Reason: I Have A Lot Of Respect For The 14:2 Mixer (reMIX)

One thing putting together a physical mixer console has taught me is how capable Reason’s original virtual rack-mounted 14 stereo channel (28 mono channel) mixer, known as the reMIX Virtual Tec MX 28-4-14, was / is. The reMIX has since been replaced by the virtual SSL 9000k mixing console and it, of course, blows the reMIX out of the water in terms of functionality.

But one thing it taught was the power of using what you have wisely. The reason is because you were limited to 14 channels (even if you were using a mono source, such as a subtractor, you still wanted to apply FXs, EQ or panning from the reMIX, which made you use up an entire channel strip). Of course, you could chain multiple reMIXes together without Continue reading Reason: I Have A Lot Of Respect For The 14:2 Mixer (reMIX)

Reason: How To Stream PC & Mac Audio To iPhone & Android

Here’s how to stream Propellerhead Reason audio directly to an iPhone, Android, iPad or other tablet (even Airplay devices) from PC or Mac. This method is detailed for Reason, but from what I know about other DAW’s, the process is also possible in Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Logic Pro, Steinberg Cubase, Pro Tools and Cockos Reaper.

Why stream audio from Reason to a mobile device?

Simple; during the mixing / mastering stage (which you should be doing throughout the creation process), you want to hear what your music will sound like on a variety of devices. Particularly on devices that are brutal to Continue reading Reason: How To Stream PC & Mac Audio To iPhone & Android

Each Genre Has Secrets For Music Creation

When you look at the music electronica producers and artists create, you often find it’s the same genre of music. Of course, most times it’s because that’s the music they want to target, but that’s not the only reason. Creating music in different genres is not a straight-forward process like it would seem. Many times, in order to create music in a certain genre, there are keys, or secrets, that have to be discovered.

People attribute musicians and producers that can create music in multiple genres to being broadly skilled as opposed to those who only stick to one or two very similar genres. But what I’ve found is Continue reading Each Genre Has Secrets For Music Creation

Reason: Write Text Notes When Browsing Instruments

Here’s a trick I’ve developed over the years when using Reason. When you’re browsing different instrument sounds and you’re trying to compare and choose the best sound, instead of trying to remember which sounds are the best, instead write notes (text) while auditioning sounds. But don’t bother doing this in a note pad or on a piece of paper, do it directly in the rack. How? You do it with the free ReMark Rack Divider (Propellerhead Shop link) by Selig Audio.

Taking Notes While Auditioning Sounds & FXs

When auditioning sounds, many times I’ll come across a patch, device or effect that I think is okay, but feel that I can find something much better. After 10, 20 or 50 different things later, I realize the thing I had before was probably the best thing. Yet, in trying to Continue reading Reason: Write Text Notes When Browsing Instruments

Reason: A Good Time For Synchronous

I love the add-on device to Reason called Synchronous. But I should start by saying I don’t use many add-ons for Reason. I feel Reason pretty much added everything people could want with version 5 (when you had to buy both Reason and Record that then turned into what I called “Super Reason”). When you have the Combinator, the Spider Audio / CV Splitters / Mergers, the rack mixer and now the virtual SSL mixer console and the ability to edit and place audio directly in the sequencer, you pretty much have everything you need.

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The Combinator is so powerful, there isn’t need for much else. But that’s for another, future topic. Because of how much Reason can do currently, there isn’t much need for 99% of Continue reading Reason: A Good Time For Synchronous

Reason: How To Wire Reference Audio To Bypass Mastering

The issue; you want to bring existing audio (reference audio, such as an existing song) into Reason for comparison. The Flower Audio’s Loudness Meter device (shown in the photos) can be used for referencing, but it’s used to switch from the audio in your setup versus your reference audio; you can’t compare the two side-by-side.

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The issue with trying to do normal referencing is that the sound source will appear under your mastering suite, getting extra mastering effects placed on top. Simply turning the fader levels of your reference channel down doesn’t do the trick as you’ll get lower levels that are still being colored (altered) by your mastering suite setup. Some people may Continue reading Reason: How To Wire Reference Audio To Bypass Mastering

Even Not Selling Songs, Uncleared Sampling Is Still Illegal

Most people have come under the impression that, if they aren’t making profits off of a song, using uncleared samples is fine. It’s not.

Myth #1: “I’m Not Selling My Songs So I’m Safe”

This couldn’t be further from the truth. This myth, combined with misinformation about what a Creative Commons license is (more on that below) is one of the most propagated myths out there in the music industry.

This myth tries to rely on money; if there’s no money made from illegal sampling, then there’s Continue reading Even Not Selling Songs, Uncleared Sampling Is Still Illegal

How Fans Discover New Artists Should Disappoint You

The way music promotion articles would lead you to believe, “music lovers” are just itching to hear new music! But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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You’re Promoting Music To People At The Worst Times

Where are new artists typically? They’re on SoundCloud, they’re on Twitter, they’re on Facebook. These are all great platforms. But the problem is that you’re in front of people when they’re not trying to find new music.

Take Twitter. Even if Continue reading How Fans Discover New Artists Should Disappoint You