This 28-tutorial course, from Reason expert J. Anthony Allen, uses Reason 8’s synths to teach you advanced synthesis techniques that are used by pro sound designers and musicians alike. If you’re into synthesis then this course is for you.
J. Allen starts by explaining, in detail, the functions of the basic elements found in almost every synthesizer: Generating complex sounds with the oscillators and then shaping them to your will, using filters, amplifiers envelopes, LFOs and output processing. He then takes you through the process of creating complex dance music sounds using Reason’s arsenal of powerful synths and tools.
Along the way, J. takes you further down the rabbit hole exploring classic and mind-bending sound design techniques such as granular synthesis, modulation, instrument layering, delay, compression and reverb. He’s deep into Maelstrom, combinators and more as this course dives further into the synthesis rabbit hole!
Finally, you face the might of Thor! This extremely capable synth looks intimidating at first, but with the techniques you cover in this course, you can easily understand the "reason" behind its complex interface... or any synthesizer for that matter! So join J. Anthony Allen and learn synthesis as it pertains to the world of Reason 8!
Propellerhead should take note of how J is able to make so much seem so clear without going off track or getting bogged down in too much detail.
I am new to Reason and it is my first DAW.
I had been thinking that Reason is a large collection of tools with silly names, with many being similar in function but mostly they all behave in a similar way when you drag them into the Rack or Sequencer. After watching this course a couple times, I think I am beginning to grasp the overall Reason concept and it is a great benefit, even if it's not the point of the tutorial.
This course starts at the synthesis beginning and seems to keep building in an interesting way. It's as if one section of the synth leads to the next part and then you move on to the next tool. We find out what is the same and why it is different and we find out why we need all 3 kinds. It is remarkable the way he makes 3 obviously different synthesizers seem the same and then joins them in the Combinator to show how they fit in to the rest of the DAW.
In this tutorial you load a patch into the synth and see exactly what settings are affected. Then when you mess around with the settings, you will know what you are doing, and when you construct a patch of your own you will understand it!
Often times these tutorials are written using similar DAWs and you can apply the principles to your favorite DAW but this is Reason 8 from someone who clearly enjoys it and I hope to see more from J Anthony Allen soon!
LaShawn wrote on March 15, 2015
I've been waiting on a course like this for sound design within Reason and macProVideo has delivered. It is well explained and a very good starting point into sound design with the Reason synths. Thanks!