Propellerhead Discover is a fantastic feed for musical ideas, ready to be picked up in Reason with a single click. When you open Discover material in Reason, the tempo information is preserved, making it very easy to get going quickly adding your own production and musical ideas.
However, sometimes the greatest song ideas captured in Take might have been recorded by singers without a steady tempo or backing beat, which means the tempo tend to drift quite a lot. That shouldn't stop us from being able to use them in Reason, though. In this tutorial, Ryan shows us the basics of finding inspiration from Discover but also an advanced technique for tempo mapping and fitting freely recorded material to a fixed tempo grid ready for Reason production.
To take part in the music making on Propellerhead, you need Reason 8.1. Reason 8 users : download the update for free!
Mackie introduces an all-new loudspeaker line specifically designed for installs seeking rich, articulate full-bandwidth response in a sleek compact design – iP Series Install Performance Loudspeakers.
“We are extremely excited to deliver a professional Mackie solution for the install market,” commented John Boudreau, SVP Product Marketing. “iP speakers deliver stunning performance and have a clean look perfect for even the most aesthetically-demanding venues.”
The series includes three full-range models (10″, 12″ and 15″) and a companion 18″ subwoofer. The fullrange iP-10, iP-12 and iP-15 feature 8 x M10 rigging points and a rotatable 90°x50° horn to support both vertical and horizontal rigging. A rotatable center logo allows for clean presentation in all configurations.
Sonically, premium components include high-output, custom-designed woofers with large voice coils to handle more power for maximum output and premium 1.4″ titanium diaphragm compression drivers for smooth, consistent high-frequency response. Plus, convienent features like a choice of either Neutrik® or terminal connections can simplify an install, saving time and cost. A selection of mounting accessories delivers additional placement flexibility. Available are both a ceiling and wall-mount bracket to meet the needs of nearly any install application. The optional SP260 2×6 Speaker Processor features presets specifically for iP loudspeaker for quick setup and flawless sonic performance.
“With the demanding needs of install applications, each and every detail is important,” remarked Boudreau. “From horizontal and vertical hangs, to low-profile wall and ceiling mount accessories plus a rotatable logo that presents well in any orientation, iP series is the perfect solution when the client is focused on the perfect aesthetic.”
An affordable install solution, Mackie iP Series loudspeakers meet the needs of a wide range of install applications including Houses-of-Worship, theaters, auditoriums, casinos, clubs and karaoke rooms.
The new iP Series Install Performance Loudspeakers are available for order now. Available accessories include the Mackie PA-A2 eyebolt kit, iP-CM100 ceiling mount and iP-WM100 wall mount. The SP260 speaker processor is sold separately.
Battery-powerable, Bluetooth® capable and immensely portable
Mackie announces an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere – FreePlay Personal PA. Featuring Bluetooth music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications.
“FreePlay is perfect for everyone from musicians and singer/songwriters on the go, to educators, public speakers and even everyday music lovers,” remarked Matt Redmon, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “FreePlay delivers an amazing solution to all in an innovative, easy-to-use package.”
An all-in-one, full-range stereo PA, FreePlay features a high-output 8″ woofer for unmatched bass response. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more. A first in the portable PA category, FreePlay offers music streaming from any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth® capable device.
“The ability to incorporate a Bluetooth stream with live instruments sets FreePlay apart. Musicians are going to love being able to easily mix in backing tracks right from their mobile device,” commented Redmon. “And with hands-free music streaming, FreePlay is also an amazingly high-output music playback device perfect for parties, weddings and backyard BBQs.”
One of FreePlay’s most innovative features is complete wireless control using the FreePlay Connect™ app for iPhone and iPod touch (available soon). The FreePlay Connect app puts the user in control of everything – from simple level adjustments to control over professional performance features like a built-in feedback eliminator, application-specific speaker voicing modes and 16 vocal/instrument effects. For corporate audio applications like presentations or public address, the FreePlay Connect app provides discrete level control from anywhere. Plus, musicians can simply mount their phone on their mic stand for distraction free mixing during performances.
FreePlay’s immensely portable design is underlined by a choice of AC or battery power, including an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or standard D Cell batteries. Perfect for street performers or any application where wall power is either not available or difficult to get to, FreePlay sets a new standard for battery-powerable sound solutions. FreePlay also offers several optional accessories to round out its extreme versatility. A unique kickstand /pole mount accessory connects directly to FreePlay and allows it to be mounted on a standard speaker pole for increased coverage. It also allows the user to tilt FreePlay back to a 45-degree angle for better monitoring when FreePlay is on the ground. An optional lithium-ion battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of playback and is rechargeable so users always have the power they need. There’s also a durable carry bag available to protect during transport and storage that includes handy pockets for mics, cables, etc.
“FreePlay is the most versatile PA we’ve ever created. You get a powerful, portable PA with wireless music streaming, amazing professional sound tools and the ability to control it all from your phone,” remarked Redmon. “Plus, with battery power, you can literaly take FreePlay anywhere. We are excited to offer this level of sonic freedom.”
The Mackie FreePlay Personal PA will be available worldwide beginning March, 2015. Available accessories include the FreePlay kickstand/pole mount accessory, FreePlay rechargeable lithium-ion battery and FreePlay carry bag.
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The revolutionary DL32R now easily networks with any Dante-enable audio product
Mackie, legendary maker of professional audio mixers, loudspeakers, studio monitors and recording equipment, and Audinate, developers of the industry-leading Dante™ media networking solution, have joined forces to bring high performance networked audio to the DL32R wirelessly controlled digital live sound mixer with the new DL Dante Expansion Card.
The pioneering DL32R is controlled completely wirelessly, using the Mackie Master Fader™ control app for iPad®, freeing sound engineers to mix from any location in a venue. The DL32R delivers 32-channels of powerful digital mixing with convenient direct-to-drive multi-track recording/playback, new Onyx+™ recallable microphone pre-amps, in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design.
The new DL Dante Expansion Card provides 32×32 channels of network audio I/O, allowing the DL32R to be connected to any Dante-powered AV network. Dante delivers the easiest-to-use AV networking solution, featuring automatic discovery of devices, simple graphical audio routing, incredibly low latency and flawless interoperation with hundreds of Dante-enabled products. Flexible IO patching in the DL32R lets the user route Dante signals to any channel input, and send any of the mixer’s outputs to the Dante network.
“Dante is the clear choice for AV networking,” says Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “Dante allows the DL32R to connect to hundreds of Dante-enabled audio devices with the seamless interoperability and ease of use that are hallmarks of Mackie products. Dante software is simple and complete, and takes the mystery out of networking while delivering incredible performance.”
“The Mackie DL32R has had amazing market response, and we are incredibly pleased to add Mackie to the list of our 190 plus manufacturers using Dante,” adds Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “Their products have long been favorites of musicians and sound engineers. The DL32R with Dante brings Mackie sound and usability to AV networking, allowing users to easily deliver audio where they need it, when they need it, with no compromises.”
The DL Dante Expansion Card ships with a license for Dante Virtual Soundcard software, allowing direct recording/playback of up to 64 channels of audio from any Dante network to a PC or Mac computer.
For more information on the Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control please visit DL32R.mackie.com.
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From February 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015 you can get $100 Instant Savings right at the register on a DL1608 from any participating U.S. or Canada Authorized Mackie dealer.
It’s simple. Just visit a participating dealer during the promotion and get the savings instantly.
Proven at millions of gigs worldwide, the Mackie DL1608 combines the power of a full-featured digital live sound mixer with the unmatched ease-of-use of an iPad. The 16-channel DL1608 features premium hardware like 16 boutique-quality Onyx preamps and Cirrus Logic® converters deliver unparalleled sound quality. Mackie’s class-leading Master Fader control software provides seamless wired-to-wireless control over an amazing amount of professional-grade processing for all inputs and outputs. Plus, you can control it all wirelessly from up to 10 iOS devices. Truly the ideal digital mixer for bands, rental houses and production/installation, you get all the benefits of a next-gen console and more at an incredible price with the Mackie DL1608.
For more information on the Mackie DL1608 visit http://www.mackie.com/products/dlseries/
Discovering Reason is a series of articles created especially for people who have been using Reason for some time, yet can't help but feel they've only scratched the surface. While many of them were written for much older Reason versions, they're more retro or classic than out of date.
Reason's endless possibilities are not always obvious and there's a myriad of nifty tricks hidden in this open-ended production environment. We are creatures of habit, and it's easy to become lazy and get stuck in routines - routines which are often a heritage from other production environments that emphasise on quantity and diversity rather than flexibility and experimentalism.
The articles will assume that you have a fair amount of experience with Reason, and will not cover all the details of certain basic operations. Consult the Reason Operation Manual if you stumble upon something unfamiliar.
Part 40: Control Voltages and Gates by Gordon Reid
Part 39: Creative Sampling Tricks by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 38: Thor demystified 17: Formant Filters by Gordon Reid
Part 37: Thor demystified 16: Comb Filters by Gordon Reid
Part 36: Thor demystified 15: Resonance by Gordon Reid
Part 35: Thor demystified 14: High pass filters by Gordon Reid
Part 34: Thor demystified 13: Intro to filters by Gordon Reid
Part 33: Control Remote by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 32: Thor demystified 12: The Wavetable oscillator pt 2 by Gordon Reid
Part 31: Thor demystified 11: The Wavetable oscillator pt 1 by Gordon Reid
Part 30: Thor demystified 10: An introduction to FM Synthesis pt 2 by Gordon Reid
Part 29: Thor demystified 9: An introduction to FM Synthesis pt 1 by Gordon Reid
Part 28: Lost & found: Hidden gems in Reason 4 by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 27: Thor demystified 8: More on Phase Modulation by Gordon Reid
Part 26: Getting down & dirty with delay by Fredrik Hägglund and James Bernard
Part 25: Thor demystified 7: The Phase Modulation Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 24: Thor demystified 6: Standing on Alien Shorelines by Gordon Reid
Part 23: Thor demystified 5: The Noise Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 22: Thor demystified 4: The Multi Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 21: Thor demystified 3: Pulse Width Modulation by Gordon Reid
Part 20: Thor demystified 2: Analog AM & Sync by Gordon Reid
Part 19: Thor demystified 1: The Analogue Oscillator by Gordon Reid
Part 18: Making friends with clips by Fredrik Hylvander
Part 17: Let's RPG-8! by Fredrik Hylvander
Part 16: One Hand in the Mix - Combinator Crossfaders by Kurt "Peff" Kurasaki
Part 15: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Combinator - part II by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 14: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Combinator - part I by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 13: Go With the Workflow by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 12: Filter Up by Kurt "Peff" Kurasaki
Part 11: Itsy Bitsy Spiders - part II by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 10: Itsy Bitsy Spiders - part I by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 9: Take it to the NN-XT level by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 8: Six strings attached by Jerry McPherson
Part 7: Space Madness! by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 6: Scream and Scream Again by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 5: Reason Vocoding 101 by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 4: What is the Matrix? by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 3: Mastering Mastering by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 2: Dial R for ReDrum by Fredrik Hägglund
Part 1: Ask Dr. REX! by Fredrik Hägglund
In our latest video a piece of music starts in Tokyo, gets remixed in New York and sung on in San Francisco. But it doesn't end there! Listen to the songs below and simply click one to visit the player page. You can then open it in in Reason, Take or Figure and join the music making. Sample, remix, sing, clap, hum or strum - then share it with the world, or with yourself.
Here is my go-to mastering preset for Kotelnikov GE. Just change the threshold and you are there.
<TDRKotelnikovGE thresholdParam=”-24.0″ peakCrestParam=”-3.0″ softKneeParam=”6.0″ ratioParam=”3.0″ attackParam=”6.0″ releasePeakParam=”20″ releaseRMSParam=”300″ makeUpParam=”0.0″ dryMixParam=”off” outGainParam=”0.0″ keyHPFrequencyParam=”60″ keyHPSlopeParam=”6.0″ keyStereoDiffParam=”80″ keyStereoBalanceParam=”Center” fdrVisibleParam=”On” fdrActiveParam=”On” fdrTypeParam=”Shelf A” fdrFrequencyParam=”50″ fdrAmountParam=”80″ yingParam=”On” yangParam=”Off” deltaParam=”Off” bypassParam=”Off” equalLoudParam=”Off” qualityParam=”Insane” modeParam=”Stereo” grDispScaleParam=”4″ grDispModeParam=”Gain Reduction”/>
If you ever want to get in touch directly with your friends at Propellerhead or see what we're up to, there are many different ways to do just that. It's not always easy to know where to go though, so here's a short guide to where you can reach us:
We're looking forward to hearing from you! : )
/Mattias, Customer Relations Manager
Today is a big day for Propellerhead. But not only for us. In the future we might look back on this day and say that this was when we saw the first incarnation of the world’s open music sharing network. If you haven’t done so already, check it out and try it for yourself. It’s free and it's super easy to get started.
What we launch today is a beta, meaning it’s far from finished. We have a lot of things planned. What you can see today is a glimpse of the future, an open internet music creation network letting anyone take part in music making, right as it happens. Our new service is a place where you can create from scratch or find building blocks, where you can discover tracks to remix or sample. But most importantly, it’s a place where you can get into music creation only doing the parts you love, whether it’s singing, playing guitar, rapping, creating beats, producing or just messing around with sound.
I think I also have to say something about what this service is not. It’s not a publishing service. It will be where music creation is happening, not where you see the polished result. And it’s not for backup or archiving—it’s for the music you are making, here and now. It’s not a tool for professionals who are looking to fully integrate their DAW production work. But don’t get me wrong, Reason fits beautifully into our new system too, as the music production powerhouse it is.
Let me also tell you that launching the service hasn't changed anything about how you use our apps. You can still be completely private about your music. What we are offering is an extension to what you already do. When you do decide to collaborate, you’re still in control. The stuff you have dropped can be visible to the whole world or only to those you want to share it with.
On a more personal note, this is the most exciting thing that this company has done since I helped found it. I have dedicated my life to help people’s musical dreams come true and as of today we start expanding that idea to people I never dreamed that we could reach.
We want your feedback. We have ideas about what to do next, but we’re building this for you so if you want the service to do something special, be sure to let us know via our survey!
So, go create a piece. Drop it to Propellerhead. Discover what others are doing. But most importantly, forget about technology and have fun!
On January 22nd Propellerhead is closing our forums. When we shipped ReBirth in 1997 we were one of the first companies in the business to start up direct communication with our customers. Mind you, this was before the term “on-line community” even existed.
But that was eighteen years ago, eons in internet time. Since then communication on the internet has changed completely. When we started, the internet was a small, closed place for tech nerds. Now it’s where we live our daily digital lives. New social channels are popping up every day and there are now more ways to communicate with like-minded than any of us have the time to fully explore.
We as a company have changed too. Over the years we have increased our communication dramatically. We’re engaging in a non-stop flow of conversations through all the channels of today and constantly monitoring those of tomorrow. It’s easier to get hold of us and talk to us than it ever was, and we’re talking to more musicians now than we ever did.
2014 was the best year for Propellerhead so far. Reason 8 turned out to be the most successful version of the program that we have ever made, which we’re extremely grateful for. And we’re completely committed to continue creating even better incarnations of our existing products, over years to come. But we’re also growing and expanding our reach through new products and services. While we’re humbled and grateful that so many people have already chosen to use our products in their music making, we also want to invite many more new musicians to the party. People who have other ideas about what music making means than we had when we started this company. And moving forward we will encourage more communication, connection and conversations between musicians, both those who are already our customers and those who will be.
It’s time to take the discussion out of the kitchen and into the streets. Look up and meet the musicians of the world where they are.
CEO and Founder
A must read for EQ aficionados :-)
Thanks Vlad for sharing!
Originally posted on vladg/sound:
Okay, this is my first try to make some kind of classification of digital equalizers. It’s mostly based on some defects or features they have in their responses. These defects or features give digital equalizers their unique sound. Sometimes they sound “digital” in bad meaning of this word (i.e. “harsh”) but the other side of digital sound is clean, pristine and maybe too cold sometimes. I don’t have much time to make this classification really glossy so it’s some kind of a draft.
In my opinion there’re 7 main properties of digital equalizers, which affect their sound:
Now I’m going to try to illustrate possible cases for each property by some images mostly created by VST Plugin Analyzer. All pictures were created at 44.1 kHz sample rate…
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