Granular Effects in Reason 4.0

October 9th, 2007

Reason Users who attended the Producers Conferences in the UK, DK or LA this year, probably saw my demo of building a granular type of effect in Reason 3.0 using the NN-19 as the primary sound generator. (NY people saw the beat repeater combi : ) Thanks to some new features in Reason 4.0, this patch has taken shape into a completely new device with some very useful features.

I’ve got a little youtube clip online that demonstrates using a snare drum sample in the patch to create some crazy elastic zipping sounds. The combinator is being triggered from a sequencer track, and the patch actually tracks the pitch from the MIDI notes. With the right sample content, the grains respond to a chromatic scale, and you will hear the snare at different pitches.

It’s not exactly granular synthesis, but the results are pretty close.

Music Production with Reason 4.0

September 27th, 2007

Well, up until this week, i’ve been busy working on a new project. It’s been about 5 or 6 years since I last created a Reason Tutorial video, so it’s about time that i got a new one out of the can thanks mostly to my friend Josh Mobley.

Up until a month ago, i was focused on working on a new version of Power Tools for Reason, but an opportunity came up with Groovebox Music to develop and produce a tutorial video. After a brief phone conversation with Josh, I had a spark of inspiration - basically we would take his Reason 4.0 demo track, Narrow Escape, and reconstruct it to show people how to make the most of the new sequencer, the new ReGroove Mixer, and a bit of Thor programming.

12 Hours after our conversation, I had drafted the script. A few days later, I was on a plane to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to work with Josh at his place where we spent 5 days cranking out several hours of screen capture animations as well as some video, and voice overdubs. Yes the picture is Josh’s Reason Tattoo. Click on that picture to see Josh’s livingroom/studio with the total minimal rig we used to develop the video.

This video is the cousin of my old Producing Music with Reason CD-Rom, but it’s much more relaxed and casual as you will see in the demos. Amazingly, here we are 4 weeks after the idea was sparked, and the videos are starting to come online at the link below:

Music Production with Reason 4.0

Tomorrow is the day…

September 25th, 2007

Yep, Reason 4.0 is finally slated for release tomorrow, Wednesday the 26th of September.

I’ll be in San Francisco at Robotspeak tomorrow night at 7pm for a little Reason 4.0 release party/clinic. Yes, they will be open late on Wednesday, so come by and pick up your upgrade, and GW Childs and I will be around to show off some of the new features.

598 1/2 Haight Street. San Francisco, CA

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Robotspeak Website

Senator Barack Obama

August 9th, 2007

Yesterday, I attended an event to support Senator Barack Obama as the democratic candidate in the 2008 presidential campaign. Yeah, normally i tend to avoid politics, but this seemed like a special opportunity to hear what the Senator had to say. I was quite impressed with Obama’s presence. He is quite charismatic and yet has a down to earth quality. His presentation lacked details about policies or goals, but he was indeed inspirational and knew how to work the audience. Senator Obama is a natural front man, and I think he would be an impressive president. I do have some doubts about the Senator’s electability, but he definitely embodies an idea that I would like to see succeed.

Barack Obama Campaign Website

Producers Conference - New York

July 26th, 2007

I’m getting ready for another trip to the Producers Conference in New York, scheduled for the day after tomorrow, July 28th at 1:00pm. It’s been a long time since I’ve been back in NY so this will be a nice return to visit my old home and see how my old home and old friends have changed over the past decade.

The Line6 Crew and some of the Propellerheads crew will be attending, and we’re hoping for a turnout of about 150. Anyways, this is going to be a very cool event for several reasons, and I’m looking forward to meeting the NY Reason Users.

I think there are a few seats left open, so if you haven’t registered, you can find more information at the link below:

LA Reason User Group Dinner

July 19th, 2007

Ed Bauman and I took a road trip on Tuesday to join up with a small group of Reason Users in Los Angeles for the first official meeting of the LARUG. Ed had a pretty long drive down to my place, and then he endured the second 5 hour drive from San Juan to LA. All things considered, we made pretty good time for the 300 mile trip.

Kenny M. organized the meeting at the PF Changs Restaurant in the Beverly Center. Since Ed and I were cutting it close, we drove straight to the restaurant and were the first to arrive. When we checked in with the hosts, they asked us to explain about the “Reason User Group”. I guess to civilians, it sounds somewhat like a MENSA meeting.

It was an interesting group of users who ranged from people learning to use Reason, to people who work for different companies in the music industry. We sat for hours just talking about music and software and eventually the laptops came out and we played around with different combi patches. Ed demonstrated a few of his ReCover tunes and I showed my Beat Repeater Combi (which will be public knowledge next week).

This was a great meeting and I’m looking forward to future LA events. Next time we will try to get more guys from the SF group to head down and maybe have a mini-jam.

Pictured: Peff, EditEd4TV, Andrew, Seth, Don, Kenny, & Joy. Boris had to leave early and missed this group shot.

Los Angeles Reason User Group

July 13th, 2007

I guess it’s semi-official. Reason Users in Los Angeles are planning a get together next Tuesday evening, and Ed Bauman (EditEd4TV) and I will be driving down to join in on this initial meeting.

Anyone interested in joining in should contact Kenny who runs the myspace Reason User page: