Logic Pro X 10.5 added a ton of incredible new features to Logic, including Live Loops, a non linear sequencing tool. And Reason 11 (affiliate link) added the ability to use Reason as a plugin inside of other DAWs. Using Reason in Logic is pretty straightforward, although there are a few quirks that address in this blog - especially regarding how to record midi data from players.
But Logic's Live Loops add a few new wrinkles and twists to using the Reason plugin. The video below will walk you through the main ways of triggering Reason with Logic's Live Loops.
First, you can directly drag Dr. OctoRex loop patterns into live loops and trigger the patterns directly through Logic Live Loops. To copy the Rex pattern data to the Live Loops, simply drag the music note into your desired Live Loop cell.
Then be sure to turn off "Enable Loop Playback" on the Doctor OctoRex, otherwise it will keep playing the loop,...
Reason 11 and Logic Pro X are a match made in heaven. They offer a very complimentary sound set and tools that really work well together. While getting them to work together is pretty straightforward, I did encounter one confusing problem: recording midi data from Reason Players.
Thankfully I found an easy solution for you.
Reason Players are powerful midi sequencing tools that let you do thinks like easily create chords and arpeggios. Unfortunately, there's not a native way to record the data into Logic. First, you'll need to download the free plugin MidiFX Freeze.
Then create an instance of the Reason Player in Logic's Midi FX area, followed by an instance of MidiFX Freeze. After you've created your part, you need to open MidiFX Freeze. Then follow these steps:
A Rhodes Piano has one of the most distinctive sounds in music. From silky to sultry, soulful to psychedelic, Rhodes have been heard on countless hits. While there are many Rhodes VST plugins available, they aren’t created equal. The purpose of this article is to dive into the best Rhodes VST of all price points so you can decide for yourself which one is best for you!
The Rhodes piano invented by Harold Rhodes is an iconic electric piano used by many big name artists such as The Beatles, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, The Bee Gees and The Doors. The Fender Rhodes gained popularity in the 1970’s when it was mass produced after its sale to CBS Entertainment Group. Rhodes keyboards were extremely popular particularly in soul, pop and jazz music. However, the keyboard was utilized by artists across all genres.
With the advent of synthesizers, electric pianos became increasingly popular. And soon enough, people began emulating Rhodes pianos. As...
This amazing new plugin from Valhalla - Supermassive - creates incredible lush sounds somewhere between reverb and delay. It can also be used for chorusing, flanging and more.
This video provides a quick tutorial to create your own patches in Supernova and shows some demos of the Supernova presets. Now go download it for yourself!
What's the difference between samplers and synthesizers? If you're looking to make incredible music, you need to pick the right tool for the job. If you grab a synth instead of a sampler, you could be in for a cacophony of ugly sounds. This guide will quickly walk you through the major differences between the two, but if you want to go in-depth, and hear examples of the difference, be sure to watch the video below.
At its most basic, a synthesizer generates its own waveform from an oscillator, and manipulates that waveform through filtering, amplitude envelopes, noise, modulation, and a host of other processing.
Synths allow you to sculpt unique sounds from thin air. Because they’re sound is being generated in real time, slight tweaks to your synth can have huge impacts. Moreover, most people think that a synth sounds more lively (especially analog synths), because it can evolve over time.
In contrast, a sampler relies on a...
Let’s face it, every musician wants to turn heads and maximize their creative expression with their sound. How do you achieve this in a way that doesn’t break the bank? Simple.
Distortion and saturation plugins!
Long story short, these plugins add frequencies in a certain way to make a track sound like it was recorded in a multimillion-dollar recording studio. In this article, you will learn about the best distortion and saturation plugins plus a few alternatives so you can take your music to the next level.
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From warm and clean saturation to chaotic and extreme distortion, FabFilter Saturn delivers on both ends of the spectrum and everything in-between to elevate your music. Saturn has a slew of modulation options. For example, you can choose from over 150 ready-to-go killer presets or...
Are you frustrated with trying to get a realistic sounding piano on your computer? Or are you just looking for the best sounding pianos out there? In this article I've highlighted the best overall piano plugin package, the best grand piano VST, the best free piano VST, as well as some cool alternatives like felt pianos.
In my opinion, a great virtual piano can be nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Especially with the help of a few studio tricks and a good reverb to make your piano really sparkle and shine. In my opinion, Native Instrument's Komplete represents the best combination of quality, variety, and value. But there are a lot of great choices available that have deep focus on a single piano, like the Garritan Abbey Road Studio CFX Concert Grand Piano.
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Piano Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is a...
Here are the four best music libraries currently accepting submissions by composers and producers. I’ve been licensing my music for the past five years, and this information is directly based on my experience earning thousands of dollars through licensing on these sites.
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I’ve found music licensing to be one of the best ways to earn passive income as a musician. I was able to earn over $10,000 in less than four years through my music licensing side hustle. And most of that money came through submitting my music to these four libraries.
There are lots of lists of libraries with music submission opportunities, but most of these aren’t based on personal experience. They're just a list someone put together with some Googling.
I’ve uploaded my music to a lot of sites, and most of them don’t result in any...
Have you been interested in earning money from your music by licensing it? Well, before you start submitting your music to libraries, be sure to do these five things. If you don't, you're more likely to get reject by libraries and earn less from your songs!
We'll get into each of these topics below. But in case you're not yet sure what you're doing, check out this complete beginner's guide on how to license your music.
And if you're looking for a little more structured guidance, I invite you to join hundreds of students who have taken part in this free five-day music licensing challenge.
Before you submit your song to a music library, be sure to really think about its structure. I want you to pay special attention to the intro.
I haven’t had this much fun with a new synth in a long time. The D16 Group’s approach to the legendary Roland SH-101 has left me with a huge smile on my face and a desire to slap it on all my songs. The Lush-101 is more than just a retread of a classic synth, though. It adds a ton of cool features that make it usable in a huge variety of songs, from classic EDM sounds to ambient.
The Lush-101 sounds like an authentic analog synthesizer, and makes you want to keep playing. But that doesn’t limit it to any particular use. It makes great pads. Leads, keys, and basses. In fact, it sounds so good that the first song I finished using it was accepted by a music licensing library I had been trying to work with for several months!
In this review, you’ll find out how to get up and running with the Lush-101, uncover some of its killer features, and get to hear demos of the Lush-101 at work.
Note: this article is based on a review copy of Lush-101 provided by D16. This...
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