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Producing Music with Reason - Section 4 - First steps for a deeper exploration

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      First steps for a deeper exploration


    • 2.

      Reason Keyboard Shortcuts - Improve your Workflow!


    • 3.

      Introduction to Rack Extensions


    • 4.

      Routing multi-output VSTs In Reason


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About This Class

In the previous classes, you learned the foundations of Reason, how to produce a music track and how to mix it. However, this is just the top of the iceberg in terms of creative possibilities!

This section is a bridge towards the next level. In this class I present 3 subjects that will help you take the first step towards the next level.

1/ Optimizing the workflow is key. And the best way to start doing that is to be able to call functions or views without having to search for a button or getting lost in a scrolling menu… [for all levels]
Skill Gained: Improvement of workflow, thus increasing the focus on the music creation itself.

2/ I introduce Rack Extensions: What are they? Where do grab some (free and paid)? How to install them in Reason and how to let your creativity explode using them. This video includes the class project (see below) [for beginner and intermediate levels]
Skill Gained: Understanding Rack Extensions and how to improve creativity using them.

3/ VSTs. Since Reason 9.5, it is possible to use VSTs in Reason. Reason now stand side by side with Cubase, Logic and Protools in the professional production realm! To illustrate this, we will set up together a multioutput drum VST playing in Kontakt so that all virtual microphones used to record the drums are assigned to separate channels of the Reason mixer. [This episode is for advanced users ]
Skill Gained: Knowing how to set up and use a multioutput VST in Reason.

NOTE: In order to enjoy this section, it is recommended to be familiar with Reason or view the previous classes (Sections 1,2 and 3)

Section 1 is a class aimed at getting beginners started: you will understand how Reason works, create your first devices, play and record your first notes, and apply your first effects.

Section 2 is a class in which you will learn our to compose your own music track from scratch! Everything you need to know to produce your first music track in Reason will be there. Together, we will produce a short music piece with beat, bass, pad, piano, effects and we will even design our own ear candy.

Section 3 is a class aimed at introducing you to the fundamentals of the mixing process (in Propellerhead Reason). You might have composed a masterpiece, but if it sounds bad, no one will really appreciate it...Take this class and get your Reason-based musical ideas to the next level and apply your newly acquired skills on the projects you carried out in section 2 !

Detailed description of the videos

VIDEO 1 - Reason Keyboard Shortcuts

Nothing can be more frustrating than losing inspiration just because of a struggle in carrying out a simple operation! It is definitely super useful to know a few shortcuts to improve workflow and not let technical issues hinder the creative process. This video teaches you just that by presenting the must-know shortcuts in Propellerhead Reason. To avoid being just a boring enumeration of shortcuts, It does so by using examples..

Level: Beginner and intermediate.

VIDEO 2 - Introduction to Rack Extensions ==> CHECK THIS FOR YOUR PROJECT IN THIS CLASS

Rack extensions (RE) are additional modules that can be used in Reason. These can be seen as plugins exclusive to Reason. Some of these Rack Extensions are amazing and boost Reason to another creative dimension!

This video presents what is out there for you to play with. First, I will download a free RE (A control voltage meter) and show how to install it in Reason. Then, I will improvise for a few minutes by producing a little piece using various Rack Extensions. At the same time I will show you how to integrate the free Rack Extension that we just downloaded and set it up in my rack.

Level: Beginner and intermediate.

VIDEO 3 - Routing multi-output VSTs In Reason

Since Version 9.5, VST's are in Reason! This opened a brand new creative land for the music producer. In this video, we will show how to load a multi-output virtual drummer in Kontakt and link all sound sources to Propellerheads Reason mixing table via its VST support module.

The goal here is to set up a dedicated reason mixer channel for each of the microphones on the drums. This will allow the user to have total control on all drum sound sources during the mixing phase. In addition, it will simplify the final mixing process: by following this procedure, all sound sources end up being associated with an individual slice of the mixing table.

After describing the objective, the video presents a few slides presenting the structure of the audio connections between the various modules (studio Drummer – Kontakt – VST support module – Reason’s mixer). Then, the action begins with a step by step tutorial about setting up drums originating from a multioutput plugin source so that each drum has its dedicated channel in Reason’s mixer.

Level: Advanced.

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Edouard RENY

Music Producer & Tutor in Physics


Edouard Andre Reny was born in 1971 in Bordeaux, France. Long studies in sciences armed him a PhD in solid state chemistry which led him to a post doctorate contract at Hiroshima University, Japan. In his early thirties, he integrated a large water treatment corporation in The Netherlands as a senior researcher. A decade later, he decided to fly with his own wings by founding his own company, “Synaptic Machines”, that brought together his interests in sciences, his drive to share it with the world, and his passion and talent for music. Why not make a living with what one truly loves!

This coincided with the realisation that he was a damn good teacher. To support financially his bran new company, he started tutoring a few kids in their late teens to prepare for their I... See full profile

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1. First steps for a deeper exploration: welcome to the last class off the course, producing music with reason. I called this class first steps for further exploration. So if you're big enough, I recommend that you first check out the previous classes, which will teach you the very basics on how to create music with reason. Our place links in the description of this class, I was thinking on which extra information I could share with you for you to move on further than the basics and the idea for this final class came up. Consider the three videos it contains, like a first step towards intermediate and advanced levels. We are musicians light. We do not want to be searching for this function or that menu, while in the flow of inspiration. We know how inspiration is precious. So the first video we showed you the main keyboard shortcuts and tips that you should learn to accelerate your workflow and not let you inspirational disturbed. This episode is actually viewable by big eaters that you still need to understand what reason is all about. So if you are not sure, please check the first class reason the relations again link in the description. Second video goes beyond the basic models that you have in the reason package Way will briefly explore back extensions, which are reason models proposed by external developers, and we will see how these can improve your creative skills when producing music. Please note this is just an introduction. The subject is huge is just a first step. It would actually require full course on a might work in one day. But at least I give you a first step to get started to help you take this first step I included in this video The Class project. Check it out. It will allow all of those that participate to learn from each other's experience with various like extensions. Finally, in the third video, I will introduce you to Milty Output V ST's as you can get by this title. This is for advanced users VSE Za models, which are not part of the reason environment. Since reason version 9.5, it is possible to use his models of the island to face in the rack. But what about when a V EST? He has motive well puts like, for example, travesty How to connect. These outputs said that each sound source has a dedicated channel in the reason mixer. This is what we will see in this video. When you get this technical skill handled, it will open. You have vast field of musical possibilities. These two last videos are aimed at giving you a first imposed who was an improvement of your skills in using reason and transforming your musical ideas into reality. You can wait for me to create more advanced courses, which will go into these topics in detail. I would probably do so in the future. However, if you can't wait and he follow these two videos carefully, slowly, they should get you started on Put you in the white direction, Enjoy. 2. Reason Keyboard Shortcuts - Improve your Workflow!: if you have started exploring reason, you should have realized by now that this is amazing. Piece off software with limitless options to create music. However, from time to time, you might have seen your inspirational flow interrupted when searching for too long on how to do that or how to do this. Fortunately, in order to improve your workflow and prevent hindering your inspiration, there are many very useful shortcuts in this video. I will present those I think are the most useful ones. Open reason and you can see the three windows to make sir. The lack on the sequences you can maximize or minimize each window by pressing the corresponding function. Key Press F five To maximize or minimize mixer press F six to minimize or maximize the lack . Press F seven to minimize always stole the sequence of If you wish a combination off to Windows Presser to corresponding function keys at the same time. For example, if I press F six and F seven at the same time, I will get the wack and the sequence of maximized together to detach the rack or the mixer that is to make them separate windows that you can drag, then to another screen press control as six or control F seven, respectively. For example, if I press control F six now, the rack appears in a separated window that I can then drive to another screen to restore all windows in one screen. Press control F seven Pressing F three minimizes always stores the browser pressing F four brings up close. It's a virtual piano. I discussed the virtual piano in sector and three of the schools pressing F eight brings up . Close is the tool window, which is used when editing media clips. Pressing F two brings up close is a spectrum e que? And finally, if you need to consult the user manual Press F one, this will open your Internet browser and connect you automatically to an online manual to show you the next short cuts allow. Did an octo hacks in the back Onda little clip Here in the sequence of in reason, you can use the typical shortcuts. You find another software like copy paste and cut, which are control C Control V in Control X, as well as undo and redo, which are controlled, said and control. Why, for example, I click on the cliff here. Press control. See, I move. The pointer has control V. Now you see, the clip has been copied. If I trust control X, any council tip off because it was selected. But I want to undo this because, oh, I made a mistake so oppressing Controlled said. And then the last action is undone. And if I were you guys, no, actually, it was good to do that so I can place control. Why? And then it read Eyes to people's action. You can also copy any elements like devices, tracks, notes, makes the channels by first pressing control, then clicking on them, dragging your mouth and release. He had the chosen position. Let's do this with this medically press control. Click on it. You see this little plus it appeared the point of the mouse, and then I drag the mouse and release where I want to cop, even clip. I can also use these short cuts on other elements. Like, for example, I makes a channel. Let's close about her, a selective mix of channel that's controlled. You see, the little plus appears moves, the mouse release said, copied the mix of channel But the mix of channel is also in the rack, said also copied in the black and duplicated also the octo Lex, as well as the media files associated with it. Within the sequence, let's double click on a media clip in order to open it and then press F seven. To maximize the sequencing, you can select an element just by clicking on it. You can select multiple elements by keeping control pressed and clicking on multiple elements, you hear. Swear to dis elect. You can also select a range of elements by pressing on shift while selecting the elements at the limits of the range you wish to select. So up a shift was here and there, and all the element in between will be selected. That works also for media tracks for weeks of channels for anything, actually, all elements you have invisible. If you press del while you have some elements selected, they just disappear. This goes on actually called back all the windows. Let's like this track. If you press del while you have a track selected, a window will appear, asking if you wish to delete only the elements you selected all the group of elements associative to it. Yes, to this media track is associative the octo rex as well as it makes a channel. So if I click on delete all in group all the elements associated with this with the track will be deleted. That's press F six to view the lack full screen. And let's put a few more elements on devices. So, yeah, I can minimize all this to a device by clicking on this little triangle here. If I press I'll while doing this, it will minimize all this store all those in the same column. If I apply this operation within a mix of channel, then only the device is inserted in the mix of channel will be affected. And now I'm placing out classing tab will flip the lack of back and forth and pressing Tavener. If I create a device, we noticed that the connections have been automatically created. Connections also created If I insert an effect to avoid the connections to be made, carry out this operation by pressing shift so oppressed control zed to undo, and I'm going to insert an effect. Oppa, Sift, Drag the mouse! I've got shifty, oppressed and release What I see is that no connections have been made when you're building up and connecting some devices in the back to make some special sounds, the amount of cables can go quite fast, making the flow sound difficult to visualize. So there's a way to clarify things. Press K and only the cables coming to or form the selected device will be highlighted. So let's select the ICO. And now, Chris Que you see that all the cables which for not connected to the ICO are now transparent, and you can easily visualize the cables which have elephant press K again and all the other cables come back. Let's put the sequence of full screen by pressing F seven to play Bow. It's this part of reason. Knowing shortcuts can be extremely useful. To navigate the song, the Space Dar will total playback and stop pressing. Entering the keypad, we launched playback, also pressing zero in keypad with stop the tape pressing zero in the keypad. When the song is not playing well, go back to the location where last playback occurred. Pressing zero a second time will bring to the beginning of the song that's put the locator here. Pressing the point key in the keypad will bring the locator to the beginning of the song. Pressing The Asterix in the Keypad were not recording for the activated track. Here it is a bass guitar track. Think again, left clicking in the timeline while pressing control, We're set The left locator left clicking in Timeline while pressing out, We set the right locator left clicking in the timeline while pressing shift We set the End song Locator Pressing one in the Keypad were said. The song position pointed onto the left locator, pressing to in the keypad. We said the song position pointed onto the light locator, pressing the letter L all the slash On the keypad, we target the loop mode. Double clicking immediately will open it. Closing escape. We close it all. Selection tools defined earlier work. Also formally notes and events. The editing tools are here during the edition. You often need to swap between the tools. Oh, it can be quite painful to have to move the mouse, click on them, move the mouse again, etcetera. It is a good idea to have the other hand on the keyboard editing tool shortcuts, a place in a row in a very practical manner. You can know what tool is selected just by looking at the mouse pointer. Press coup for the our tool press W for the pencil tool. Press E for the razor. Chris are for the laser press t for the mood tool press. Why for the zoom toe press you for the hand tool. Sometimes doing the edition, you might want to turn on or off the snap function for that. Just press s when you're done editing press escape to close the cape. As with devices in the back, you can fold 14 the tracks by clicking on the little triangle here. If you press out when doing so, all tracks will get folded over this sword, impressing out now pressing the control key and at the same time, the plus or the miners on the keypad with Zoom one zoom off is entirely doing the same operation while also keeping out press so control out with zoom in and zoom vertically. That's it. These was a short cuts I find the most useful. There are many more available on by looking at the usual Manu, you might find others that suit well, you work for. In the meantime, beware and states five by 3. Introduction to Rack Extensions: doing this course. We have only used some of the devices or models provided within the reason package is a great, but there is another world out there ready to boost your creativity. Black extensions Black extensions are modules, also known as plug ins. They are coded using reasons format by independent developers. Some of these developers are well known companies like cocoa, soft tube. Some others are just individuals like you and me. All the principles that were presented in this course applied toe extension. You can just consider like extensions as extra devices. In the reason environment. Black extensions come in many different forms. You have some synthesizes some some for players, standards to do effects like compressors or riverbeds. I mean the effects, creative effects and also some utilities like RP jitters control, voltage routers, mixes, visualize is and Sermanni more the model of fillers off. Your reason allows to connect all these together in limitless ways to reach your own sound , and it's so easy to set up in the back. So where can I find these and get them? In my reason, wack. First, you need to log it into your popular had account like I just did and then go to shop. Then click on plug ins and sounds. Here appears a huge lists of products, including lack, extension and refills. The left side menu is actually a field to Sister Select like extensions, and here you have the list off available like extensions. Hundreds of devices for you to choose form that select one. It's the first form, a sense by an indie developer. Actually, I own one of his sins. This website is a shop so you can purchase this black extension. But you can also try it free for 30 days to make sure that this device will be useful to you. Be aware that no old devices will be off use for you or are off top quality before you purchase search. For with using Google's on YouTube. Check the video and audio demos off this device. Will it be of use to you? Is it what you are looking for doesn't trigger ideas in you. And after answering these questions, if you're still not sure, try them. Some, like extensions, are just amazing, and it's not always the most expensive. I have devices from indie developers that costed me as low as nine years, and they are excellent. I used them heavily in my productions. Also, if you want to do some heavy shopping, wait for promotional periods. These are usually very aggressive, with prices slashed down by up to 75%. Let's install a back extension together. Personally, I do not need any extra black extension right now, So let's do this with a free one. Yes, there are a few free devices, and some can be worth the effort that do not download them all True's wisely. You do not want to reason menu to be cluttered with useless devices. Let's type free in the search box and then select lack extensions. So what do we have here? Oh, let's select the city meter, which I do know over the own. It appears to be a monitoring tool for control Voltage Saloon on looking at the back. Yeah, it's also, uh, CVS Splitter, It appears. Let's add it to the court, then check out purchase and now download. That's it installed. I just opened reason, and I created an octo Hexen, which are loaded that techno beat. Let's try to make something using only black extensions back extensions offer truly a huge variety of possibilities and let enter as a musician in a world off infinite sonic creativity. The last five minutes where I was actually fooling around reason I didn't prepare anything , I just loaded a techno beat on improvised using only back extensions, and I just did it once. So in five minutes we realize how much exploration I was able to do. And you know what? Now it's your turn. As a class project. Pick up a lack extension of your choice on the popular Head website. As you have seen on the video, explore it, play with it on, create a meaning music track using it. Then try to analyze how this new tool can help you in your music production. Share with us your experience in the comments of this class and explain how you used this week Extension in your production. There are so many wack extensions out there, it's impossible to check the more. If every student checks one and reports his exploration, we can learn from each other's experience. In the meantime, I wish you a great exploration or like extensions and a lot of fun doing by 4. Routing multi-output VSTs In Reason: Hi, everybody. I'm excited, Aren't you ve ST's and reason I was waiting for this for so long? A downloaded the update this morning and started to explore little I own contact five and complete from native instruments that have been using previously on digital performer. But I really prefer reason, and I tried it today. It works. So now I'm really excited when I'm producing music. One of the things I'm very picky about is to be able to mix drums to my liking. With all the hit types being separated into different channels off the mixer, it is actually possible to do that directly inside a VSD plug it. But when I'm doing the final makes, I really prefer having everything on the same mixer and using the same tools to have consistent sound. And besides, it allows how much clear of your things when frequency mixing. So how can I do this using a virtual drama running in contact within reason? That is what I have been looking at this afternoon. They should also give you a view on how the routing inside contact is organized. So first, let's understand what we are trying to do here with a diagram Before we start, let's have a look at the diagram. This diagram was summarised the objective of this video. It centralizes what we're going to do here. But it also shows use a structure off the connections between reason on the various via two instruments that you will be using. Reason supposed BST contact is actually a player. It's a VSD player, so if it's a player, it also needs to be loaded with some instruments. So inside contact, you have some plug ins. Instruments. What type of instruments where these are usually sample based instruments. Contact is a sample player. The one we will be using in this video is a virtual drama that is some drama hits or drum loops, which are taking in the studio with various max positioned at different positions. Within the drum kit, for example, one life was a snare when Mike put the kick. So Mike's overhead. You know this kind of stuff well, in this virtual instruments, there's an instrument mixer corresponding to the mix off. The different mice on the drunk it so you have a track for the kick attractiveness now attract for the overheads. One for the high hat, etcetera. This instrument mixes the output of the V. A true instrument and needs to be contact needs to be connected to the output off contact, so contact also has a mixer included. We need to make the correlation between the different tracks off the instrument and the tracks in contact. The output of the contact mixer will be the output which will go in the VSC support model. The outputs of the BST support models will quest from each of them one by one to the various outputs of contact and therefore off the instrument mixer to the outputs of the VSC supermodel. We can connect some MIXTURE channels, which goes from two slices in our well known SSL simulation in reason, but says that's what we're going to do. The actually three connections to do the first connection that we will do is between the contact mixer and obvious to support model. Then we will do the connection between the instrument mixer and the contact mixer, and finally we will connect the outputs off the PST. Support models to various mix of channels corresponding to the slices in the recent mixer looks complicated like now It's not really complicated. You have to do it once and then in contact. We can actually save some complaints so things can go quite quickly once you get used to it . So don't worry. It's not very complicated, and that's why I made this video to make it simple. So let's start. You can see the three windows in reason. The mixer, the lack and the sequencer. Another left plaza. I'm going to select the V, Esteem says, going to be contact with five outputs. When a dragon drop it into the lack. I can see the model supporting the V ST's ways. Contact loaded in. I can open the interface of contact and I see streaming sections. The first section is empty. That's where we'll put the instrument. The section of the left is a browser from which I can select the instrument, which are which I own and which are Playboy in contact and on the bottom, I can see contacts mixer that I can visualize or remove by pressing on the apple battle this mixer, coast one, actually to the output section off contact. This is a mix of that will connect with Visa. I select a kit on bath to dragging and dropping it into the empty window. I will have my instruments active for this instrument. I've got full taps, grooves, options kit and mix up. I can't select goo, for example, in order to change the grooves that on the news the goods actually like Rex fires a little bit there made off single heads which are grouped into a loop. Let's select the one by the foot. The instrument has also mixer each off. The tracks off this mixer correspond to one of the microphones, which is located onto the drum kit. This is also the mixer that will be connected to the output mixture of contact. If I want to import the groove loop in the sequence of reason I present this button and dragon drop it inside. The sequence of that would create a media track, I think the meditator and then I place it in the track corresponding to the VSD. Then if I want, I can loop it. When I look at the mix of the instrument, observe the different tracks, close bonding to the different Mike's, which are on the drum kit, and when I place a sample. I can actually realize which ones. That's a kick Snap the high hat video overheads room like Andi on. Then there's also a moon overhead. So always need six channels. Let's add channels. So I had five more channels and these are, you know, so only one channel per channel. Oh, but I forgot that piece overhead. This studio so well, actually only add four channels on the next one, which is TVO now I will rename the channels and assigned them some outputs. The 1st 1 is a kick. Uh, it was a studious and put it more so now something happened here, which is quite important. What happened is that when I modify the configuration of the output of contact, it would not be recognized by the instrument. So actually, what we should do is first configure contact and then lo the instrument. So here I will have to delete the instrument on we load it again. So in order to prevent having to do with these operations, I will show you later once we've done how to save that configuration. So now the second channel, the snap assigned to the second output and I would be desperation for the other tracks. So then afterwards it's a high hat. Then it will be the womb. No, it's the studio heads. No, the wound. Then on channel number five, I will place be model of ahead and finally the studio overheads, which will take 10 or six and seven. Done now, of course, when I played only hear everything lock down onto the Munnell first track. Now I have to connect the instrument to the contact output. But as you can see, it does not recognize the different outputs we have created. So we will have to reload the instrument. Now it's a good idea to save the configuration in contact and they made whatever we want and we can recall it when we need to. So I actually personally have a certain amount off templates like this. Now I can be lowered the instrument. Now I want to assign to each of the channels in the instrument mixer to each of the channels off the contact output mixer. So for that I click on the correct channel in the interim mixer here, the kick and click on settings, and then you see that I have actually now the contact channels listed and so easy to assign . Well done. So now it's time to come back to easily. Let's look at the back off the reason model that's supposed fiesty. Yeah, it's here. I'm so don't used to yet, and you can see that we have extra outputs. There's a little lead on the top each time the letters let, that means the output is active. Now, I would create six mixer channels, and we named him. Now I can connect each off the outputs of the contact to the class. Funding makes a channel. I kind of forgot here, So I'm calling back the the applicant. So So Wound was four, Moreover, had five and, you know OK, got it and finally leaves exterior one. We don't. As you can see, the same old is rooted to eat of the mix of channels. It's called a mixer I can see there, and now I'm free to make as if everything was a reason Super cool. I'm totally free now on. I can do whatever I want to each of sections. Example. The cake. I could try to remove some highs and on the snare could, for example, boost to certain frequency range Very practical for frequency makes it usually I will always do this at the end of a trap. You know, I just went When I compose, I just go for it. I just I need to beat on one track and find that when I'm doing the mixing when I'm really what? To get professional sound. I have to do that. Have to be in control. You could do this in the Blufgan. But this is quite a pain. No, because he would have the mix on one side would have the plague in on the other. You have to go from one to the other. And in the end he would kind of possibly get confused and miss things. But I hope this was a very useful to you and that it will be a good first step into the knowledge of V ST's in reason. I'm so excited. I'm going to make great tracks. Now he's going. So that's so thanks. Books by