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. . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another Freebie Friday here at Reason101, and I thought I would share a few unique Kong Drum ideas that you can use. The idea is to showcase some different concepts that you might not have thought about from inside Kong, while keeping everything centered inside the Kong Drum Patch format. As I’ve learned, there’s a lot of variety and complexity you can create inside a Kong Drum Patch, even without routing external effects and / or samples. So if you want to see some of the ways this can be done, open up Kong, download the files, and load the patches. Then use them as a springboard for your own creations. Always fun to do on a lazy Friday.
A Tape Stop effect is something that many Reason users have been requesting for quite some time. And Polar excels at this effect. A Tape Stop effect occurs when the tape is stopped while the audio is still being played. From a hardware standpoint, it’s never instantaneous. And the lag produced creates this classic Tape Stop sound. From an audio standpoint, what’s happening is the pitch shifts down, the volume lowers out, and a low pass filter closes. Digitally, Polar can accomplish all three of these at the same time, because it allows you to manipulate the “pitch,” “volume,” and “filter” in addition to the duration of the “lag” itself.