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.
These patches were put together to create some frequency-splitting for the Synchronous device. Sure, you can kind of split the frequencies internally by using the BP Filter section of Synchronous, but how about splitting the entire device and sending one synchronous-affected signal to the High end, and another Synchronous-affected signal to the Low end. Here’s a way you can set it up. These are just two examples. There’s plenty of other things you can do with Synchronous and Frequency splitting your effects. For example, you could use the Alligator to send the three curves of Synchronous to the 3 different frequency bands via the Alligator. Or, you could set up Synchronous and the BV512 to send a whole bunch of Synchronous devices to different frequencies. Lots of interesting ways to Combine the Synchronous device.
Extending Thor Sequencer Steps may look fairly simple on the outset, but it’s not quite as simple as one would think. This is because of the way the CV works in Thor, and because you can’t really extend the Thor steps beyond 16 in certain Run Modes. In fact, the only Run Mode that really works well with this kind of “extended Thor” is the 1-shot mode. Here, I’m going to show you a method to extend your Thor steps to any length you like, and at the same time provide a way to start, loop, and kill the sequencer at any point while it is running, all from the Combinator button controls. You’ll also be able to adjust the Velocity, Gate Length, and Rate on a global level. Finally, I’ll show you how you can scale the Steps, so that you can reduce the step count of the sequencer. The nice thing about this setup is that no Rack Extensions are required. Everything is done with the Core Reason devices. As long as you have Reason 4.0 or above, you can follow along with this tutorial.
Reason101 & Odarmonix are proud to present the “Thorium” ReFill for Reason 4 and above. 500 fresh new sounds for Reason’s flagship Thor synth. Built over a 2-year period, constantly crafted and honed to provide a full assortment of sounds that range over a wide variety of instruments. This is the perfect all-encompassing Thor package, which doubles as a learning experience to develop your Thor skills as well. Every effort was made to provide a wide array of sounds that utilized Thor to its fullest. Every rotary, button, mod wheel & pitch bend wheel have been fully mapped to provide expanded sound options for each patch.