Producing Music with Reason
What you'll learn
- Understand how Propellerhead Reason works and thus feel comfortable navigating it.
- Produce and export full compositions in Reason with a professional sound quality.
- Create musical devices (synth, effects, samplers, drum machines), play and record them.
- Edit MIDI and Audio data.
- Apply effects to individual tracks, mix music effectively and process the resultant master bus.
- Students should be comfortable in using a PC.
- Students should possess a relatively good pair of speakers or headphone.
- Optional: students should own a MIDI controller or keyboard and have it connected to their computer.
- Students should possess a version of Reason to pro-actively participate in the course (Version 7 through 11). The (free) demo version can be enough. It doesn't need to be installed or set-up (instructions are provided in Section 3 of the course)
This video course shows you step by step how to produce music using Propellerhead Reason! It is packed with goodies that both beginner and intermediate level users will find extremely useful in all steps of the music production process: theoretical presentations, demos, screencasts, activities and invaluable tips and tricks dispersed all around the course.
This course was produced using Reason 9.5. What is taught here is valid from version 7 up to version 11.
The first section is to get beginners started: you will understand how Reason works, create your first devices, play and record your first notes, and apply your first effects.
The second section is the core of the course. Everything you need to know to produce your first music track in Reason. Together, we will produce a short music piece with beat, bass, pad, piano, effects and we will even design our own ear candy. We will also extensively look into mixing theory and apply what we learn on our little creation. This exercise will give you the tools to fly with your own creative wings.
The third section compiles videos on how to install and set up reason, so that you can enjoy music making without any technical difficulties.
The last section contains bonus videos tips to help you explore Reason further. For example a video contains a compilation of really indispensable keyboard shortcuts. Another will explain what are Rack Extensions and how to explore them (We will explore one together to show you). This section is aimed at being dynamic, more videos will be added with time depending on your feedback and your requests.
This course is aimed at beginners and intermediate level users. In addition, it only requires the Reason package: throughout this course, we will only use the devices part of the base package (except some videos in section 4).
This course will show you fantastic tools to explore your own musicality, so have a lot of fun following it!
Who this course is for:
- This course is for musicians and composers that wish to put into shape their musical ideas.
- This course is for bedroom music producers that wish to design professional sounding music.
- This course is for DJs that want to create their own sounds and beats to include in their mixes.
- This course is for music producers that would like to explore an alternative DAW.
- This course is for video creators that would like to make their audio more creative.
- This course introduces Reason’s Synth, which can be of interest for sound designers.
- This course is suited for rappers or slammers that wish to create their own beat for their lyrics
Edouard Andre Reny was born in 1971 in Bordeaux, France. Long studies in sciences armed him a PhD in solid state chemistry which led him to a post doctorate contract at Hiroshima University, Japan. In his early thirties, he integrated a large water treatment corporation in The Netherlands as a senior researcher. A decade later, he decided to fly with his own wings by founding his own company, “Synaptic Machines”, that brought together his interests in sciences, his drive to share it with the world, and his passion and talent for music. Why not make a living with what one truly loves!
This coincided with the realisation that he was a damn good teacher. To support financially his bran new company, he started tutoring a few kids in their late teens to prepare for their International Baccalaureate and A-levels in Physics. The success rates were so high, and he enjoyed so much helping these kids, he decided to make this activity a primary professional objective! Today, he is helping a dozen students on a weekly basis, and nearly as many are on a waiting list!
On the music side, since his teenage years, Edouard has been composing and playing as a multi-instrumentalist in various pop-rock, blues, rock, jazz, heavy metal, folk, singer-songwriter, and electro bands. He is also known as “Edward Keys” or “Synaptic-Machines”. Very exigent about sonic quality, Edouard studied as an autodidact sound engineering, mixing techniques and mastering in order to enhance his own productions. Today, backed by 25 years of experience in music production, he professionalised, and sales licenses for use of his composition to various media (TV, radio, Web videos etc.).
Edouard discovered Udemy early 2017. It felt like a perfect opportunity to share with other, on a wide scale, the knowledge he has accumulated, and which has led him to a fulfilling professional life full of music, passion for science, and most importantly gratitude from his students. He will release his first course around spring 2017 (Producing Music in Propellerhead Reason). He intends to work on new online courses around 3 themes (music, Physics and well-being) and hopes to publish at least two per year.