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Running Reason Rack Extensions on the web

https://youtu.be/-GaD0RCp-Q0

Here at Propellerhead we are not just passionate about music-making, but also technology in itself. When we originally designed our Rack Extension architecture, we sought to build a plugin system that would decrease the need for maintenance of released software and instead enable companies to focus on better things, like adding features or building new cool products.

I remember literally being in an elevator pitching this technology to a potential Rack Extension developer, saying that if you build a plugin this way, it could potentially run in a web browser in the future without you having to do anything extra. Needless to say, he did not believe me. I admit it, it sounded crazy to outsiders at the time as this was 2012 and web standards and browsers were far from where they are today. But even then we knew there was a big overlap in philosophies between the web and what we were trying to achieve. 

Fast forward to today, and the web has caught up. Naturally, as the tech lovers we are, we couldn’t resist trying to prove we were right in our original assumptions.

Last week I talked at Google I/O, the big Google developer conference in Mountain View, about this. Watch the video above (jump to 33:50) to if you want to see Rack Extensions on the web in action.

One direct example of this technology in use is you being able to run the full Europa synth from our webpage by clicking the “Try it now in your browser” link. Not only can you try Europa before you buy, but if you are bored, you can do sound design from anywhere without having Reason installed and save the patches for later use. Technology at your service 🙂
 

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CTO

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DeLaurentis: Classical French Touch

As a company that makes musical instruments, we’re always fascinated (not to mention very gratified) when we see an artist totally master something we’ve created. That’s why when the first videos of DeLaurentis’ virtuosic Push performances began appearing online a few years ago, we knew this was an artist to…

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Tutorial: How to Make a Post Malone Type Beat in Reason

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBJTBN6gB4M

Post Malone is a Grammy® Award-winning rapper and producer with over a dozen platinum-certified songs like “White Iverson,” “Better Now” and “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)”. Known for blending genres like hip-hop, pop, rock and R&B, Post Malone has developed a diverse new sound that people love. In this video tutorial, world-class producer Kato On The Track will show you how to make a Post Malone type beat in Reason 10.

Start With an Inspiring Sample

In order to capture Posty’s genre-bending aesthetic, start the track off with a somber guitar loop in a minor key. You can download the loop Kato uses in the video for free from his website. Use a low-pass filter on the loop and roll off the high-end to remove any harshness. Then, use a short plate reverb to add space, and a short delay to create a slapback effect for added depth.

Next, create an ambient vocal loop using your favorite samples, or download Kato’s Melodies Vol. 1 sample pack for free on his website for a fresh dose of inspiration. Give the vocals an underwater effect by rolling off the highs and adding reverb and delay. This will help push them back in the mix and make room for the lead vocal.

808 Bassline

Now that the guitars and vocals are locked in, it’s time to turn this loop into a full song. Add a bassline using an 808 patch with the NN-XT Advanced Sampler. Use a high-pass filter to remove unwanted sub-bass, and a low-pass filter to maintain a dark, lo-fi sound.

Kong Drum Designer

With the bassline in place, it’s time to drop in that Post Malone beat. Load up Kong Drum Designer and recall your favorite kit. Start by adding a snare on the backbeat. Don’t forget to throw in a few rolls for that signature hip-hop sound.

Next, lay down a hi-hat rhythm using a combination of open and closed cymbal hits—Kato even adds a short tape delay on the open hits to match the open, airy mood of the track. Layer in interesting sound effects like reverse sweeps and alternative snare hits—just be sure to roll off the highs with a low-pass filter and add reverb to maintain the vibe.

Then, add a thick, punchy kick with plenty of compression to control the dynamics. Center your kick in the middle of the mix by turning the stereo width down on the mixer channel. Use a high-pass filter to roll off lows below 30 Hz to make room for the bass, along with a low-pass filter to match the aesthetic of the other instruments.

Grain Sample Manipulator

Finally, it’s time to add a soft pad to emphasize the chords and melody of the track. Load up Grain Sample Manipulator and select the Radio Choir preset as a starting point. Use your favorite compressor to smooth out the dynamics and increase the sustain of the pad.

With all of your textures and instruments in place, the only thing this beat needs is a hot 16 from your boy Stoney. Now that you know how to make Post Malone beats in Reason 10, it’s time for you to show the world you’re a “rockstar.”
 

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Rigs 4 are here

https://youtu.be/0syuOVEjxAs

Today we are launching the fourth installment of the top-selling Rigs series. Packed with 90+ of the best-selling Rack Extensions from the Propellerhead Shop, Rigs 4 introduces an array of powerful new plug-ins for songwriters, producers, and engineers all for a fraction of the price. 

The Backline Rig introduces an ensemble of realistic-sounding organic instruments and effects, such as ProjectSAM Orchestral Sampler, Shimmerverb, A-List Acoustic Guitarist, and Softube Spring Reverb. We’ve added a powerful collection of versatile synths and signal processors to the Synthetic Rig, including Umpf Club Drums, Super Audio Cart, Euclidean Rhythms and more. New plugins from Red Rock Sound and Selig, as well as classics from Softube make the Mix & Mastering Rig more powerful than ever.

Each Rig comes with 30+ products, nearly three hours of custom-made tutorials from the industry professionals at AskVideo, and hundreds of presets from top sound designers and pro mix engineers—all bundled together for just $299. And if you already own one of the Rigs 3 bundles, you can upgrade for just $79.

There’s never been a better time to stack your Reason Rack with dozens of powerful new plugins. Download Rigs 4 today!

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