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Welcome To The Real Reason Beginner's Course

Welcome to the Reason Beginner's Course. Let's get straight to it and I'll show you how to take the course.

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What To Expect Within This Course

There are 3 portions to every lesson in this series: An HD Video portion, a written portion, and a Quiz/Exercise portion.

The Video + Quiz portions of this course are absolutely necessary to your learning. Choosing not to do either of these will severely limit your learning through this course. For the sake of your own music and learning, go through them with your whole heart!

If you find yourself getting tired of the lessons (And after 10-15 lessons, you might start getting tired, and want to give up!), just give yourself a break, and make a plan to continue on 3 or 4 days later.

It's important that during this time, you don't allow yourself to feel guilty for not working the courses - that type of guilt will only weigh you down, and you'll be even MORE sick of the courses after 3 or 4 days. It's okay to take a break! Allow your mind some cool down, and then get back at it.

The written portion that accompanies each video often just mirrors and complements the video. If you find that you understood all the concepts covered in the video, you likely won't even need to visit the written portion to fully understand.

But, if you find yourself struggling to understand the concepts, take a read through the written portion. It is not meant to be a stand alone lesson; if you only read the written portion, it is likely that the lesson won't make any sense at all, as it only covers the main topics that the video goes into.

Without the video accompanying the written portion, you'll just be wasting your time.

How Long Is The Course?

The course typically takes under 5 hours to complete. Very adept learners should be able to do it in under 4.

There is 3 hours of video, and the exercises/quiz should only take you an hour or two to complete.

I don’t recommend that you try and do the quiz in a single day though (of course, you are free to do whatever you want). It’s best to space out your lessons so that you learn in the layered approach I describe below.

If you really are an adept learner though, and want to tackle it all in one day, I recommend you space out the lessons. Do 1 or 2 lessons, and then take a break and do something else for 10 or 20 minutes. That will help your brain to process the information in between lessons.

In fact, for the best results, take a nap every few lessons. Your brain processes and stores information very thoroughly when you sleep, so you will get the best results if you nap between lessons.

How To Do The Quiz

There is a quiz at the end of each lesson. There is a combination of often simple (But knowledge reinforcing) questions, alongside exercises that force you to take part in each lesson.

If you have followed along each video (Meaning you are doing everything that I do on the video), it will be likely that you already have completed most of the exercises.

You can complete each question in the following ways:

  1. Answer the question in your head.
  2. Copy + Paste the quiz into a word processor (Such as notepad or microsoft word), and then type the answer
  3. Write the answers down on paper.
  4. (My favourite) Simply do the question in Reason. So if the question is "How do you open up a new instrument?" If you physically open a new instrument inside Reason, that will be more than enough.

No one will be marking your quiz. The quiz is an important part of reinforcing your knowledge that you learned in the lesson. It's to help you know that you actually learned the material that you heard.

If you put only a half-effort into the quiz, expect to receive a half reward; you won't learn Reason nearly as well as you want to, as negative as that sounds.

On the positive, if you put your whole effort into this course, then you will have learned Reason well enough that you can write your own song by the end of this course!

"What If I Don't Understand A Lesson?"

At some point during this series, you may not understand how a certain instrument or concept works. This might seem frustrating to you.

The first thing you need to do, is take the quiz and do the exercises. If you don't understand at that point, watch the video again at least an hour later, so that your mind is more fresh and able to understand.

If you still are struggling, then my recommendation is that you move on to the next video, and maybe revisit that concept in the future.

Although Reason is a complex piece of software that has many options, if you don't understand a few things here and there, that shouldn't stop you from being able to write your own music using Reason.

And if something is REALLY bothering you about the lesson or this course, please send me an email and I'll do my best to fix it.

At the end of the course, you will have an opportunity to create a song of your own. If you do, I would love to hear it! Just upload it to Soundcloud or Bandcamp, and send me an email with the link so I can hear it. I also love hearing students work, so it would mean a lot to me.

Without further ado, here are the lessons!


  1. Overview (1/4) – Sequencer And Rack – Design Drum Beats - Adding a beat to your song – Adding Reverb To Drum Beat
  2. Overview (2/4) - Creating Instruments – Setting Up MIDI Keyboard – Recording Riff – Editing MIDI - Delay Effects
  3. Overview (3/4) - New Note Lanes – Tempo Changes – Tap Tempo
  4. Overview (4/4) - Mixer – EQ – Volume Faders – Mastering Suites
  5. Redrum Advanced: Individual Drums – Velocity – Shuffle – Flam
  6. Importing MIDI – Replacing instruments
  7. Combinator - The Pregnant Instrument
  8. LFO’s
  9. RV7000
  10. Scream 4 Distortion
  11. DDL-1 Digital Delay Line
  12. RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
  13. NN-XT Sampler (1/3) – Using Other Instruments – Importing Samples
  14. NN-XT Sampler (2/3) - Record Your Own Samples – Editing Samples
  15. NN-XT Sampler (3/3) – Root – Tune – Start – End – Loop Start – Loop End – etc.
  16. Subtractor – OSC 1 – OSC 2 – Noise – Filter 1 – Amp Envelope – Mod Envelope – LFO 1 – LFO 2 – Portamento
  17. Maelstrom
  18. Kong – Choosing a Drum Set – Replacing Individual Drums – Changing Drum Parameters
  19. Using Blocks
  20. Assembling A Complete Song
  21. Final Quiz

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