Jan 192015
R.I.P. PUF (Snippets Part 4)

In this next installment, I’d like to take a moment to go over some of the feature requests that were posted to the forum. Note that most of the features centered around Reason, until the advent of Rack Extensions, iPad apps, and now Discover. All things that remove the focus and attention away from their main user base and pull their resources in many different directions. In my opinion, this chases the latest trend, and leaves them quite directionless. If it were my business, I’d drop all of it (except perhaps REs, since there’s really no going back on that one), and get back to basics: their Software; REASON!

Jan 182015
R.I.P. PUF (Snippets Part 3)

Now for the next installment of information worthy to be saved: A few Valuable Posts! Just to give everyone a flavor of what the Forum was, and some of the great discussions that went on. Here are a selection of posts in their entirety. As always, if you don’t want me to be posting any of this information, let me know and I’ll have it removed. The intention is to preserve a little of the history of what the Reason community was for the first 15 years; the good parts, at least. So here’s a little more sampling; Unabridged and unedited.

Jan 172015
R.I.P. PUF (Snippets Part 2)

Now for the next installment of information worthy to be saved: The Stickies! Thanks to Ed (Ecopro), Benedict, Noel Gonzalez, Mattias, and Dioxide. As always, if you don’t want me to be posting any of this information, let me know and I’ll have it removed. But we need to have a place to store this great resource, and the Props have decided it’s just not important anymore. So it falls upon us to Prop up the Props. Here you go. . .

Jan 162015
R.I.P. PUF (Snippets Part 1)

So the demise of the PUF is imminent. In an attempt to retain even a miniscule fraction of the knowledge outlay provided over there, I’ll post a few pages of snippets that I’ve found useful; from some of the most brilliant minds I know. Let’s see if we can plagiarize and retain at least a sliver of knowledge that was out there before the Alexandrian library is burned. If I’ve posted something of yours, and you wish me to remove it, please let me know and I will. I am not claiming any of these juicy tidbits as my own, and I’m not trying to make a profit from these posts. I’m trying to keep some semblance of the past community that I had the pleasure to be a part of over the years.

Dec 192014
New CD Release: Memory Fades

2014 is coming to a close, and each year I put together a CD of music I’ve worked on throughout the year, to give to family and friends over the holidays. This year is no exception, and I’m releasing it to the public. It contains 18 tracks, 14 of which have come out of the new Facebook Challenge group I formed. The other 4 tracks are pulled from various back-tracks I’d done earlier in the year. There’s even one from back in 2012 or so. All available on a single tangible CD product. All the songs were reworked and mastered so that they create a continual creative flow of ideas.

Nov 032014
90 - Reason101 Challenge (pt 2)

Last month I launched a new Facebook group called the Reason101 Music & Sound Design Challenge. The idea was to create a place where people could post their music and sound design constructions in a friendly place, then comment and provide constructive criticism on those postings. Often times, we get lazy or hit a rut. And challenges can be helpful to push us further with our development.

Sep 232014
89 - Reason101 October Challenge

This isn’t so much a tutorial about how to use the latest Reason hot new device or how to stretch CV cables into pandemonium. Instead, I thought about how to get all our creative juices flowing and what better way than to create a fun and simple daily challenge for the month of October. There are no prizes, no winners, and no losers. It’s just a fun little game that hopefully triggers some creativity and motivation to make more music and sounds.

Jul 012014
Amaze Me Synchronous

This week I’m happy to share a contribution by fellow Reason nutcase, Mick Comito. He put together a synchronous-based Combinator called “Amaze Me,” and it’s pretty interesting. Using 2 Dr. Octo Rex loops, and a pulsar to control the freezing of the 3 Synchronous curves, this patch can add some really interesting spiciness to your tracks. It’s a nice, different way to enhance your tracks with some modulated effects. Have a look and see how Mick put things together.

Jun 272014
Thorium Samples Patch Pack

Another Freebie Friday here at Reason101. This week, I thought I would put together a sample pack of sounds from my latest Thorium ReFill, which contains 500 patches for Reason’s flagship Thor synth. This way, you can get a feel for the kinds of patches you’ll find in that comprehensive ReFill. It also shows you some of the ways to program Thor to create many styles of sounds, from Chiptune to Guitar to Woodwind, as well as all the usual Pads, Basses, and keyed Synth sounds. It’s a vast expansive ReFill and comes at a very reasonable price. So if you want to dive into a few of the sounds you’ll find in there, then download this free patch pack and take a listen.

Jun 242014
88 - Longer Pendulum Sequences

In this article, I’m going to discuss how to create longer Thor Pendulum sequences with multiple Thor Step Sequencers strung together. If you’ve read my last article on the subject, Longer Thor Step Sequences, you’ll be familiar with how to extend the Thor Step Sequencer to go beyond its limit of 16 steps. That type of sequencer is great if you want forward motion sequencers. However, the next logical question is whether or not you can create a pendulum style sequencer with the same limitless number of steps. As it turns out, there’s some very interesting things you can do to create a rocker seqeunce which goes forward, and then backward in reverse direction. Here are some of the solutions I came up with. Read on and then let me know if you come up with alternative methods.