Archive Monthly Archives: April 2018

How to Use Templates in Propellerhead’s Reason

Learning how to use templates in Reason is essential to speeding up your workflow and making great sounding tracks. I've got a quick video today on how to set up templates in Reason, how to use them, and why you should use them.

I've also made a few videos in the past about my specific templates that I use for mixing mastering. You can download my free templates here:

But today I want to actually show you how to load a template in Reason and how to save it. 

What Is a Template

A template is Reason is also called a project file. Basically, it just means that you can open a song with a bunch of devices already in place and wired the way you want. A template is really just a preset for your DAW and they're super helpful. Just like you can use presets in Thor and Malstrom.

So for example, you could have a hip hop template. In it you might be sure to have Kong patch with 808 drums loaded, a couple of instances of Serato sample, a bitcrusher as an effect send and a sidechain compressor ready to go. 

And then when you save a song started from a template, it doesn't overwrite the template. It saves it as a new song automatically, so you don't mess up the template.

Why You Should Use Templates In Reason

Now the reason you should use templates is because they greatly greatly speed up the the time it takes to get started with a song, because your most used settings are there. They also facilitate your recording because you don't have to remember how you setup everything.

And this speed doesn't only save you time, it lets you record better music because you can capture your inspiration before it flits away.

How to Use Templates In Reason

So with that said how do you find your templates? How do you change them? 

Well there's two different ways of doing it and reason.

Changing the Default Reason Template 

First of all you have your default template which shows up when you automatically open reason and this can be really helpful to set up. So to change the template that automatically load when you launch Reason, you go to "edit" and then  "preferences" and then you go down to defaults on your template and click on folder button. 

From there and you can browse through any of the templates you want and then select which one will be your default template.

And you can make any song or project into a template.

So once you are in a new document your template stays secure it's just the starting point for the file but it is not the file the project file itself.

Using Project-Specific Templates in Reason 

While it's really helpful to have a default template when you start Reason, sometimes you need a specific template whether or not you know you're going to be doing a rock track and you've got a certain set up for that that you like maybe you know your guitar amp simulators already in there. Or you might want to use a project specific file for mixing. It's good to use a different template than for mastering or for recording.

So if you want to use a different template than the default one that's also really easy to switch on the fly. 

To select a specific template for your current project, go to "File" and then you just do "new from template." Initially you'll just see the default ones that come with Reason. But you could also click on "show template folder" and it'll take you to this folder where you can put your other templates. Then you'll be able to select them the next time you want to change.

Hopefully this covers everything you want to know about how to use templates in Reason. If you have any other questions, leave a comment below.

How to Copy and Paste In Propellerhead’s Reason

You probably think you know how to copy and paste in Propellerhead's Reason DAW, but I'm willing to bet that you might not know the best way to do it. You can watch the video below to see it in action.

Now, for the longest time I'd copy and paste the same way I did it in Microsoft Word. I'd select the region I wanted to copy, pressing control+ c, then moving it the transport to the new location and pressing control + v. This method is great for quickly duplicating sections next to each other.

But my new method of copy and paste in Reason is far superior for most other purposes. If you select a track (or multiple tracks) and hold down control + shift, a copy is created that you can drag wherever you want.

The Benefits of Using Control + Shift to Copy and Paste in Reason

This other copy and paste technique has a couple of benefits. First, you can easily copy midi or audio data from one instrument track to another - in exactly the right location. So if you've got a layered kick drum and you want to have the same pattern for both kicks, you can control + shift the pattern from kick one and drop it in kick 2. 

Another benefit of this copy and paste method is that it lets you copy and paste in Reason while a song is playing! So let's say that you're listen to the song and you suddenly realize that you also want a drum to come in at the end of the verse? Before you'd have to stop the song grab the first drum fill, move the transport to the end of the verse and paste. Then you may have to restart the song way earlier to make sure everything sounds right. But now you can listen on the fly. 

There's probably a lot of other good uses for this method. How would you use it? Are there other copy + paste tips I'm missing out on?