Software kicked down some serious audio fuel with the virtual beat box and bass synth
Rebirth, then hailed in a new era in computer-based composition with its release
of the stand-alone virtual rackmount heaven called Reason. Propellerhead also
produces great apps for dicing up sound (ReCycle), converting AKAI samples
(ReLoad) and using Reason with Pro
Tools (Reason Adapted).
Reason: A Gift from the Mix Gods
Its amazing to think that one
app could not only give you powerfuls synths and samplers, beat tweaky drum
machines, a ReCycle-based loop player for your diced up beats, a mixer, a cool
pattern sequencer, tons of cool effects AND work really well. But Reason does
Further, theres absolutely nothing lame about this app. The folks from
Propellerheads managed to include really great core components and tools and
leave out any unneccessary filler material. This app defintely stands on
Reason is infinitely expandable. You can add as many samplers, drum
machines and effects modules to its rackmount environment as you want, up to the
limits of your CPU. The app even comes with its own realtime sequencer, so you
can use it by itself in the studio or live, or alongside another DAW app via
The audio quality is excellent, and the instruments and effects controls
work just like their real life counterparts do. Each unit you drop into
Reasons virtual rack can be edited from the sliders, knobs, buttons and
functions on the instrument/effects on-screen front panel in realtime. In addition, any and all of your front panel actions like filter adjustments, pitch bending,
gain riding or panning can be recorded and automated within the Reason sequencer.
ReCycle: Slice It Up!
Loop-based experimentation can be a great way to start a song, but handling loops
can be hard work, especially if you have to pitch, stretch and re-key the loop
each time, just to get it to fit your songs tempo and timing.
Recycle gives you full creative control over your loop audio files with multiple
levels of undo, Mac OS X support and full 24-bit resolution. ReCycle lets you
slice up your samples into rhythmical sound chunks, and create your own REX2
files. Then you can go deploy them shamelessly within any of your other audio
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Propellerheads Put to Work
eight years ago, I started listening to electronic music and wondering how they
did this stuff, says pro skateboarder and hip hop producer Chad Muska. So I
got myself a couple of computer programs and messed around with them. Then I got
into the MPC2000 and started sequencing on that. Then I got into Cubase and
Reason, and now theres no turning back. Whenever Im not
skateboarding, Im working on music.
Right now I use Recycle so I can replay slices on the keyboard,
and reprogram it in the AKAI, says father of dub
electronica/ mastermind of the breakbeat, Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto/ Tino Corp).