Friday, 17 June 2011

Back to Basics

I’m in the middle of writing the music for an album, and I have the basic parts written for a good chunk of it. They still need to be arranged, but when that’s done I reckon there will be about 20 minutes of music. I was going through the session files earlier on (I’m converting them all from Cubase SX and Cubase 5 sessions into Pro Tools sessions, because I prefer to work in Pro Tools) and I realised that almost all of the synth parts use Reason as a sound source. There are a couple of little flourishes that use my D-50, and one Juno-106 bass line, but the rest is all done in Reason. What’s more, a good chunk of it was programmed in by mouse, rather than being played in. This has got me thinking; why do I have all of this wonderful vintage gear if I’m just going to use Reason for everything?

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

And then life caught up...

My dear readers,

I've had a good run of posting at least once a week (sometimes twice) over the last couple of months, and I still have a few bits to post, but I may have to slow down on posting for a little while. I've torn down a lot of my gear in preparation for moving house, and I'm going away on a trip for a couple of weeks, so between galavanting off down the country and packing my stuff up there might not be a lot of time for blogging.

In other news, my first year grades are slowly trickling in, and so far I've gotten a first in every subject except one, so I'm pretty pleased with myself over that. It's been a good year at uni, and I've learned a lot, but I'm glad to have some time to myself. So far my time off hasn't really been "time off"; I've been keeping busy with recording sessions and reorganising the blog, so I'm looking forward to a nice break.

Follow the blog or subscribe to my RSS feed to keep up with new posts, or follow me on Twitter. Things should be back to normal pretty soon.

Matt =]
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Friday, 10 June 2011

A Beginner’s Guide to Reason 5

Reason is one of the most commonly used music creation programs, and there are thousands of cool things you can do with it, but many people find it daunting when they first start out, especially when they’re faced with an empty rack. Today’s video shows how to set up your audio and MIDI hardware with Reason, as well as how to set up the basic devices you need to get started and how to select between different sound sources.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Create your own soundscape online

I spend a lot of my spare time using Stumbleupon, and my latest find is the site What it allows you to do is make your own soundscape using nature sounds. It has a 4 track mixer with pan controls, and even some basic automation. I've been sitting with my headphones on listening to this one I've put together, and I can't help but feel tranquil.

It's great if you don't want to sit in silence, but don't feel like listening to music. If anyone tries it send me a link, I'd love to hear what you can come up with.
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Friday, 3 June 2011

Resampling in Reason 5

I've finally worked out how I can do screencasts without them looking crap, and I can capture the audio without having to sync it up later, so without further ado, here's a tutorial on how to use the sampling features of Reason 5 to sample the internal instruments.

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