Reason: Why RE’s And VST’s Waste Your Time

Something not a lot of people realize is that most additional instruments and effects you can add to Reason via rack extensions (RE’s) and now VST’s (bleh) not only aren’t needed, nearly all of them are features found in Reason masquerading as new concepts.

Don’t be fooled by fancy audio demos

The hard, unspoken truth about music production is that there isn’t many instruments and effects devices that are Continue reading Reason: Why RE’s And VST’s Waste Your Time

Studio Hardware Walkthrough

In this post, I detail the physical hardware I use for my desktop studio setup. Rack, mixer, music devices, audio interfaces, audio analyzers, monitors, speakers, power supplies and desktop configuration.

Rack

The rack is custom-built from two red IKEA tables. I stacked them and keep them in place with two “L” brackets. I then installed rack rails, cutting the metal rack rails with Continue reading Studio Hardware Walkthrough

How To Install Half Rack Studio Devices In A Full Rack

Here’s a guide on how to install half-rack (compact) studio devices the right way (so that two half-rack devices can be installed side-by-side). The bad news is that no one sells any products where you can just mount your half-rack device and install it into your full-sized (normal) rack. The good news is that I was able to modify a $20-$30 rack shelf and I’m gonna’ show you how I did it…

Foreword

What I did was do a major modification to Continue reading How To Install Half Rack Studio Devices In A Full Rack

How To Copyright Music (Step-By-Step With Pictures)

(Updated: 05/12/2018) Registering copyrights for music is a very complicated process with (now) 31 steps minimum. Guides on how to register copyrights do a bad job. Here, I’m detailing a step-by-step process, including screen shots, of myself actually registering the copyrights for the album Bradenton Ambient so you can see how the real process works and not just internet article writer theory…

Why even the top guides are bad

Ask Google how to copyright music and, even at the moment of writing this article, Google lists it as a simple 7 step process (it’s over a 33 31 step process minimum) and even lists the price incorrectly as Continue reading How To Copyright Music (Step-By-Step With Pictures)

Reason: Using Multiple BCF2000’s Can’t Be Done (Update)

Update: check out the new post Reason: How To Use Multiple BCF2000’s.

If anyone’s curious on setting up multiple Behringer BCF2000’s together in Propellerhead Reason (to go from 8 channel banks to 16 channel banks, etc)… from what I can tell it can’t be done and no one has provided real evidence of this. Because…

BCF2000’s are controlled by Reason uniquely

I couldn’t get Reason working with two Behringer BF2000’s, setting everything up as it’s intended (both via direct USB and MIDI cascading). When you look at the BCF2000 remote file, you see references for 8 faders groups at a time and no more. Reason loads in a temporary, on-the-fly preset for BCF2000 and BCR2000’s that other DAW’s don’t. This is where Continue reading Reason: Using Multiple BCF2000’s Can’t Be Done (Update)

How To Paint Your Own Audio Patch Cables

After creating my own audio patch cable experiment proved unreliable, I ordered some normal, boring looking 1′ (0.3m) black with red and white tipped RCA cables. But I still wanted the cables to have a distinctive look to them. So I decided to paint them. Supplying your own cables, it’ll cost you less than $10 to do it yourself too…

Materials needed

Spray paint. I highly recommend Krylon “Fusion For Plastic” (what I simply call Krylon Fusion). You don’t need Continue reading How To Paint Your Own Audio Patch Cables

Don’t Create Your Own Audio Patch Cables?

I got myself an RCA patch bay for cheap ($20) and needed some short RCA patch cables. I saw they were crazy expensive online so I figured I’d make them myself. The end result isn’t up to my expectations. Here’s how you can do it and why you should probably avoid it…

Materials used

I bought some RCA terminals, the kind that you screw in wires. I wanted to try using heat shrink to go over the terminals that would melt down to the size of the wire, but I didn’t find any locally that were big enough so I got a size big enough just for Continue reading Don’t Create Your Own Audio Patch Cables?

Don’t Use EQ Spectrum Analyzers, Use Your Ears

There’s an issue that people who’ve started making music the past 10 years or so think an audio spectrum / waveform = what you hear. The sad fact is that it doesn’t.

One thing I’ve found that seemed to be a key to “professional” audio mixing / mastering people is that they had some kind of experience with real, studio mixers. They didn’t have access to spectrum windows, they mastered by tweaking dynamics knobs and using their ears. They didn’t have Continue reading Don’t Use EQ Spectrum Analyzers, Use Your Ears