the videos on how to make a rock song in reason. 2. Programming Rock Drums in Reason: Hey, what's up? We're going to learn how to make a rock song in reason over the next few videos. In this one, we're going to mainly focus on getting the drums down. I've got a rough little guitar idea here. It's sort of a Kings of Leon style pop rocks on. And so stay tuned for the next few videos in this series, they're all gonna cover awesome stuff related to making a rocks on in reason. Okay, so let's just take a quick listen. Just recorded this simple. With a click. Over the next few videos, we'll learn how to build that out into a much more powerful riff. And we'll add base and all sorts of fun stuff. Arrange it will make this into a fun full finished song and delight quick mix of it. But right now I want to focus on the drums. So generally for rock stuff, I think you're probably better off getting loops. Or a advanced drum player like easy drummer, because to do like really traditional, straightforward rock is pretty hard to program. But this is gonna be more like a pop rock style song, maybe even a little bit of like Empire of the Sun. So it's going to have more of a programmed sound. We're actually going to go with the eardrum. Yeah, that's a great, easy tool for programming drums. And we'll just, for demo purposes right now, probably start with the rock-cut. So my play, That's about right for their drum group. I don't love sound, but we give them a second. Shuffled. Okay, perfect. So that's a pretty simple and straightforward drum group with an open high hat. On the end of the last, be straightforward. High hats here, or kick. A basic kick pattern, more emphasizing the back beat and a solid snare on the backbeat. We will do some stuff to make this sound more interesting in a sec. But let's, I like the kicks and there's too much ring on the snare. So I'm gonna go here to rock kits. Actually it will go to drunk supply and will go to snare drums. Matching up to the open button here, I was looking. Snare drums. We want more of this is actually probably good for this sentence on the pops. And now let's see if we can't. I'm looking for something with more a little bit of body and whack. That's much better. Now today's high hat, a world. Actually sounds really nice. So that's a pretty solid start for the drums. Or we're going to do now is actually transfer this to the track. So first of all, let's now copy pattern to track, which is what I didn't do ask. So now I have instead of I'm going to turn off enable patterns selection, which is gonna make it so that it's not played to the CD-ROM, but instead it's playing to this mixer channel. And the reason I wanna do this is to add more groove and swing to things. First thing I need to do though, is make sure that this I'll just get this browser out of the way. The first thing I wanna do is start volume tweaking. So we're going to select all of these. Has it, I'm just going to bring them down so we get every other one down, so we have a little more of a groove and shuffle. This is automating volume is a hugely important thing in music and it's gonna get you a much better sound overall. And actually I might make the, now what we're going to do. So we'll select all of the kick drums down here. And what I really want to do is emphasize the first kick. Now when we go to the snare, This is not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for this one here to be at a higher velocity, to add a little more emphasis to somebody else about that in a sec. The high hat. And the last thing I want to do is create a little clap. So what's snare samples again? This sounds like the maternal weight. Good enough for now. Let's go back to the sequencer. And the last thing I wanna do is this is going to be patterned, the main pattern. But we will need to do a few different drum fills. And so here, let's say with great, that's just a simple drum Fillmore snare and it gets louder on the second one. And we'll come up with one more drum fill. And so it'll just add a little more variation. And then once we get to the chorus, maybe we'll change things up. But for now, this will be the basic contract. Let's say. Yeah, not for something like this that is has some EDM routes. That's probably a good fill into the chorus. That last one is not necessary. So hopefully this has been helpful. You've learned a little bit about how to programs and drums. And for added measure, let's add some grew. Let's see what happens if we senator, channel one string. Maybe I will shuffle. And I want this to be a little higher, a little louder. And unfortunately because there are already copied the pattern I'm going to meet and changed it. A little bit of that over here. But I think this'll just sort of bring out a little bit more of the beat bomb. I'm sort of feel like you gotta feel where is your head going? And then let everything follow that will keep this one lobe because it precedes the fill. And actually the way we'll work it is this'll be four bars here. So regular, snare fill, irregular kicked fill into the course. So hope you enjoy this. In the next video, we'll start recording some guitar, and we'll go from there. 3. Recording Rock Guitars in Reason: Okay, welcome to part two of recording a rock song and reason. So in the previous lesson, we learned to create the basics of a drum track. And, and that's one we're going to record some like guitar parts and Michelle, you some tips to get a decent Guitar Zan and reason. I do not think there are any good guitar amp simulators and reason, I do not think that the default ones really do you service. So your best bet is to try and record something that sounds pretty good direct using an amp and a microphone. Here I'm going to be using some effects pedals. I've got a TC Electronic pilot, which is going to be on this channel. And then I'll use a few other sounds for the other channels. Or to use a third party amp simulator, which I may or may not do. We'll see how it starts coming together because this truck might not actually need that hard of a sound. But this is going to be the basics of the watch. I'm just, this is just the two pilot, Les Paul and the trouble setting. Nothing else. So to create an audio track, let's delete this, check. You can just click here and say create audio track. I want to make sure this red button is set to record. And if the input is on the right input for your instrument, which you'll see light up. You can also hit this tomb for to tune your instrument. But because of how I'm monitoring, monitoring my guitar, you're not gonna see my tuner light up, but a pre tuned it. You're gonna wanna make sure that you are in tune. Before you hit record. It's great to hit this button here, which will give you a count off before you go. And so basically what I'm going to try and do is track out the whole thing right here. And we will go from there. Pretty, it's gonna be a simple structure. Or for the verse four of the course, you get to the end and let that last notes to stay. Okay, so there you have it. That was the first track, pretty well done. And so what we're gonna do is double that up and pan it to the left, but we'll use slightly different settings so that it'll sound factor. So that's going to be Guitar left. And we'll create another audio track. And we'll call it guitar, right? You notice I haven't added any cords and I will be playing chords later. But for now, we're just going to stick to sort of straightforward guitar part. So what I'm gonna do is go from my different guitar, I would plug it in. But still waiting for the right tally for many, pop that up to a different pick-up position. So it'll at least sounds slightly different. I'm going to turn off my distortion pedal. And I might even turn on just a slab of spring reverb yet, but, but that's too much reverb on that. But so I turned on my reverb pedal just to make these two sounds a little different. And so now I'm literally going to record the exact same thing. But then being subtle differences in my performance and in the town, or it's going to result in a cool guitars. And an important thing to check when you're recording is to make sure that you're not clipping. So before you do see this is all there. Let's also turn on just the master bus maximizer and turned soft quip on to make sure that we're not clipping on the output and not clipping on the input. Okay, let's record this. Okay, so I made a mistake right there. So I'm going to do is start the recording right here at bar 33. I've got a convenient space where I come in. We've got the preclinical. I'm just gonna hit record and fix it from here. Cool. So now we've got to guitar parts that are sort of just playing in unison. Once get done at the right level and will end about him. And makes part lato come in right around here. On your guitar. Chords are going public comment on the course. So I'm gonna create another guitar track for the course. And we'll use one of the amp simulators. And reason. Are there amp simulator and reason? But I'm not a big fan of it as I said, but we'll do it for the sake of being complete. And so we want a little a little crunch, not too much. And yes. We don't well, yeah. Take cabinet. Let's turn off the reverb there. And unfortunately not going to hear it monitor and through this because of how I have it set up. Very well, but we'll get there eventually. But we'll, we'll dial at n after. So just the way I have my modern setup, you will probably hear it with a little latency on yours, but I want on my 1234. So this is another course that cool. So let's just start recording right in there. And so I don't know that I like the idea of those chords that I thought I went, but not Schroeder. Now let's record it for this part of them about on the cabinet town and I'll show you some tips on that. Cool. Now let's just go to the course to hear I'm a dial and the sound real quick. Last forever. So I'm taking out some low and mid range. We are trying to maximize a writer. That's probably right. Morgan, Yes. I might be too much bullets. That's about right. So in the next video, we'll add some base, will add some leans, maybe some keys, and maybe a little bit of sweetening. Until then. 4. Recording Bass and Drums Fills in Reason: Okay, so we've got to and match before it programmer at Sunderland, facsimile developed among our solar cells. So that all of our dry and should be brighter. Pretty neat. And that's in the array. So for now, we'll add some parallel distortion and things in a follow-on video. But let's go to the drums. Are actually in a select everything a song and move it back. Just discussed so that we can draw on a drum thought the very beginning to snare hits, probably something like this. So we're making quieter, also make them a little more written. Y two. So now as we get into the first thing I wanna do is find a crash symbols. And we can use for a transition. That's pretty good. Then we'll create another audio track. When does literally dropped this on, we'll call it crash. And we want it at the very beginning. Since we don't have anything on that. First downbeat. Way down. Again to the course. Just I, I very much remember here. Okay, obama animals have a lot better. There are some wrong notes there, but that's going to matter for this. I think it's just the intonation on the base. It's my stuff. I got to get that set up. So I just want to have base hits on each of those three notes. Let's see what happens. And we'll actually make it. I started my first crash into them and say, would this be a benefit from a field X? And this might be offered. You want to add more energy each time. We don't have that many moments that there's exactly see how just kinda kicks it into little higher gear. Make sure I did that right. Let's see what happens if you go to fall on our 02:00 AM at previous on both things down for a second. Here. This fall on on leaves. And I think I can do is now I can just select all of these ones that I've done with somebody holding down shift and I can select all the ones and I'm just gonna copy them over to Dr. Wright that automate everyone. That's if we wanted to carry all the way through to the underweight and we can do it one more time. One of the first one here still you down. And we might be dropping. More crashes here. I'll remember we wait till we get to the second half TO title here. And here we will actually shrink guess 1.5 years in the Time Stretch function. We will on mode two here. So this one is to be irregular and good action. And so this one was not directory. Go down, way down. Kick to crime. Cool. So that is a fully formed track from an arrangement perspective, you could add some keys if you wanted. You could add some percussion, some tambourine Maybe is the second course or something. But all in all this has the transitions you'd want and all the parts arranged the way you want and recorded how you do it. In the next video, we will do a field of a light mixed on this so you can just see how everything comes together. All right, see you there. 5. Recording a Rock song in Reason Lead Guitars: Three in the series of making a rock song and reason. I have tune the guitar again because you're gonna want to tune your guitar from time to time. And so we'll start with the first course. And we will, that's where their lead guitar will come in. And then we will place something in the second verse and into the next chorus. This time I'm using both a delay pedal and an overdrive pedal. And I'm using an amp simulator that came with my, Well, now I'm using a third-party amp simulator to do this sound of the UHD buxom Betty, I believe so. So we've got this layer here. And actually on second thought, I think that's going to be saved for the end. And now we're going to record a secondly part on top of it. The first time we've even heard the course. So from an arrangement part, not a big deal. Now on a pump up this little transition here. So you can fix a bad take with a little help. Now I need to actually record that better and we'll double it up evenly. But we just want that to pump. And we will probably do something to the drums there as well. But we'll get to that in a cell. Reprogramming the drone. And now we might add on an office. Should we have a soul of it then? Maybe get a little noise at the end. That's probably this solo. Now it's time to add some base. Okay, cool. So now we'll record the tuned it all up. We'll add another audio track. And what island the bass amp sound after. But for now, I'm going to record this. 6. Mixing & Mastering a Rock Song in Reason Pt 2: Alright, so in this video we'll do a light mix on the song we've been working on and get it kinda sounded nice and polished. To make that happen, we'll set a link to the chorus here. Just so we can. It's usually helpful to mix on the busiest part of the song. So this includes most of the instruments. So normally what I would do is consider creating a separate drum track for each of these instruments. For each drum. Hit, you would go right-click mx channel and then you would route the individual instruments out orders gonna do mixing on the bus here to save time. So let's go to the mixer. And I like to start with the drums Botha Foundation from the bottom up. But first I did the levels, right. So let's do that. And this is probably a little hot. We'd like it right around 12 and right around 12. Yeah. That's great. Now if I in the base because it's got the Low Anthem, narrow the stereo image as pretty good there. So cool. So now I'm going to turn on the Bus Compressor with the preferred settings. Slow attack auto released modelled a couple of dB of compression on everything. Refresh. And now let's get the drums MEXT. So the first thing I do, open up the EQ and feel like they could use a little more spank and a snare and a little more low up to email to get more precision. And rest are all down to alter the narrower band. Number. Say it's bad. And then I'll answer collision domain, where you are in. Pretty good. Now let's see how the compression on it. China is just a little better. Let's spiritually. But there's actually, it's eating fresh perry. Well, today I'm listening for is it makes it a little less a tacky but a little fuller. So let's keep this Max growling law. We've got that compression on the drums as Turkana tighten them up maximally attack and let everything else kinda run thermal. Now let's go for the base. You see the row act because drones and the context of this fact might actually not want to look at that first octave, but pretty serious cutback. Natural dao. So come on by others north of here. That's now going to take out a one low and on that regard, cut public good. I can actually probation as second. No comparison of guitars and has an opposite in terms of EQ on both guitars. Just to make them sound a little different. So a little differently. So it's sort of both complimentary zone between the two guitars. Allison channels it's actually could muster and database. On our campus HE honors like or compression which public finance control it a little better. Particles with Qatar called gamma can take well out of the slower. One of our other high anger, aggression. It's very hard for a little bit. And now we're going to look at EQ among some reverb. I will put some reverb on the drums and on probably the lead guitar and the crash. So what's with this drum? Live and reverb sounds like and the alkali. Very fast. And that attach to the M curve. Weightless. And co afraid on electric cars. We go over all this design. Pretty good. Lets go to the face and actually wants what? I want to plot all of the instruments uprising and crash to one bus. Stop is set in certain books. Just given the nature of this side, I want to put a little side chain compression on it from the kick drum to just, you know, and this is sort of more of a pop song, pure rock song. So Amara. All right, we'll do up through the sand, the spirit of parallel sand. And then now I can hear what the sod triangle dealing. Now everything is sort of pumping under the kick drum. And this bit has more groups and others crash. Leveraging that Python's simple underpants. And the Khurana, a tapes emulator on the grounds of generic room together, a little bit more automatic. And that brings out the low and a little bit more em. Together. We bring out the side. And on the class, Lego brick drama, drama. Now let's balance out the other parts of the song where we have all these other guitars. And then we'll be good to go. Just put a little light built-in, simple mastering on it and we'll be good. Ok, that actually where we needed them to be. So now we'll go back to this. The loudest part here. Okay, so I will just do a little light Mastering area, Julius. Thank every take. That is the way a little bit to somebody like a little from America solar answered with an egg bug. It's not a barrier. Toyota Honda man. For instance, thermophilic narrowed and out of our vitamins. And how much I'd open it up. In. My terms are now linked guitar Romano. We don't need this composites. We already got one on. We don't want to open the method. Rather vague button and see where we are. Right. Where around a little over 12, which is right about where we want to be led. The Portuguese had more and maybe we'll try one more adiabatic comma Jose. I don't want to come over and have a tape modeling, which is like a sailor was before. It sounds better. So there you have it, a light mix and master of a rock song and reason. And we're good to go. I would put this out right now. There's a little, some flags and some intonation and you can make the sound better, but not bad for a day's work. 7. Recording a Rock Song in Reason Bonus Tip: Thanks so much for watching this track and watching how you can make a rock song or a pop song and reason. I hope you found this enjoyable and helpful. If you did, please be sure to leave a review, don't forget to download your cheat sheet. And I wanted to give you three bonus tips. First, if you're recording a rock song and reason, try and get the song sounds that you're making as good as possible, as close as possible to the final sound you want. So tweak your guitar, tweak your pedals to your amp trick, all of that on the way in, I'm going to have less work to do on the mixing stage. Second, just because something is a vintage emulation doesn't mean it's going to make things sound better. So when I try to put in the automatic on the master bus, it really does kind of killed things. Be careful with retro process and you don't use your ears, trust yourself. And the third thing is, keep practicing this song would be twice as good a sat if I actually took the time to perform it well, and that's baked in, I was trying to move fast. But if everything is actually locking in place, it's amazing what you can accomplish just by taking the time to record, right? Thanks so much for watching and thanks for that review.