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Lesson 4 - Reason Overview (4/4)

In This Lesson: The Mixer - Mastering Suites - Equalizers (EQ)

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.

The Mixer

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The mixer is a simple way for you to balance the sounds and volumes between your instruments.

  • You can activate EQ for Treble and Bass by clicking the EQ Power button
  • Using the faders, you can balance the volumes of each instrument
  • Using the Auxiliary effects return, you can attach effects to be attached. This is an advanced technique, and won't be covered here.
  • I recommend changing the labels of the last effect in each instrument track to have an easier labelling system on the mixer.
  • Right click on the mixer > Line 16:2 Mixer to create an additional mixer if you run out of space for your instruments.

Equalizers

EQ's are an incredibly powerful way to transform your sounds.

Right Click an Instrument/Effect > MClass Equalizer to create an EQ.

  • Check "Low Cut" to remove the very lowest frequencies.
  • Frequency changes will decide which frequency that you want to affect.
  • Gain will decide how high, or low you bring each frequency
  • Q will define the sharpness of your curve (See Video)

Mastering Suite

Default Reason files already start with a mastering suite attached.

A Mastering suite processes all your audio, and applies uniform effects to everything. This helps to create a more "Flat" sound from your song; mastering makes your music sound more professional.

  • Use the folder icon to try some different mastering presets
  • Use "Show Devices" on the combinator to see the types of effects contained within the mastering suite.

Play around with the settings yourself. I can't teach you how to master in this small course, as it's a complex subject that you could literally take a University course in to learn.

Note: In the video I show you some of my lesson plan and schedule for this course. Some of the criteria has changed since I've done that video (For example, I am now planning to show you side chaining in the free lessons, rather than in this course; I felt it wasn't necessary for a beginner to know after I thought hard about it). I just wanted to point out that inconsistency, as I wouldn't want you to feel confused about that.


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Quiz

  1. What do the fader knobs in the mixer do?
  2. Exercise: Play around with an EQ for 7 minutes and 35 seconds - Time yourself.
  3. Exercise: Play around with the Mastering Suite for 5 Minutes and 10 seconds - Time yourself again. Make sure to try out the different presets by clicking the Folder Icon.

QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. Fader knobs change the volume of each track.

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