In This Lesson: The Rack - The Sequencer - Audio Options - Redrum (Programming a drum beat) - Adding Reverb
Reason is a fantastic music software program. It's main strength lies in recording and editing MIDI notes. I personally prefer to use Reason while writing MIDI powered music, rather than using other industry-standard recording software like Logic or Pro Tools, simply because the MIDI interface is so great.
Now, the sounds on Reason are often not as professional as what Pro Tools or Logic has to offer (especially because they support a WIDE variety of 3rd party plugins), so I will often export my Reason MIDI/Audio Tracks and import them into Logic or Pro Tools for further production and mastering.
To start, Open a new Reason Project.
Your rack is located near the Reason User Interface (UI). This holds any instruments or effects that you create for use in your project. These can be synths, samplers, drum machines, reverbs, or delays, etc.
Generally, Reason will default with a mastering combinator (For automatic mastering), a mixer (To connect instruments and effects to), and a hardware interface emulator (You often won't even touch this part of the rack. Most people don't even realize it exists).
This is where you arrange and record your music. If an instrument = a pencil, then the sequencer = a piece of paper to write on.
Click Reason > Preferences.
Then choose the "Audio" drop down menu, and you can choose where Reason sends your sounds. If you have a pre-amp, you can send it there, or you can send it out of your computer's speakers.
Redrum is a drum machine that helps you program beats and patterns. This is usually where you would start when designing a drum beat.
You can create a reverb by right-clicking an empty space at the bottom of the rack > Create > RV7000 (RV-7 Digital Reverb is also available).
The mix (how much reverb) is automatically set to 100%, so I recommend bringing it down to 25-50 for a more natural effect.
View the next tutorial for a more in-depth look at the Reason Interface. I recommend taking the Quiz below if you feel unsure of your knowledge of Reason.
If you felt that you really understood the lesson, then I'll bet you can skip it, but if you feel you need some extra review, take the quiz to see if you need to review even more. No one is marking your work, it's simply to help you learn + remember everything you can about making music.
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