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Learn Electronic Music Production with Reason - In Under 3 Hours

Ruan Lotter, VFX and Motion Graphics Artist

Learn Electronic Music Production with Reason - In Under 3 Hours

Ruan Lotter, VFX and Motion Graphics Artist

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20 Lessons (2h 37m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Reason Interface

    • 3. Reason's Instruments

    • 4. The Effects Overview

    • 5. The Sequencer

    • 6. The Piano Roll

    • 7. Creating Your First Drum Loop

    • 8. Creating a Bassline Using Dr OctoRex

    • 9. Creating a Bassline Using a Synth Instrument

    • 10. The Sampler

    • 11. Creating Your First Synth Riff / Melody

    • 12. All About Quantizing

    • 13. Automation

    • 14. Bounce Track In Place

    • 15. Recording External Audio

    • 16. The Mixer

    • 17. Exporting Your Track

    • 18. Where To Find Free Quality Audio Samples

    • 19. Handy Shortcuts To Speed Up Your Workflow

    • 20. Thank You For Watching

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About This Class

Welcome to Learn Electronic Music Production with Reason - In Under 3 Hours


Ever wanted to produce your own music? Well now you actually can!

Reason is BY FAR my favourite music production application - It's one of those tools that are fun to use, beautiful to look at, and super powerful at the same time!

During this course you will create a section of an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) track with me - I will assist you every step of the way.

You will learn all the tips and tricks producers use to create amazing tracks from scratch!

What you will learn during this course:

  • The Reason Interface
  • Reason's Instruments
  • The Effects Overview
  • The Sequencer
  • The Piano Roll
  • Creating Your First Drum Loop
  • Creating a Bassline Using Dr OctoRex
  • Creating a Bassline Using a Synth Instrument
  • The Sampler
  • Creating Your First Synth Riff / Melody
  • All About Quantizing
  • Automation
  • Bounce Track In Place
  • Recording External Audio
  • The Mixer
  • Exporting Your Track
  • Where To Find Free Quality Audio Samples
  • Handy Shortcuts
  • And... of-course much much more :)

Don’t have a copy of Reason? No problem - you can download a FREE trial from www.reasonstudios.com and follow along!

I really hope that you will enjoy this music production journey with me -

Let's create some MUSIC!!!!

See you in the first lesson!

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Ruan Lotter

VFX and Motion Graphics Artist


Ruan Lotter is a Filmmaker, Editor and VFX Artist from Cape Town, South Africa. He has directed and edited several short films, internet commercials and music videos over the last few years. In 2007 he started experimenting with Adobe After Effects, 3dsmax, Maya and PFTrack to name a few of the applications, and never looked back.

He currently works as a VFX Artist and Editor at Creative Drive, doing post-production on international commercials and video projects.

He also runs a YouTube channel called TunnelvizionTV where he teaches people interested in Filmmaking and VFX (visual effects), from around the world, the secrets to many Hollywood VFX techniques.

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1. Introduction: Hey, my name is Ron and welcome to learn electronic music production with reason in under three hours Ever wanted to produce your own music? Well, now you actually can. Reason is by far my favorite music production application. It's one of those tools that are fun to use, beautiful to look at and super powerful at the same time. I first started using reason back in the day in 2002 or 2003 when he used to be. J. And I produced some crazy or drones and other genres off electronics Don't music. I even had a few tracks signed to a UK dawns label, and some were released on 12 inch vinyl. And you can do exactly the same today. I want to share with you a little bits I have learned over the years, and I think you will find it extremely easy to jump in and start producing your own music right away. We will cover everything you need to know to produce some very cool tracks from using the powerful instruments and effects that come with reason to recording external instruments like guitar or even a vocal track. We also look at things like automation using the sequencer, creating some cool roofs and baselines, making awesome beat loops, arranging a tracks mixing and even where to find free quality samples to keep your music fresh and up to date with today's medium sound, I don't have a copy of Reason. No problem. You can download a free trial from reason studios dot com and follow along. I really hope that you will enjoy this music production journey with me. Let's create a music. See you in the first lesson. 2. The Reason Interface: Hey, and welcome back. And in this listen, we're going to look at the interface off a reason. So whenever you open a reason, you will be presented by a screen that looks something like this, and you've got these different sections to reason. So yet the bottom you've got your sequencer, you can see it's a sequence of right here, and I can click and drag on this great ball to resize the sequence of and then on the left inside we've got the browser so right at the top, you can see it's his Baraza and I can also resize this. If I just click on the edge, I can click and drag to resize the browser section and then in the middle. We've got the wreck. So this area is all the wreck, and that's gonna be the area we're gonna place, or your instruments and your effects and everything that's gonna bold your song. And then right above that, we've got the mixer you can see it says mixer right there so I can drag the wreck down to increase the size of the mixer area. And the more instruments you add, the bigger this mixer will become so Okay, so that's the mixer. And, um then on the right inside, we've got tutorial. So if I click on that little circle to open tutorial, this is where confined als, the reason tutorials. They can click on more tutorials or new in reason 11 and that will take you to a webpage with all those information. Now, you can also click on these little circles next to these names to minimize thes sections. So if we look at the tutorial of the tutorial section, if I click on that little circle, that will minimize that and the same with mixer. So if I click them the circle next to mixer, it's gonna minimize that same with sequences. So if I kicked little circle your next to sequence, sir, it's gonna minimize that and the same with browser. So usually, if I am working with different instruments or effect in reason, I will maximize this Iraq area so it gives me the most like the most room to work with. And then maybe if you are busy in the sequence, A can open up the sequence and then maybe minimize their Iraq, and that will give you a maximized view off your sequence of, So it's just really nice to be able to resize all these different parts of reason to fit your needs. Let's quickly look at the preferences, so if we go to right at the top and we click on a reason or reason, intro depends on what version using and then click on preferences that's going to open up the preferences window, and it's very basic. Um, the one thing that I changed the on the general tab is my theme. I think by default, it's on the default theme, and I just prefer the dark theme so you can choose which one you prefer there, and you can also see it. What is the default song when you open up reasons you can, either that either do like indirect or one of the templates, or you can open the last song that you worked on. And then, if you click on the audio tab at the top, this is we select your sound card or your external audio device, and then, in fact, you can control surfaces. This is we can see your media keyboards and other external control surfaces, so you can see. I've got my m k 361 see USB media keyboard that's been added and it's enabled and then under advanced some or plug in folders here. So if you using any V istea effects, this is where you're going to sit. Those BST folders. All right, then, if we look at the bottom of the screen, this is where you have all your play controls, etcetera. So this is we've got your record part in your play, but in your stop button, back and forward. And also your tempers are currently this is, say, 220 beats per minute. And then you've got your click track right here, your metronome that you can enable and disable. And below that, you've got your pre counts. So that's when you do a record. It's gonna pre count a little few clicks, and then it's gonna start recording so you can change all those things here and the next to that you've got your time position and also your song position. So the top one, the song position is your boss and your beats etcetera. And then below that you've got your time position, which is minutes and seconds and milliseconds and then to the left of that you've got your Qantas sittings were going to get into the details of that a little bit later. And next to that, you've got your keys and your groove. So keys is also like if you don't have a media keyboard, you can actually use your normal typing keyboard as a keyboard. So we're going to get into that later as well. So I'm gonna close that, and then you've got your loop year as well. So there's this looping on and off. We're going to get into that as well into the little details. And yeah, that's basically just a quick overview off the reason interface will see in the next lesson . 3. Reason's Instruments: Hey, and welcome back on in this. Listen, we are going to take a look at the instruments that come with a reason. So this is just a quick overview. Off the instruments were going to go into mawr detail on some of these instruments, So I just want to show you kind of how to add them and we can find them etcetera. So if you look at the browser, see if your brother is minimized, Young's on the left. Inside, Just click on that little circle above browser and it's gonna open it up. And then you can see instruments, effects, utilities, players, and you've got your reason. Sounds in your factory sounds and all off those things. So right at the top you've got instruments, and if you click on instruments, it's going to show you all your instruments. Now the number of instruments will depend on the version off reason that you're using. Um, I'm actually using the it's called a reason. Intro. Andi, if you're using a different version, you might have mawr off these instruments. You can also buy them separately. Subtle depends on what version you are using. So let's drag in one of these. So let's say I want to add a redrum drum computer instrument. You can literally just take that instrument, click on it, drag it over to your rack, and you can see it's gonna place that little plus symbol, and that's going to show you where it's gonna add that instrument. You can also add it on this side off the rack, but I want to add it a right years. I'm just gonna drag and drop it right there. And then you can see this is our redrum instrument. Now I can minimize the browser if I want to minimize that and maximize my Rackspace. And yeah, this is basically a redrum computer so I can click some of these samples. You can hear them. They're onder. If I want to go back to the browser, I can also add some presets or some patches to these instruments. So usually when I add an instrument into the records automatically going to take me to the folder where I confined patches for that specific instrument, So right now you can see right at the top. It sees redrum drum kits, and if I click on that, it's going to show me where that fold Aries. Now, this folder is under the reason sound or the reason Factory Sound Bank. Okay. And you can drag any of these patches onto this redrum computer so I can go and kids to get the rocket so I can literally just take that rocket, drag it onto this device and you can see it's gonna have, like, this red orange umm overlay. And if I release it, that's gonna load those patches. So now if we listen to these samples now, that's all coming from that rock kit. Let's try this technique it. So I'm going to drag and drop this technique it onto the redrum computer, and now we should have these techno samples. Cool. So all those techniques samples are starting pretty cool, and we can also browse some of these folders. So if I expand some of these folders, you can see there are quite a few things that you can add into this redrum computer. Now, as I showed you at the top, if you click your it's going to show you this is actually under the reason factory sound sound bank. So if we click the reason factory sounds. It's going to take us to this folder. And these are all the patches for the different instruments. So currently, because this is the redrum drum computer we can go to and see if we can find it in your so you could see that says redrum drum kits for experiment That and then that will basically give us that same folder that we were in earlier. All right, so I'm gonna minimize the browser quickly, and then I'm going to show you how you can actually rename your instruments. Okay, so every instrument will have, like, a little piece off Looks like a piece of tape on the side. And if you double click on that, you can rename it. So let's say I want to rename this to my drum groups. Drum machine can do that. And if you rename that year in your sequence around the bottom, that's going to rename your instrument eras well, you can also rename it you at the bottom. Let's say this is your ah, let's say we want to call this our kick Drum groups, like so many will see it will update on the instrument as well. So you can either rename it in your rack or you can rename it in the sequence. Okay, let's add a different instrument. So I'm gonna just maximize this rack area again, and I'm gonna minimize my sequencer and now want to delete this redrum computer? So the easiest way to do that is just click on the on the instrument you want to delete and then on your keyboard, press delete. And then it's gonna ask you if you want to delete the selected device only, or if you want to delete the whole group. Now, some instruments come worth more than one device. Now, if I just cancel this quickly, you can see just above this redrum computer, there's a kick drum thing year. And if I expand that, if I click on this little arrow, this is actually part off the redraw. But if I only delete this redrum, if I only go inside the lead selected only it's only going to delete this part and it's gonna leave this section you at the top and we don't want that because we're not going to use that, really. So I wouldn't delete all in the group now if I click delete all in group. You'll see it's gonna delete both those devices, and that's what we want. Sometimes you only want to delete a certain section off the instrument or if you have lots of effects and anyone in the lead, maybe the instruments and keep the effects, then you will go to lead selected only. But in this instance, I want to delete the whole instrument with everything that goes with it. Okay, let's look at a few other instruments that come with reason. So I'm gonna go back to the browser and I'm gonna click on instruments and let's see what else, Therese. So we've got our let's look at some of these interesting synthesizers. So we've got this Thor Polish sonic synthesizer. I'm going to drag that in. And then if you click on this show programmer yet the bottom that's been open about sequencer and ah, yeah, As you can see, you could do so, so much in reason. All these little sliders and knobs and everything. They all do something and you can automate them and program them and play with them and load patches. It's really, really crazy, actually, and ah yes, and that he's our four, um, polyphonic synthesizer. And yes, So that's how you add some of these instruments. Let's see what other instruments there are gonna add some mawr underneath this synthesizer . So, as you can see, we've got a Kong drum designer. Also another instrument I'm going to drag in. I'm gonna place that underneath this synthesize that that we just added. Okay, so they can see that is our Kong drum computer. And if you click on these buttons, this will play the samples. Let's have a look. So this one is very simple, similar to the drum computer that we at first and then you can also load all these patches . So currently, if I is currently on the conch, it preset, and I'm going to drag in this deep house patch, and I'm going to drag it right over the conch drum designer, and it's gonna load those samples for me. It's a listen, all right? She can hear their samples actually updated. Now, let's go to this thought synthesizer. Quick, clean. If I just click on this and now when I see where we can find some samples or some patches for this synthesizer So if we go to the factory sounds and we look for the four folder right at the bottom And if I expand that you've got all these sub folders so you can go, you can add some base presets or patches, FX lead since pads percussion all of these different things just for this one instruments or this one synthesizer. So that's have listened to some of the base. So you can see there's lots off batches that you can load into this synthesizer that I was gonna drag one of these in just like that. And it's gonna load that patch now. You can either play on the keyboard if you have a mini keyboard or just gonna bring up this keys keyboard here at the bottom. So if you just take on keys around at the bottom, it's going to open up this little keyboard. And now I can just press your keys on your normal keyboard to listen to this Ah, sample. So to make sure that you are playing the right instrument are just gonna open up the sequence, see at the bottom, and then just make sure because currently it's actually on that Kong drum computer, and I want to select this. Synthesize this, this synthesizer. So I'm going to click on that one. It's gonna flash. And now, if I pray some of these keys you can year that we are playing, the sonar can minimize our sequence or again. And let's have a look at some of these patches. So I'm gonna minimize base on. I'm going to go to lead something, and I'm gonna add some of the Let's have a look. I was going to use the keyboard. Good. Let's try another one. Ah, let's see what else there, ese? Let's try one of these vintage leads. Second, see this synthesizer ease quite quite powerful. We can do a lot of different sounds with it. Um, little lick at some of these pads we do. So I can do some really, really interesting stuff. Let's have a look at some other instruments. So if we go back to the instrument folder and it's gonna scroll down here all its ad one year on the right hand side. So I'm gonna close this keyboard or the on on screen piano keys, and then we're gonna add one of these to the right inside. Okay, so I'm gonna drag this Euro par shape shifting synthesizer. I'm going to drag it to the right inside. Let it go. And there you can see these, our synthesizer. So now this will automatically take us to that foldaway. We can add things to this instrument or some of these patches. So that's ever listen, someone drag one of these over into this instrument and sequence. I'm gonna make sure that this instrument is selected there, and I'm gonna open up my keys and let's have a listen, okay? And let's try some of these other sounds, guys, some interesting stuff there. Let's try this engineered Polly. That's quite a nice sound. So you can see this s o many different types of instruments that you can add. And they all have just so many different patches that you can load and these patches or just kind of preset. You can create your own patches if you go into these knobs and sliders. And if you know anything about computer or synthesizing sounds, you can actually create a lot off your own sounds and save them as benches and ah, let's have a look at this Mona Tone bass synthesizers. I'm going to drag this and I'm gonna place it under this Euro par synthesizer, and this is basically a base synthesize. Okay? And that's going to take us to the monotone base synthesizer folder automatically. And let's try adding some of these patches, and we open up my on screen keys so you can use some nice base there. Let's try this one, that's what Cool on, let's try a click base so very, very cool Bass sounds in that instrument. And let's look at one mawr. Um, I think, let's look at the doctor, Dr Rex Loop player Kwaku Instrument on its instrument that plays loops. But you can also customize those loops, and you can cut them up into little pieces and ikan change him around on, and it's quite a powerful little instrument. So if I expand this bottom section year by this little arrow, you can see it's going to take us into the details off that instrument, and it's gonna take us to the folding in the browser week and add some loops. So let's have a look at some other drum loops. It can go in here. Acoustical electric open up, electric on. Let's look at some club, um, loops here. I'm gonna drag one of these in. Okay? And then you can just to listen to this when you can just click on run here at the top. That's quite nice. Destroyed one other one, maybe Electro house. Try one of these. Get pretty cool. Maybe one more dub step. Let's try one of these. The guy Very, very cool. So these are There's just some off the instruments in reason, and that's how you add them. You drag and drop them from your browser. I was gonna minimize the browse a year because the screen space is limited on Yeah, I can just drag and drop them in year, and you can view them in the rack. And I want to quickly show you what you can do in reason that actually blows my mind and a lot of other people's minds as well. If you breast tab on the keyboard is actually gonna flip the wreck around, and here you can catch your own cables the way you wanna root these devices. Now, in this course, we not gonna go into details with rewiring your own instruments, but you can if you really want to. If you click on one of these ports, you can actually create a cable, and you can patch them to the different, um, places. But you can just do anything to anywhere because that's obviously not how audio interfaces and audio synthesizers work. You need to patch them in a certain way. But I just quickly wanted to show this that you can actually do that and all these cables seek and just grab them and re patch them where if you want to. But be careful. You can quickly miss up a lot of things, but you can always undo. And then, if you want to go back to the front, just press tab on the keyboard again, and that's going to take you back to the rack. So, yeah, that's just being a quick overview off the instruments in reason. I will see you in the next lesson. 4. The Effects Overview: hi and welcome back. And in this listen, we are going to look at effects, adding effect devices to your AC. So let's open up the browser. So on the left inside, if I click on this little circle above browser, it's going to take us to where we find all these patches and our instruments. But we can also add our effects. So if you look under instruments, you've got effects. And if I click on this, this will show me all my different effects that I have in reason. Yours might look slightly different. That all depends on the version of reason that using and, if you may be bought, some separate effect devices that you can actually buy separate as well. So these effects usually run off other instruments like, let's say, for instance, a distortion or reverb or ah, AM or bass AMP. All these different effects. They usually want an instrument that you plug into the effect, and then that effect will affect the instrument. So let me show you what I mean. So let's look at one of our devices that are added earlier. You can add a new device if you want to you don't have Teoh carry on from the previous lesson. You can just drag in any instrument that you want and then follow along. So let's look at I'm gonna add in effect to this, um, this Europa instrument. OK, so I'm going to click on that, and I'm going to open up my keys, and it's just ever listen, let me just open up the sequence and make sure that that synthesizer is actually selected you as well. There we go. So I'm gonna minimize the sequence or again. And now I can listen to that instrument. So I don't think that's a really good one, because it's got a lot of effects on already because the synthesizers got bolt. In effect, you can see at the bottom. So it's not really a good instrument to use, I think, let's maybe use this Kong drum designer. I guess I'm gonna open up the sequence of again, and then we will make sure that this Kong machine is selected there. And now if I click on my keyboard, Okay, so you can you Those are the original sounds and I want to add an effect to this instrument . So let's start with the river so you can see the 2nd 1 from the top. This blue one is ah or V 7000 m k to reverb, and I'm going to drag that in. And as soon as I go kind of just below at the bottom of this instrument, you can see it adds a little plus day, and that means it's gonna add it just below that instrument, and it sort of automatically going to rewire it to that instrument. Guess I was gonna release And you see these our reverb said Now, if I click on some of these samples you can year, it's got a heavy reverb on it. So now we can control the reverb settings underneath it. So you've got this dry and wits not be on the side. So with is full power. And if I bring that down a little bit so that sounds a little bit bit up and you can also change the decay and the high frequency damp on da I e que. And they can also expand it year and he can do all kinds of things here reverb, eq, you and gate not gonna go into details on this specific river, but just want to show you how to add it. Let's say we want to add another effect off toe this river so I can go back to my effect in the browser and let's say we want to add a distortion and I'm going to drag that in to just below this riverbed. You'll see it's gonna add that plus sign. If I release, it's gonna add the Scream four Sound Destruction unit, which is basically just a distortion with all these nice little presets. So now if I click some of these, you can definitely hear there's some distortion going on. So let me choose fuzzier. Okay, Second, differently. The distortion. They and you can play around with all of these settings and see how that works. I'm gonna delete this one quickly and show you just how to delete an effect device. So I'm going to click on this screen for you can see it's gonna kind of select that effect unit and on the keyboard I'm gonna press delete. And I was gonna ask me, Do you want to delete it on? It's not a group, it's just one device. And then I can just click delete. Okay, I'm gonna undo that quickly and show you what happens if I delete the instrument. So I'm gonna do ah, normal undo. And if I select this Kong drum designer is conceived, just that instrument is selected. And if I click on a press delete on the keyboard now, it's gonna ask me, do you want to delete only only this device or do you want to delete everything in the group? Now, this is where it gets interesting, because if us click on the lead selected only, it's only going to delete that drum computer, But it's gonna leave the reverb and scream for distortion. And sometimes you want that. If you want to re use those effects with maybe on another instrument, then you want that. I'm gonna undo that. But most of the time, if I delete something, I wanted to lead all the effects that goes with that instrument. So if I select the scoring again for press delete on the keyboard and if I select the lead all in group, then it will delete the reverb and the distortion as well. All right, let me show you one. Mawr that we can add maybe on to this synthesizer. So this is the thoughts, and the size of some is going to go into the sequence of make sure that is selected so we can play it. And we're gonna open up my keys, places on the side. So let's have a listen. Okay, so I should have switched off some of these effects on this thing. Okay, that's better. So there's no delay or anything, So I want to add a delay effect on to this synthesizer. Now you can do delay within the synthesizers, so it's not really needed to add a like extra delay effect. But let me just show you. So if I drag this digital delay line just underneath this device, you can see it's gonna add my little delay year. And now, if I play this back is going to drag this dry wit signal down slightly says not that hectic . And if I play this instrument now, you can year. There is a different delay, so it's going to increase the feedback cool differently. Delay. They and we can also add a chorus off lunge sumption. Add that to the next to that delay, and it's a lesson you can differently that is affecting that instrument. Now there's something else I want to show you a short of the lead. Peace, too. Effects of galactic on birth of them. Delete them and let's add a river. Begin to this instrument. Guess so. We've got a river, but if I play it so you can hear the reverb is differently working. Now let's say you want a temporarily bypass this reverb on this instrument. I know he can do that as well. So if you look closely to the left corner on the side year, you'll see bypass on and off. No, If I switch this to bypass like that, that's gonna by post effective. I play the instrument. Now you can year. There's no reverb. If I switch it back to on, then you can definitely that reverb is back. And if I switch this to off right at the bottom, so just like that, and if I pressing the keyboard, nothing happens. So bypass will buy positive effect on will leave the effect on an off. We'll completely switch off that instrument or the instrument will still play. Can actually see if I pressed the note on the keyboard. You can see there's a little light flickering they and I'm sure that the signal will still go through this instrument. But when it gets to this effect and it sees its cough, they that's not going up with that to your mixer. So you're not gonna get the sound. So usually I other leave this on, obviously, on on any phone too quickly, just by pause it for, um, if I wanted maybe check out a different effect or taste something else or put this on bypass on. Then I will try some different effects. And, yeah, all depends on what you want to do. And that's basically the end off the overview off effects in reason. I will see you in the next lesson. 5. The Sequencer: Hello and welcome back. And in this Listen, we're gonna look at this sequence, sir. Now, this is just gonna quick overview off the sequence of this. So many things that you could do in the sequence. I'm not gonna get to everything, but I'm sure as this course progress, you will be able to see some of the different things that I do in the sequence. And I will obviously explain that. So just a quick overview off this sequences. So as you can see, I started a blank project again because the other one got a little bit messy. So let's add a just something Let's at this sub tractor analog synthesizer to our racket is gonna drag that in and you can see that it created that. I'm gonna minimize this. Browse on the side of case of this little circle next to browser, click that to minimize it. And then I'm gonna just resize the sequences so we can kind of have a little bit of a better picture off the sequence of. So first of all, you can see our instruments. So it's currently called bass guitar because that's the patch that's been loaded into this instrument, and we can obviously rename that I can double click here in the sequence and I can rename it. Let's just call this something you can call it anything and the next to that you've got your mute and your solo se if you on a mute the strike. If you have multiple tracks and you just want to meet this track, you click on the M. It's gonna mute that track. If you want to solo this track and mute everything else, you click on little s. So that's the mute and solo. And another thing that you can do your ease around at the top. You've got your different tools. They've got your normal select cursor. Then you've got your pencil tool that we're gonna draw some notes later on. You've got your razor, you've got your razor tool and then you've got your mewtwo and you're magnifying too, and also the hand tool. Now, most of the time, I just use the 1st 2 just the pointer and also the little pencil to draw my notes. And yeah, you don't really have to use the race. I just use the keyboard shortcut lead. If I wanted to need something, but we can light it. Look at all off those different tools and ah, then you can drag this thesis your song position. So this little line that you can drag around that's your song position. And then you got your controls at the bottom that we quickly looked at when we looked at the interface. So you got your plane, You stop so you can either click play there and you can see that the song is gonna start playing. Obviously, we don't have anything programmed into the sequence. You won't hear anything and again stop it again. Or you can also use the space bar on your keyboard to play could see that it's starting to play and I can hit space bar again to stop it. Then you can also see we've gotten all and are now that's left and right. It's almost like in and an out point. And if I drag this or to the second ball or just the ending off the first ball and if I hit space bar, you'll see that that play head is gonna loop between those two points. Now you can also see at the bottom next to this play. We've got this Lupin ableto that's gonna press space to stop that. And I'm gonna take the play it back to the beginning and I'm gonna de select or disable the loop right at the bottom. And now, if I eat play, you will see that as not gonna loop between those two points. Now, usually I keep this on cause I like to loop the song between this certain or just a certain section off the song. If I know, I'm just gonna work on that section of Loop it and I will bold that section as it's looping . And then when you happy with that section, you can always expand this to loop a bigger part of your song. We can drag the l two. Maybe that bore. And then if I put my plate then that play it's just gonna loop that section off your song, sir is going to stop that again. Let's put the L right there. I'm gonna put our right there so we only have this one bar looping and we can also zoom in year. So a really easy way to do that Easy at the bottom you've got this great bar, and if you click on this handles on the sides, you can actually click and drag and you can see that's actually zooming in and zooming out of our timeline just like that. And you can also click and drag this thing to the side, and that will actually scroll the sequence to the side and to the left. All right, so it's always nice to zoom in on the section that you're working on it. So we only working on this first bar, I will zoom in all the way. And now if we play that you'll see it will loop, and it's nice and big, and you can see what's happening in this area. All right, so how do we add a section off a song? So the easiest way to do that is just to double click anywhere where you want to create a little section off your song, that we're gonna be able to get it. So if I double click in this area right next to the scent in this open, blank space right here, just double click, and it's going to create this little section and that section weaken go into into edit mode . We can create our midi notes inside that little box, and then we can come out of it mode. Let me show you what I mean. So you'll see. It's got a little button near the top that is edit mode. And if we click on that, it's going to take us into that section we just created was gonna maximize this a little bit better and zoom in slightly like that. And, um, in the next lesson, we're gonna look at the piano roll, so don't worry too much. What I'm gonna do now is gonna draw some random notes like that, and I'm gonna click on the normal mouse pointer again. And now if I go out off edit mode, if I take this edit mode button again, you can see that those notes are actually recorded. Or those notes actually visible insight. This box. And the cool thing about this is now I can either drag this around where exactly where would you place it? Or I can copy and paste it. So if I just do a command, see any command V? I can copy it like that and paste it like that or I can select them and delete the ones that I want to lead, or I can click on one of them. And if I hold on Ault on the keyboard, I can drag them out and duplicate them like that. You can also do it with multiple one safe. I drag this out maybe twice, and if I select both of those, I can copy. So come on sea and in Command V, and it's gonna copy both of those. So just a really easy way to kind of arrange your song by using this double think method to create a little section. Another thing that you could do is you can change the color of these boxes. So if I want to make this one a different color, I can right click on it and then I can go to clip color and I can select any of these colors. Let's change that. Want to read so I can see if we want to go back into edit mode. Aiken either click on edit mode there to toggle between edit mode and outside of edit mode . Or I can double click on this box, and that's also going to take me into edit mode so you can either use double click or this little button on the side. The keyboard shortcut is command E for edit. Can use that to toggle between edit mode and that now something very important if this section year the top. This is our snapping resolution. Basically. Currently, it's a 21 bar. Let's say we set this to off a bar and you will instantly see that this grid will change slightly. So now if I double click some way, it's only going to create 1/2 bar section. Okay, if I change this to 1/4 bar and a double click somewhere, that's going to create 1/4 bar, uh, like a section and we can go all the way down 228th. But usually you don't really need that. That's 1/16. So that's little 16. Um, yeah, So really, really somebody can also resize them. Let's say, for instance, you had this on half a bar and you clicked somewhere double kicks somewhere to create that section. But you actually wanted this to be a full bar. You can just use thes little pointers on the side and just pull them out and resize them as biggest you want. Really, really simple. So I'm gonna change this back to bar from the grid or the snap resolution, and I'm gonna delete that one, and I'm gonna delete that one, and I'm gonna delete that one as well. So let's quickly look at the click track or the Metrodome. So currently, if I play this back, that's a horrible, horrible tune. But anyways, you didn't get any click tracks. And now yet the body. If I enable this click track right day and I play gin, you can hear the Mitra No miss running. Sometimes you want that sometimes you don't usually if you're recording while you're playing. So let's say the song is playing anyone to record some notes by your keyboard or maybe keyboard. You want that click track to be able to keep the rhythm, but it all depends on you, and you can also use this pre count on an officer currently the pre counts on. So if I go and do a little of recording now, you got a year. It's gonna do a like a pre count and then when it starts, that clicks gonna go away. Let's have a listen so they can see it's recording, but it's not doing the click track. So I'm going to stop that. And I'm gonna put my song position right there again and I'm gonna enable Click this time as well and the pre counts of it's ever looked. So now it's gonna do the pre count and then it's gonna carry on clicking while we're playing. So let's stop that. And then you can also change the tempo. So going to the tempo ease on Ah, 120 beats per minute so you can increase that. You can double click on that and ikan typing. Let's say 1 41 40 beats per minute. And now if we enable that click track and we'd play and let's play our little section that we created so you can hear that Ah, a lot faster because we changed the tempo 240 beats per minute. And yeah, that is basically the overview off this sequence. You also have snapping Enable t at the top so you can click this snap button and then that will disable snapping second, see Now, I can actually move this smoothly to where exactly I want to place it. But I will recommend Teoh. Keep snapping on for the duration off this course. Um, usually, if you want to make really, really, really small changes to something anyone, Officer, that's slightly. You will disable this snap button, and then you won't be able to snap. Like like that. You will just be able to move it along smoothly. So, yeah, that is basically just a quick overview Off the sequence, sir. I will see you in the next lesson. 6. The Piano Roll: Hello and welcome back. And in this listen, we're gonna look at the piano roll, so this is basically gonna be, like, a little overview off the piano roll, So let's see what it's all about. So, first of all, I started a blank project again, and I'm gonna add a new instrument. So in the browser, I'm gonna go to instruments and I'm gonna add this subject. Analog synthesizer was gonna drag it in the and you can see we get this little basically tall, preset or patch in the sequence or as well. And obviously we can change that. We can load maybe one off these other, um, patches, But let's have a listen to this one. If I just open the Keesey at the bottom yet, let's find just like a nice, basic basic. It'll sound all right. So let me show you how you can record your notes or draw your notes. So I'm going to zoom in year on the sequence of just so that we can kind of see this area a little bit better, and then I'm going to close or hide the browser. And I'm not too worried about the wreck because I think this space that we have here is more than enough. So I'm gonna go and I'm going to double click to create a one bore section year that we're gonna get it. So, first of all, my resolution of my note resolution is said to one bar or just bar, and I'm going to double click in this area to create that section. So now I want to go into edit mode. I can either click on edit Moodier. Why can double click on this to go into edit mode? And I can see this is our piano roll. Okay, so it's space bar, it's gonna play, and it's gonna make sure that my play it is right at the beginning and you'll see that looping is only at the bottom, and it's playing, and obviously there's no notes. He won't be able to year anything. So if I look at the top here at our note resolution inside of it, moda changed to an eighth and you can sit this to anything you want. So 16 that's going to give you 16th notes in this one bar, and he can change to eight. That's gonna give you eight notes in this one bar so that maybe put this on 16 and then we're gonna draw some No tenia. So there, a couple of ways that you can draw your notes, you can either just double click, and that's gonna create a note, and you can double click again somewhere else. Double kick again somewhere else and you kind of get the picture. And if I play this back, then you can year. We have those meaty notes in our little section that we create it so you can also highlight them. Just drag a little box around them and then pressed delete on the keyboard, and that's gonna delete those notes for you, right? You can also use this little pencil tool on the side, so I'm going to click on the pencil, and now you don't have to double click. You can just click, click, click, click, click wherever you wanna place your notes. So now if I play this back, you can. You we've got are not seen there, so you can also click and drag. So with a pencil tool, you can click and drag, and that's how you can create like a longer note. Or I can go back to this normal select selection tool. And I can resize any off these notes say, If I want to resize this when I can click on it and then I can just resize it like that for one of resize, this one make it a little bit longer. Let's do that. You can also move them around so I can click and drag. Maybe I want to put this one right at the beginning like that. And now if you play back chaos but you get the idea, they can resize them. I can resize two of them at the same time. So if I select both of these notes, I can resize them together. See, there pretty cool can resize thes three. Obviously these three are now different sizes. These two are the same size and this one is a little bit longer, But I can still select them and I can still resize them like that. You can also copy and paste knows notes. So if I select this one note and if I do, you come on sea and in command V you can see I can actually place. That was gonna undo that because I see it actually extended our section because we went over that one bar that we created. Cem's gonna undo that until we get back to that one bore. So let's delete some of these notes was gonna delete all of them so you can just drag box around them all and hit delete on the keyboard. So let's create one more note is going to draw No to write year and another cool thing that I usually like to do. I don't usually use the copy and paste Command to duplicate my notes. I just hold in the Olt Key on the keyboard. So if Holden Ault and you click and drag, you can see it actually created a duplicate off that note. So I'm gonna holding off again and click and drag, um, and again, agency. That's just a very easy way to duplicate a No to can also do this with more than one note. So let's say I want a duplicate all four of these. I can highlight all of them like that. I can holding out on the keyboard and click and drag on any of them were, and you can see, I just duplicated all four of those notes and I can place them anywhere I want, sir. Lets its space bar and have a listen to this horrible, horrible milady. Interesting. So as you get the idea, that's really, really simple to copy and paste notes and just to drag them around and resize them. So yeah, I can just select all of them, resize them if you want to make them a little bit longer. So let's say you want to make them really, really short. Currently, if I select all of them and I make them smaller, you can see we can't really go smaller than that because our resolution are note resolution is said to 1/16. So I'm gonna increase this to 32 and I can see this little blocks or this grid ease off the size off the 16. So that zoom in your a little bit. I'm going to use Thies, this little gray boria at the bottom and I'm going to drag the one side just so that resume in something like that. And now I can select all of these notes and I can even make them a little bit smaller. So I'm going just direct them like that. And that's a 32 size and knife who played his back. You can hear that they are nice and quick, Another quick shortcut that is very, very handy. If you want to zoom in to a specific area off your track, then you can select those notes. So let's say we just gonna zoom out here like this. Let's say that was our current zoom and I want to zoom into this area. So what I can do is I can select all of my notes in that area. Make sure that all selected like that and then years a little icon that says, Zoom. Now if I click this look at this. See that it automatically zooms into that selection, which is pretty cool on the shortcut for that. If you pointed us, it will give you the shortcut, and the shortcut is Z so Z on the keyboard, so I can literally go. I can highlight those three notes, and if I pray Z, that's going to zoom in to those three notes, so there's just a really quick way to quickly zoom into a section of your song that you want to work on because a lot of the time you just want to work on a specific section of your song. And, yeah, just super easy. Just select those notes, press Z on the keyboard and it's gonna zoom in. Okay, let's say you want to record some notes using an external MIDI keyboard, or you want to use your normal typing keyboard to record some notes. So let's delete all of these notes, so I'm going to highlight all of them press delete on the keyboard, and I'm gonna make sure that my song position he's right at the beginning and I'm gonna do a pre click and then maybe let's do a normal click as well, because we don't have any other drums or any percussion currently in our song that's gonna help us to keep time. So that's why I'm gonna enable this click track and also the preacher the pre click for this recording. So I'm gonna use my typing keyboard for this, so I'm going to click on keys here at the bottom, and it's going to open up our on screen piano keys. Now I can use the just the keys on my typing keyboard. So now if I eat record, we're going to get the pre countdown and then it's going to run through and I'm going to record some notes. Let's have a look. Stop. And as you saw it actually looped that one bar, so he kind of just have to You can either de select the loop when you do recording, I can do a loop. Doesn't matter. Serbs gonna go back to the beginning. And now if you play this back just like a little basic baseline so you can see, um, I'm gonna close this on screen keyboard and you can see these notes are not the same size. They can have a random. They don't really start on those exact beats. If I zoom in your you can see that note is kind of starting just before that beat. And we're gonna talk about quanta izing a little bit later. In this course, you can actually quantifies those notes to either make them an exact duration length, or you can quantifies them. So they start on exactly a specific beat that you want to. But you're more of that in a later listen on Quanta izing. So that's basically how you record your notes using the piano roll. And now, if I go out off edit mode, if I click this edit mode right at the top, it's gonna take me out off that Vienna roll out off edit mode and you can still see the notes. They can see. There's one. There's one, there's one, there's one, there's one, and I can put my play head right at the beginning. And now if I play this back, let's have a listen. Okay, so our click track pistol on some is gonna turn that officer clicking at the bottom on glitz. Just press stop. If you breast stop your your song position will jump back to the beginning, which is quite cool. So let's say this, um, this this display it. Let me just zoom out a little bit. Let's say your song played this somewhere. They And if you just press stop, that's going to jump back to the beginning and looping is on, and it's ever listen cool. And that is how easy these two record meaty notes into the piano role In reason. American obviously can duplicate this little ball so I can hold on. Alton and I can just drag that to the side, keep holding and old. And now we've got four paws and I can play that back Now, the cool thing is, these are all separate little sections off generals. So let's say I want to add a variation to this lost one. Aiken simply double click on this one, and it's gonna take me to that section. And now I can go and I can change some of these notes. Let's say E, I want to move those two. They enough. I go out off edit mode, you can see I just scrubbed this back this way, and I'm gonna do the zoom trick quickly. Year outside of that motor, I'm going to select all of these four bars, and I'm gonna either click on this button year or Priest Z on the keyboard, and it's gonna zoom in nicely for me and you can see there's a variation year. So this one is the same as this one is the same as this one. And then this is the one that we modified. So this one will be slightly different. And now we're going to right click on this one, and I'm going to give it a different color clip color and let's make it steel Blue can choose a Nikolay like Now let's press stop and let's have a listen So yeah, just a little variation the at the end and ah yeah, just color coding. Your bars or your sections of song will just make it a lot easier later on if you want a copy and paste on you when I kind of know that that section is slightly different than the rest. So now it's super easy. Now I can just highlight all these holding Ault on my keyboard and drag it out and look at that simple so I can select all of those and holding old Drag it out. And that's just a really, really easy way to duplicate sections of your songs. And now you've got, like, all those bars, 16 bars and I'm not gonna play that all of that, and I think you get the picture. But you know, that's how easy these to use the piano roll. You can also do something that I just want to quickly touch on. Let's say you want to see. So let's just go into this first ball that we created this one young can double click on that. And if you harlot one of these notes, it will actually give you some information. You at the top about that specific note, So it's gonna tell you which note that it's at C three and I can change that. I can click on these arrows and it will actually tell me what. No studies, or I can just type it in his well, so that's I want to see. One will jump to see one, which is pretty handy, and then you can also see the velocity off that key. That's the volume basically off that key. Usually, if you're playing on a meaty keyboard and it's got like a touch sensitive Midi keyboard, it depends on the force. You used to play that note, and that will record the volume or the velocity off that specific it so you can change it either yet the top, or if I just drag this line up slightly at the bottom, you will see it says velocity, and here you can actually change the velocity off that note. So the change the velocity, you'll have to use your pencil tool and then you can kind of just drag over it. You can see they. So, this one I'm gonna make really soft this one really loud, This one really soft. And this 1st 1 coming in the middle. You know, if we play this bar us when a zoom lt and just loop that what section? I'm going to drag this right? Just I was gonna put this on bar, so it's gonna snap, and I wanna zoom into the sections. I'm gonna proceed. And now if we play this back, you can hear the different velocities here at the bottom. Or you can just select that note and you can change the velocity right here. And you can see as I increase that this line at the bottom will increase as well. It's actually easier to see if you have lots and lots off different notes. So you can either go and join notes like that, or if you holding on your pencil, you can do draw multiple notes, and I can just click and drag, and it's gonna create all those still small notes, and it's just gonna easier way to see your velocities. And now, if I expand this area, I can kind of just click and drag that I can create like Little velocity curve. Almost so if I play this back sounds like chaos, but he can kind of year the volume going up and then going down. Yeah, that's just a basic overview off the piano roll inside of reason. I hope this old mate, since just practice a little bit with us, create some some abilities in your play around with the notes and player under the velocity and see what cool melodies you can come up with. I'll see in the next listen. 7. Creating Your First Drum Loop: hi and welcome back. And in this listen, we are going to create our first drum loop using the redrum drum computer. So on the left inside, as you can see, I created a new blank project. And on the lift inside, you've got your browser and you're going to drag the redrum drum computer into the rack, just like so. Now I want to add a nice batch to this drum computer. So the one we're going to use, he's house kicked number three. Now you can obviously follow along with any other Patrick's. You don't really have to use this one. You can do what ever you want to, but I'm going to use this house. Keep Number three. So just drag that into your drum computer, and that's gonna load all those samples from that patch. So an easy way to listen to the samples. He's right at the top. You can click on some of these play buttons, and then you can listen to those individual samples. So let's have a listen. Okay, some very basic house type off samples, but that will work nice for this lesson. Now, the redrum computer and some of the other instruments. There are multiple ways to create a loop and also multiple ways off having them in your sequence. Now I'm going to quickly show you the way that I used to do this. And then I'm going to show you the new way that I'm doing it now. So as you can see you, you've got these better numbers, A 1 to 8, and then you got a B C. D. Now I used to kind of program my drum loops using these little buttons here on the drum computer. And then you can specify in the sequence. If you want a loop, let's say a one or a two or a three second cannot create different loops inside this one instrument. Let me show you what I mean. So let's start by laying down our drum kick. So this first sample sample number one he can. You know, if I click on this play button that is our kick drum. So with this one selected, you can see you can click on these select buttons to select which sample you want. Teoh play and make sure the 1st 1 is selected, and also make sure that this is on a one. That's the pattern that we are currently programming. So if I put a if I like this one and if I click on this one, this one and this one and if we click on a run year to run our loop, let's see how that sounds. So you can see that's a very basic four to the floor kick drum, All right. And then what we can do is we can look for a high hat. So let's listen to one of these. So maybe this one number seven. So I'm gonna select number seven and then you can see it's gonna show you a blank pattern because we if you click back to number one, it's gonna show you those kick drum samples that we loaded in there. And if we go back to this number seven, that's gonna show you a blank pattern. And now you can draw in. We wanna place your high. It's so I'm gonna place them on 37 11 and also 15 said it's ever look so now I'm going to click on this run button again so as you can year, it's playing the kick drum and it's playing the high hat. Okay? And ah, let me just add some other samples. Well, maybe this closed, I add I was gonna kind of put that on every second, um, one year. So let's have a listen to that. Good. That's gonna interesting. And then let's add a clap sound. Maybe kind of this one, number six. So I'm gonna add that on the fifth and also on 13. Let's click on Run case, and I can see we've programmed a very basic loop using a one pattern. Now, remember this ease the way that I'm not really doing it anymore. But I'm going to show you guys anyway how to do it using these patterns. So in your sequence, so you'll see they ease this little button here that says create pattern lanes. Now, if you using these patterns here, you need to use this pattern line. So I'm gonna click this and you're going to see it's gonna add this little extra line year next to this seek next to this instrument. So no, I can create my bar. So I'm just gonna put my left and right, so it's just across one boy. Uh, make sure this on one ball and then I'm gonna double click here. Now you can see it's gonna create this little box next to the pattern select. And if you look closely, it says a one. So, yeah, I can click and Aiken, drop down my consul EQT, which better and I want to play. So currently, we've programmed a one right there, so I'm gonna sit this to a one as well, so you can see See that it is a one. So now if I play my sequence year, you're gonna year better a one. Okay, so that's pretty cool. Now let's say you want to play a to which is completely blank because we haven't programmed anything in a two. If I click on the run year, you won't hear anything because we haven't programmed any notes. They So now I can go and you can double click here. And I can change this one too a to. So now if I play this back again a year, it's gonna play a one. And if you keep your eye on the drum machine, you can see how it's gonna change your so they can see it's changing to a two and in its silence here. So you can use this myth that if you want to program your notes this way, but I'm gonna show you the way that I'm doing it right now. All right? So I'm gonna go back to my 81 pattern and was gonna clear this altitude can just click on these ones that you actually program, that I'm going to clear the kick drums. And I think we also program to some other ones in your this one's gonna delete all those notes and all these ones. So now if I play one that's all back to normal Nothing programmed in that loop. Okay, So what I'm gonna do you I'm gonna delete this pattern. Select songs connect like on this little X, And now we don't have that pattern select anymore. Okay, so it's gonna put my arias. So we're only seeing one bar, the and I'm going to double click here to create our section that we're gonna eat it. And now, the same as we normally use our other instruments to create meaty notes. I'm going to double click on this area, and then this is going to take me into this edit mode. OK, so I'm going to zoom in your a little bit more on dumb. Just put, uh, left and right there, it's gonna change the resolution here to bore, and you're gonna see it's gonna play through. And we haven't programmed anything now, the same as your normal piano roll instead of the piano roll. We've got our samples here, so if I click them, I can listen to them so they can see there's the same samples as it's having your at the top of the redrum computer. So I'm gonna change the resolution to eight, and ah, or let's make Yeah, it's actually fine. So I'm gonna take the pencil tool and I'm going to draw in my kick drums. Now, the kick drum is this 1st 1 So it's actually starting from the bottom up. So the bottom one is sample number one. The 2nd 1 from the bottom is number two and so on. So I'm gonna, um, just click here to create a drum, A kick drum there they they're and they're so let's have a play. All right, you can see we've got our kick drum in there on. Now we want to do the open high hat. Okay, so maybe this one and I'm going to place this in between my kick drums like that. Okay, let's play this. I'm going to stop that and let's add our clubs. Maybe this one. So I'm gonna place the clap on this downbeat they and then that downbeat, they that let's play through that. That's pretty cool. And I want to change the resolution to about 16 16th notes and you'll see it's going to give us this smaller note resolution and I want to add some clothes high ads in there. So maybe this one and I'm gonna lay down on every single note so I can copy and paste. So I'm gonna select all those ones, and I'm gonna hold in Alton on my keyboard and just drag them right there, and it's play through that Go. That's sounding political. So and I want to show you a few things that you can actually change on the drum computer to influence your sound in the sequence of so you'll see all of these sample All these samples have different settings right here that you can actually just So I'm going to start. Just click on the kick drum and you can see it's got a length right there. It's got a level tone and some other buttons as well, and sometimes they're a little bit different. You can see there's a start year, but there's no start on this one. So it all depends on which sample slot you are using. So the level that is the volume off that one sample. So if I play through this, I'm gonna play through this loop and then I'm gonna just the level and as engineer that's just affecting the kick drum. The same with the length. That's the length off the sample that it's playing. I'm gonna play the loop and in adjusted length, and some of the pitch says you can see it's only affecting that one. Sample some of the tone, so this is quite nice. It gives you quite a nice control over each of the samples that you are using and canoe this with all of these and adjusted accordingly. You can also adjust the velocity year in the sequencer for that specific, that specific note, same as we did with the meaty notes and yes. So if I go out off edit mode now, you've got your little section that we created. And now I can just copy and paste this by using old or copy and paste I'm gonna holding, altered I'm gonna drag bay And it's 24 copies like that And then I'm gonna place my right just on the next to the or just right off the fourth bore. And now if you play this your year that loop over and over So what you can do, you know, if you want. If you want to add some variation, I want to add some variation to this last one. I'm gonna double click on that one and little scroll over there and maybe let's add a little bit of a variation to the kick drum. So I'm gonna maybe move this kick drum there and maybe let's make it, uh, yeah, maybe just something like that. Let's have a listen just like another little double beat day. So I'm gonna change the color of this one. So I'm going to right click, clip color on. Let's make that green. So let's symbolism. Casey can hear their little variation there at the end on that one bar. So that's basically how I add my drum loops using the redrum computer you can use this way , we're using these little buttons and in program the pattern, but I just find it a little bit confusing when you have two can't remember which one is which, and I just find it easier to draw in my drum loops like this. And then you can create the variations exactly how you wanted to be, and he can calico them accordingly. So play around with us and save your track, because we are going to continue using this track in some of the future lessons. So save this track and I will see you in the next lesson. 8. Creating a Bassline Using Dr OctoRex: a and welcome back. And in this listen, we are gonna add our baseline, and we gonna use the doctor, Dr Rex Lou player for that. So make sure you load your project from the previous Listen, we've got a basic house, kick drum and some percussion. Let me just play that quickly. So that's basically what we have. And what we can do now is weekend. Just rename this track was currently this first track is just house kit 03 seeking double kick there and it's gonna call this drum loop. One guy you can call it a kick drum or percussion or anything you want to. So let's just keep everything nice and tidy and name our channels. So in the browser, we are going to drag in under instruments we're gonna drag in the doctor octo rex blue players. I just dragged that in underneath your redrum computer, and that's gonna load this doctor Dr Oryx programmer, which is quite interesting. The little instrument. It works with little loops that you can cut up into smaller sample pieces. You can also find a lot of these Doctor Dr Ricks files online if you search for them So we're gonna load some baseline patches in your and have a listen to them. So to do that, it's gonna open up this library automatically. But I usually just go to the factory sounds on the browser, and then we are going to open the doctor. Ricks. Ah, let's just see what we have here under some synth loops. They may be under Dr Rex. Instrument loops from the See what we have here. Bass loops sent base. Okay, there's some some interesting ones here, so let's try one of these. I'm gonna open up this raw sushi, and then I'm gonna take the 1st 1 was gonna drag and drop it into this player. Okay? And now what we can do, you can see it's got a little button here that says enable loop playback. And when that's on, it's always going to just play that loop. Doesn't matter if there's anything in the sequence here, and that's not always what you want, but I'm going to show you now to add that just let's have a listen and see how it sounds. Okay, that's interesting. I think Let's increase our tempo off our songs or right here. at the bottom. You said you can see it says 1 20 That's the current temper. So I'm gonna double click on that 1 20 then I'm gonna type 1 30 just to increase the speed a little bit. And I'm going to save. Let's have a listen, okay? That tempo is differently. A little bit better. And and I'm gonna show you how you can add this to your sequence. Okay? Because you don't really want this always just to loop because you don't always want to play that instrument loop. So I'm gonna disable this little button right there, enable the playbacks, And now, if I play it, you just gonna hear our drum loop. So I'm gonna expand this bottom section off the doctor Octo Ricks, programmer. Just click on this little error to expand that, and this is where you can see all the cool stuff, is going to show you a little samples that it's using to create that loop. And there's so much you can do. You I'm not gonna go into too much detail off our this instrument works, but it's very, very powerful, and he can play around with all these sittings to see what they do. So what I'm gonna do now, ease, I'm gonna put my song position right at the beginning, and then you'll see this A button here that says copy loop to track. Okay. And if I click this, you'll see you in the sequence. It's gonna copy that loop into my sequence, and that's what we want. We don't want it to enable loop playback. We want to add that manually to this sequence. So now if I play this year, you will be able to you the baseline. Cool. But it's very loud. So if I put the song position year, there's nothing year next to the doctor ex player. You won't hear anything, so it's not looping all over the place. So first of all, let's bring the volume down off this base line. And the easiest way to do this is let's just use this volume control on our doctor. Dr. Rex playoffs gonna bring that down, and I'm gonna play it while I'm doing this. Maybe something like that. And now what I want to do is I'm gonna enable the falter on you and just bring down the falter slightly so it's a little bit more Basie and not as shop. So what you can do? You've got all these falters both into the doctor on October, ex player. And I'm gonna play this, that I'm gonna adjust some of these falters. Let's have a look. All right, So what? I've done your ease. I'm still using the low post. Falter that 12. You can play around and see which one you like, and then I just brought down the fault is slightly to around 70 or 80. That's the fault of frequency. And I can hear it's a little bit more Basie and some of those percussion sounds actually coming through quite nice. So you can go around you and you can play with all of these settings and see what they do. We not really going to go into that right now. And just one more thing I want to show you. If you double click on your this little sequence that we copied from this into our sequencer, you can go and you can actually see all these samples. So these are the samples that it's using to create this loop. So if I click on these you can see there's a lot of different samples, and that's how it's actually building that loop. And you can go in here and you can go crazy. And you can rearrange this any way you want to, um, to create your own loops using their samples. Yes, so you can go through this library and just drag in. You can literally. No. While I've got this Kenya Aiken, try some other samples. So let's try the raw sushi tombs gonna drag that in. And now if I play this, it will have that loop or those that will use their samples. Take a near that slightly different. But it's gonna keep all my settings. You can see it's got my frequency, my falter sitting. It actually kept that. And it also kept that we are not using that loop. So it's really nice to just kind of go through these and see which ones you like. I'm gonna try this wobble bass one as well Distract that in and it's playback the sequence . So, yes, I'm really, really interesting by, but I'm gonna keep this rule Sushi one. Gonna drag that in again. Let's have a listen. Yeah, I think that's a cool one we're gonna go for. And now you can save your project. You can just go to file and then save. It's gonna save your project and also you in the next listen. 9. Creating a Bassline Using a Synth Instrument: a and welcome back. And in this listen, I'm gonna show you how we can create a baseline using one of our synth instruments So you can obviously like in the previous listen, use the doctor, Dr Rex Lou player, to create some baselines. We can use any of the other instruments. Even you can even use this sampler to create a baseline. But we're going to use one of the synthesizers to create a quick baseline. So what I'm gonna do, ease? I'm gonna mute my doctor Octo Ricks baseline. And I'm also gonna rename it so you in your sequence so you can see that it will have the name of the patch that we loaded minus currently, say to raw sushi one. And I'm gonna double click on that, and I'm gonna call this baseline. Just got a baseline one maybe. All right. And then I'm gonna mute it. So the way we're gonna mute it is we're going to click on this m button under this baseline one. So if I play this through, you can t the baseline. So we're just playing the drum loop. So in our browser, you're gonna go to instruments and then we're gonna add one of these instruments to create a baseline. So I'm gonna go with a monotone base synthesizer. But you can follow along with any of the others if you want to give it a try. So I'm gonna drag this one underneath my doctor octo rex player And they we have our instrument. So if you don't have a midi keyboard, I'm gonna open up my keyboard keys yet the bottom on just so that we can kind of listen to the samples as I load them. So I'm going to use the A button on my keyboard to kind of just listen to the current sample, so this should automatically open up this list off batches. If it doesn't do that, you can go to the factory sounds and then under Mona turn patches. If you double click on that is going to take you into that list, you can either use this or you can click on the instrument itself, and it's going to show you the batches right here. So all depends on what you prefer. So I'm gonna drag in some of these in little Listen. Yeah, Now from Okay, so I'm gonna go with this fat synth re patch, OK, so you can listen. It's quite a nice, fat bass synth sound. All right? And then in the sequence, I'm just gonna put my, um, left and right just over one bar is gonna change my resolution to bar and then under or next to my fat sent. I'm gonna create a section, Yes, I'm going to double click like that, and then we're gonna double click to go into that so we can actually draw our nuts. And Yeah, I was gonna zoom in a bit. I'm gonna minimize my browser. You're on the side. So we have a little bit more space here, and I'm gonna zoom in slightly because we're only gonna focus on this first bar, Just this section, and I'm gonna change my resolution to eighth. And they were going to draw in a normal, like a off beat. Very simple baseline. Okay, so I'm gonna go worth, maybe see three. I'm gonna take my pencil tool and every second note, I'm gonna draw in a note to go. Let's just move that one up like that. And then one they they and they So let's have a play through that. So you can you It's a very, very simple just like offline, off, off beat, baseline and know. What I can do is I can select all these notes, and I want to make them slightly shorter. So I'm gonna change my resolution yet The top 2 16 And I'm gonna with them all selected like this. I'm just gonna make them half the size like that. Let's have a listen to that. Okay, That's pretty cool. And I'm gonna go out of it it mode, and I'm going to duplicate this four times. So I'm going to do the holding. Olt, drag, drag, drag. And now let's put our right and left just around those four balls. And maybe I want to add some variation to this lost one. So I'm gonna double click on that and maybe let's move one of these lost notes just maybe a little bit around and see what we can get. 000 Just a little variation. The at the end. And we can change the color if you want to, so we can see that section This Let's have a listen to this whole section very very simple , but I think you can get the idea. Now let's say we want to add in effect to this baseline. I want to add a little bit of a delay, so we get a little bit more of, ah, rolling baseline effects. I'm gonna go back into my browser and then under under effects. I'm gonna add this digital delay line, and I won't add this to this monotone based synthesizer, so I'm going to drag it just underneath it and you'll see the little plus release. And that means this will affect this instrument. So if I play through this, I'm just gonna loop this first bar. So I'm just gonna put the left and right around this first ball, and I'm gonna play this and then I'm gonna just some of these sittings on the delay on this little device second year that adds a little bit of a more of a rolling effect. So I brought the dry wit down. So that will bring the delay, the amount off the lay down, and in the feedback that's the mouth or the amount of times that it's going to delay. So the feedback that's gonna cause If you increase that, it will just carry on and on and on. Delay, delay, delay. And if I bring this down, it will make that feedback shorter. So just put that down. You can even take it down all the way. But I think that sounds pretty cool. Let's listen to this whole section. Okay? What? We can also do this. We can change some of these sittings on our baseline. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna mute or solo. So I'm just so low this baseline. So just click on the S and I'm gonna loop to do this, and I'm gonna play with some of these settings and let's see what we can get. So as you can see, you can do some crazy stuff here. I just played with a frequency and in this drive and also adjusted this oscillator mix. Ah, but you can also play with these are the attack and sustain all those settings. You can play with that the envelope sittings and then it's also got a bolt in chorus and delay that you can actually use as well. So you don't really have to add this delay effect if you are using this bolt in delay. Some other instruments have built in effect as well that you can use. But I'm just showing you year that you can add another effect. Your what we can do. We can even add some reverb. So if I drag a reverb underneath this one, this will also affect the baseline. It's ever listen. Okay, so the reverb might be a little bit too much. Something's going to click on the reverb press delete on the keyboard and in delete, and that's only gonna remove that one device. So, yeah, as you can see, it's really, really simple to use different instruments to create a baseline. You can give it a try with some of the other instruments as well. Maybe have a look at some of these, like the sub tractor synthesize. I know there's some nice Beith base patches in there. Some of the Thor or this your rope are go through them, play with them and see which one you like to create your baselines with. And yet just go into the, um, into the piano roll and at some variations to your baseline there, see what you can come up with, an in Remember to save your song, and I will see you in the next lesson. 10. The Sampler: Hey, and welcome back. And in this listen, we are gonna look at one of the samplers in reason. Now, a sampler is really, really cool because you can basically load any sound that you want to into a sampler. And he can play that back in different ways so you can go and maybe sample ace sound from a movie or from a song or from anything. And then you can bring that straight into reason. Now I'm gonna have a separate Listen on where you can find your samples and then also how you can import them or in creative fighter favorite folder here in reason in the browser. But for now, we're just gonna focus on this sampler. So I was gonna drag this down slightly to make some space, And then with your browser open, we're gonna go to instruments, and they're gonna scroll all the way down, and you should see a in 19 digital sampler. All right. You might also see this in an X T advanced sampler. But for this, listen, we are just going to use the normal digital sampler. You can obviously play around with advanced sampler. It's basically the same. But you can do a lot a lot more with it. Or maybe open it up at the end of this. Listen, just to show you how it looks like, but for now, we're just gonna add this normal in in 19 digital sort blow. We're gonna drag that into Iraq, and then we are gonna play with us. So first of all, you will see it's going to create a new channel order near track in your sequencer. And now we can add some patches to this sampler so it's automatically going to take you to the in in 19 sampler Petrus. And that's under the reason Factory sound Banks. If you go to your factory sounds, you will see the in in 19 sampler patches right there, and you can start dragging these in so I can literally just go and Aiken drag in this big string to drop it onto it. And I've got my little on screen Keilar Bianna keys here. So I'm gonna press one of these buttons to have a listen. So that's pretty nice to Nice little string letter. Listen to this Mel strings organ. Very cool. Let's try some of these guitar. So let's try this acoustic in a very cool, um, heavy guitar. What's this? He can do some really, really cool stuff here. So let's start worth one of those big string ones again. And I can see you can play with all these settings again and what you can do. It's like this sample start is something I kind of use often. And this is when where the sample will start. Like if you can visualize the way form in your mind, that will be the start off that way form so you can adjust it. Let's have a listen. So you got a year. It's cutting off the first part of that sample. So I was gonna pull that back and the same with pitch so you can adjust the pitch right there or some really other stuff. Cool traffic in New Year. He's the fortress as well, so you can play around with that. And then you got some cool lfo things that you can do really, really cool stuff you can do with these left her settings. Just another quick tip that I want to show you. If you change some of these parameters and you don't know where it waas and you want to kind of reset that one knob we can do is hold in command on your keyboard and injures. Click these buttons, and as you can see, that will just snap back to the original position. So I'm with the sliders as well. So if you kind of play around in like, OK when I reset this to default old in command on the keyboard, and then just click that slider and it's gonna go to its original value. And now what you can do is you can create a Let's create a section in the sequences, so I'm gonna sit this left and right into one bore. Make sure your resolution to say to one board, And then I'm gonna double figure and then double think again to go into the piano roll, and this is basically the same as your other instruments. You can now go in unique and draw some notes. We can record them with your on screen Piano says if you listen to this so very, very similar to your other instruments, I can now take my pen tool and create some notes maybe let's move this one up slightly. Let's just move this one. Let's move this one to that position. This so it may be there something like that. And let's change the length off these notes, I'm going to select them all. And let's make the 16. No, I'm gonna make this Resolution 32 they're gonna just make them all shorter, nice and short like that. Okay. And another thing that weaken Dewey's. This, um on the sample itself is gonna bring this release down. It's a 19 year. There's notes are really, really short because what brought this released out? So listen to if I play this back and I'm gonna play with this release slider so that gives you a really nice control of how long that note should kind of sustain or release. So you can play with that on? Yeah, There's so many other sittings. You've got your falters, you've got your foes. It can also sink that lfo to your tempo, which is really nice. And it can change these falter sittings and Oliver sittings here really, really cool. And you've got your normal beech bend and those things as well. And if you want to load a single sample that you may be downloaded from somewhere Really simple to do that. So what you're gonna do, ease. If you have your samples some way on your computer, you can just click this plus button here in the browser and you can give it a name, my samples. And basically, with this, you can create folders, so I'm not really going to go into that one. I was going to delete that one. What I actually did with my samples folder year, I literally dragged the folder from my finder or from your explorer. Just drag and drop it straight into this section year. And that's going to create this, um, folder that you can access on your hard drive. So, yeah, I've got some collapse and symbols and hires ex cetera, so I'm gonna load one of these symbols. And if you can't see your way files or your samples right here, what I usually do is in the sampler. Just click on this section year, the top where you wanna kind of browse a sample and then go back to this, um, this folder and injures expand, and then you will be able to see one of these. So let's create a choose maybe some of these crash Cymbals and you can listen to them. You at the bottom if you click this little play button, and now I'm going to drag this one sample onto my sampler and then very important. You want to sit your solo sample right here at the top, you'll see there's a small little button that is solar sample. And if I click that when able that now all my notes will be that one sample, have a listen so you can obviously change the pitch. Depending on what note you're playing. Let's have a listen, so you kind of get the idea so you can load any sample. You can go out there and search for anyway, file or record something with your phone or whatever and bring that way, fall into reason and then play it through this sampler. You can also do something like reverse in your limit. Just see, there's actually a loop section year so I can just increase this to forward looping Sinai folded in. You can hear that That's looping. I can change this to forward backwards. Let's have a listen so you can hear it's playing the sample the normal way. And then once it gets to the end, it's gonna play that sample in reverse. Yes. So play around with some of these sittings on the sampler. You can really do some amazing amazing things. Just click on some of these buttons and see what they do. But yeah, play around and see what you can come up with. You don't really have to add anything for this specific song. I just wanted to show you guys and girls what you can do with a sampler in reason. And before I go before in this Listen, I quickly want to show you the at Bonds sampler if you want to jump in and play around with that one as well. So I'm gonna draw dragging this in an X T advanced sampler. So let's just drag it in your and off the bed. It doesn't like too complicated. But if you expand this bottom section this remote editor click on this little arrow and I can see this one is a little bit bigger and more complex than the normal sampler. Now it kind of works the same way. You can also just add some some patches from your skin drag in a grand piano pretty cool and a Yeah, I can do some similar things, like your falters or you at the top, and that's your most volume. And then you have all these other settings, and then you can also play around with. As you can see, this patch actually contains multiple sample, so it's loading in. So it's not just taking one piano sample and then playing at in different pitch levels. That's actually loading a specific song. Ball depends on the key that you press on your meeting keyboard or using the piano roll. So yeah, I can do so much your but yeah, go through this, play around with us, see which one you prefer. I usually prefer to use the normal basic digital sampler. But if you want to have a little bit more control on and play around with these settings, then go ahead and use this advanced sampler. But for now, I'm going to delete both of them, so I'm gonna delete this advance tumbler just a little in the group and in the same with this one going to delete or in the group because we don't really going to use that in the song that we're doing. So currently, we still have this loop. Cool. And I'm gonna say that and I will see you in next Listen. 11. Creating Your First Synth Riff / Melody: Hey, and welcome back. And in this listen, I'm gonna show you how to record your first synth melody or synth a rough as they call it. So make sure that you open up the project that we saved in the previous lesson. So you should have your drum loop one your baseline one and your baseline to So I just renamed the new baseline that we created in the lost Listen, the one that we're using. The Mona tone based synthesizer I renamed their to baseline number two. And then what I did, I muted the baseline one. So I prefer the baseline to over the based on one. So just make sure that you're using that one. And if we're looking at the key off our baseline to you will see for zoom in here that is running on the sea key. So it's usually good to try and match your melody to your baseline. So let's do that. I'm gonna go out of it and moodier and then we need to find our instrument. So I'm going to open up the browser and then I'm gonna go to instruments and one that I want to add for our main melody or our main sent rough is the Europass shape shifting synthesizer. So you can just click and drag that into your wreck. And then I'm gonna add a or loaded patch into this synthesizer and the one that we're going to use these key off life. Now you can go in and you can use anyone you prefer. But for this, listen, I'm going to use this key off life's he just drag this into this synthesizer and then we already to record well, before we record, I'm just gonna close the browser or minimize the browser. And then I also want Teoh duplicate everything year on the sequence because I actually want to record a military that's gonna be eight bars long and the duration that we currently have Any four. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to simply just drag a box around everything here that we want Teoh duplicate and we're gonna holding Ault on my keyboard. I'm gonna click and drag to duplicate those four bars and I can see we've got eight bars and then just drag this right indicator to the right inside of this so it will loop nicely , so let's save that. And then another thing that I want to do is I want to enable the click track here at the bottom, so make sure that your click track it on as well as your pre count that will just give you a little countdown. See, you know exactly when to start, and you can record the military either using an external keyboard like a mini keyboard. Or you can use this on screen piano keys to record it. I'm just going to use this on screen piano keys for now. Or you can just simply draw in the notes or right. Another thing that I want to do is I just want to solo this instrument. I don't want a year, the drum loop or the other base or the base line or anything like that, just the one instrument. So I'm going solo. This key off life is going to click on the S two. Solo that, and I make sure you at the beginning this song position should be around at the beginning, and I think we are all ready to record. Let me just see if my key is right. Yes, I'm going to use those two to start off with, and it's see how it goes. So I'm going to click record and then I'm gonna record. Okay, Okay. So you can hear my timing ease. Not perfect at all. But don't worry too much about that. We're gonna fix that in a future lesson by something called Quanta Izing. So don't worry too much about that. And if I double click on this, you can actually see the notes here is gonna try and zoom out here so I can fit them all into one screen. So I'm gonna select them all. And then I'm gonna close this onscreen piano and then press Is he on the keyboard to resume that in? So if you want to copy this kind of roughly, you can do so it's not very nice. Can also see the length off. These notes are all over the place. But we're gonna fix that with Quanta izing as well. So I'm gonna unsold low that so it plays without baseline to and drum loops. So let's have a quick listen and see if we on the right track and I just want to take this click track off, so just disable click track and it's ever listen so you can see I changed the military said the top section off the military. That part is exactly the same as this previous section, but I changed the bottom key. I went from C Teoh. What is this G? So I went from there to there. So we need to change the our baseline to match as well, cause it's going to sound a little bit funny if the baseline stays on a different key. So I'm gonna put my song position right there, and I'm gonna go out off edit mode and started. Let's just double check that key again. That's the one out of that mode and I want to change this baseline to match that key. So this little section year right off to this song position, I want to edit this one. Okay, so I'm gonna double click on that, and you can see they we've got those notes. I'm gonna press Z on the keyboard to zoom in, and there was going to move them up to that key just like that. So I'm gonna select all of them like that. Okay, go out of it mode. And now he can see that we update it. This one. You can actually see those notes or slightly higher than these ones. So I'm gonna delete this one and this one, and I'm going to duplicate this one. So holding ultimate keyboard drag Holden Ault drag just like that on. Then we need to update those two keys as well. So double kick there so that these two bring them up today and these ones should be fine. Let's have a listen. Some is going to save. Could take another year that the this part of the Millet E or this part of the military is actually matched by the baseline. And this part is matched by the baseline it So that is all good. Now you can actually go and experiment with some of these other patches on the synthesizer . Very simple to do. I'm gonna loop this playback, just gonna brace space. And while it's playing, I'm going to drag in some of these patches And let's ever listen to some of the other Celts so you can hear there's some interesting patches here. Very cool. You can go with anything you want to, but I'm going to stick with key off life, so it's gonna drag that in. And this is this sound, and then I'm going to save. And that is that for this. Listen, what I will do. Finally, just I'm gonna open up this milady and zoom out year by praising Z. And if you want to copy this roof as it ease, you can do so now. And I will see you in the next lesson. 12. All About Quantizing: Hey, and welcome back. And in this listen, we're gonna look at quanta izing and how we can fix these notes that we recorded in the previous lesson. So if I play this back, you can hear these notes are not in time, and you can actually see that they're not even the same length. They're all over the place. They quite random. So we're gonna try and fix that and let's see how we can do that. So if you look at the bottom section of your screen, you've got this block year that says Kwan ties around at the bottom and then it's got the note resolution, which is 16 currently. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna select all these notes from our ability, make sure that all selected and then I'm going to sit this to 16 because I want those notes to be quanta ized at that resolution. And simply what you do is you just click on Qantas. Now watch these notes. When I click here, they cannot jump into place. Now, if I play this, we should have something that snaps better to those grid spaces. So it's a lot better, but they're not perfect. So sometimes it will try and obviously guess which way to move and note if it's on a edge or close to an edge. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna change my grid resolution yet top to 16 as well. So it's matching that off Kwan ties, and I'm going to zoom in, and then we're going to kind of go through year and see what we can do to make this a little bit better. So this note, I think it's out of place. I was going to play this. You can see this one sounds a little bit delayed. So I'm gonna move this one over to there. Let's have a listen, and there's another one that's out of place. Gonna make this one a little bit longer. It is issue. Let's see that works. Uh mm. Just see if I could figure this one out and very good is gonna try and get that rhythm a writer can gonna see. Um, the space in between in this one isn't in this and other space in the note, and you can try and kind of figure out the pattern. But if you're playing is a little bit better than mine. You should be able to Kwan ties a little bit better to those resolutions. But let's just go through and see if there's anything else we can fix. Good, that's sounding pretty cool. But as you can see our note lengths or all over the place, they not the same. Some of these notes are really sh short. Some of them are really long, and I want to make them all exactly the same length as one of thes sections. So it's 1/16 note section. So first, what we need to do is we need to select all these notes so it's gonna drag a big box around all of them like that. You can see that will selected. And then I'm gonna zoom in you like so, and you can take any of these notes and we're gonna resize it to the desired length that we want. So let's take this 1st 1 So I'm going to use these handles and just drag it so it's gonna snaps to this position, all right there, and, ah, I'm gonna release that, and then you can see the notes are still not exactly the same. But you're right at the top with says length. You'll see a little equal sign. You see, they match values. And I'm simply going to click on that equal sign, and it's gonna match all these notes to the exact same length. Look at that. All neat and tidy. So let's have a listen. Okay? There's a little bit of a problem here, and if you can hear it and you can actually see something that looks a little out of place , Yes, I was gonna zoom in your and let's fix this manually. Sometimes this will happen. We can I just have to go through. You can see we've got these nice spaces between them. And then we've got two spaces and in 111 and in this one this notes out of place, I can see that that is not right, because that's the new beat will start year. So this one should be one shifted one that way like that. So play the section now. Much better. Okay, so that's how simple it used to quantifies your notes and also to make them the same length . What? You can also do these. You can enable que record. And that will basically quantifies the notes as you record them. You see, it's his Qantas notes during recording. Now you may ask, why don't you just always use that? Um, sometimes it can be a little bit confusing if it's quant izing on the fly. Some people prefer it. You can try it out. But I usually prefer to record my notes without water quantity easing switched on and then I usually look at them and then I will quantas them. And then I will match the notes sizes, so yeah, see if you can match your notes to mine. It's gonna zoom in your again pressing Z on the keyboard. And yes, ive you can copy that. Obviously, you don't have to be exactly the same If you want to go a different route, that's also cool. But you get humility in the and I'm gonna go out of it. It mode. You can see that's our roof right there. And I'm gonna rename this this channel as well or this track of just double click there and I'm gonna call this rough. You can call it anything you like and ah. Then make sure you save your projects. I'm gonna go to file save and I will see you in the next basin 13. Automation: Hi. And welcome back on Din this. Listen, we organ a look at one of the coolest functions when it comes to reason, and that's automation. Automation is exactly what these? You're gonna automate something in reason. And the cool thing is, you can automate almost. And I'm sure that's very close to almost anything you can see that can move like a slider or a knob, anything that you can switch on off or just change a value off. You can automate that within reason. So all these little sliders, you see anything that can move like that, you can automate them. So what I want to do with our milady So this roof line yet the bottom. I want to automate one of these falters. So I'm gonna solo this track quickly. You don't have to sell it. But I was gonna soloed for this example so quick that s next to our rough. And as I play through this, I'm gonna just show you what it's gonna do to the sound. If we play with some of these frequency or this falter values against, someone's gonna play this and loop it, and I'm going to show you you what I am doing. Oh, all right. So you can see what that is doing. Actually. Want to bring in some of this Rezo or Arezzo? Full time? Not short pronounce that. But I'm going to bring that up to around 60% and that's going to give us those little nice shop assets. Sounds not exactly sure what you call them, but you can hear them. Um, just as that little bit of top end to that falter, and then what I want to do ease. I want automate this slider. So it kind of goes from from around this area, and I wanna automate it all the way to that area somewhere, aren't they? So how are we gonna do this? So it's extremely simple to do. I'm gonna put my song position right at the beginning, and then I'm simply going to right click on the knob that I want to automate. So I'm going to right click on this frequency knob and you'll see it it automation. So I'm gonna click on edit automation and you gonna see it's gonna get this little green box. And that's telling me we already for doing the automation and then year on this track in the sequence. You can see it at added this separate section on this same instrument and you can see that says falter frequency. And that is what this novice called. That's the falter frequency. See that? So now what we can do is we can create our section that we want it. So I'm gonna double take there and then we're gonna resize this. So I'm gonna drag all the way across these eight bars, and then we can double click to go inside this section, and you can actually either edited like this or you could go into edit mode at the top to take you into the proper it screen. Now, year we've got our notes. We don't really want 13 is gonna move that up, and then yet the bottom this is automation section and resume in year. To make this a little bit larger vertically, I'm gonna use these magnifying I conti on the side. And if I click them, you'll see we can actually zoom in like that. So now I want to start creating my line or my curves. So I'm gonna choose the pencil too, and I'm just gonna click somewhere, and it's gonna create a little dot on her line, and then you can click anywhere else, and it's gonna create a line or a curve like that. So I'm gonna put this resume or just move up your slightly at the beginning off our loop. I want this falter to be around that area. See, if you look at this picture off the seventh as I move this value, you can actually see that knob is changing or the position off the numbers changing. So I'm gonna pull this down to around that area, can see there and then I want to end. So if we just take our song position to the end, I want to move this. So it's kind of can you move it a little bit back so you can see the no position there. As I move this around, you can see it's increasing maybe two around that area. So I'm going to just drag this to the end like so So we've got a nice straight line. So now if I play this back, keep your eye on this knob and I've still got this general solo so we only get together off . You see, that's pretty cool, eh? And now what you can do is you can if you want to create some more complex points on this graph, you can do so you can take the pencil to and you can create some or dots there, and you can literally just click and drag, click and drag, like so to create your own patterns. And now, if I played us, oh says you can see you can create really, really cool effects like this, and other things you can do is you can create some curves. So if I use this normal point of the select point and I point to one of these lines, not the the dots but the actual lines between the dots, I can click and drag, and I can create these nice curves like so and maybe like so maybe this one should actually go that way. So now if we can maybe put another dot right there and it can do some really, really cool stuff like that. Let's have a listen to a section of this taking is just gonna smoothing out those sounds or those those states that's full to changes circle, but I just want a straight line for this. So I'm gonna delete that dot So I'm going to click on that dot and then eat, Delete on the keyboard can also draw little box around some of these and then eat delete on the keyboard and then also wanna straight in this line out and away. Easy way to do that is you can just pull on that again. I'm sure there's a short cut that you can do, but I am just going to kind of pull it down. So that's fairly straight on DA. I am happy with that. So I was gonna go out off edit mode and and I can see we've got our automation below that as well. On the cool thing is, you can move this automation around on its own, So if you want to, you can color code your automation. Let's give it a nice color. Let's make it red, and let's say you've got this same roof looping over and over. You can create different automation is for that rough. So it's a I want to duplicate this by holding an adult, but I want a different automation for this section. So I can copy this part with salt and in Goa, India. And then maybe if I going to edit murder, I want to change this one. So it goes from there, may be down to right to about this. You go out of that mode and I can see these automation czar not the same. So I can kill occurred. This 1 may be dark green, and then you can see it's actually using the same rough. But it's using two different automation on that rift. So they're worried too much about this was gonna delete the sport. I just wanted to show you guys and girls that you can do that. So, yeah, that's that for automation. Also, you in the next listen. 14. Bounce Track In Place: hello and welcome back. And in this listen, we are going to look at bounds track to place. Now. You might ask yourself What is something like that? So, basically, whenever you playing a software instrument like this synthesizer that we added for our main roof as we are playing these meaty notes or as these meaty notes are recorded in the Piano Arrow, it actually gets send to this complicated synthesizer and, ah, then it usually uses a lot of CPU power on your computer to generate those sounds. So obviously, all these real settings he changed the they will have an impact on your computers, CPU and the more of these devices you have in your rack, the slower your computer or the MAWR processes your computer is trying to figure out, and it might slow down your computer, and you might feel like reason is getting slower and slower and slower. All depends on your computer, but there is a little trick that you can do to actually prevent this. So let's say you see that you have quite a lot of tracks year in reason, and you can see that your response to your computer East struggling a little bit. You can use the streak to kind of just minimize that CPU load. So very, very simple to do. So let's say we want to do that with us, something track. So I have unmediated everything except the baseline one. So let's just quickly play a section and have a listen or I taken you everything together there. So what I want to do is I want to bounce this Marouf as an audio file, and that's gonna take a lot less CPU power. So it really simple to do you literally just right click on the channel that you want to bounce. So I'm going to right click on this yellow section right here, which is our rough like that. And then I'm going to select bounds in place, and it's gonna load for a little bit because it's actually recording that sectional to an audio file, and it's gonna create this extra audiophile year at the bottom. You can see they rough bounced, and then you can use these icons just to create it off to show the way form a little bit better. Like that won't change anything. It's just the way you view it, and this audio section year is exactly a copy off our synthesizer. But you can see if I zoom in here that our seventh note years actually muted orders abled. It doesn't have the mutant able dear, but you can right click on it and mute like this as well, so I can mute anything. If I want a mute this section, you can right click on it and mute and you can see it will have those little diagonal stripes gonna un mute that one again. So it's not gonna play that, but it's going to use this way file to play that audience. If I blow through this is gonna sound exactly the same. But it's just using a lot less CPU power because it's basically just playing back a sample , just a wave or audio sample. It's not really trying to figure out how to create those sounds. So obviously you can't now go and change anything off the settings on your synthesize a year, because if I change anything here, it's not going to automatically reflect in this bounced track. If I want to do that, I need to delete this one first so I can go to my balance roof. It's actually created that noodle device in the wreck, and I can delete that advice was gonna press delete on the keyboard, delete and then you want a mute your track that you bounced. You can see that one stool muted, so I'm going to right click on that unused clips, and that's going to take us back to the original one, and I can make your changes and want you happy with those changes. You can balance them again to audio, and that's just going to save you on CPU power if your computer is a little bit slow. So just a nice little trick to speed up things. When you working with lots off different tracks in reason and yeah, bounce to or balance tracking place, that's how you do it. Also in the next lesson, 15. Recording External Audio: Hey, and welcome back. And in this Listen, I'm gonna show you how you can record on external instrument into reason. So before we do that, I quickly just want to show what I did with a frequency automation on the falter that we added. I changed it slightly. So if I go into edit mode on that automation, I can kind of Adaline. So it starts in the center and then goes up a little bit and then down, not all the way to the bottom, because then you can't really year that synthesizer or our rough. So I was gonna quickly play that back. If you want to follow along and kind of mimic this automation, you can go it. And it sounds something like this. All right, so that was just a little update on that Falter Automation. I'm gonna go out off edit mode, and now we're gonna get record some guitar. So there are a couple of ways that you can add an audio track so you can either in your Iraq, you can click on advice below any of your other devices, and then you can go to create audio track, or you can go to the browser, and in under utilities you'll find audio track that you can just drag in. But I usually just do it in the sequencer. So if you open up your sequencer right at the bottom, you can click on add track, and then you can click. Create audio track just like that. Now, after the focus right scholar external audio device you don't really need when you can plug in your instrument directly into your computer sound court if you have an internal sound card. But I would highly highly recommend that you get an external sound called Something Like the Scholars. Focus right. It's really, really cool because it's got to audio inputs so you can add two instruments, or you can add a microphone and an instrument, and he can either record them separately or together. So there's so many different options. But yeah, I will say, Invest in an external order device if you can, and it's gonna make your life a little bit easier. So I am going to before I start recording what I want to do. Ease. I just want to move. This are just off. Let's say about two or four balls off on the reason I'm doing that. If I record, I don't want this to loop when it gets to the end, because if it's gonna loop, it's gonna jump back to there. And then I'm gonna record over some of that recording that I that I did. So I want to just to to run and then walk on and just stop it bay. And then we can trim that audio just down, so it's matching that ending. So let's see how this goes. I'm not the best guitar player in the world. So I was gonna play a few notes and see if I can kind of, um, have it foot with our baseline. Let's see how that goes. Okay, so I've recorded the audio track. I'm not sure I don't think you'll be able to year anything while I'm recording because off the recording that I'm doing off my voice in the instruments and reasonable of that. So we've got our track down. Let's play this back and was going to drag. This are so it's gonna loop at nine. And then what we can do you I can just drum this down the recording done as well. Let's take a listen, okay? And I want to show you a few tricks that you can do worth audio on. This is really, really cool. So first of all, you can time stretch your audio. So if you're holding Ault on the keyboard and you drag the ending off your audio recording like this, you'll see that we are stretching or time stretching our audio. You can actually see if you're holding Alton, you point to this ending that little in tag on this clip, you can see it shows you like little clock icon. And that means it's gonna time stretch so you can hold it in. And I can maybe, um, make it double this speed if I put it on to any four boys. Okay, that doesn't really work, But you get the idea. I'm gonna time stretch it back today. Another cool thing that you can do is you can kind of read time your audio recordings. So as you can see here this first note, I didn't play on the on time. I wanted to start right at the beginning, but because of the recording in the countdown and didn't have enough time and I was gonna have I have more ad market or in my lap, so I kind of missed the timing day. But you can actually fix this in here as well. So I'm gonna zoom in your slightly like that and then you'll see these little icon or this little icon. You're a right at the bottom in the corner of your audio recording. If you double click that, that's gonna bring up these little arrows. And as you can see, it automatically detected all those beads that I played with a guitar, which is really, really cool. And now you can go and you can drag them around like so to kind of re time them. So what? I don't want to do you at the beginning. I want to trim this down so it kind of trims it down to there. And then I'm gonna time stretch it to the beginning. So I'm gonna holding Ault and I'm gonna dropped a time stretch it this way like so. So it's on that first bore. But now I can see these other ones don't really line up. So I'm going to fix them. So I'm gonna just change my resolution to about 1/4 bore. That should be fine. So I want this ball to play on the second ball with this note. So I'm just gonna drag this simply, just drag it like that and this one. I can drag two there and this one today, and it's gonna miss up these ones a little bit, so maybe distract them around. This is definitely not going to be perfect, but I think I'm just kind of showing you what you can do. So this was very, very out of time. So it's gonna drag that one in the and Yeah, let's have a listen. So, yeah, as you can see, it fixed this beginning perfectly. There's a little bit of issues here in the middle, but you can actually go in here and it can fix it. You can just up the resolution to maybe 16 and then you can zoom in there and you can move them around exactly the way you want them to sound. And it's so, so cool that you can actually do this. That's a little bit better. I'm going to drag this one ality and more a little bit more. That's almost perfect. Let's have a listening in. Cool on. Now you can start adding effects to your audio recordings so it's gonna zoom in. Your mom's gonna select all of these press Z on the keyboard. So now we can add some effects and I'm gonna open up the browser and go to effects. And let's say we want to add a reverb to our guitar. Very, very simple. Dragged the reverb under our audio track recording device. And let's just bring that down slightly and let's have a listen. Yeah, that reverb sounds pretty pretty cool. So, yeah, that's how easy these two record audio into reason. API enjoyed this. Listen, I will see you in the next one. 16. The Mixer: a and welcome back. And in this lesson, I'm gonna show you how to use the mixer in a reason so visible. I see we didn't rename our audio track in the previous lesson, so I'm just gonna double click on that, and I'm gonna call this guitar just like that. All right, We've got our left and right, sit over these bars. And now we're gonna go to the mixer and see if we can mix our track so very basic stuff. So I'm gonna click on mixer right at the top, and this will bring up our mixer, and I can see it's pretty complex, and I'm not gonna go through all of this. I'm literally just going to show you guys how to level your track or how to mix the levels . So now you can see if I play this back, you can see all these levels jumping around, and it's quite cool because it's actually named. Yet the bottom it says Drum loop, one baseline, one baseline to roof and guitar and ah, no. Yes. We're not using Bislan once you'll see. There won't be anything in this one if I play it. So we can ignore that and and I can literally go through here and I can. I can start playing this and I can adjust these volumes as we go. Let's have a look. And you always want to keep an eye on your main tracks so that they do not clip. If they go into the red, you know it's clipping, so just try and keep them under the red. All right, so that sounds pretty cool. Another thing What I usually do is I add ik ik you to my tracks as well. Now you can do that through the mixer, but what I usually do is I just added straight onto that specific instrument. Ah, you can do it in one year, but I do find it a little bit confusing. So what I usually do is I will go to my Iraq. Let me just minimize this mixer, and then I will find the device. So let's say this guitar. I want to add some eq you to the guitar. Then I will just drag in my eq you from my affecting the browser and I usually use the are a few that you can actually use. I think it's the same clothes equalizer, which is a cool one, just dragged that in and a year. You can enable some of these frequencies and you can actually play around with them and see what they affect. And then you can bring down some of the lower frequencies. May be on the tall, and that's gonna play this back, Maybe something like that. And yes, you can go through and you can add equalization to every single instrument or track that you have recorded. And that's just gonna kind of space everything out over the audio frequencies so you don't want everything just to have a normal flat frequency. Want some of this some of your instruments in the more lower frequency areas and in some of your instruments in the middle section and in some of your instruments in the higher range off your audio spectrum. So that's basically the mixer in reason. Go through and just level your truck out and play with sittings. You can look at some of these other effects that you can add, but yeah, for now, we're just gonna look at the basic volume controls, and that's how easy it is to level out your mix in a reason. I will see you in the next lesson. 17. Exporting Your Track: Hey, and welcome back. And in this listen, I'm gonna show you how you can export your track if you want to share it to someone or if you want uploaded to the Internet. Yeah, obviously want export your track once it's done. So the only thing you need to think about year is or the only thing that you need to change is the ending position off your song. So now you can see we've got this left indicator and we've got the right indicator. But there's also an end indicator. And if I look at this little boy at the bottom way, we can zoom in and out. If you look all the way to the right, there's little little locator right there and that is our ending locator. So if I exported just like this, it's going to export this whole section and then it's gonna carry on exporting all of this blank space all the way to this end Located Achon. See if I scroll with us boria at the bottom, that will take me to that e. Someone's gonna zoom out here all the way so I can see my tracking at the beginning and that's the ending off my tracks. I'm going to drag this e forward like so, And it zoom in your, um, using Z and then zoom out a little bit and then make sure that our e he's at the end off our track if you want to. If it kind of fades out at the end, you can always put the maybe just give it like one boss space of it, maybe fades out slowly. Then you can do that. But for this is just a loop. So I was gonna place the right there, make sure that is also there on we're gonna put this song position at the beginning, and now we're going to simply go to file, and we're gonna go to Export song as audiophile. Now, you can also export a loop. The loop will only export what is between the left and the right. Sometimes you want to. Maybe you're only one export. Let's say this little section here, then he can do that. But for this example, we want to export our complete track. So you're gonna go to file and then we're gonna go to export song. It's audio file and then you can choose between a few formats. So we've got I If if wave and MP three so usually you will go with Wave or MP three. I know some people do like to use this if file, but I usually go with the Wave or MP three. So I'm gonna just click on MP three and I'm gonna give it a name and then click on Save. Replace that because I saved up already. So that will just re export that file. And you can see that is done. And I can go to a day stop and you will have an MP three file there and you can play it and you can share it with your friends or uploaded to the Internet. I will see you in the next lesson. 18. Where To Find Free Quality Audio Samples: Hey, and welcome back. And in this Listen, I just want to quickly show you guys and girls we can find free quality audio samples for your music. So I discovered this website a while back. It's called Mu Jin Torm you geant. I'm not exactly sure to pronounce it. I think it might be, um, a German website. Not exactly sure either, but yeah, it's M u g E in T. And it's the website is emergent dot com. And if you go to this website, you can find a lot of free quality samples. So the way it works is you can either just do a search. If I type in base and I press enter to do a search, it will come up with some nice base samples and you can listen to them years. Some of them are loops. You can see these ones are all loops that a just a normal base sambal and this quarter. But you can see this 23 pages if I just search base, or let's try something like, uh, kick, which is just a normal kick drum, and that's gonna load all those kick drums. So also a lot of nice loops that you can use also, just one shot samples. Or you can go to the next page and see what all stories. Another thing that you can do is you can actually, um, fall to them by instrument or even by key or tempo or genre or family. So really, really cool website. And as you can see that all free. I'm not exactly sure why it is. Ah, court here. I'm not sure if some of the samples you need to pay for I've never paid for any samples on the site and as far as a note or free. But yeah, go through this and you can find some really, really cool samples. I will see you next. Listen. 19. Handy Shortcuts To Speed Up Your Workflow: Hey, and welcome back. And in this listen, we are gonna talk about handy keyboard shortcuts now, you can speed up your workflow in reason a lot if you start using some of the awesome keyboard shortcuts. So yeah, you can make some notes and year we go. So I think the most important shortcut to use is the save short cut, because so many times something can happen. You can have a powerful ear or your computer can freeze or anything can happened. A crash, and then you gonna lose your product project. So always keep your hand on that save shortcut. And the shortcut is either command s if you're on a Mac or Control is so just press command s and it's going to save your work. Make sure you do. That s often as possible. Next shortcut. Ease the space bar. Now we talked about this one. This is play and stop. So if I press space, it's gonna play and then just hit space bar again. And then it's going to stop and it's gonna just kind of pause Will stop way that song position waas next one. Ease. If you want to go back to the beginning off your track. So let's say you are somewhere in the center of your truck and you want to jump back to the beginning. You're going to do shift and enter. So shift in tow and you'll see that my song position jumped back to the beginning, and now I can play it again. Right then. You've got your tools that year in this upper section off the sequencer and the 1st 1 which is your normal selection. That is a shortcut que so cue. If you point to it, it will actually tell you the shortcut. You can see that Q. And the next to it is the pencil, and that's W so you can see it's jumping there to the pencil, and Q is select. Pencil is W. And then, if you want to jump to the erase to that is E for eraser. And if you want to jump to the razor tool that is just next to the E, which is our our for razor. So those are the kind of your four tools that you will probably use the most. Q W E. R. Very, very cool. And then we've got our zoom selection that we have talked about often. So if you select anything in your sequence, you can just press Z on the keyboard and it's gonna zoom in to that selection, all right? And if you don't have anything selected So let's say I select this section near this green block enough. If I press z on the keyboard is gonna zoom into that now, if I d select that, if I just kind of click somewhere else and I eat Z on the keyboard again, that's gonna zoom out to my in and out points on my left and right again. So also a very, very handy shortcut to use. And then we've got the duplicate shortcut that we've used quite a bit. And that's the hold in salt and drag so you can hold in salt and in just cannot drag and duplicate that box. So really, really cool shortcut to use as well. And then we've got the time stretch that we talked about on our audio file. You can do time stretch on audio and on meaty files or meaty tracks as well, so I can hold in Ault on the keyboard and you'll see the little time or clock icon, and I can drag and time stretch my guitar so you can also time stretch your meaty. So if you just select that media box holding all to go to the end drag and can see it's actually stretching that piece off Midi, which is really, really cool as well. Now a little shortcut to go into edit mode. So if you have that box selected, you can press command E for edit or if on a PC control e. So if I press come on E, it's gonna go into edit mode. If I press come on again, it's gonna go out off a remote. Also a very, very handy shortcut to use and then the shortcut for toggling the rack back and front. If you ever want to go there, used tabs, the tab will take you to the back off the rack, and you can go crazy with all these cables. And if I pressed their begin, it's gonna jump to the front off that Iraq, and the next short cut is the click track, so you can see at the bottom the click track. He switched off, and if I press see on the keyboard for click that will enable it. And if I press see again, that's gonna disable that click track also very handy. And the last shortcut that I want to mention is the loop. So you've got your Lupita, and if you press l A for loop, it's gonna disable it. Any press again that's gonna enable it. So just some really, really cool shortcuts that will speed up your workflow quite a lot in reason, appear. Joy This lesson. I will see you in the next one. 20. Thank You For Watching: and we've come to the end off this course. Well done. Thank you so much for choosing this course. I really appreciate it. And I hope you found it helpful and easy to follow along and that you will create many, many amazing tracks using reason. If you don't enjoy this course, please take a minute and leave a writing as well as a review. If you don't mind, that really helps me to create more quality content. Like this course for you all the best and happy producing until next time. Goodbye.