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Best Reason 11 Mixing Template

Mixing with a template lets you save a ton of time and get better sounding mixes. After years of using other versions of Reason, I've put together the best Reason 11 mixing template for you, for free.

You can download your free Reason 11 template here.

What's Included in the Free Reason 11 Template?

This Reason 11 template is full of features, from parallel processing to color coding. It also features the best way to use send effects in Reason. I've loaded it with my go to send effect presets.

On top of that, there's even a section for organizing your song by verse, chorus, etc!

If you want to learn how to use the template and all its powerful features, please watch this video.

Please note that this template only works with Reason 11. If you're looking for a free template that works with Reason 10, check this one out.

The Importance of Busses in Mixing Template 

This free Reason Mixing Template relies on busses to make the most out of your mixes. Not only does bussing...

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How to Setup Kontakt Multi-Output In Reason

Kontakt is an incredibly powerful tool for creating lifelike music, and to fully unleash it's power, you need to start using it in multi-output mode. Because once you learn how to setup Kontakt multi-output in Reason, you'll be able to save a lot of CPU resources and improve performance by needing fewer instances of Kontakt.

Just follow the simple steps laid out in this video, and you'll be layering multiple instruments in Kontakt like a pro. And layering is one of the keys to creating lush, rich mixes.

To Enable Multiple Kontakt Outputs, You Need to Create Multiple Mix Channels in Reason

To create multiple mix channels, simply right click on any blank space on the Reason Rack and select "create new mix channel." For every layer that you want to separately, you'll need a new mix channel.

For example, if you're setting up a three piece orchestra, you could label the channels "Violin," "Cello," and "Bass." Then you'll want to hit the tab key in the rack view. On the Kontakt rack...

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Spitfire Studio Brass Review and Demo

Today we’ll review Spitfire Audio’s incredible new Studio Brass Pro package. This brass collection is one of the most lifelike, usable brass vsts I’ve used. You can clearly hear how all the articulations of a wide range of brass instruments, played through a range of microphones, can sound so present.

Spitfire Studio Brass Playability

But what I love about this VST is not just how good it sounds – it’s how playable it is. Once you start using it, you’ll see how the instruments are setup in a way to be played naturally. If you just use your ears, they’ll tell you which ranges to play them in, which articulation would sound best, and how to control their dynamics. It’s a very organic process, and helps you feel really connected to the process of writing brass.

What’s Included

Spitfire Studio Brass Pro is loaded full of instruments and articulations that can take you anywhere from mellow, moving slow lines to powerful...

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Fab Filter Pro-Q 3 Review & Tips

I’ve tried a lot of EQs in my life. Each one promising some incredible vintage model the promised to make my life better. To be honest, none of them really have done much for me – until the Fab Filter Pro-Q 3.

And that’s not hype (you can watch my Fab Filter Pro-Q 3 review and see I’m not lying – I’ve got a terrible poker face).

You see, the Pro-Q 3 doesn’t emulate any legendary device, it doesn’t do saturation, it doesn’t have any magic fairy dust. It just lets you make smart, well-informed mixing decisions.

Unlike other plugins, it presents you with tons of extra information that allows you to be a better mixer. And when you use EQ better, you don’t need any fairy dust.

It’s also loaded with amazing features like mid-side processing, dynamic EQ, and a spiffy visualizer. I did a whole post here on how powerful mixing with the Pro-Q 3 can be. Plus there’s a ton of curve shapes, from filters to shelves....

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Spitfire Audio Eric Whitacre Choir Review

Today I’m gonna review Spitfire Audio’s new choir the Eric Whitacre choir.  This is a beautiful, lush choral standalone VST. It doesn’t require Kontakt. 

Note: this review is based on a free review copy of the plugin, I was not compensated otherwise.

Here is a video review of the Choir so you can actually hear it in action:

The Eric Whitacre Choir Sound

The Eric Whitacre Choir sounds great for so many different types of choir sounds – especially these lush arrangements. Sounds that sort of move effortlessly.

But there are also shortcomings to it though which we’ll get into in a second.

The Eric Whitacre Choir Interface

The interface is very easy to understand. This is a standalone VST, like I said, so it’s not a familiar Kontakt player(for better and for worse).

I think it works pretty well it’s not too different from the Kontakt VSTs that Spitfire makes. And it’s very similar to Spitfire’s free line of Labs...

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10 Best Free Reason Rack Extensions

Today I want to show you the 10 best free reason rack extensions. Now I’ve done a video like this previously, but the free rock extensions are changing all the time.

They’re available at the Propellerhead shop. Just log in and if you’re running reason you should be able to download these and get them into your rack and start doing a lot of fun stuff.

If you’re also looking for the best free VSTs, I made a post about that earlier.

Before we go any farther, I’d just like to invite to let me know if you know of a great free rack extension. If so, please leave a comment down below. There’s probably 20 to 30 free rack extensions available, so I’ve tried to do a bit of editorializing about the ones that I’ve enjoyed a lot. 

They’re not listed in any order. Without further ado, the best free Reason Rack Extensions.

KiloHartz Chorus

The first one I have here is the chorus by KiloHartz. This is just a really nice really...

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How to Use Reason's Drum Sequencer

Today we’ve got an overview of Reason’s new drum sequencer player. 

This here is just going to be an overview of Reason Drum Sequencer features and I’m also going to make a video on some of its more advanced abilities.

Basics of the Reason Drum Sequencer

As an overview of the Reason drum sequencer, let’s talk about a few things. So it’s a drum player. Players are a unique type of Reason device that needs to be inserted/attached directly to an instrument. If you want to learn about all of Reason's devices, check out this free Reason cheat sheet.

So the Drum Sequencer has eight channels which are mapped to the notes. Which is crucial, because this will allow you to use it with any device in Reason or you can use this with any type of device. You can alter which note each step of the sequencer triggers.

For example, you could use it with Battery by Native Instruments which is a third party VST. Basically, you can use it with any...

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Best Mouse for Recording Music

I needed to find the best mouse for recording, because, (and I don’t know about you), but after a long session, my hand starts to cramp up. So I’d been looking for a more ergonomic mouse, but also one that would speed up my workflow. 

After I lot of research, I settled on the Logitech G602 (affiliate link) as the best mouse for recording music.

The Best Mouse Hotkeys for Recording

The Logitech G602 makes using Reason so much faster. It’s got 11 buttons that are super easy to program, a comfortable ergonomic grip, and a hassle free wireless design. With Reason, this works great because I’ve mapped 3 of the buttons to each of the major screens (mixer, rack, and sequencer). I’ve mapped three more buttons to the razor tool, the selection tools, and the mute tool in the sequencer. Another button quickly flips around the rack.And two more buttons… well I’m still trying to figure out the best use for them. Maybe zoom? How...

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How to Create Lo-Fi Hip Hop Beats in any DAW

Figuring out how to create lo-fi hip hop beats is tough. But once you’ve unlocked a few core techniques, you’ll be able to experiment on your own and create your own dusty, lo-fi hip hop. The examples I’m using today are in Propellerhead’s Reason (affiliate link), but this should work for any DAW.

Note: this article may include affiliate links, which means that I receive a commission if you purchase through them. Nonetheless, this did not influence the products I recommend here. 

The Basics of Creating Lo-Fi Hip Hop

The basics of creating a lo-fi hip hop sample are simple: you take one sound, speed it up or slow it down, pitch shift it, and add some distortion. But the skill of learning how to create lo-fi beats comes in the order that you do these things, how you do them, and what your source material is.

Here is a video/audio example of how to create lo-fi hip hop samples in Reason. I show you pretty quickly how massively you can create a...

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Warm Audio Tone Beast TB12 Review and Demos

The bottom line of this Warm Audio Tone Beast Review? The TB12 is an amazing value, with great sounding, vintage tone.  It’s got good build quality, a ton of flexibility, and is very easy to use.

For those visual learners, here’s a video review of the TB12 Tone Beast.

To begin this Warm Audio Tone Beast review, the TB12 features, from left to right, the input control section, the tone control, and finally its output section.

The input control is incredible, and one of my favorite features that Warm Audio added. It can take an xlr mic (with or without phantom power), a line level instrument, or an hi-z instrument like a guitar. You can pad down the instruments if they’re too loud (which allows you to use more of the TB12’s tone shapping), and add a decent sounding high pass filter.

Unleash the Tone Beast

From there, the real power of the Tone Beast comes out. With two discrete signal paths made with high quality...

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