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Complete Guide on How to Chop Samples in Reason DAW

Anyone can learn how to chop samples in the Reason DAW. There are at least four different ways to chop samples in Reason, and each of them has their own pros and cons.

Note – this post may contain affiliate links, which means that I receive a commission if you purchase through them, nonetheless, this did not affect which products I recommend. 

Update (2/2/18): These days I’m pretty much exclusively using Serrato Sample (affiliate link) to chop samples. It is like the future of sampling. It makes chopping so fast and easy! Much better than any of the methods described below, but it costs $99. 

You can use the sequencer, Kong, Dr. OctoRex, NN19 or the NN-XT.  This article will tell you how to chop hip hop vocals in Reason and explore when you may want to use each of the devices.

And if you’re looking for a good source of vocal samples for Reason to chop, I’d recommend Loopmasters (affiliate link). I get most of...

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Creative Sidechain Compression Effects in Reason

Last week I showed you an ultra-detailed tutorial about all the cool ways that you can trigger sidechain compression in Propellerhead Software’s Reason (affiliate link). Now that you know how to use sidechain compression though, I want to help you think about some creative ways that you can use it to further your sounds.

This guide includes a lot of really cool, unique sidechain compression effects. These techniques should work in most versions of Reason.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Sidechain reverb for a rhythmic pumping effect
  • Create a free dynamic equalizer
  • Duck multiple instruments at once
  • Throw sidechain compression on a delay for other worldly effects

Now without further ado, here’s an in-depth exploration of all the cool things that you can do in Reason with sidechain compression.

Did I miss any? What creative ways do you use sidechain compression in Reason?

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Quickly Learn How to Use Sidechain Compression in Reason Like a Pro

Reason Tutorial: How to Use Sidechain Compression in Reason

Whether you’re new to Reason or an Expert, this you’ll find this Reason tutorial on how to use sidechain compression in Reason useful. I’ve been using Propellerhead’s Reason DAW (affiliate link) for about 15 years now, and I’m going to share all of the secrets to unlocking Reason’s incredible sidechain options.

Be sure to check out this in-depth tutorial on all sorts of cool, crazy ways to use sidechain compression for cool effects!

This Reason tutorial is going to start simple, explaining what sidechain compression is and offering simple examples. You can skip directly to whatever section you might find useful.

  1. What is sidechain compression?
  2. 2 ways to use a source to sidechain a single sound
  3. 3 ways to use a source to sidechain multiple sounds
  4. How to use a loop to trigger a sidechain compressor
  5. How to setup a ghost sidechain to create unique pumping sounds


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How to Use Send FX in Reason (The Right Way!)

If you don’t already know how to use send fx in Reason, then this is the tutorial for you. But even if you’ve been using send fx in Reason for a long time, I guarantee I’ve got a better way of doing things.

This simple method involves creating mix channels for you send fx, and then bussing them to a send effects buss. You get tons of instant flexibility around eq, compression, ducking, stereo width, phase and volume, plus it can be much easier to manage.

I’ve mad this video on how to use send fx in Reason, for those of you that are visual learners.

So without further ado, let’s get into it.

How to use send fx in Reason

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that the whole set up is rather cumbersome and takes a few minutes to get ready. That’s why this routing is part of my default template that I load into every song.

You can download it for free here.

Reason allows a total of 8 send fx, so you’ll want to create 8 mix...

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How to Make a Hip Hop Beat in Reason

How to Make a Hip Hop Beat in Reason

This is a quick and dirty guide on how to make a hip hop beat in Reason (affiliate link). If you’ve never made a beat before, don’t worry, I’ll walk you through how to make a hip hop beat in Reason easily.

If you’ve made beats before, I think there’s some tips here that will help take your hip hop beats to the next level. I’m going to show you how to tighten up your beats, and how to mix them so they full of punch and bang.

Before you start recording and mixing, though, you’ll need to know what type of beat you want.

How to make a hip hop beat in Reason: Step 1 – Deconstruct Your Favorite Beat

One of my favorite techniques is to simply listen to loops or songs you like. Here’s a list of some of the best places for free loops and samples! Once you’ve found a beat you like, deconstruct it and add your own spin to!

After you have deconstructed enough beats, you’ll start...

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Solved! How to Use VSTs in Reason!

For more than 10 years, I didn’t know how to use VST Instruments in Reason. But I recently learned how to access my virtual instruments, and it’s amazing! The possibilities that open up by being able to have full access to Native Instruments Komplete's killer synthesizers like Monark and Massive, through Reason are incredible.

I’d heard so many people say: You can’t use VSTs in Reason that I took it as a given. Note this post applies to versions of Reason 7 and 8, Reason 9 added VST support.

How to Use VSTs in Reason

My method of how to use VST Instruments in Reason should work in versions of Reason 7 and up.

While this guide for using virtual instruments in Reason sounds complicated, once you do it a few times, it can be done in less than a minute.

It’s really pretty simple!

You should watch this video of how to use VST Instruments in Reason first, then follow the steps below, just to be sure.

What You Need

First, you want to download a...

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Reason's Hidden Effects

Did you know that there are extra sound effects processors hidden in the nooks and crannies of Propellerhead’s Reason software?

For example, on the Kong, there are a series of unique effects (transient shaper, ring modulator, rattler, and more) that appear like they can only be used within the Kong. But actually, you can route any instrument through a Kong to take advantage of the effects!

Or that you can use the Pulveriser and tremolo or a compressor? Or that The Echo makes a damn good overdrive?

Watch the video below to see a selection of some of the best hidden and non-traditional effects nestled within Reason (affiliate link). The secret to unlocking all of these awesome effects loaded into Reason revolves around its creative routing options.

See how to unlock all of Reason’s secret sound FX!

Here’s a whole other group of suggested effects in Reason to play with once you get bored of what’s in the video! These were suggested by Loque (...

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How to Use Compression in Reason

Propellerhead’s Reason is loaded with different compressors. But knowing which one to use, when, can be a bit tricky. And learning how to use a compressor is also hard. That’s why I’m here to show you about how to get the most out of each compressor to make your mixes sound great.

MClass Compressor

This is a great all around compressor with a straightforward design. It’s got a pretty fast attack (which is variable) with the ability to dial in a long release, plus the ability to select soft-knee compression. It also allows you to apply makeup gain.

This is the most surgical of the compressors in Reason, and is the one you should reach for if you really need to sculpt the envelope of a sound. The variable attack allows you to either clamp down on a signal hard or let most of the attack through. 

For smoother, more subtle effect, you can also enable the soft knee knob which will make the initial onset of the compressor less pronounced. Finally, it ability...

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How Much do Artists Get Paid on Spotify?

In this article I'm going to answer the question: how much do artists get paid on Spotify. This article is based both on my own experience and on research I've conducted.

To start out, let me note that there are actually two different revenue streams you can earn money on through Spotify (we'll get into more detail in a bit). These are mechanical royalties for owning the master recording, songwriter's performance royalties (and on "non-interactive" sites like Pandora, you can also earn artist performance royalties). 

So let's cut to the chase: how much do artists get paid on Spotify? Well in my case, I had some songs played about 100,000 times, and was paid $40 for my ownership of the master recordings. I haven't yet seen my performance royalties yet. 

According to some people I've talked to about Spotify royalties, this is very low amount. But I think it's pretty realistic for what many bands would see releasing an album on Spotify. Let me explain why.


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Interview with Jelie from Kickback Couture

In this interview with Jelie from Kickback Couture, we get into some great tips for producing in Reason, how to become a better producer, and learn a little be more about her music production journey.

Learn how she got started making music and how she's grown since then. It's also full of advice for getting better at your craft.

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