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Propellerhead Reason's Secret FX

Reason’s Hidden Effect

Did you know that there are extra sound effects processors hidden in the nooks and crannies of Propellerhead’s Reason software?

For example, on the Kong, there are a series of unique effects (transient shaper, ring modulator, rattler, and more) that appear like they can only be used within the Kong. But actually, you can route any instrument through a Kong to take advantage of the effects!

Or that you can use the Pulveriser and tremolo or a compressor? Or that The Echo makes a damn good overdrive?

Watch the video below to see a selection of some of the best hidden and non-traditional effects nestled within Reason (affiliate link). The secret to unlocking all of these awesome effects loaded into Reason revolves around its creative routing options.

See how to unlock all of Reason’s secret sound FX!

Here’s a whole other group of suggested effects in Reason to play with once you get bored of what’s in the video! These were suggested by Loque (Soundcloud link).

The Echo
* Limiter, Overdrive, Tube and so on
* Frequency (pitch) Modulation
* Auto-Bending

The Pulverizer:
* Has a FM and AM input on the backside ^^

Malström
* Wave-Shaper
* And some kind of stereo spread (not the best, but yea, it is there…)
* Comb Filters
* AM

Thor
* chorus and delay are really good
* The filters including comb and Formant
* Bunch of audio modulation…

And a few others:
* Alligator as a band splitter
* Often ppl forget how many modes the Scream4 has including a LoFi and RM which sound very good
* Neptune as a pitch shifter
* Radical Pianos resonator
* BV512 as a frequency shifter (ok, sounds quite bad, but its there and make some happy accidents…)
* Neptunes pitch shifter (yea, well, same as BV512 


* All the many RV7000MKII reverb, delay, spring, convolution,… modes. Such a little device with so much power inside. Happy accidents with the spring reverb and modulation…

3 Advanced tips for Reason's Drum Sequencer

Advanced Tips for Reason Drum Sequencer

Propellerhead Software added a new Reason drum sequencer in version 10.1 (read my full review of Reason 10.1 here). 

If you still haven't picked up Reason, you can do so here (note, this is an affiliate link).

The new drum sequencer has quickly become my go to tool for programming drums. It's fast, powerful, and incredibly user friendly. Even an idiot like me can use it! 

This article is going to show you three advanced tips for using the drum sequencer, but if you're still getting acquainted with it, please first check out my introduction to the Reason drum sequencer player.

The three advanced tips here cover the following: getting advanced grooves with the sequencer, easily creating stutter effects with the sequencer, and using the drum sequencer's CV outs to trigger other instruments.

If you're more of a visual learner, though, check out this Youtube video which covers all the steps.

Reason Drum Sequencer Tip 1: Advanced Grooves

Towards the top of the drum sequencer, you've got a built in ability to set shuffle.

First it's worth noting that each pattern has a different shuffle value you. So you have to make sure they match up or you'll get some interesting timing differences. Unless that's what your going for.

You can turn each pattern's shuffle off, or select between 50%-74%, or you can select Global Shuffle. With Global Shuffle, the pattern use the shuffle percentage of the Reason ReGroove mixer.

However, this does not apply an actual "Groove" patch to the performance. For background, Groove patches extract subtle timing variations from performances and are basically a super version of shuffle, adding a much more human feel.

So, they're great. But you can't automatically access them with the Reason drum sequencer player.

Instead, you need to click on the "send to track" button on the top of the drum sequencer. That will copy the drum sequencer to a midi channel. From there you can apply the Groove like you normally would.

Reason Drum Sequencer Tip 2: Easily Create Stutter Effects

One of my favorite features of the new drum sequencer is the ability to quickly create stutter effects (or re-arrange patterns in different time signatures). 

Simply program your pattern, then use the "reset step" feature on the bottom right.  The reset step feature temporarily shortens the loop point of the pattern, which can easily create great stutter sounds. 

I find that setting between 2-6 for a few beats before going back to off is the perfect amount. I've actually pre-built a Combinator patch that lets you easily do this with just a knob. You can download it for free below.

Reason Drum Sequencer Tip 3: Use CV Outs to Trigger Other Instruments

My third Reason drum sequencer tip involves how great the CV Outs can be. 

Because the drum sequencer is a player, it automatically triggers the notes of the instrument its connected to without CV voltage. That leaves the CV outs on the drum sequencer free to do other things. 

Just hit tab to start connecting them around. For example, you could quickly have the kick drum cv out trigger a sidechain compressor, or a snare trigger a reverb gate. Or another effect. 

The world is your oyester. But the cv outs allow for quick, creative connections between your intruments to get great dynamic sounds. 

The Best Way to Copy and Paste In Reason (reason quick tip)

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? 

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