For all the powerful synthesizers and drum machines in Reason, we also wanted to include a collection of organic sampled instruments to balance them out. Why? Because quite frankly the two styles go really well together. Entirely synthetic production can sound, well, synthetic. The inclusion of organic textures can bring about realism, depth, and subtle imperfection that just works perfectly to put the humanity back into machine generated tones.
In partnership with Soundiron and their expertise in all things organic, Reason comes with three new sampled instruments: Klang, Pangea, and Humana.
Klang’s specialty is tuned percussion instruments, from traditional orchestral percussion like the Alto Glockenspiel to nontraditional textures like the African kalimba, the woody plonk of the whale drum, and the instant mood-setting tones of a music box.
Pangea takes you around the world with a collection of world instruments that can fill traditional roles with less traditional sounds. Take for example the Persian acoustic saz, which sounds like guitar fused with the twangier vibe of a sitar. With the droning reeds of a small pump organs, the glissando off a zither, or the rattle of a bamboo Angklung your music will get a degree of depth and realism that only real instruments can provide.
And when it comes to making big arrangements sound mammoth, nothing can add size and presence to your production like Humana’s choir of voices. But here’s the cool part, when it comes to making small intimate arrangements sound even more delicate, fragile, and cozy nothing can add humanity and support your production like Humana’s choir of voices. Whatever end of the sonic spectrum, Humana brings the right style of humanity to your arrangement with a collection of male and female solo and ensemble voices.
Klang, Pangea, and Humana are the sounds you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over again when you want to add a special something to your production that all the oscillators and modulators in the world can’t provide: stunning realism.