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Introducing Reason™ 4

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Electronic musicians, rockers, rappers, and regular folks use Reason virtual studio software to create and self-record studio-quality music on PCs and Macs. This book shows you how to harness all the tools of this popular package to produce your own professional sound. Veteran studio engineer and professional musician Cliff Truesdell explains everything you need to get going-from Reason's full array of virtual instruments, effects, and functions to priceless inside-the-studio insights and tips you can use to start creating original pieces right away.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. About The Author
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. Getting Started
    1. 1.1. About Reason
    2. 1.2. What You Need to Create Music with Reason
    3. 1.3. Reason Terminology
    4. 1.4. Installing Reason
    5. 1.5. Setting Reason's Preferences
    6. 1.6. Reason Support Resources
    7. 1.7. Content for Reason
    8. 1.8. A First Look at Reason
    9. 1.9. Summary
  6. 2. Working in Reason
    1. 2.1. Setting Preferences for This Chapter
    2. 2.2. The Reason Interface
    3. 2.3. Reason's Devices
    4. 2.4. The Tool Window
    5. 2.5. The Reason Browser
    6. 2.6. Reason and MIDI
    7. 2.7. The Transport Panel
    8. 2.8. The Sequencer: Basics
    9. 2.9. Creating and Recording Performances
    10. 2.10. The Matrix Pattern Sequencer: Basics
    11. 2.11. Routing Options in Reason
    12. 2.12. Saving Reason Songs
    13. 2.13. Setting Preferences for the Rest of This Book
    14. 2.14. Summary
  7. 3. The Dr. Rex Loop Player
    1. 3.1. Dr. Rex Basics
    2. 3.2. Basic Editing Features
    3. 3.3. The Envelopes, Filter, and LFO
    4. 3.4. Dr. Rex and the Reason Sequencer
    5. 3.5. Dr. Rex and MIDI Devices
    6. 3.6. Automating the Dr. Rex
    7. 3.7. Effects and the Dr. Rex
    8. 3.8. Creating a Filter Sweep with Automation
    9. 3.9. Using the LFO to Create Filter Effects
    10. 3.10. Using the LFO to Create Panning Effects
    11. 3.11. Using the Mod Wheel as a Wah-Wah
    12. 3.12. Using Multiple Dr. Rex Loop Players
    13. 3.13. Summary
  8. 4. The Redrum Drum Computer
    1. 4.1. Redrum Basics
    2. 4.2. Working with Patterns
    3. 4.3. Creating Arrangements
    4. 4.4. Advanced Pattern Programming
    5. 4.5. Creating and Saving Kits
    6. 4.6. Automating the Redrum
    7. 4.7. Using Effects with the Redrum
    8. 4.8. Redrum and the ReGroove Mixer
    9. 4.9. Creating and Exporting Loops
    10. 4.10. Creative Routing with the Redrum
    11. 4.11. Working with Samples and Loops
    12. 4.12. Summary
  9. 5. Reason's Synthesizers
    1. 5.1. Synthesizer Basics
    2. 5.2. Synthesizer Components
    3. 5.3. The SubTractor Analog Synthesizer
    4. 5.4. The Malström Graintable Synthesizer
    5. 5.5. The Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
    6. 5.6. Summary
  10. 6. Reason's Samplers
    1. 6.1. Sampler Basics
    2. 6.2. Using the NN-19 Digital Sampler
    3. 6.3. Using the NN-XT Advanced Sampler
    4. 6.4. Creating Your Own Samples
    5. 6.5. Summary
  11. 7. Reason's Effects
    1. 7.1. Using Reason's Effects
    2. 7.2. The Half-Rack Effects
    3. 7.3. The Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
    4. 7.4. The RV7000 Advanced Reverb
    5. 7.5. The MClass Effects
    6. 7.6. Effects Chains
    7. 7.7. External MIDI Control
    8. 7.8. Summary
  12. 8. Other Devices and Features
    1. 8.1. The Matrix Pattern Sequencer: Advanced
    2. 8.2. The Spider Audio Merger and Splitter
    3. 8.3. The Spider CV Merger and Splitter
    4. 8.4. The RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
    5. 8.5. The BV512 Digital Vocoder
    6. 8.6. The ReGroove Mixer
    7. 8.7. Summary
  13. 9. The Combinator
    1. 9.1. Combinator Basics
    2. 9.2. The Combinator Interface
    3. 9.3. The Programmer
    4. 9.4. The Device Area
    5. 9.5. Combinator Routing
    6. 9.6. Inside Combinator Patches
    7. 9.7. Creating Combinator Patches
    8. 9.8. Summary
  14. 10. Arranging, Mixing, and Exporting
    1. 10.1. The Sequencer: Advanced
    2. 10.2. Advanced Automation
    3. 10.3. Arranging in the Sequencer
    4. 10.4. Mixing in Reason
    5. 10.5. Using ReWire
    6. 10.6. Saving and Exporting
    7. 10.7. Summary
  15. A. About the Companion CD
    1. A.1. What You'll Find on the CD
    2. A.2. System Requirements
    3. A.3. Using the CD
    4. A.4. Troubleshooting