Personal Blog Post:

Music Composition with Reason

I recently upgraded from Reason 4 to Reason 6 and had a bit of time over Christmas for some remixing and further experiments with PropellerHead Reason. Okay, I know what you are thinking, but I do have history here as I used to have a great MIDI setup in the late 80s and early 90s when I was a student. I've had Reason 4 for a while, but never the time to properly finish a piece before. They're not everyone's cup of tea, but if you are interested in a little electronic music...

Experiments in Syncopation

Includes one new piece and significant remixes of the original three. They're still recognisable, but only just.

Experiments in Syncopation by drajmarsh

Some Background

It's pretty amazing how music software has pretty well entirely replaced all the gear I had way back then. As you can see in the images below, I had a fair bit of stuff to lug around. Now, of course, you can have all that capability plus easily 100 times more on a laptop computer.

My MIDI synthesiser and sampler setup circa 1992.
My MIDI synthesiser and sampler setup circa 1992.

Reason is the perfect tool for someone like me that started off physically plugging stuff together as it's interface is a near perfect simulacrum of that rack-mounted workflow. I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do, but the fact that I can work on stuff just as easily when I'm travelling as when I'm at home on the iMac is just great.

My Reason 4.0 workstation in 2011.<br />The microphone is there solely for training video voiceovers - I harbour absolutely no singing ambitions.
My Reason 4.0 workstation in 2011.
The microphone is there solely for training video voiceovers - I harbour absolutely no singing ambitions.
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Hello Andrew, Nice lean and

Hello Andrew,

Nice lean and clean setup. Never got my hands on Reason as I am a long time Cubase user (I also started in the late 80ies, and got the Midiverb from Alesis too ;-) and now more on Ableton Live. But will certainly have a look at it. I went into VSTs and virtuals synths, though to be honnest I am recently going back to hardware modules and synths. Perhaps a kind of vintage feeling rising ;-)

BTW have you drop all your hardware stuffs ?

Jimmy

Pity about the spam.Gone are

Pity about the spam.

Gone are my days of tinkering with Reason.

Great setup Andrew. And very nice tunes.

Sorry about the spam...

Yeah, I thought that using an image-based CAPTCHA would sort the spam out, but to no avail. Looks like an exploit for this particular module has been found.

I might have to switch to moderated comments :( ...

Andrew

MDF

I remember you making new bits for those cabinets.

The new setup is much better looking.

Tom