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

How To Master Audio By Listening From A Distance

During the auditioning phase of audio mastering, listening from different sources is important. But so is listening from a distance and at low volumes.

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Listening from a distance allows you to hear the dynamics of your song in different ways. It also allows you to hear how the most powerful dynamics interact in non-ideal circumstances. You may find your highs are  Continue reading How To Master Audio By Listening From A Distance

Creating Original Music To Sound Like Sampled Lo-fi Audio Is Complex

When you listen to my music, it has a certain lo-fi quality to it because I’m employing complex processes to make it sound that way. It’s created from scratch but, sadly, nearly all songs out there out there in my genre of music is “pieced together” from samples; most of which are stolen (“licensed”) from songs from the 70’s and 80’s.

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What Music Sampler People Are

Don’t confuse “music sampler” hardware with music sampler people. We’ll start with  Continue reading Creating Original Music To Sound Like Sampled Lo-fi Audio Is Complex

Interacting With Every Fan May Not Make A Difference

Look at every “music promotion” and “how to gain a following” article written and they’ll all include the following advice: “interact with every fan every time“. Well it may not make a difference. Surprisingly, it may serve to make you look less professional and less established than the artists and musicians you’re trying to aspire to.

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How Many Of Your Initial “Fans” Are Regular Music Fans?

Look at the typical person who follows or interacts with new music artists and groups; they’re the same kinds of people also creating “music” (I use that word lightly). All desperate for exposure, especially in the electronica community. The entire point of “respond to every fan!!” is just that; responding to fans. But the majority of Continue reading Interacting With Every Fan May Not Make A Difference