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.

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.

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.

Also, if you're not sure how to use templates in Reason, don't worry! This video will show you exactly how to load templates or modify them! 

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How to Setup Kontakt Multi-Output In Reason

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. 

However, there is one major downside to using Kontakt multi-outputs in Reason, which is that every instrument with in Kontakt has to be assigned to the same midi channel. Therefore, they all have to play the same notes and rhythms. 

While I do show you a few work arounds in the video, if you know of an even better way to do this, please share!

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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 10 Drum Sequencer features and I’m also going to make a video on some of its more advanced abilities.

As an overview of the drum sequencer, let’s talk about a few things. So it’s a drum player. Great. We’ll start from scratch and we’ll look at everything in it. So you have eight channels here 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 for example you could use it with Battery by Native Instruments which is a third party vs Team. Basically you can use it with any instrument, but a drum sequencer works best with drums I think.

Overview of Reason’s Drum Sequencer Features

Now if you click on the numbers along the left it will trigger the sound. Then you can go to the next column here and type in the...

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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 to chop, I’d recommend Loopmasters (affiliate link). I get most of my samples...

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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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How to Use Sidechain Compression in Reason

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 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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