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Lesson 3 - Reason Overview (3/4)

In This Lesson: Note Lanes - Tap Tempo - Tempo Changes

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.

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Creating New Note Lanes

New note lanes are useful for stacking different MIDI recordings on top of each other, with the same instrument.

To create a new note lane:

  • Right click the instrument in the Sequencer, and then "New Note Lane". This will create Lane #2.
  • This is useful for having multiple riffs at the same time, without creating a new instrument.

Tap Tempo

You can manually tap on the "Tap Tempo" button at the bottom of the Reason interface to set the tempo. It will read whatever speed your are tapping at in order to set the tempo.

This is useful for trying to discover or emulate the tempo of certain songs.

Changing Tempo

To change the tempo (in the middle of the song, contrary to the whole song tempo):

  • Right click the transport > Parameter Automation > Check off "Tempo". This will create a tempo lane in the transport.
  • Use the Pencil to "Draw" a block of tempo change. You can drag this clip anywhere you like in the song. You are able to use the draw tool to create tempo automation (as seen in video).

Quick Correction: In the video I mention that you cannot move the tempo block once it has been created. That is incorrect, you actually can move the tempo block as long as it is not in "Edit Mode".

So if you've double clicked the tempo clip/block, you won't be able to drag it around. Simply go back into the song mode and you should be able to drag the block around.

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  1. How do you create a new note lane?
  2. Exercise: Take any of your favourite songs, and use the Tap Tempo feature to find out the approximate tempo of the song.
  3. Exercise: Create a custom mid-song tempo change. Then drag it around to change which part of your song it affects.


  1. Right click the instrument in the Sequencer, and then "New Note Lane". This will create Lane #2.

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