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.

Jun 132014
Kong Unique Drums Patch Pack

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.

Jun 102014
87 - Polar Tape Stop Effect

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.

Jun 062014
Frequency Split Synchronous

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.

Jun 032014
86 - Longer Thor Step Sequences

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.

Apr 242014
"Thorium" ReFill

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.

Apr 102014
Echobode PDF Guide

Meet the Echobode Frequency Shifter Delay, a creative FX device capable of producing Chorus, Amplitude Modulation, Ring Modulation, Frequency Shifting, Phasing, Flanging, and straight up Echo Delay effects for any kind of sound you want to throw at it. It’s a truly unique Rack Extension that adds something entirely different to the Reason Rack, and fills in another missing piece to the stock Reason puzzle. Here, I’ve put together an 8-page PDF guide to cover the device, soup to nuts. And still for the same price as a cup of coffee.

Apr 012014
85 - It's a Game Changre!

At long last, the much awaited Crapre is here from PEFF! Outstandingly crappy sound quality can only make your tracks betterer than ever. And so I thought I would provide some much needed information and documentation about this heavy duty device. After taking all last month to document Spacre (lengthy article posting to follow), I thought I would give this device a much-needed test-drive and overview. It was a daunting task.

Mar 102014
Ammo PDF Guide

Next up in the series of PDF guides for the Reason Rack Extensions is a combination of both the Ammo 400R and Ammo 1200BR, analogue matrixed modulation oscillators (say that five times fast). These two devices delve into sonic and CV possibilities that can be quite simple at first, but incredibly complex when you start understanding their workflow. So here is another 10-page PDF guide to cover this powerhouse Mono synth and modulation mayhem machine. And still for the same price as a cup of coffee.

Mar 022014
84 - Alias8 Multi-Function Fader

I’m obsessed with figuring out solutions to problems. One problem I recently encountered when I was putting together some files for the Alias8 PDF Guide, was trying to get the Alias8 Rack Extension Fader to double for a second control. I wanted to be able to use it to adjust two different parameters (let’s say Amplitude and Pitch of a SubTractor). The idea and thought process behind it is pretty easy. You adjust the Amplitude by moving the Fader, then click a button, and the Fader switches to adjust the Pitch. Click the same button again, and it goes back to controlling the Amplitude.