As this site grows in content and an abundance of great ideas from users such as yourself, I’m finding that more of my time is spent putting together new material and generally trying to make this a great resource for everyone in the Reason/Record community. I’m also getting different requests from users on how to do certain things, and also many great people out there are sparking me to find new ways to achieve things in Reason/Record. I don’t want this to stop, so please keep the questions coming. I’ve always believed that this site is a joint partnership between you and me. And I would certainly like to keep it that way.

So now is the time in this partnership in which I ask you to give something back, not just to me, but to everyone else out there in the Reason/Record community. Here is how you can help both of us achieve our goals:

  • Donate. This helps me pay for hosting costs and my time creating the patches and tutorials for you. If you like what you’re reading, watching, or listening to on this site and want it to continue, or if you use my patches in your work, then please make a donation. Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated. I do 100% of this for free, and I would like to keep it that way.
  • Donate a link or a mention. Spread the word in any way you can. Let people in other message boards and blogs know about Post a link in your own sites and blogs, and tell everyone that this resource is completely 100% free for any and all musicians under the Creative Commons 3.0 license.
  • Donate your comments and questions. Positive critical comments are always welcome. If you have a better way to do things, or know a workaround to an issue that I don’t, we all benefit. If you have a question, I’ll try my best to answer it, work out a patch for you, or help you in any way that I can. If I can’t, I’ll usually have a suggestion or two on where you can find the answers you seek. Just please keep things on topic and be specific and clear.
  • Donate an article, patch or refill. I won’t guarantee I’ll post it or review it, but if you have some method or technique that you think is really hot, or you have some kick ass sounds, send me an email and let me know about it and I might just feature you under the “Contributor” section. Email me privately if you want to know where to send any CD or DVDs if your refill is too large to send. Are you really going to say no to free promotion?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and do your part to make this site and all the content within it a success! Now let’s go make some great music!

  59 Responses to “Contribute”

  1. Hi Rob,

    I think my problem might be that the Dr. Octo drum patch i loaded isnt the same u loaded. I might need to experiment more.
    The arp is making only minor actions when its activated like its only skimming the drum beat.So i might need to play with the tool bar a bit more and ill send the file when i can if i don’t figure it out:)


  2. Amy,
    I don’t doubt you followed the tutorial word for word. But did you constrain the notes from C1-C#3. That’s probably the most important part, and possibly where you got tripped up. And the order in which you apply the “Note Adjustments” is important as well. First, you Alter the notes in order to randomize them. Then you make the notes a little longer by putting them side by side and then adding a little more length. Finally, once this is done, you MUST Randomize the notes starting at C1 and going upward (under Transpose Notes). This is because the Rex loop slices are played slice by slice starting at C1 and going upward (depending how many slices are in your Rex Loop). Is it possible that all your note data is below C1 or above the area where there is no slices, in which case you won’t hear any sound being affected? Send me your entire Reason (.rns) file over at and I’ll have a look at it and send it back to you when I have it working (along with some notes on where you may have been tripped up).

    All my best,

  3. Amy,
    Which tutorial? Which Video? This is a posting on how you can help ME out. So help me help you. 😉

  4. Hi Rob,

    I’m doing the dr. octo-rex tutorial with the arpeggiator.For some reason it seems to be routed right but the arp never seems to be running even if its receiving notes.Loop playback is off and the video was followed word for word but i must have missed something


  5. Thank you rob. I watched the videos and they worked.

  6. @Amy,
    Reason 5 PDF Manual, page 262. Chapter 15 is all about how to Sample in Reason. Try that out. Also, I have a video tutorial on the subject of sampling, which shows you how to route the cables on the back of Reason, so that you can easily sample anytime you feel inspired while you’re working on your song. The idea is to create a split at the top of the Reason rack, where one output goes from the main mix out to your soundcard (the primary outputs), and you split another set of cables to go into the sampling input. That way, what you hear in your Reason song can be sampled (more accurately Re-sampled). Here is the article / video on that: — keep in mind, all the devices in Reason that allow sample recording (NN-XT, NN19, Kong, and Redrum) work similarly. The only thing you need to set up is the routing, and you’re good to go. Of course, you have to set up your mic as an input that Reason accepts, so that you can get an outside source sampled into Reason. For that, I would consult the manual. Good luck! I hope this all helps.

  7. Hi rob,

    I want to start making my own samples with the kong drum machine.Either using my voice or maybe an mp3.I really have no idea what the first step is..I cant seem to find that in the manual.


  8. @Gary,
    If you have a “legal” copy of Reason or Record, you have the manual. It’s automatically installed with the software. If you don’t have a “legal” copy of the software, you should probably get one my friend. Not cool to work with a cracked copy. Not cool at all.

  9. thanx rob your the man.. it did sorry i didnt have a manuel..maybe it was in the help section though

  10. Hey, that’s the graetset! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

  11. @Gary,
    The matrix can have 2 different types of lanes: Note lanes and Pattern lanes. In the main sequencer, you want to right-click over the matrix lane and select “Create Pattern/Loop Lane.” Then draw in a note clip. This will create a clip with Pattern A1 selected. If you click on the drop down arrow over the “A1” designation in the clip, you can select any of the Matrix’ 32 patterns to be played for the duration of the clip. For the sections of the track where there are no clips, the Matrix pattern will not be heard. Make sense? PS: this is all in the Manual… you should probably have a look at the section on the Matrix. Rob

  12. rob any idea why when i use the matrix-combinator and the dr rocto rex..after i make a few patterns in the matrix…i copy them to the track but when i hit play..its doesnt play say one matrix pattern on block one then the diff matrix pattern on block two…it only plays the pattern that the matrix is lit up on….its like its stuck

  13. @Mr Pitch (Ian),
    Yeah, I know the sounds probably won’t translate that well up to the higher end of the keyboard. That’s why I say you probably want to stay in the C1-C2 range. I would imagine it is the same for the person who put together this video.

    The reason I added the Matrix into the patch is because I had to mimic the automation he put in on the ECF Filter frequency. Since I wanted this all self-contained, I couldn’t use the Main Sequencer as he did in the video. So I guess if you really want to be true to his video, delete the Matrix and automate the Frequency knob on the ECF as you like. Or just draw in your own pattern on the Matrix and keep it there. It’s your call.

    The midi controller shouldn’t change the sound at all. However, that all depends on the controller’s ability to map midi from the controller to the Reason software. Things like aftertouch and velocity response can be different from controller to controller, but things like pitch and the mod wheel should be pretty standard across the board.

    However, your speakers and system will affect how things sound for sure. Try listening to it through a proper monitor system, or a few different systems (headphones, car stereo, a friend’s apartment who has high end speakers, etc.) and you’ll begin to see the differences. Then you can relate those differences to your Technics stereo and see if it is bass heavy or treble heavy. That’s what I would do.

    And thanks for the challenge. The biggest hurdle doing this was creating the patch as I was watching his video. He kept jumping around from one setting to the next, tweaking settings really fast, and then going back and re-tweaking them. So it was a bit of a struggle to keep my attention focused and make sure I got his patch correctly recreated. I think I’m pretty close. I hope :-)


  14. Thanks rob,

    Sounds pretty good. Still sounds a bit funny on the high notes. I dont know how to describe it. can you tell me if a midi controller may change the sound much as I am just running basic into a technics stereo. I like what you have done with it though, I see you added a pattern matrix which gives it more of a pulse I think. Thnaks a lot for taking the time to have a look at this. I will definately be using this patch


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