Propellerhead’s James Bernard offers tips on getting creative with Reason + Record:
All of us have experienced some sort of writer’s block at one point or another… and I have found that there are some features of Reason and Record that help to break me out of that block and get back to composing. This week I talk a bit about the Alter Note/Alter Pattern functions and using the ReGroove Mixer to inspire new ideas.
This is the latest in Bernard’s series 52 Reason and Record Tips. See the link below for more episodes in the series.
The second announcement for Reason and Record is taking a stab at structuring your songs in segments like intro, verse, refrain etc using something called Blocks. Blocks lets you sequence your songs using a more pattern-based approach, with the segments of your song as individual building blocks to be laid out in your arrangement.
Start by creating the discrete parts of your song in blocks mode. When you are ready to start building your song, just switch back to song mode and draw in what blocks should play in the dedicated pattern lane. Use one block for the verse and one for the chorus — or build your song around a single 8-bar loop.
Blocks provide a very fast way of creating a musical structure for your song. But the options don’t end there. With the basic arrangement laid out, you can see the contents of the blocks and create variations and mute individual parts, or add further musical elements in song mode.
I think this seem very promising – looks like the Propeller guys got this right!
Propellerhead Software today announced it has started beta testing for Reason 5 and Record 1.5.
According to Propellerhead – Reason 5 will be “the company’s biggest overhaul to its Record – Reason application family so far.”
Propellerhead plans to announce information on Reaason 5 and Record 1.5 each day this week:
- Mon May 24 – Dr.REX octuples into Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player – No matter how you use it—as a pattern sequencer for loops, or to completely mangle your REX’ed audio—it is guaranteed to inspire. www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbhaeBRb7NA
- Tues May 25 to be announced
- Wed May 26 to be announced
- Thu May 27 to be announced
- Fri May 28 to be announced
Pricing and availability
The release for all programs is targeted for late summer 2010. Upgrades will be handled by local distributors once new version become available. All prices remain the same, except for Reason for Record Owners, which will increase by €20/$20.
- Record for Reason Owners Sidegrade (includes Reason 5 upgrade) EUR €149 / USD $169
- Reason 5 Upgrade from any version EUR € 99 / USD $129
- Record 1.5 Upgrade from any version free download
- Record Reason Duo EUR €405 / USD $449
- Reason 5 EUR €305 / USD $349
- Record 1.5 EUR €279 / USD $299
Record 1.0.1 is a free maintenance update that resolves several minor issues in Record 1.0. The update also includes a few new features, here are the highlights directly from Propellerheads:
- Audio input/output with built-in audio hardware on Mac
Record 1.0.1 features custom audio drivers for combinations of the default audio Inputs and Outputs on Mac computers running Mac OS X 10.5 or later. This way you won’t have to create an Aggregate Device to allow for simultaneous use of audio inputs and outputs in the built-in audio hardware.
- Pod Farm 2 support
Line 6 has just released the Pod Farm 2 application, which includes changes to the Tone format. Since the Line 6 Amp devices in Record load and save Tones, this has resulted in some changes in Record 1.0.1
- The Line 6 Amp devices in Record 1.0.1 load Tones of the Pod Farm 1 or Pod Farm 2 format.
- The Line 6 Amp devices in Record 1.0.1 will always save Tones in the Pod Farm 2 format. These Tones cannot be opened for editing in Pod Farm 1 – you need to use Pod Farm 2.
- Multiple audio file import
The “Import Audio File…” function now supports import of multiple audio files at once.
- Record Performance Automation for Audio Tracks and Mix Channel Tracks
It is now possible to send performance controllers to Audio Tracks and Mix Channel Tracks. For example, if you have a Line 6 Guitar Amp device as an insert effect, you can now use an Expression pedal to control the Wah effect (and record this as automation if you like).
Pricing and Availability:
The update is a free download for users of Record 1.0.
This Propellerhead Record tutorial demonstrates a TouchOSC drum pad interface on the Apple iPad, configured to trigger a Redrum Drum Machine in Propellerhead Record + Reason.
Transport and effect mapping make programming and live tweaking a breeze. Interfaced via wifi and translated to MIDI with Osculator: http://www.osculator.net
Propellerhead Record+Reason: http://propellerhead.se
MPC Samples: http://kikbakonline.com
I’m no Jeremy Ellis on the MPC, but i wouldn’t want to kick, beat, and elbow the iPad: http://www.youtube.com/user/jeremyellismusic
Check out Kurt Kurasaki’s Peff.com site to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Do you have what it takes to be a Propellerhead Test Pilot?
At Propellerhead we make software and we’re proud of the fact that our software is so often praised for being stable and bug free. Naturally, we’d like to continue releasing software like this and we think that some of you might be able to help us out with this. We want to build a team of experienced and reliable testers who we can call on when we have something new to put through its paces. A team of Test Pilots!
As a Test Pilot, you’ll be working closely with the Propellerhead developers. You’ll be given access to early versions of products still under development, and you’ll help us test new features and designs.
You’ll be working under a non-disclosure agreement, which we take very seriously – and we expect you to, as well. Yes: you will get to see and play with secret stuff before a whole lot of other people do, but no, you’ll not be able to tell anyone about it. Do you think you can handle this?
We’re not going to lie to you – we’re looking for people who are prepared to put in the hours. Testing isn’t only about playing around with new products. It needs to be carried out methodically and meticulously. You’ll be asked to follow test instructions carefully, and devote some serious time to the testing. If you find something that looks like a bug, you’ll be expected to report it, and if it is a bug, once we’ve fixed it, you’ll be asked to make sure that we’ve fixed it properly.
We will, of course, make it worth your while. Apart from the wonderful warm and fuzzy feeling you’ll get from being a Propellerhead Test Pilot, we will take care of our testing team and make sure our pilots receive VIP treatment with discounts, special offers and more.
If you think this is something for you, then click the link below. If you make the grade, then you can expect to be working with us for some time. Hello, is it you we’re looking for?
James Bernard with Propellerheads has released a set of nice tutorials on Reason and Record, make sure to check them out
The 1st episode of 52 Reason and Record Tips from James Bernard of Propellerhead Software.
From the James Bernard.plan file
Propellerhead Software says that Record “has the feel of a million dollar recording studio with the streamlined simplicity of a tape deck”. For guitar players, the built-in virtual POD from Line 6 brings a wide range of guitar amps and cabinets. Record’s software mixer’s sound is faithfully modeled after the renowned SSL 9000K hardware with flexible routing, full dynamics, EQ, advanced effects handling and complete automation. With its dynamic multicore audio handling, Record uses a computer’s processing power to its fullest.
Seamless integration with Reason
Owners of Propellerhead Software’s Reason have seamless integration in Record with their Reason instruments and devices. Not only will Record open Reason files directly, if Reason is installed and registered, all Reason devices appear in Record’s rack without plugging-in or launching a second application. For Reason owners, Propellerhead offers a special sidegrade called Record for Reason Owners that provides a complete copy of Record and updates any version of Reason to work with Record. For new users who want to buy both together, Propellerhead offers Record + Reason Duo, a bundle of both programs in a single package.
Propellerhead Software today released for sale worldwide Record, its new recording software that aims to put the musician in focus. Record, software for both Mac and Windows, combines “effortless recording” and a “stunning software mixer console” with a “limitless rack of audio processing gear that builds itself or can be infinitely customized”.
Over 50,000 users tested Record during its beta test period, which began in May. Including myself
Pricing & Availability
Record is available for sale worldwide today from authorized Propellerhead dealers and through Propellerhead’s online store:
- Record standalone software: MSRP of $299 / €279.
- Record + Reason Duo bundle: MSRP of $629 / €535.
- Record for Reason Owners sidegrade: MSRP of $149 / €129.
“We figured it was time that someone took a fresh look at recording from a musician’s perspective. Not needing to bolt music features onto an aging audio application, we truly started from scratch with full knowledge of today’s computer architectures and capabilities. Record is the result,” says Ernst Nathorst-Böös, CEO. “In short we wanted to do what we’ve always done—help people make more and better music.”
Three nice tutorials on yesterdays announcement on Record – audio recording the thing the whole music production community that enjoys Reason has been dreaming of for the past 5 years.
This series of videos offers a very in-depth look at Propellerhead Record, a recording application for Windows and Mac.
Propellerhead Software’s Gerry Bassermann digs deep into Record, without layering on a lot of hype.