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Join the #ReasonCompact music-making Challenge

Posted Nov. 2, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

 
We’ve teamed up with Allihoopa to bring you a #ReasonCompact music challenge. The lucky winners will get their music featured on Allihoopa and a promo code that unlocks all the advanced features of Reason Compact.
 

Follow these steps to join:

• Open Reason Compact
• Make some music
• Drop to Allihoopa with #ReasonCompact tag in the description

It's that easy!
 
Enter before November 11 for a chance to win! Propellerhead and Allihoopa staff will select their favorite pieces.
 

Haven't got Reason Compact yet? Download it for free!

Recently featured as Apple’s “App of the Day”, Reason Compact is an amazing-sounding powerful synth right at your fingertips. Go from download to downbeat in seconds with intuitive controls and helpful tutorials.
 

 
Need some inspiration? Jumpstart your creativity and listen to what other Reason Compact music makers are creating!
 
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Allihoopa is a social music making network that brings all of us, everyone, together for a free and open exchange of music pieces, ideas and people, all united in “doing music” just for the sake of it. Learn more.
 

 

Posted Nov. 2, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

Tutorials

Watch: The Making of Jarren Benton's "Don't Need You"

Posted Oct. 30, 2018, 12:54 p.m.


 

With 1.8 million views on YouTube, it's safe to say that the music video for Jarren Benton's "Don't Need You" is a huge hit. We caught up with Reason powered producer Kato on the Track and he sent us this video where he breaks down how he came up with the beat for "Don't Need You" and how he produced it, all in Reason.
 


 

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Crew

Rent-to-Own Rack Extension Plugins

Posted Oct. 24, 2018, noon

I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new payment option called Rent-to-Own.

Designed to be easier and more affordable than ever, it's my hope that it enables you to balance your budget with your music making dreams. For just $9.99 per month/product, you can rent top-selling Rack Extensions—with every payment going towards owning them outright. Plus you can cancel anytime or pause payments for as long as you want—interest-free.

Happy music-making from Lukas and Propellerheads!

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018, noon

Artist stories

Artist Feature: Iglooghost

Posted Oct. 18, 2018, 7:41 a.m.


Irish producer Seamus Malliagh makes electronic music under the moniker Iglooghost. Signed to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label at the mere age of 18, he released his first Chinese Nü Yr EP in 2015. Following that with his debut album Neō Wax Bloom in 2017. Iglooghost now picks up the storyline from the debut album with a setting that takes place 3000 years prior to the events occuring in Neō Wax Bloom. We caught up with Iglooghost to talk a bit about his music making and what role Reason plays in that.

You recently released two new EPs, "Clear Tamei" and "Steel Mogu". Congratulations to that, they sound great! Could you tell us a bit about the process that went into creating those?

It was fun! I made it because I was still really excited from making Neō Wax Bloom and I wanted to tie up a few loose ends I felt needed addressing in the storyline, and also because I wanted to have a tiny bit more fun with a similar sound pallet before moving on with the next big project.



How did you start out making music? How did it all begin?

I always used to make fake album covers and packaging and characters and tracklists when I was younger but didn't know how to make music. All that stuff came way before I figured out how to do things on a computer. I had real bad dyspraxia as a kid so I could never figure out how to play drums or guitar or anything no matter how hard I tried hahaha.

How do you get started with a new song? Do you always start with the beat? Or does melodies and progressions come first?

It changes. I always imagine it in my head before I make it so I usually start creating it with the most prevelant sound in my head.
 

"Make the stuff you are annoyed doesn't exist yet!"


What are your tips for new producers wanting to start out making music?

I say this a lot but it's just because I wish someone told me this when I was like 14. Make the stuff you are annoyed doesn't exist yet! You ever spend tons of time lurking YouTube and 4chan for some really specific dream combination of sounds that you invented in your head? Just make it yourself if you can't find it! Make your weird math-rock/memphis cassette trap/prepared dulcimer/chamber choir hybrid thing that's only existent in your brain.

Favorite thing about Reason?

I love how easy it is to manipulate audio files! I stretch stuff so much using the alt key and then hit quantize to turn it into a weird groove. It works so quick and I always find something really unexpected inside things I've dragged in.



Name three of your favorite artists!

It always changes but right now I've been listening to a lot of Kelly Moran, Nico Muhly, and Bhad Bhabie.

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Photo by Daisy Emily Warne

Posted Oct. 18, 2018, 7:41 a.m.

Tutorials

How To Make UK Garage Beats in Reason 10

Posted Oct. 1, 2018, 12:01 p.m.

Reason is the perfect platform for creating UK Garage tracks—whether you’re going for an old-school four-to-the-floor vibe, or a modern 2-Step banger. Check out this video by producer, artist and tutor Paul Ortiz to learn.
 

UK Garage music has a long and complicated history with roots in House, R&B and Jungle music. Garage music got its start and its name from a club in New York City called Paradise Garage, where DJs were known for playing particularly soulful House music. UK DJ’s like Tuff Jam and Dreem Team started playing sped-up Dub mixes of these American “Garage” records at after-parties in the early 90s to keep weary dancers shaking their groove things until the wee hours of the morning.

By 1994 the UK started developing a unique take on Garage music called “Speed Garage.” Harder, faster and bassier than its American counterpart, Speed Garage features four-on-the-floor drum beats with syncopated claps and hi hats, and heavily affected vocal samples from Soul, House and R&B records.

By 1999, the sound of UK Garage had evolved—this new subgenre of Garage music known as “2-Step” eschewed the traditional 4x4 drums of Garage music for jittery, beat-skipping kick patterns more akin to Hip-Hop than House music. Producers like Zed Bias & El-B brought a darker sound to 2-Step, paving the way for even more sub-genres such as Grime and Dubstep.

There are a lot of different ways to go about making a UK Garage track, but no matter your approach, Reason 10 has you covered.
 

Making UK Garage Beats in Reason

A banging drumbeat is the backbone to any UK Garage track. Start by dialing in a tempo of about 130 BPM, and then use the Groove Mixer to increase the global shuffle to about 55% to give your tracks the signature UK Garage swing.

Trigger pre-made Club loops with Dr. Octo Rex, create step-sequenced drum patterns with ReDrum, or use the legendary Kong Drum Designer to play your own unique rhythm by hand. For old-school UK Garage and Speed Garage beats, start with a classic four-on-the-floor drum pattern—then add a syncopated hi-hat groove and some crispy clap sounds on the 3. If you’re going for more of a 2-Step, Grime or old-school Dubstep vibe, create an irregular kick pattern that skips a beat every now and then.

Most UK Garage basslines are subby and repetitive to keep people dancing. While just about any of Reason’s synths can create a killer bass line, Subtractor is loaded with dark, heavy Club and Garage bass patches to get you started. Use Reason’s Dual Arpeggio to quickly and easily put together syncopated bass lines that dance around your drumbeat.

Next, lay down some rich chords with sampled keyboard, electric piano and synthesizer patches using NN-19 and NN-XT. And don’t worry—if you’re not a pianist you can still create lush chords with the touch of a button using Reason’s Scales & Chords player. Simply set the key of the song and dial in the complexity to create powerful, emotionally resonant chords with a single finger.

Now that you’ve got the basic rhythm track together, it’s time to bring in a soulful vocal sample. Use Reason’s built-in time stretching and pitch shifting abilities to transform vocal tracks to fit with your song, or chop them up using NN-XT and play each slice with a MIDI keyboard to create a fresh new reinterpretation.

Now that you know the foundations making UK Garage beats in Reason 10, it’s time to let the rhythm take control!

Start your free trial of Reason 10 today