Producers Conference - LA

November 5th, 2009

The Producers Conference is coming back to LA on Saturday November 14, 2009. We will be back at King King in Hollywood again. The topics will be Record-centric, so it’s a new set of presentations.

Hopefully we wont have the issues with video quality as we did last time!

Advance Ticket Purchase is recommended. Hope to see you there!

Combinator: programming tutorials

October 10th, 2009

If you haven’t seen them yet, I’ve been working on some combinator programming tutorials which will be available on the Line6 website. Combi programming concepts are important for both Reason and Record users, so i’ve decided to focus my efforts in explaining some of the basics.

So follow this link and sign in to your Line6 account. If you’re not a returning user and need a code, click on the link that says: “Where can I find an access code?” a popup window will appear, and you just select one of the items like “Friend” or “Other”. A code will appear in the popup window and you can proceed to viewing the videos.

Combinator: programming on Line6

Record Release

September 9th, 2009

As of 9:09 am this morning CET, Propellerhead Software has officially released their new product, Record! I’m hoping that Record will be a huge success. Congratulations to everyone at the Props HQ for the years of hard work that went into development!

Propellerhead Software Record Open Beta

July 23rd, 2009

The Propellerhead Software Record Beta is now available for users to download and try! Visit, for more details on how to participate! This is a fully operational trial version that will expire on 09-09-09. If you’re even remotely interested in using Record, either on it’s own or Record with Reason 4.0, you should participate to see how it performs on your rig.

On a side note - if you have both Reason 4.0 working with the Record Beta (and a MOTU 896HD), you can try all of the CV/Gate to Analog hardware example files from this site, and track the audio back into Record! The RPG-8 to analog CV/Gate, MIDI to analog CV/Gate, and the DIN Sync Generator Combi. Batteries not included.

Reason CV to Roland DIN Sync

July 20th, 2009

In this continuing quest to interface analog hardware to Reason 4.0, It’s become very apparent that only a few brands on hardware interfaces feature DC coupled outputs which will enable direct routing of control voltage signals (CV) from software applications to analog devices. Since the release of MOTU Volta, people have been trying to determine if their interface will function as CV converter and many have discovered that their brand of interface is unsupported. From the Volta Blog, i found a discussion where people are reporting back on their findings on the Muffwiggler Forum

I am using a MOTU 896HD to interface Reason to Analog CV/Gates, and the files I am posting are subsequently calibrated for 6.15V / 12.3V range on outputs 1 through 8. The voltage range varies on the Main Outs and Headphone Outs, so the processing will behave differently if you are using an 896HD with these connections. The results will also be different if you use a different MOTU interface like an Ultralite Mk3 which has a range of 3.5V / 7.0V on the outputs. Again, the MOTU 896HD is proving to be well suited for this application - not be confused with the 896mk3 which is not compatible.

The bottom line is this: if an interface is deemed compatible with Volta, the interface will also probably work with these Reason patches.

Naturally the progression of this study has brought me to point of creating a combinator patch that generates Roland DIN Sync signals in order to slave Roland units such as the TB-303, MC-202, TR-606, TR-808, TR-909, etc. Roland DIN Sync requires two control voltages, a 24 pulse per quarter note (PPQ) clock, and a dual state (on/off) voltage to trigger start/stop on the transport.


Cabling from the MOTU 896HD is pretty simple, but requires that you create a custom Y-cable that connects two audio outputs to a 5 Pin DIN connector. On both XLR outputs, Pin 1 and Pin 3 are connected to the DIN Pin 2 (Ground). Only two conductors are used from the XLRs: Pin 1 and Pin 3 are tied to the cable shield. One of the XLR connectors has Pin 2 connected to DIN Pin 1 (Start/Stop); the other XLR connector has Pin 2 connected to DIN Pin 3 (Clock).

In Reason, a Thor Polysonic synthesizer Step Sequencer generates the 0 to +5V clock pulse. The sequencer resolution is set to 16T, and the step duration is set to 1/4. This generates 24PPQ. The Gate signal is routed to an audio output, and with the sequencer in repeat mode (on one step), the opening and closing gate acts as a pulse clock. For my patches, a Matrix Pattern Sequencer Curve CV controls the start/stop signal. The Matrix Curve CV is routed through the Thor Synth and converted to a DC Audio signal that triggers the transport on the Roland device.

See the demonstration videos:

TB-303 & Reason 4.0
MC-202 & Reason 4.0
TR-808 & Reason 4.0

Download the Reason DIN Sync Generator combis:

Sweetwater Gearfest

July 4th, 2009

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the Sweetwater Campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company is celebrating their 30th year in the music business, making this years Gearfest a special occasion. The facility is quite impressive and has several recording studios and an auditorium. Naturally, these rooms are fully outfitted with just about every piece of contemporary equipment. There’s also a retail store, cafeteria, and balcony where you can stand and look down on the massive warehouse storing all of the equipment in their catalog.

The people in Fort Wayne are really nice. I encountered a few travel snafus, and people went out of their way to help me out. The staff at Sweetwater were equally as hospitable, and did everything possible to make people comfortable in the heat. If you’ve ever dealt with Sweetwater over the phone, you probably know how friendly and helpful, they are. I can confirm that they are no different in person.

Being there in an official capacity representing Propellerheads and Line6, left me with little time to listen to the presentations in the auditorium, but I had the nice chance to visit with neighboring vendors, Mark of the Unicorn and Solid State Logic. I was talking to Dave Roberts from MOTU about Volta and showed him my Reason to CV/Gate patches, and I found out that the 896mk3 does not have DC coupled outputs, so it’s not compatible with volta or my Reason CV/Gate configs. However, the 896HD is compatible. Out of their entire current product line, the Ultralite mk3 with 10 analog outputs seems like the best deal.

I also had the chance to play with audio stems from Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer running through the SSL XLogic workstation. Fadi Hayek was demonstrating their XLogic Alpha-Link MADI interface system with 128 audio channel capacity over fiber optic lines and extremely low latency (32 samples!) Here’s a link to a video on facebook.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us. It was great meeting fellow Reason users who travelled from all over: Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, and of course, Indiana.

moogerfooger synth via Reason 4.0

June 17th, 2009

This video shows how I have the Reason/Thor MIDI to CV conversion process applied to the moogerfoogers. The MF-107 FreqBox oscillator output is connected directly into the MF-101 Low pass filter. Thor’s key note value, mod wheel, pitch bend, aftertouch, LFO, and envelope generators all modulate the two pedals to create a functional monophonic synthesizer.

For more information about how this is configured please see the prior post here:

I’m also posting the the Reason Song file. The CV to Audio cables in the Reason rack are terminated on the Spider Audio splitters in the Combinator. If you plan to make this work, configure your MOTU audio driver, get (make) the right cables with Pin 3 to Ground and Pin 2 Hot. Again, the moogerfoogers have +5dc on the ring contact, so isolate that connection. It probably wont do any damage if the current is going to your audio interface, but the calibration will be wacky. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

The file is available here:

moogerfooger monosynth control.rns