Electronic musicians, rockers, rappers, and regular folks use Reason virtual studio software to create and self-record studio-quality music on PCs and Macs. Introducing Reason 4 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. You'll also come away with useful skills you can apply in any studio session, whether digital or analog.
Take a tour of Reason's interface, instruments, and effects
Record and sequence complete drum tracks with the Redrum drum sampler
Use Reason's NN-XT and NN-19 samplers to create instruments from any original sound source you wish
Get a close-up look at each of Reason's synthesizers, including how they can be used to create and shape a limitless range of sounds
Blend loops, effects, and samples—then mix and export your results
Take advantage of Reason's incredible routing options to create your own original combinations of instruments and effects
Learn about MIDI recording and how Reason uses MIDI to create and sequence performances
Explore new devices such as the Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, the ReGroove mixer, and the RPG-8 monophonic arpeggiator
Cliff Truesdell works as a recording engineer, producer, sound designer and musician at Take Root Recording Studio in San Francisco, and served as a consultant for Michael Dean's "$30 Music School", a book about do-it-yourself music production and distribution published by Thomson/Course Technology.