Getting Started with Reason 10's Klang, Humana, and Pangea
There's a lot of great new sounds in Propellerhead Software's Reason 10. And most surprisingly, Reason 10 Klang may be one of my favorties, with Humana a close second. Pangea is also pretty cool, although I don't understand how to play all of the instruments in it.
This articles is going to give you an introduction to each of these new Soundiron instruments and show you how to get the most from them.
Using Reason 10 Klang
Klang in Reason 10 provides for tuned percussion. Originally I didn't really see much use for this, since I mostly make rock and sample based hip hop. But the more I dug into Klang, the more I realized how well these sounds worked as doubles to other melodies, as subtle support, and in some occasions as far out bass lines.
Basically, when I think about using Klang, I listen for preexisting melodies, and think if any might be better with some subtle doubling. If not, then I think, could this song use a bit more movement?
The sound of the initial attack is one of the unique aspects about tuned percussion verses other types of instruments (plucked instruments, reeds, synths). If you're having trouble getting an idea to cut through the mix, the attack of tuned percuassion may be exactly what you're looking for.
As for the interface of these 3 new instruments, they're all the same. This video gives you a good walk through of what everything does.
Using Reason 10 Humana
Humana in Reason 10 is an incredibly powerful choir pad. It can add a lot of realism to your tracks, as long as you use it correctly. You can also get some great artificial choir sounds (think Radiohead's OK Computer).
But it all comes down to layering the choirs correctly.
In this video I show you how to combine multiple Humana patches with Reason's amazing Scales and Chords player to quickly get realistic choral arrangements.
The secret is to recognize that each patch is really only supposed to do one thing, and then to use the correct patch. Sure, the female sopprano patch doesn't have a huge range - that's because sopranos aren't supposed to in choral arrangements. At some point it becomes the altos turn to sing.
Same goes with the use of the stacatto patches. They do short attacks well, but can't sustain. And don't you even think about layering Ohs and Ahs!
Using Reason 10 Pangea
Finally, we have Pangea. I feel like Pangea is Reason 10's platypus. Neither fish nor fowl, so to speak. There's a lot of great instrument sounds hiding in there - I especially love both of the organs.
But there's also some weird sounds that I really don't understand how to approach - especially the the sitar. What are we supposed to do with that damn sitar?
When it comes to using Pangea, I think of it better as a way to start a song by experimenting with some of the interesting tones in Pangea, as opposed to having a song finished and think - oh yea, now what this song needs is a kinderklavier!
What do you think?