Mar 012011

Some Amazing things are happeningEvery once in a while I get some great ideas coming into my inbox. This week has been more active than others, and I wanted to share a few ideas with you from some great members sending me their thoughts and their work. Here they are, in no particular order.

Eric Kloeckner’s Recent Musings

First off, we have Kloeckno, who sent me a bunch of great patches that he very generously allowed me to provide everyone: Eric-Kloeckner-Patches. This came from my comment to him that one of the patches he was showcasing in an improv session on YouTube was one helluva great sound. So I asked him if he would send me the patch. He then provided these patches to the community. Well, I delved into them and took a listen. Check them out yourself. I made a video to highlight a few of the sounds within. Great stuff. Simply great.

The patches contain some Combinator Instruments and FX, as well as a very novel way to create a 4-way cross-fader without the need for Thor’s shaper. Very interesting work!

Peff’s new Patch Offerings

Another great development lately has been Peff, hard at work doing some unique high-level stuff for Reason. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should see his new files that are available for download. If you can’t access them here, you’ll need to become a fan. So do it and check them out when you can. You won’t be disappointed. Among the files are a template for Livid OHM users, and a new implementation of an equal power cross-fader which is arguably easier to set up using two Thors, instead of a series of mixers and pan controls.

Mick Comito’s latest Song using the Modulated Thor Oscillator Method

And yet more interesting things from the Reason community. Mick Comito has a really amazing song which definitely resonated with me because it’s very ambient with some nice glitch highlights. His Combinator patch builds on the idea of modulating the Thor oscillators. I had written a tutorial about it a few weeks back and he incorporated this idea into his song. First, have a listen:

Oslating Osolation by SoulReaon

When I emailed him about it, I asked if he would be willing to share the Combinator patch and he replied saying he would be more than happy to share the patch AND the Record song file. So here they are: Mick-Comito-DancingThors. The song is a great exercise in simplicity if you ask me. The main drums are comprised of Rex files, and the Lead is quite a nice Malstrom setup. The modulated Thors provide the spacey/glitchy effect and round out the whole track. Add the Bass, and that’s the entire effort of the song. Structurally simple and yet very rich in sound. If you get a moment, be sure to comment on the song and drop him a line to tell him what you think. I’m sure he would appreciate it. I know I was extremely impressed.

And of course Hydlide has a New Song

Soon by hydliderecordings

So take a listen when you have a minute. As usual, the production on the song is excellent. And he has something in store for us in the not-too-distant future at The Sound of Reason (TSOR) site. So be sure to check in every once in a while and say hi to all the members there.

Some Urgings at the PUF

An Open Letter to the PropellerheadsLastly, thanks to everyone for posting their thoughts on my posting at the PUF. If you have access, you can view the posting here: The post was meant to hopefully open up some better discussion about what makes up a community and how we can all receive some better support, tutorials, information, etc. from the Propellerheads themselves. As of this posting, there was no word from them (though James Bernard did respond), but then today I noticed they had a few responses (from Leo and Ludvig), which was VERY encouraging indeed!

If you get a chance, post a comment and let your voice be heard as well.

I don’t know how the hell I missed this last year, but Introducing James Bernard. . .…s-rescheduled/ 

Reason & Record: Meet the Propellerheads

Propellerhead Record 1.5 & Reason 5 – James Bernard Interview Part One

Propellerhead Record 1.5 & Reason 5 – James Bernard Interview Part Two

James Bernard Propellerhead Masterclass Video – Part One

James Bernard Propellerhead Masterclass Video – Part Two

James Bernard Propellerhead Masterclass – Reason Record Pt 3

James Bernard Propellerhead Masterclass – Reason Record Pt 4

As you can see, there’s a lot of happenings out there in the community that are noteworthy, and I’m sure many others that deserve mention. These are just some of the great ideas that I’ve had the pleasure of looking into, and in talking with everyone here, it’s nice to see a few fresh thoughts come out of the discussions I’ve had. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed here. It does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated, to say the least.

Have an idea of your own that you want to discuss? Write me and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear about them.

  20 Responses to “Some Amazing Happenings”

  1. yeah i have to say that i am absolutely loinvg reason despite or perhaps because one doesn’t use VST’s. I love that an entire production can be created in a single package and as I get to grips with things like th Thor, I can really see that Reason is gonna be the production standard of the future.I been getting a bit tired of reading on various sites and forums lately that you gotta have this or that VST or you just not gonna make it its such a load of bollocks, i think if one can get to grips with Reason , then there is no reason why you cannot create any instrument or effect yourself with clever useages of the Combinator.As for the Record and its audio support, i guess it will aid in remixing of tracks so looking forward to seeing where Propellerhead takes it . Doron Dusheiko

  2. Yeah I’m probably not the best guy to discuss harmonic western music. Ahem… more of a glitch, experimental, non structured kind of dude. But I think where I can lend a hand is in helping to provide some structure to your main sequencer in Reason. Treating things as parts and providing some alternative methods for arrangement might be a good tutorial for me. But of course, any ideas from you guys are always welcome. I love talking music, no matter what kind. Chilled, Trance, heck even Country. Just that my tendencies are more non-linear and non-traditional.

    That being said, this is a great discussion on the chilled genre. Though I tend to call it ambient. Is there really a difference? Also, lately I’ve been more into dubstep. Some really interesting stuff going on in that genre lately. lots of wobbly basses and fun groovy beats that seem to get me moving. 😉

  3. Hey Guys!

    Glad the debate is still happening about chilled music.

    Phil, let me encourage you in doing the tutorial on structure. But I think with western music it is always better to have some form of melody with some type of chord structure because that’s telling the story and holding the listener or should I say keeping the listener interested in your track. Thats my humble opinion!

    Someone else who like Theivery Corp. I would love to sit in on a session with these guys just to see how they do things. I like them and have a couple of their albums.

    Keep it real guys!

  4. Hey Guys!

    I’ve just hooked back into the site after a couple of weeks. Much to my surprise you guys are still defining chilled music. This is great!

    Mick! I love the part were you mention about structuring a track and it consisting of parts. Thats a great analogy. It is about taking the listener on a journey. Yeh! someone else who likes Theivery Corp. I bought an album of theirs a few years ago. I would love to sit in no a session with these guys just to see how they do things.

    Phil Let me encourage you to do this tutorial on structure.

    I think monotony arise in this type of music when the isn’t a chord structure happening, because the chords are in itself spelling out where the music is going before the final part of the chords leads you back home. Thats if you chords are set in the majors sprinkled with some augmented and diminished chords, thats what sets the lushness of chilled in my humble little opinion.

    Keep it happening Guys!

  5. @Grueser & Mick,
    I’ll have to put some more thought into this idea. I can definitely see the benefit of this type of article or tutorial or series of tutorials really. It’s a common struggle to find some kind of structure for your music. And countless ways to approach the battle. One easy way with R5 is to use Blocks if you haven’t already. This provides you with a way to add structure quite easily, and since it’s new for us Reason users, it will be a fresh idea.

    But yeah… I’ll have to add that to the list of things to discuss here. Might not be for a while, but it’s definitely on the list. 😉

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