Parallax is an instrument-based ReFill using the Parsec Rack Extension from Propellerhead Software. This ReFill contains a variety of instruments, both traditional, and other-worldly, which will fit in with most styles of music. It is not genre-specific. Rather, it embraces the Parsec instrument, and unlocks its potential to create a wide variety of sounds.
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.
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.
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.
With the advent of Reason 7, you get the Audiomatic Retro Transformer Rack Extension for free. This is like Instagram for photos, except it creates musical snapshots that can be applied to the whole mix or individual tracks. So I thought, why not create an FX combinator where you can select different Audiomatic presets using the Kong pads. The added benefit is that you can switch between them in real-time at any point you like using automation. I even added a bypass so that when an audiomatic preset is not selected, the original audio is passed through unaffected. Or, there’s a method to play it parallel with the original loop.
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.