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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How to Make Trap Drums in Reason 10

Posted July 25, 2018, 8:02 a.m.

Reason’s unique workflow and extensive sound library gives you everything you need to create Trap drums that will set your block on fire. Check out this video by Jelie303 from Kickback Couture to learn!

Pioneered in the mid-2000’s by producers like Lil Jon, DJ Paul and Mannie Fresh, and personified by street rappers such as T.I., Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, Trap music originated as an underground sub-genre of hip hop. However, since hits by Lex Luger and Waka Flocka Flame introduced the genre to the mainstream, Trap music has influenced the music of today’s top entertainers, including Beyonce, Kanye West, Beck and Katy Perry. In this tutorial we’re going to examine the signature drum beats of Trap music and show you how to use Reason to create your own block-rocking beats.

The hallmark of any Trap beat is the sound of booming 808 kicks, crisp claps, pitched snares and, last but not least, the syncopated bursts of hi-hat. Start your beat by browsing Reason’s massive sound library for a clap sample. Adjust the pitch higher for more snap, or lower for more pop. Once you’ve found a suitable clap, drag the sample directly into Reason’s intuitive sequencer. Set your tempo on the slower side, between 60 and 90 BPM, and add your clap sample to the 2 and 4 of each measure. This is known as the back-beat, and you’re going to add the other drum elements around this figure to keep your beat’s momentum moving forward.

The most unique features of Trap beats are the intricate syncopated hi-hat rhythms with high-speed bursts that seem to blur the lines between where each hit starts and ends, resulting almost into a discordant sustain. With the clap looping through your speakers, find a closed high-hat sample and drag it into a new track in the sequencer view. Begin by programming straight 16th notes onto the hat track. Now, copy this pattern to an instance of Redrum drum machine or RPG monophonic arpeggiator and use Reason’s quantize function to experiment with adding different rhythmic phrasings. Start by alternating between 16th note triplets, 32nd notes and 64th notes, and then punctuate the end of each phrase with a burst or two of 128th notes.

Now that you have the energy of the hi-hat ticking, let’s give the track some weight by focusing on the low end. Select a punchy 808 sample with a healthy attack from your library and drag it into a new track in the sequencer. Emphasize the downbeat by punctuating the first beat of each measure and leaving a space on the 3rd beat. Enhance the pocket by landing a few kicks on the “and” beats before and after the 3 (AND-three-AND). Now duplicate this pattern to a new instance of Redrum, but find a different 808 kick sample that features less attack but a lot more sustain. Experiment with the length of sustain to dramatically emphasize the booming effect. Additionally, you can create a bassline out of this kick sustain by adjusting the pitch each time the kick sample is sounded.

Finally, let’s put some pep in your beat’s step by layering in a hip-hop sounding snare drum. Instead of its usual placement on the backbeat (the 2 and the 4), program the snare to hit on the syncopated 16th notes between the 8th notes. For example, a typical Trap snare pattern might read as follows: “one-EEE-and-UH.” Similar to what we did with the high-hat, let’s add extra tension to the end of each phrase with a triplet snare drum that rises or falls in pitch. Create a new track and drag your snare drum sample into NN-XT Advanced Sampler. Use the different notes on the MIDI keyboard or sequencer roll to program a succession of 16th or 32nd note triplets, but each subsequent snare will now either rise or fall in pitch. You can use the frequency deviation feature of Decimort high-quality bit-crusher to add even more grit to the snare drum.

Now that you have an idea of how to create Trap beats in Reason 10, you can get to work banging out the next Trap masterpiece!

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How to Make Future Bass Tracks in Reason 10

Posted July 18, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Reason’s unique workflow and extensive sound library gives you everything you need to immerse yourself in the world of future bass production. Check out this video by producer and artist Protostar to learn!

Turn on any Top 40 radio station and you’ll hear the fresh sounds of future bass dominating airplay. But what is future bass? And how do the genre’s top producers create it?

In this tutorial, we’ll break down the defining elements of future bass and demonstrate how Reason 10’s unique workflow and vast collection of instruments and effects can help you create your next future bass anthem.

Pioneered by producers like Flume, Louis The Child, Marshmello, and The Chainsmokers, future bass is one of the hottest new EDM genres today. Combining the percussive grooves of trap and dubstep with the lush textures and gentle bounce of pop, future bass is known for its melodic arrangement of pulsing “supersaw” synth chords and rhythmic pitched vocal samples.

As with all forms of dance music, it helps to start your new song by looping a repetitive groove that makes you want to move. Reason 10 is packed with tools for creating infectious drum patterns—load up to eight percussion loops with the Dr. Octo Rex loop player, or program your own patterns from scratch using Reason’s massive sound library and Redrum drum machine. For a more experimental approach, try using Reason 10’s Kong Drum Designer to sculpt a combination of samples and synthesis and create never-before-heard drum sounds.

Once you’ve created the groove, it’s time to add the signature pulsing chord progressions of future bass. Reason 10 gives you everything you need to compose epic synth parts—choose from hundreds of presets or create your own “supersaw” patch using full-featured synthesizers like Europa, Thor, and Maelstrom. For complex, multi-timbral sounds, try blending multiple instruments and effects together in customizable Combinator devices to create your own elaborate synth sounds.

Now it’s time to focus on the notes in your chord progression. Future bass songs typically feature harmonically rich chords, so don’t be afraid to experiment with suspensions, 7ths, 9ths, 11ths and other inversions to spice up your chord progression. Not a theory whiz? No worries! Reason 10’s Chords and Scales Player will help you craft sophisticated chords and structures with ease. Once you’ve composed a harmonic bed for your song, you can utilize Reason’s intuitive sequencer and advanced automation features to add pitch bends, filter envelopes, volume swells, and LFO wobbles to make your chord progression stand out with the trademark future bass pulse.

No future bass track is complete without an earworm vocal hook—formed by editing the timing and pitch of a vocal sample to create an otherworldly chipmunk-like melody. Reason 10 includes many tools that make it easy to incorporate this trademark technique in your own productions. Pitch Edit allows you to quantize, stretch and re-pitch any vocal sample to the key and timing of your song. After your sample is locked to the scale, you can assign the vocal snippets to any MIDI keyboard using the NN-XT advanced sampler—and compose your own festival-worthy melody with the chopped vocal.


Now that you know the ins and outs of composing a future bass track in Reason 10, it’s time to create the next summer dance classic! Start your free trial of Reason 10 today.


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Posted July 18, 2018, 8:30 a.m.