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.
Here’s an interesting patch that I submitted to the firstname.lastname@example.org email in response to their first video in the “Reason Sound Design” series, a new series put out by the Propellerheads to help us all learn a little more about the Combinators inside the Factory Sound Bank, and allow the user community to submit their patches. I love it when they launch a new series!
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.
In this tutorial I’m going to talk about the new Alligator device in Reason 6. I think no other device has mystified so many since the RPG-8, and a lot of people have reluctance to really dive into it, thinking it’s mainly built for electronic musicians. Truth is that it’s a very easy device to work with, and it has applications for all kinds of instruments and all kinds of genres. So don’t be intimidated by all the knobs and levers. It’s a veritable evil laboratory, but getting it under control is easier than you think, and that’s the focus here.
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.
In this tutorial, I’m going to finish up our Matrix song, and then explore the differences between the Matrix and the Thor Step Sequencer in a little more detail. It’s important to note the differences between the two and how one is not necessarily better than the other. Although I would argue that Thor’s step sequencer is much more advanced from a programming standpoint. I think the Matrix still has a lot to offer and still provides a lot of possible uses. So don’t shelve it just yet.
Now we get to some fun stuff: How to use the Matrix in a few different and interesting practical ways. To that end, I decided to build an entire track using nothing but sound devices that are controlled by Matrixes (Matrices?). This way, we can explore some of the practical uses of the Matrix along the way.
In this tutorial, I’m going to work with the Matrix and build a track by step sequencing. Egads! I hear the purists gasp, as they turn away in disgust. But rest assured, I’m merely presenting this as a creative idea to force you to think about alternative ways to build your songs. Take from that what you will. In the end, I hope this shows you how the Matrix, and step sequencing in general, can be a powerful ally when you compose your tracks.