I spent $1,369 to put together a modular synthesizer to be used with Reason. The idea was to use LFO (low frequency oscillator) CV (control voltages) from Reason and, using a line input and MIDI-to-CV converter, have the CV signals from Reason devices control different CV functions of the modular synth. I’m gonna’ talk about my experiences doing this, using modular synths with Reason / in general and why I decided to return / resell it all.
My background with modular synths
I spent three years of casual research and a few months of intense research leading up to buying my modular synthesizer setup. I read every page of the user manuals for each module before I bought them. I completed two paid video courses for modular synths totally 9 hours long. I had also been building mock complex patches using Continue reading Using A Physical Modular Synth With Reason Studios
I’ve never liked VST’s. Never. There’s just something about them that I find so distracting from the whole music process. And what’s crazy is that I’m one of the only people who feel this way.
There’s a lot of different reasons why VST’s just feel wrong to me, wrong like someone walking outside in the dirt with bare socks and no shoe on. Wrong because…
Pop-up windows kill the immersion
Nearly all music software started out emulating physical music studio hardware. VST’s started out this way too. So it just seems wrong having these floating pop-up windows. The idea of virtual hardware floating on top of another and another…
Continue reading Am I The Only One Who Hates VST’s?
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.
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 the new, outside devices to be bought. But Synchronous is a little different. Here’s the intro video.
Continue reading Reason: A Good Time For Synchronous