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Lesson 14 - NN-XT Advanced (2/3)

In This Lesson: Recording + editing your own samples.

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How To Use This Lesson

Watch the video below and take the quiz at the bottom of the page. If you need a bit of extra help with the videos, then by all means read the accompanying written content (the written content on this page simply restates what was said in the video).

Make sure you set the video below to at least "720p HD", if not "1080p HD", and then set it to Fullscreen as well. Otherwise the video won't display properly, and it will be quite difficult to follow the tutorial.

You can set it to 1080p HD by clicking the little Gearbox icon at the bottom of the video, and clicking "1080p HD". You can set the video to fullscreen by choosing the very bottom-right button in the video.

NN-XT Advanced

Using the NN-XT, you can record a sample (Audio) from your microphone or pre-amp, and then play that sample on the keyboard.

For those that don't know what a sample is, it's simply an audio clip of anything that's been recorded.

Right Click the NN-XT > "Initialize" to clear the NN-XT of any previous samples.

If you need a pre-amp at this point (For a microphone), I would recommend something like an M-Audio Fast track (Cheap), or a Profire 610 (More expensive). The more expensive unit will give you a much higher quality of sound, but either should be suitable for using samples.

To set up the pre-amp, choose Preferences > Audio > Audio Device (Set it to whatever your pre-amp interface is).

  • To record a sample, click the Waveform icon in the remote editor, and then sing or talk into the microphone. Press the stop button whenever you are finished your sample.
  • Right Click the specific sample > Edit Sample > Normalize (To bring the audio up or down to a more manageable level).
  • Bring the "S" Icon to the space where you want to start your sample, and click "Crop" to cut out the dead space at the beginning of your sample. If you are singing a note, I recommend cropping it a second or two into the singing (It often takes a singer a second or two to get the best tone out of your voice).

If you don't have a lot of money to spend on a microphone, I recommend an SM57. It can record vocals and instruments with at high proficiency. For a more expensive option (Between 250-400 Dollars), choose an SM7, or a Heil PR 35.

Watch the video and follow along. Without a pre-amp, or at least a USB microphone, you will most likely have trouble doing very many fun and interesting things with the NN-XT. Sampling is where it's at for really organic sounding electronic music!

For a USB Microphone, I recommend the Blue Snowball USB Microphone. It gets decent quality recordings, and it's super cheap. It won't be better than a 610 + Heil, but if you're a beginner it should be the perfect option for you.

I'm going to be adding more NN-XT tutorials in the Free section for Reason Tutorials, so make sure you check it out to see if I've released them yet.

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  1. Exercise: Record a sample of your own voice.
  2. How do you clear the old samples out of the NN-XT?
  3. If you don't have a microphone yet, which microphone + pre-amp/interface are you going to choose? Ask yourself!
  4. How do you edit samples?
  5. Exercise: Normalize a sample that you have taken, or have imported.

Quiz Answers

1. Exercise

2. Right Click The NN-XT > Initialize Patch

3. Right Click the Sample > Edit Sample

5. Exercise

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