Browsing Tag

Artist stories

Artist Feature: Tobtok

Swedish rising star producer Tobtok a.k.a. Tobias Karlsson has teamed up with his Uppsala native producer colleage Oliver Nelson to release their new single ‘Yellow’ on February 22, featuring lead vocalist Liv Dawson. We are happy to present the opportunity for you to enter a Spotify pre-save campaign for a chance to win a brand new copy of Reason 10 – the music making software choice of Tokbok. We got the chance to speak with Tobtok during his hectic release schedule about how he approaches music making and producing in Reason.

How did the collaboration between you and Oliver come about? What does your songwriting process look like?

We have worked on a bunch of collabs now over the years, and ever since we first got together in 2013 we’ve worked very closely together and been involved in each others careers ever since! I’ve always been working in Reason since I first started with music-production in 2009 (celebrating 10 years with Reason!), and Oliver has always worked in Ableton, so we’ve had to combine the two over the years.

We have a few different ways of working. Sometimes we sit together throughout the whole process as we live literally 1 minutes from each other which is quite convenient, but we also often swap stems and work of different elements of the song. For example, in “Yellow” Oliver was more in charge of the drums while I worked more on the Instruments, and then we did the final mixdown in Reason!

I think that the fact that a lot of the big elements in the song is Reason-made sounds make it stands out and doesn’t sound like everything else out there.

How did you write ‘Yellow’? What was the creative process? 

We actually got a demo sent to us from the hugely talented Madfun and M-22 who originally wrote it. Everyone in our camp thought that it was special and had an interesting theme that we wanted to explore. Me and Oliver put our spin to it and made it to what it is today!

What’s your favorite thing about Reason?

There is so many things I love about Reason, but if I have to pick one it’s how great and easy the interface is. I’ve tried out pretty much every DAW out there and I found myself being most comfortable in Reason, because it’s just not overly complicated, it’s almost like playing with Lego! I also like that there’s a bunch of really handy tools incorporated into the program, for example the Vocal Pitch Edit mode is so handy and much better than other programs that you can tune vocals in etc. also the main mixer is top notch!

“The number 1 rule in Reason is to always put everything in combinators!”

Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?

The number 1 rule in Reason is to always put everything in combinators! I see a lot of people who ignore this, and it does my head in! It’s so easy and makes the whole project more tidy, and most of all it’s very efficient when you want to save the sound you’ve made rather than saving all patches or presets individually.

The three most used devices in your Reason rack?

At the moment it’s Radical Piano, Parsec 2 and Audiomatic Retro Transformer.

What are your tips for new producers wanting to start out making music?

Have fun with it, always strive to improve your sound design and watch tutorials on how to mix properly, because a nice piece of music can get ruined with a bad production. I’ve learned a whole lot watching Reason’s tutorial clips on your website over the years hehe. 

     Download Combinator patches used in ‘Yellow’

Tobtok was kind enough to share three of his custom Combinator patches used in the single ‘Yellow’. Click above to download them! Please note that the patches require Parsec 2 and Fab Filter Q2.


Read more here

Artist Feature: Phonix Beats

Darius Barnes, professionally known as Phonix Beats (or simply Phonix), is an American record producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. Following the footsteps of his father, (established musician/producer John Barnes, who worked extensively with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, and Bill Withers, amongst many others) Darius began a career in music production and became known for his successful recordings with artists such as J. Cole, 50 Cent, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, Trey Songz, and many others.

How did you start out making music? How did it all begin?

I was born into a musical family, so music was apart of my life from the very start. I began playing drums and singing at an early age. My parents always had a studio so I learned how to use vintage equipment, tape machines (reel to reel), patch bay etc.
I began playing around with my fathers LINN 9000 drum machine around 11 years old and my brothers MPC 2000xl around 13. I always wanted to produce music but being so young it wasn’t like it is today where you can just plug up and play – it was way more involved. Around 16 years old my fathers friend came over the studio (Inner Sound Studios) and had the very first version of Reason. He showed me how to use it and I was hooked immediately. I loved how I didn’t need outboard gear to make music and the stock sounds (Reason Sound Bank) where absolutely amazing. 18 years later me and Reason have grown to new heights. I am now a Grammy nominated producer and the CEO of a new recording label “FANKLUB ENT.”. Who would’ve known it all started with Reason.

When you load up a brand new Reason song, what’s the very first thing you do?

It depends on the situation. On one hand I will open up a Redrum and begin constructing a solid drum pattern that I know I’ll for sure want to use and further produce. On the other hand, I will go through melodies, sounds, and or samples. I like to use the NN-XT for my loops/ samples because for me it’s more complex than the NN-19. Once I have the melodies locked in place I create the foundation for the composition (Drums).

What are your tips for new producers wanting to start out making music?

Have fun at all times and DO IT EVERYDAY !!!! You have to work hard to master your craft but it’s worth it. You will create your own musical identity that will be exclusive to only you. Kinda like a finger print.

Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?

I love to use the Combinator to create new sounds from scratch. It can be strenuous if you’re not a patient person. I will spend days, even weeks just solely creating new sounds, in search of new musically creative discoveries. Some I can make on the fly, some take a slower process.

How do you get started with a new song? What sparks your creativity?

Anything can spark my creativity, honestly. I can be walking down a street and a sound from a passing truck with a chain hanging off the back can trigger a whole beat in my head instantly. I am never unplugged from the world so because of that anything from nature, random sounds, other music, TV or video games can cause me to jump on my computer and make music.

What do you do when inspiration just isn’t there? How do you tackle writer’s block?

I used to just push myself through, no matter how frustrating it would get. That ultimately wasn’t good for me because I would feel more empty trying to force music and it would show in my work. Nowadays, I do things like step away from music completely. I’ll read, travel, meditate, cook etc. There are so many aspects of life that you miss just sitting in the chair cranking out music like a factory machine. You must enjoy other parts of life because it plays a vital role in your musical development. music is a life path and music is free-spirited at heart. We must strive to be that as well, to make timeless music.

What are your best tips for producers and beat makers wanting to get into the business?

Always make sure you finish your product. Always have a strong mix not matter how tough it is to get it done. Find an artist / writer that compliments your sound. Work diligently to create your sound with him/her. If you’re doing placements. study the artist and understand their sound so that you are familiar with their capabilities.

ALWAYS HAVE FUN !!!! Because it reflects in your music.

Follow Phonix Beats on Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud.


Start making your own beats with Reason!

download reason for free

Read more here

Artist Feature: Gabriel Gassi

Gabriel kick-started his passion for urban/R&B and pop productions with a lego-like building music program at the age of 10, alongside playing drums to quench his other thirst as a youngster in rock and punk bands. A ‘chameleon’ is an apt description for this multi-skilled music maker, citing influences as diverse as Lil Durk, Justin Bieber and Tory Lanez. Gabriel spent years studying, shape shifting and translating the sounds from his vivid imagination, across a myriad of genres, to live instruments and remixes for outside successful Swedish performers, bringing out their inner artist and winning respected acclaim for his work.

Gabriel’s new single Rosebud explores a seductive mix of minimalism, feel-good frequencies, hooky, monotone vocals and wistful lyrics. Here’s Gabriel’s thoughts on Rosebud:

“I wrote this song during a time when I didn’t have a lot of money. I escaped into the world of video games, finding cheat codes to at least make my virtual life more extra.”

With his armour of strong songs, production and live stage skill set, Gabriel Gassi is set to make waves on a whole new level in the future. We got a chance to talk to Gabriel before he’s out making those waves, about his use of Reason and approach to music-making.

Congratulations on your new single release! Lots of Reason users have had the chance to dissect it already since it’s included as a demo song in Reason Lite. Any big differences comparing the Reason demo song to the released single version?

Nothing major, the essential parts from the song are still there! A few adjustments in terms of, like, changing some drum sounds in the new version.

How do you get started with a new song? What sparks your creativity?

To get started I click File > New in Reason and everything that happens after that is beyond my control! Just kidding – but seriously, getting started with a new song and what sparks my creativity vary a lot, for better or worse. It often depends on what state I’m in; if I’m happy or sad, if I have homework or if my cat wants to cuddle or not. When I’m happy, the source for inspiration can be literally anything from a movie soundtrack to a dog on the street happening to bark in a specific note that perfectly fits the chords I’m playing on my keyboard. When I’m low I tend to focus on, and thus get my inspiration from, self-lived events such as breakups or being broke. I wrote ’Rosebud’ during a time when I had literally no money.

What’s the best music-making tip you ever got?

Work minimalistic, clean up unnessesary sounds and give extra love to the elements that really play important parts in your song!

How did you start out making music? How did it all begin?

It all began with an easter egg hunt. As every year in my and my little brother’s childhood, we searched high and low for candy-stuffed easter eggs, hid by our parents.

This year when I was ten, instead of candy in my easter egg I got this music program called Hip Hop eJay, where you built your own songs out of loops. It was a little bit like building with LEGO bricks. Few years later I got Reason, in which I could advance my beat making to a more unique level. To this day I still make my music in Reason. And I still use loops a lot.

What are your tips for new producers wanting to start out making music?

If you have never produced before and you want to start out making music, don’t be afraid to dive right into your music-making program on your own terms, rather than learning from tutorials made by others. I’m not saying tutorials aren’t the way to learn how to produce – they can be great for learning tricks that otherwise maybe wouldn’t have come to our attention – I’m just saying that if you are open to in your own way, in your own tempo and with your own preferences explore this music program you’re about to work with, I think the chances for you to really develop a unique producer ID will increase.

Favorite thing about Reason?

That it always moves forward without changing its past. When I started out with Reason it had no proper audio handling and was based on midi and sampling. Today Reason has both audio editing and VST plugin support– and my old favorite samplers NN–XT and Dr. Rex are still there! As an artist striving to create modern pop music with a feel of nostalgia to it – juggling between today’s and yesterday’s tools and sounds is just what I need in my music-making.

What’s happening next for you?

I’m finishing up some more demos – and maybe it’s time for an EP or a debut album? Don’t really wanna give away too much right now but will have some real bangers for you soon! Or maybe just a bunch of selfies.

Favorite music right now?

Everything from PC Music.

Follow Gabriel on Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud.

Listen to the new single Rosebud:

Read more here

Artist Feature: Iglooghost

Irish producer Seamus Malliagh makes electronic music under the moniker Iglooghost. Signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label at the mere age of 18, he released his first Chinese Nü Yr EP in 2015. Following that with his debut album Neō Wax Bloom in 2017. Iglooghost now picks up the storyline from the debut album with a setting that takes place 3000 years prior to the events occuring in Neō Wax Bloom. We caught up with Iglooghost to talk a bit about his music making and what role Reason plays in that.

You recently released two new EPs, “Clear Tamei” and “Steel Mogu”. Congratulations to that, they sound great! Could you tell us a bit about the process that went into creating those?

It was fun! I made it because I was still really excited from making Neō Wax Bloom and I wanted to tie up a few loose ends I felt needed addressing in the storyline, and also because I wanted to have a tiny bit more fun with a similar sound pallet before moving on with the next big project.

How did you start out making music? How did it all begin?

I always used to make fake album covers and packaging and characters and tracklists when I was younger but didn’t know how to make music. All that stuff came way before I figured out how to do things on a computer. I had real bad dyspraxia as a kid so I could never figure out how to play drums or guitar or anything no matter how hard I tried hahaha.

How do you get started with a new song? Do you always start with the beat? Or does melodies and progressions come first?

It changes. I always imagine it in my head before I make it so I usually start creating it with the most prevelant sound in my head.

“Make the stuff you are annoyed doesn’t exist yet!”

What are your tips for new producers wanting to start out making music?

I say this a lot but it’s just because I wish someone told me this when I was like 14. Make the stuff you are annoyed doesn’t exist yet! You ever spend tons of time lurking YouTube and 4chan for some really specific dream combination of sounds that you invented in your head? Just make it yourself if you can’t find it! Make your weird math-rock/memphis cassette trap/prepared dulcimer/chamber choir hybrid thing that’s only existent in your brain.

Favorite thing about Reason?

I love how easy it is to manipulate audio files! I stretch stuff so much using the alt key and then hit quantize to turn it into a weird groove. It works so quick and I always find something really unexpected inside things I’ve dragged in.

Name three of your favorite artists!

It always changes but right now I’ve been listening to a lot of Kelly Moran, Nico Muhly, and Bhad Bhabie.

Follow Iglooghost on Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook.

Photo by Daisy Emily Warne

Read more here

Artist Feature: Tora

Tora is a four-piece electronic band born in Byron Bay, Australia. The group formed in 2013, fusing plush, layered production and instrumentation with graceful vocals. Their soulful electronic music has had them compared to seminal artists such as Radiohead and James Blake. Tora has been busy touring and making a name for themselves at venues and festivals such as Glastonbury, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, The Great Escape UK and Canadian Music Week.

We sat down to speak with vocalist and guitar player Jo Loewenthal about their workflow in Reason both in the studio and on tour.


What’s your favorite addition in Reason 10? 
I love Europa, that thing is such a beast, it’s got everything that I wished Thor had!
How do you get started with a new song? What sparks your creativity? 
Usually I just sit down, load up an instrument and just play the first thing that comes to my head. I find if I don’t think about it and just roll with the first ideas, and keep following that path I usually end up with something I like. Once I’ve written some parts on a couple of instruments, I tweak the sounds to be the way I can imagine them to be in my head. I find that the times when I go in trying to create a particular vibe, it restricts me and prevents me from discovering new things, so I like to approach it all freely and just listen to my subconscious ideas as they pass through my mind.
What’s the best music making tip you ever got?
When something isn’t impacting like you want it to, try muting some layers, it creates space and helps you realise what is clashing or what isn’t working. Also make sure that every layer sounds nice on it’s own.
“try muting some layers, it creates space”
Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?
I try not to use the same tricks in everything, to avoid sounding the same always, but I do love sidechaining long reverbs to give the whole track a pulsing vibe. I’ll make a parallel of an instrument or vocal part, then put a long reverb in the rack on that channel and set it to fully wet, then have a compressor after it and have a kick pattern routed into the side chain on the compressor. You can mix it in as loud or soft as you like, I usually keep it quite subtle but I find it adds a lot to the track when used in the right way.
The three most used devices in your Reason rack?
  • Pulveriser is easily my most used device, I use it on almost everything.
  • Audiomatic Retro Transformer is also something I use a lot, especially on synths.
  • NN-XT is the most used instrument for me, I often sample my own sounds and put them into the NN-XT, I just love how much control it gives you.
Jo in the Propellerhead Studio in Stockholm.
What do you do when inspiration just isn’t there?
Well that’s very rare, but it can happen. Usually I’ll go for a walk, or do something physical and completely unrelated to music to clear my head, then come back to the studio and listen to some music I’ve never heard before, also some of my favourite artists to get perspective. Usually by that point I’ll be ready to make music, but if not then I guess I’d just come back tomorrow, but I don’t think that’s ever happened.
“what am I listening to? This guy is twisted”. I thought it was terrible”
What’s your all-time favorite album?
This question is impossible to answer, because I have too many faves. But there’s one album that really changed my perspective on music. I remember the first day I heard it I thought to myself: “what am I listening to? This guy is twisted”. I thought it was terrible. But came back to it a couple of weeks later and suddenly I understood it and from that day on I had a completely different outlook on music. For me, this album is the most original and inventive piece of work I’ve ever heard, I don’t know how he imagined it up.
James Blake – James Blake (2011)
Follow Tora on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify or visit their website.

Read more here

Music Talk: Kato on the track – The Making of Get It N Go in Reason

One Week Notice is the title of a 1-week collaborative concept album featuring 9 Hip-Hop Artists and Producers – Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Demrick, Audio Push, Emilio Rojas, Reezy, Kato and DJ Hoppa. It was recorded fully in Austin, TX at the BeatStars studio and over 20 songs were created during the 7-day process, with 13 making it onto the album.

Kato On The Track is a Music Producer/Entrepreneur out of Atlanta, GA., best known for his production with Artists like: B.o.B, Hopsin, Jarren Benton, Dizzy Wright, Wu-Tang, Joyner Lucas, Token, Tory Lanez, K Camp, Futuristic, Sy Ari and more. Kato is also the founder of a Producer mentorship program, Beat Club, which educates and provides resources and networking to aspiring music Producers around the world.

We caught Kato to have a talk about the One Week Notice project and his workflow in Reason.

Tell us how the One Week Notice came about. Whose idea was it to complete an album in one week? 
One Week Notice was the brain child of Dame Ritter, former CEO of Funk Volume, whom I was signed to up until 2016. We’ve been friends since, and he basically just called me one day and asked if I’d be interested in flying to Austin for a week, staying in a house full of rappers, and making music all day. What could be better?
Could you share some insights on how to collaborate successfully with so many people involved and with that kind of tight deadline? 
The key to collaborating with that many people is just to leave any ego at the door and be open to working with other creatives. After that, the rest is easy.
When you load up a brand new Reason song, what’s the very first thing you do?
The first thing I do when I open Reason is load a template. I have different templates for working with vocals, starting a beat, etc. After I load my template, then I’ll start searching for the perfect sound to start my melody, or sometimes I’ll start with drums first. I usually have an idea going into the project of what I want to make, it’s just a matter of finding the right sounds.
What drives you musically? Why do you make music?
My motivation for making music is the same as it was on Day 1. It’s the only thing that allows me to create something from nothing without any rules or boundaries – what else allows you to do that?? It’s absolute 100% freedom to do whatever you want and that idea to me is so amazing in a world full of rules. 
What do you do when inspiration just isn’t there? Any tips on tackling writer’s block? 
I hate forcing creativity. When I don’t feel inspired by what I’m doing, it takes the fun out of it and doing what you love should always be fun. Most of the time when I lack inspiration, I either step away from the music altogether and do something entirely different, or I’ll find inspiration in collaborating with others. I’ve also been using Splice a lot.
Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?
I’ve been using the Decimort 2 a LOT recently. It adds so much cool texture whenever I need that extra unique quality. I like anything that takes something clean and makes it dirty.
The three most used devices in your Reason rack?
Kong Drum Designer, NN-XT and the McDSP C670 Compressor are CRUCIAL to me in every session I start. I can probably make an amazing beat using only those 3 devices and nothing else!
Watch how Kato made “Get It N Go” in Reason:
Check out the official video for “Get It N Go” off the One Week Notice album:

Read more here

Meet Retrowave artist Michael Oakley

Michael Oakley is a Scottish electronic musician whose retro sounding music is a love letter to 1980’s synth-pop. Described as “melancholic postcards from the heart wrapped up in synthesisers and drum machines”, his debut album California was released fall 2017 to critical acclaim from The Huffington Post and NewRetroWave.

We took some time off Michael’s hands to talk a bit about how he works with his music in Reason.

What’s your favorite thing in Reason 10?

Without a doubt my favourite new addition to Reason 10 is the Grain Sample Manipulator. It makes granular synthesis so easy and accessible. The possibilities are endless and I particularly like loading in vocal samples and creating lush pads or rhythmic textures. Using it makes me feel like what I imagine it must have felt like to use a Fairlight CMI for the first time all those years ago in terms of having endless possibilities for sample manipulation and new sound creation. It’s so much fun to use.

The possibilities are endless

How do you get started with a new song? What sparks your creativity?

Prior to writing I spend time creating my own soundbank which is basically a folder on my desktop with all my favourite patches from various Reason Refills that I have or sounds I have created from scratch. I have them all categorised into subfolders like bass, pads, analog poly, leads. One of my favourite things about using Reason is that you can save sounds from different instruments into the same folder and browse through easily.

I usually find by browsing through all my hand picked favourite sounds that inspiration usually comes quickly. I like to create a mood and work with that. I then go to my piano and develop the chords/melody until I have a structure and go back to Reason to score things out more clearly.

What’s the best music making tip you ever got?

Enjoy what you’re doing and always make music for the love of doing it. People relate to that and can feel that energy when they listen to your music regardless of wether they like it or not. Sincerity is the best instrument you can put in your music for sure.

Enjoy what you’re doing and always make music for the love of doing it.

Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?

I like to group things together in Reason and then use the Scream 4 Tape setting to glue everything in each group. I use Scream 4 on everything nearly. It’s my most used effects unit. It’s so versatile.

The three most used devices in your Reason rack?

1.  Scream 4: I’m surprised this isn’t available as a VST because it’s the best effects unit I’ve used in any program. I use it to tape compress things, I use it to make lead sounds pop with the overdrive setting, I use it to bit crush drums or bass sounds and make them sound crunchy. I couldn’t live without this!

2.  Thor: When this got added to Reason 4.0 I was super excited. I love the different oscillator options and programming capabilities. I would challenge anyone to name an analog or digital synthesizer sound that can’t be created in Thor. It just sounds fantastic.

3.  RV7000: I use at least three of these on the main mixer’s auxiliary channels. It’s great for simple room reverb just to soften and give a sense of space, but is also amazing for really long spacious effects on pad sounds. I also love the DRM 80s gated plate preset for my drum machine sounds.

What do you do when inspiration just isn’t there?

In those moments it’s usually either time to listen to some new music and discover something which moves me, or get a new Reason Refill and play through some new patches until I find a something I like. Sometimes it requires taking a break as I have been guilty in the past of spending too many hours staring at a computer screen.

What’s your all-time favorite album?

Endless Summer – The Midnight


Follow Michael Oakley on Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud, YouTube.

Start creating Retrowave music yourself with the free trial of Reason.

Read more here

Artist video: Justen Williams

When Justen’s parents forbid him from listening to the corrupting influence of “secular music” – they inadvertently helped him train to become a music producer. 

Thanks to peer to peer filesharing and an abundance of instrumental mp3 hip hop mixes available there, Justen Williams was listening to Top 40 hip hop minus the vocals. And what was left, he could study in unobscured detail to see how the kick fit with the bass and why those effects create a specific mood.

But it wasn’t until a college friend introduced Justen to Reason that he saw what he’d always dreamed of: an entire beatmaking studio right on his computer screen. After getting his own copy of Reason, Justen Williams never looked back. His production skills and collaborations with New Orleans artists have landed him placements with Ford, HBO, Empire, Dancing with the Stars, NFL Films, and album production with Kourtney Heart, Justin Garner, and Dee 1.

We joined Justen in New Orleans to discuss his early beatmaking and production experiments with Reason and his biggest viral success, Sallie Mae Back.

Read more here

Artist Feature: FaltyDL

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Drew Lustman aka FaltyDl has been releasing his eclectic electronic music over the years on such renowed labels as Planet Mu and Ninja Tunes, as well as his own Blueberry Records imprint. Drew has put out six albums including his most recent ouput Heaven is for Quitters and he has also toured with James Blake, opened for Radiohead and remixed for the likes of Seun Kuti, Photek, The XX, Disclosure, Tricky and Ellen Allien.

Drew makes all his music in Reason and we figured it was time for a chat about how he goes about creating his music in Reason and what the thinking is behind it.

What’s your favorite thing in Reason 10?

Reason 10 really nailed the integration of VSTs. I had started to play around with some 3rd party plugins in Reason 9, but everything jelled with Reason 10. It’s funny to think my favorite thing about Reason is using non-Reason products with it, but that’s the spirit of music.  Inclusion, experimentation and freedom. I used to feel tied down by the limitations of not being able to use VST’s, now it’s been blown wide open and my wallet is my only limitation haha. Also being a lifetime Reason user, it’s really nice that the GUI has been solid for the past few versions. If there is one thing every artist hates, it’s change to their workflow. Although once you push through, new opportunities usually arrive.

How do you get started with a new song?

Just play. Have fun and experiment. I can honestly say, 10+ years into making electronic music i still don’t have a clue what I am going to make when I head into the studio. And every time I think I do, it comes out completely different. I’m not accurate like that. But I never cared about it either. My advice is make everything you want to make. You can decide later if its crap! Also, no one has to hear it… hehe

What’s the best music making tip you ever got?

What you don’t know starting out is if music becomes your livelihood, pays your bills etc. your relationship with it may change.  Go with the flow, go easy on yourself when the tunes don’t just come naturally. They will again.

Do you have any special Reason production trick that you always use?

I like saving racks, songs Ive completed, then erasing every single note and just letting the set up remain for another day. It’s a good way to get a vibe going quickly.

I like treating the mixer as an instrument.

I like treating the mixer as an instrument. Doubling instruments, giving sounds multiple channels to phase against each other with LFOs can really make some freaky human sounding stuff. I still smash ‘tab’, switch Reason around so to speak and wire things awkwardly. One thing I am trying to be more conscious of these days is relative volume across different levels, meaning Line Level vs Instrument Level vs master level etc. I try and leave enough headroom at the end of a track so i can mix more freely and not worry about adjusting everything.

The three most used devices in your Reason rack?

Scream 4 Distortion has been a mainstay for me since Reason 3. The tape saturation is pretty spot on!

I use the NN-XT sampler in pretty much every track. I come from before you could just print audio into Reason and had to start a track before the sample is triggered in order to hear it. It was painful back then, but created a good listening habit which made me a more active listener. I find I can focus on the most minute musical event in a song and completely forget its context, only to then listen to the entire song and think what the hell did I just do for 45 minutes?  

The tape saturation is pretty spot on!

Dr OctoRex is still a beast. I don’t think I use it to it’s full potential, but I come from sampling breaks and have always used this alongside recycle. Integrated audio has changed the need for this but hey I’m a bit old school.

What do you do when inspiration just isn’t there?

Leave the house. Go for a walk, call a friend. Move a muscle, change a thought. Forcing the thing works maybe 10% of the time.  Collaborate! Send stems to a pal and ask for some back. Inspiration, muse, whatever you call it is a fickle thing. It never shows up on time and often when you aren’t even close to your studio.

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It never shows up on time and often when you aren’t even close to your studio.

What’s your all-time favorite album?

Impossible to nail down. Here are a few;

  • Feed Me Weird Things – Squarepusher
  • In a Silent Way – Miles Davis
  • Apostrophe – Frank Zappa
  • Drum and Bass for Pappa – Plug
  • Ruins – Grouper


Go follow FaltyDL on Instagram, Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify.

Read more here

Artist Feature: Key Wane

Artist Feature: Key Wane – Beyoncé, Drake, Big Sean

It would be easy to forget when looking at his album credits that Key Wane is just 27 years old. He has the producer/artist roster some work decades to rack up. In fact Key Wane seems to have a knack for not just working with A-List artists at the top of their game, but providing them with hit single after hit single.

But with all that success and more platinum records than he even has time to hang on his walls right now, Key Wane is staying humble, hungry and active. We caught up with him to talk shop and hear his story.

Try Reason free for 30 days!

Follow Key Wane on Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud.

Read more here