May 072015
Synchronous PDF Guide

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.

May 012015
"Synchronicity" ReFill

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.

Feb 032015
92 - Chenille Chorus RE (Part 2)

In this second installment of the Chenille BBD Ensemble Chorus RE, I wanted to take a look at some of the interesting things you could do with it. If you think that this device is simplistic, you’d be dead wrong. It’s a highly capable chorus device, with a lot of spirit all its own. And if you’ve used other devices by JP, such as Ammo, you’ll be quite at home tweaking this device’s parameters as well. Wide stages and delay range, two versatile LFOs with a broad assortment of parameter settings, dual depth/rate controls, dual filter, separate left / right mixing and feedback settings, and 3 different Phase modes, additional voices (Unison) — not to mention all the CV and automation options — all make this device one helluva Chorus!

Jan 272015
91 - Chenille BBD Chorus RE

The following is provided as an introduction to the Chenille BBD Chorus Ensemble. You can consider this Part 1 of a 2-part expose on the device. In this first part, I will introduce you to the device, and it’s many parameters in a short summary. In the next part, I will delve further into the device itself, and show off some of the things it can do, offering a few of my own patches. Think of this as the technical side of things, and use it to become familiar with the ins and outs of the device. This is an infinitely powerful chorus device, that goes well beyond the stock Reason CF-101 in many respects. And in my opinion, it’s a top notch device that is well worth a look. I highly recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already.

Jul 012014
Amaze Me Synchronous

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.

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.

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.