Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason – The YouTube Series
Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason is a YouTube video series produced and hosted by Lawrence W. Moore. The series is designed to b beneficial for both those who use Propellerhead Reason for electronic music production and those who use other DAWs. The series utilizes Propellerhead’s software as the method for learning about digital audio workstation software and electronic music production. Those who do use Reason or are thinking about using it will get a strong overview on the software and its components. Overall, the series is designed to be beneficial to anyone who wants to get into producing their own electronic music.
The series covers a lot of concepts since there is a lot to electronic music production. The topics include, but are not limited to MIDI, synthesis, sequencing, using controllers, modeling analog synthesis components, techniques for electronic music composition, mixing, and managing overall signal flow. The series makes learning fun as Dr. Moore creates music in an improvised way, while using time-tested techniques for making the music sound its best.
The First Series of Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason
Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason Series 1starts right from the beginning with an overview on the basics of how Propellerhead Reason works. The fundamentals in this lesson can also be applied to other DAW software. Those who are interested in trying out new software will benefit greatly form this lesson since Propellerhead’s software can sometimes be a little daunting since its layout looks different from most other DAW software. As the series progresses, Dr. Moore shows the viewer the different instruments, effects and utilities that come with all packages of the software.
Since these instruments and effects utilize similar graphic user interfaces as other software plugins, one who uses other software will still benefit from the lessons since the terminology for what the different knobs and sliders do in synthesizers and effects are the same. As one learns about the synthesizers, samplers, effects, and control utilities in Reason, one learns about the greater subject of electronic music production, synthesis, sound creation, and mixing concepts.
Episode 01 – Reason Basics
This first episode of the overall series, Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason starts with a tour of the different views in Reason and how they work together to form an integrated digital audio workstation software (DAW). Dr. Lawrence W. Moore shows the viewer the important menus, and the 4 view areas, the rack, the sequencer, and the mixer. He goes over how these different parts of the software integrate and give the user controls over the mix, the instruments, effects, and utilities being used, and the sequencing area for recording or putting in musical information.
Another important aspect of this first lesson is signal flow and how the instruments and effects run through the mixer. Dr. Moore shows the user, by example, how to load up an instrument, Kong, and then sequence some drum rhythms. he then shows the viewer how the instrument can then be controlled through the mixer and can be sent through master effects through aux sends and receives. After watching this lesson, the viewer will be able to get started making music with Reason. All the information is described at a fundamental level of concepts so that the knowledge can be applied to other digital audio workstation software.