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


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!

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Reason 10.2 is here

Posted Sept. 26, 2018, 9:23 a.m.

We're very happy to announce that Reason 10.2 is now available! This free update for Reason 10 (and Intro and Lite) includes several new workflow features based on your feedback. Said another way: making music in Reason just got a whole lot faster. Just start Reason 10 and auto-update to get all the new features.

Reason 10.2 introduces new features like Multi Lane Editing for MIDI, adaptive snap to grid, improved navigation, a new tutorial area to help you get started, adjust multiple faders, solo and mute in the mixer and more for a faster, more streamlined workflow.

These features represent our ongoing commitment to your music-making—making it faster, easier and more natural. Together with the features in version 10 and 10.1, Reason 10 truly is the biggest upgrade we've ever done.

Now, make some music while we continue to improve Reason!

Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Reason Product Manager

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Posted Sept. 26, 2018, 9:23 a.m.


Reason 10.2 is coming – see what's new

Posted Sept. 13, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

We’re happy to share that the next update of Reason is coming on September 26!

Reason 10.2 is the result of your feedback on Reason 10, adding several workflow features. View and edit MIDI across multiple lanes, adjust multiple faders, solo and mute in the mixer at once, snap notes to an adaptive grid based on zoom level, instantly use your controller with Easy MIDI Inputs, jump directly to rack devices from sequencer lanes and quickly add tracks in the sequencer or devices in the rack.

These improvements represent our ongoing commitment to your music-making, making it faster, easier and more natural. We continue to listen and learn from you and your needs, further enhancing Reason’s workflow experience. Reason 10.2 will be available as a free update to Reason 10 on September 26th, after some thorough public beta testing.

Meanwhile, work on VST performance is ongoing. The result of this work will be released as a separate free update later this year. The reason it’s a separate release is because the performance work is an extensive rewrite of the inner workings of the program and requires an expert task force.

Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Reason Product Manager

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Posted Sept. 13, 2018, 2:29 p.m.


How to Make Vaporwave in Reason 10

Posted Sept. 10, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

Over the last decade, dozens of electronic music subgenres have starting popping up all over the Internet. Around 2009 Chillwave was all the rage. Often criticized for relying too heavily on nostalgia, artists like Daniel Lopatin, James Ferraro and Xavier began making Chillwave tracks that ironically featured slowed down samples of smooth jazz, easy listening and elevator music from the golden age of dial-up internet. 

Fans instantly fell in love with the new sound, affectionately dubbed Vaporwave for its celebration of sights and sounds from early Internet culture. Vaporwave is all about dreamy synths, lo-fi drums, and pitch manipulated vocals—with a heavy dose of reverb and delay. In this article and accompanying video, we’ll explore how record a Vaporwave track in Reason 10.

Spacey Synths and Smooth Loops

Most Vaporwave songs start with a spacey, ethereal synth pad—often created by sampling easy listening music from the 80s and 90s and significantly slowing down the tempo. Reason 10 is loaded with plenty of retro loops and samples to get you started, but the Vaporwave Collection from Sample Magic features chunky Linn drum loops, dusty synth keys and resampled vocal grooves tailor-made for Vaporwave.

Find an inspiring loop and dial the BPM down in the 70s—then use Dr. Octo Rex to chop and screw it beyond recognition. Add your own drum parts by triggering vintage drum machine samples with Reason’s legendary Kong drum machine. For even more vintage vibe, check out Sample Magic’s Lo-Fi Beats sample pack, loaded with hundreds of samples and loops expertly tracked to tape from a host of revered synths and drum machines.

Reason 10 has a secret weapon for creating dreamy Vaporwave synth sounds—Grain Sample Manipulator. Simply drag and drop any sample intro Grain to create a unique synth patch based on the waveform of that file. You can make a synth out of anything—a fax machine, your old modem, even the audio from a corporate training video.

Reason is packed with authentic vintage synth sounds—Subtractor for classic subtractive synthesis, Thor for rich polyphonic synths and Malström for glitchy, grainy goodness. For even more 80s era bleeps and bloops, check out some of Reason’s retro Rack Extensions like Layers Wave Edition, modeled after the legendary Waldorf Wave synthesizer, or Super Audio Cart, which features sounds from eight classic video game consoles.

Unique Vocals and Melodies

No Vaporwave song would be complete without a heavily effected, pitched down vocal. Drag and drop a vocal recording into NN-XT and use the auto-pitch detection to create a playable synth patch. Use your MIDI keyboard to trigger samples and create a brand-new melody.

When it comes to mixing, start by creating a lo-fi vibe using low-pass filters to remove some high end and Scream 4 to add a little distortion. Add vintage textures using the Audiomatic Retro Transformer to simulate VHS hiss and random pitch shifts caused by cassette tapes. Last but not least, apply a health dose of reverb and delay using the RV7000 MkII Reverb and The Echo for a washed-out dreamy feel.

Reason has everything you need to create the perfect Vaporwave aesthetic—from samplers to synths to effects. Check out this video to learn how to use Layers Wave Edition to create the perfect pads, drum sounds, and synth leads with Layers Wave Edition.

Now that you know how to make a Vaporwave track in Reason 10, it’s time to start recording!

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