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.
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.
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.
After working with the Thor step sequencer, and in honor of Music Making Month at Propellerhead Software, I posted a challenge on TSOR (The Sound of Reason): Create an entire song without the main sequencer in Reason. So here is my attempt at a song without a Sequencer. And I’m here to say, it can definitely be done!
This tutorial should prove a little enlightening for those that only think of Kong as a basic drum module. Here we’re going to twist it into the ultimate controller for everything under the sun. For starters, I’ll show how Kong can control 8 filters at once, and then I’ll move on to use Kong to control the FM Pair Oscillator in Thor. Using some of these methods, you’ll be able to control pretty much anything in Reason or Record with Kong; moving traditional device control from a basic keyboard to a Pad controller.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a flexible FX chain that has 8 stops along the chain, and at each of these stops, allows you to select from 1 of 6 different FX devices. This means you have a total of 48 different FX devices to select from in the chain, and the possible permutations of all these FX are 8×7 possible FX combinations, which amounts to 40,320 possible FX chain permutations.
I’m sure most of us have used the Matrix or Thor Step Sequencer to some extent. But how often have we thought about using our keyboard to trigger those patterns? I know I’ve never given it much serious thought, since I usually sequence all the parts into the main sequencer. But this time I’m going to explore the possibility of triggering patterns from our Keyboard. This has a lot of “live play” applications.
It’s time for something new and fresh to come out of Reason 5. So I give to you the Dr. VocoRex Loop Manipulator. It’s a bit of a glitch, and it’s a bit of a fun creative way to merge some Rex Loops and a Vocoder together, and provide a few parameters that you can play with and manipulate. So let me know what you think. I’ll show you how to build it below, and then I’ll provide a few Combinator variations. You’re the loop doctor. So let’s start dissecting our patient.
Just when you thought it was over. . . You were wrong! I’ve decided to extend this series of tutorials to explore a few things that I didn’t get to within the track I built. I could probably go on for 10 more parts to go over all the possible things you could do with the Matrix. But I wanted to focus on a few areas and explore them in a little more depth. So here’s a few things beyond the track, which you can do with the Matrix Step Sequencer.