The Propellerhead crew got a Hot Hand USB MIDI controller sent to the office. It’s a wireless motion sensor you put on like a ring that can then control parameters via MIDI. Of course Mattias had to give it a try! Here he’s controlling filter frequency, noise level and phase on a Subtractor.
And AskAudio has a new tutorial out:
Reason 7: Creating REX Files
Oh, it’s hard to believe it. The reason to own Recycle, that *ahem* older once-miracle of modern sampling has now past. No longer do you need to encode audio files in another application, outside of Reason. Now, you can convert audio files within Reason, into Rex files. Which, of course, are the loop files that Dr. Octo Rex eats for breakfast.
So, why, with Reason’s amazing time stretching ability would this feature even be relevant? Well, if you’ve ever gone into the editor of Dr. Octo Rex, and have actually messed around with features like the Amp envelope, Filter envelope, or you’ve applied an LFO to a loop. Or, if you’ve ever modified the pan, pitch, or filter frequency of individual slices within a REX file… Well, you know you can take loops to a very different place.
In short, REX files are still amazing, relevant and because you can now easily create your own REX files life has gotten much better.
So, how do you do it?
Would you like to edit clean transients in a flexible, non-destructive way? In this video tutorial, Mo Volans teaches you how to use .REX files in Propellerhead’s ReCycle to do just that. You’ll also learn how to graphically edit your loops in Reason’s Dr.Octo Rex.
Time again for a review here at Steelberry Clones – this time we have taken a closer look at Nucleus SoundLabs’ new Reason Refill called Celluloide Beats.
To begin with Celluloide Beats consists of around 50 (x8) or so Combinator patches and associated sounds recreated as REX-files. Due to the way they are built they may easily be run in anything from 60/70 BPMs up to 270 > or so BPMs – it will still sound great. To get an overview of what you are getting I would loosely categorize it as multi-sampled drums, beats and percussions into a massively unique and powerful mix of rhythms and sounds that would easily fit into dubstep, electro, house, techno type music, but I would not limit it to that since there are several intriguing ambient type sounds with a real sci-fi / cinematic approach to them.
A good thing with the CMBs are that they are very easy to work with, partly because each CMB is more or less a full mix in itself with limited need for further mixing and mastering, and partly because they are using fairly common rhythms meaning that the tempo and the sequenced beats are not overly experimental. Each Combinator patch in a Celluloid Beats contains 8 loops – 1 original loop and 7 creative loop remixes. This is achieved, according to Nucleus, by using the Slice Edit Mode on Dr. OctoRex to change filtering, decay, volume and more on a per-step basis for each loop. Going farther than that, unique FX are added to each patch which are used to effect specific loop slices – so each slice in a loop can have a different distortion, filtering or delay. The resulting loop remixes sound incredibly complex, but they certainly aren’t complicated to use.
To purchase the product use the link below:
ReCycle 2.2 is a free update that brings is 64-bit compatibility, is Mac OS X Lion compatible, and has a new look and some workflow improvements.
ReCycle 2.2 Fix List
- The program is now compatible with 64 bit operating systems.
- ReCyle 2.2 is also a true Cocoa program under Mac OS and fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
- The main window has been graphically redesigned, including new zooming and scrolling. Scrolling is smoother and you can now zoom in further. Some redundant controls have been removed and others added.
- When exporting AIFF and Wave files, Record/Reason-style tempo information is now included in the file. Also, when importing audio files created in Record or Reason, the tempo information in those files is used for setting tempo and length in ReCycle.
- The Waveform now indicates graphically what sound will be played back, by dimming silent sections.
- You can now use the Q, W, E and R keys to select tools.
- The Preference dialog has been streamlined and updated.
- Open Recent (documents) is now a sub-menu on Mac OS.
- The status bar has been removed.
- We have removed support for the Sound Designer II, Mixman and SampleCell formats since these are all outdated.
- The authorization system and copy protection has been changed, reducing the risk of having to reauthorize the program.
- Installation under Mac OS is now drag and drop (no installer).
Buffalo Drum Loops and Hits sample library from Bolder Sounds for Native Instruments Kontakt 3+, Spectrasonics Stylus RMX and REX format. Part 1 features a midi file created by Bo Clausen which demonstrates the powerful Loop Engine created in for NI Kontakt.
Tonescape has released Animato – a free sample library, featuring over 1,000 samples and loops, in .wav and .rex formats.
Here’s what they have to say about the free sample library:
This pack was carefully crafted in my studio during a period of about four months.
The goal was to deliver some quality loops, drums, fx and vocals for a variety of genres incl. Dubstep, Drum’n’bass, Psytrance and Psydub. It is perfectly applicable to other genres too off course.
- 407 MB content including Alien, Field recording, Fx, Loops, Moog, Percussion, Tonal, Vocals.
- Tools used to create the sounds include: Moog Voyager, Doepfer Dark Energy, Eventide H7600, NI Deep Freq (used extensively for modulated sounds).
- All samples are 100% royalty free to use in commercial and non-commercial work.
Animato is available as a free download from ToneScape.
Reason maestro Peff is back with a new video:
Video overview of using the OHM64 with Reason 5 to create a live pa setup to switch loop slots and crossfade between sources and effects. It’s not really music composition, but more like Loop Jockeying.
Controls are mapped via standard remote override mapping, however this setup requires a bit of remote codec hacking to alter the behavior of the function keys and top 4 rows of buttons.
It’s time to take a look at some ways to work creatively with REX files in Record. Record allows you to work with REX files in new, cool ways – in this tutorial, we learn a few of them.
Propellerhead Software has a Christmas gift for Reason users:
We’d like to celebrate the end of a great year for us by giving the gift of rockin’ out to the Reason user community. We proudly present the Dr. Octo Rex Guitar Collection!
The Dr. Octo Rex Guitar Collection is a free library of acoustic and electric guitar loops for Reason 5.
Patches are organized by style and song key, using the multiple loop capable Dr. Octo Rex, making it easy to lay down a guitar track using natural chord progressions.
The included playing styles cover anything from open strumming to single string riffs and punk power chords.
Pricing and Availability
Dr. Octo Rex Guitar Collection is a free download for fans that “Like” Propellerhead Software on Facebook.
- Propellerhead Software on Facebook
Bluezone Corporation release Austral Drum and Bass ( 18.95 € )
Bluezone Corporation is proud to present Austral Drum and Bass, a hot new Drum and Bass sample pack for immediate download. This new sound library is packed with Drum & Bass loops, Basslines, Synth Loops, Drum Loops, Drum One-Shots, Sound FX and Atmospheric Sounds, with ambient touch and textured loops. Available in WAV, AIFF and REX2 formats.
Fresh out of the Bluezone Studios, Austral Drum and Bass is a new collection offering a wide range of genres. Loaded with everything from aggressive hits to ambient pads, this Drum n Bass / Jungle Sample pack is perfect for any setup. With a mix of styles including Breaks, DNB and Ambient, Austral Drum and Bass opens up a world of new possibilities with its 252 loops and samples. Produced with numerous analog and digital synths, the sounds have been recorded and crafted to give them incredible depth and atmosphere. For original compositions as well as soundtracks, Austral Drum and Bass is the reference sound library youíll turn to again and again, for all types of music composition.
This ultimate new pack is great with a wide range of styles such as Breaks, Dubstep, music for video games, TV series, Soundtrack, Hardstyle, Experimental and more.
Austral Drum and Bass Contents:
ï Drum Loops
ï Synth Loops
ï Key Loops
ï Sound Effects
ï Soundscapes / Atmospheres
ï Drum Hits / One-Shots
ï Synth Samples
ï 266 MB Data / 563 Files
ï Formats : WAV / AIFF / REX2
ï Recorded at 160 bpm
ï Instant Download
ï Royalty-Free with no extra cost
ï Ready to use in commercial production