IU Music Library - Reason Tutorial for Mac

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Additional Help
Reason provides good help documents located in the Reason Folder which is located in HardDisk>Applications>Reason

Keyboard Volume Settings
IMPORTANT: Before you start to use Reason, you should lower the Volume slider of the Kurzweil keyboard all the way. Then you will only hear the Reason program sounds when you play the keyboard instead of both the Kurzweil and Reason sounds.

Getting Started
When you launch Reason it will bring up a blank rack. To create your own rack you must fill it with the available instrument devices and equipment that is listed under the Create menu.
Before you start your own song, open a demo song by going to the top menu under File>Open then click on the Folder 1 icon

then click on Demo Songs and choose any one of them.
Push the play button on the control panel at the bottom of the screen.

Creating a new ‘instrument device’ in Reason
1. Create your own rack in Reason by filling it with the instrument devices and effects that are listed under the Create menu.
A. You must create a Mixer first to have it automatically patched to devices

B. For this example let’s use one synthesizer, choose Subtractor Analog Synthesizer
C. You must pick a sound patch for your synthesizer. Push the button that contains a folder in Subtractor

D. Choose folder 1 in the next pop-up menu

E. Choose the Reason Factory Sound Bank folder

F. Choose Subtractor Patches folder

G. Choose the folder containing the patch sounds you want (in this example PolySynths), then choose the specific patch sound that you want to use.

H. Test the sound by playing on the keyboard. Make sure that the icon in the IN column next to the instrument is on, if it is not click in that space and it will appear.

Drum Machine
Redrum is the main rhythm instrument in Reason.
1. Select a drum set patch by clicking on the folder icon in the lower left corner of the Redrum interface

2. All of the drum channels will be filled with individual drum samples after you select a drum set patch. You can preview them by clicking on the arrow above each track

3. Select the instrument you want to record into
the loop by clicking “Select”

4. Push “Run”
5. Push the buttons that correspond to where in
the loop you want the instrument to sound. You
have options of how long to make the loop in
steps, subdivisions of the measure in resolution,
dynamics and shuffle and flam effects.

To add effects and filters to your instrument devices
1. Select and highlight(click in the middle) of one of your device instruments
2.Go under the Create menu
3. Choose from one of the two sections that begin with Reverb, these are all filters and effects.

4. The instrument device directly above it should be affected

1.Make sure that the input icon is present for the specific track you are recording

2.Then press the record and play buttons to start recording.

Exporting a Song or Loop
1.You can save your loop or song as an audio file
which can be played outside of Reason. This is
called exporting.

2.You can save it as an .aiff which can then be
copied or burnt to a disk or turned into an
mp3 in iTunes.

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