The Synchronous Timed Effect Modulator is a creative device from Propellerhead, where you can draw your own curves to control up to four built-in effects (Distortion, Filter, Delay, and Reverb) and their parameters. Here, I’ve put together a 13-page PDF guide to cover the device, soup to nuts. And still for the same price as a latte.
Synchronicity is an effects-based ReFill using the Synchronous Rack Extension from Propellerhead Software. This ReFill contains many different experimentations and uses for Synchronous, with its four built-in effects: Distortion, Filter, Delay, and Reverb. There are many examples of Beat Repeaters, Ring Modulated Glitch presets, Ambience generators, Vibrato & Tremolo effects, and all kinds of Filtering techniques.
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.
This ReFill contains many different experimentations and uses for Etch Red, and showcases the many possibilities of using this device, both in your instruments and as effects. There are many examples of Dubstep Basses, Pad rhythms, Wide Chorusing effects, Vibrato & Tremolo effects, and Filter Frequency effects. There are also a few Rex loops included to show you some examples of how you can integrate the Dr. OctoRex with Etch Red. My hope is that I’ve provided you not only with a highly playable and fun Refill to use as is, but also with many different designs that you can open up and look inside to spark your own experimentation and curiosity. In this way, Red can become a springboard for your own ideas.
Let’s continue with the Alligator and find a few other tricks that it can perform. In the first part, I looked at how the Alligator works, and provided a few ideas for how to work with it. In this part, I’m going to get a little more practical and show a few new ideas you can incorporate into your tunes. Hopefully this will provide you with some new creative inspiration.
This article is not so much a creative experience as it is a basic concept and educational tutorial about how to create bypasses for your effect Combinators. You can use a bypass to enable the sound travelling through the effects processor to play while the effects are turned off, and then allow the effect to affect the sound when they are turned on. In essence, it’s a way to build your Combinators so that they can be more flexible, and still allow sound to pass through; letting you decide when you want the effects built inside them to take hold of your sound.
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.
One week, 300 + devices, enough cables to circle the earth at least once, and a massive caffeine-induced headache, here is my “Key Flux FX Processor.” If some of the other tutorials I’ve written have yet to melt your brain, then this might actually fit the bill. Here I created a massive chaotic Reason 5 FX processor. Each effect is triggered via Midi Key on the Combinator track.