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Producing Music with Reason

Author: Erik Hawkins | Course Code: OMPRD-275

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With a rack of virtual instruments, effects, mixers, a comprehensive sequencer, extensive groove control for fine-tuning the "feel" of your music, and a patching system that emulates real-world hardware setups, Reason provides a nearly complete production environment for producers and engineers. Producing Music with Reason presents a broad overview of this versatile software's capabilities, and the techniques you'll need to learn to operate it effectively. The course covers sampling, sound design, and sequencing basics, and guides you from the fundamentals of mixing and mastering to more advanced problem solving techniques that will improve your overall productions. You'll learn to create your own unique sounds, and because the program's parts closely parallel much of the setups used by today's top producers, you'll also learn portable skills that you can transfer to a number of different software and hardware setups.

By the end of this course, you will:

Develop your own instrument patchesUnderstand simple and advanced samplersCompose using multiple pattern sequencersApply real-time grooves to change the "feel" of your musicKnow how to make and use a catchy hookGive song structure to your projectMix and master your final project

Berklee Online and Propellerhead have come together to offer an educational discount on the Reason 7. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase this package at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure software delivery prior to the start of the course.

Lesson 1: Getting to Know Reason

IntroductionIntroduce YourselfListen to ReasonDiscussion: Comment on the SongsDefinition of a ProducerDiscussion: Producer or Self-Produced?The Big PictureInstalling and Checking ReasonExercise: Loading and Playing a SongMIDI ControllersExercise: Test Your MIDI ControllersWorkshop: Choose the Right MIDI ControllerWorkshop: How Well Do You Know Reason?QuizAssignment: Patching DevicesRecap

Lesson 2: Devices and Patches

IntroductionSound Library File TypesBrowsing for PatchesExercise: Browse for PatchesWorkshop: Match the File Type to the DeviceRefillsSong Self-Contain SettingsKeeping Sounds OrganizedWorkshop: Organizing Sound FilesDiscussion: How are Your Sounds Organized?QuizAssignment: Loading PatchesRecap

Lesson 3: Exporting and Importing Audio

IntroductionExport AudioExercise: Export AudioExternal Audio Recording and ProcessingReWire ExplainedEffect Plug-In FormatsDiscussion: Other ProgramsImporting Audio Into ReasonSamplingExercise: Record a SampleAssignment: Bounce, Process, Import, SampleRecap

Lesson 4: Simple Samplers

IntroductionRedrum as a SamplerExercise: Exploring Redrum KitsWorkshop: How Well Do You Know Redrum?Dr. REX Loop PlayerReCycle Software ProgramExercise: Copy REX Loop to TrackWorkshop: How well do you know Dr. REX?Exercise: Exploring REX FilesQuizAssignment: Create a Custom Redrum KitRecap

Lesson 5: Advanced Samplers NN-XT

IntroductionNN-XT SamplerExercise: Exploring NN-XT PatchesExercise: Make a Velocity-Mapped DrumDiscussion: NN-XT Versus RedrumRecycled LoopsWorkshop: Making Good Recycling ChoicesExercise: Recycle This LoopLoop Tuning for TimingQuizAssignment: Build a Sample Instrument of Many ZonesRecap

Lesson 6: Pattern Sequencers

IntroductionRedrum Pattern SequencerWorkshop: Redrum's Pattern SequencerExercise: Redrum Patches SequencerExercise: Compose a Redrum PatternMatrix Pattern SequencerWorkshop: Matrix Pattern SequencerExercise: Compose a Matrix PatternPattern ShufflePatterns for ControlExercise: More ControlPattern to Track and Pattern LaneDiscussion: Patterns Versus TracksQuizAssignment: Programming a GrooveRecap

Lesson 7: The Sequencer and Quantize

IntroductionSequencer BasicsImportant Edit View FactsTools in the Tool WindowWorkshop: Tools and TracksDiscussion: Song Mode versus Edit ModeTransport and Record ControlsKeyboard ShortcutsExercise: Record Drums and BassQuantizeQuiz: How Well Do You Know the SequencerAssignment: Build a GrooveRecap

Lesson 8: The Rhythm Section

IntroductionProduction Reference SongExercise: Select a Reference SongBasic BeatExercise: Complete the BeatWhere to Begin?Discussion: Where Will You Begin?Basic Chord TheoryDiscussion: Chords Shape Many ElementsBass LineWorkshop: Matching the Musical PartsQuizAssignment: The Rhythm SectionRecapCombinator Extra CreditOptional Assignment: Create Your Own Combinator Instrument (Extra Credit)

Lesson 9: Melody and Hook

IntroductionDefining TermsCreating a Sampled HookWriting a MelodyWorkshop: Match the Melody to the Rhythm SectionDiscussion: Melody, Sampled Hook, or Both?Multitrack RecordingExercise: Making a Multitrack RecordingBack to ReasonQuizAssignment: Hook and MelodyRecap

Lesson 10: Song Structure and Production

IntroductionSong StructuresExercise: Production Reference Song AnalysisArranging for ChangeExercise: Working with Song BlocksTempo, Time Signature, and Bar Count ChangesProducing TransitionsAssignment: Song StructureRecap

Lesson 11: Final Production and Mixing

IntroductionAdvanced ProductionExercise: Begin the Final ProductionMixing OverviewWorkshop: Put the Mix Steps in OrderPan, EQ, and CompressionDiscussion: Essential Mix Tools in UseReverb and Aux ChannelsAutomating the MixQuizAssignment: Final Production and Mix DownRecap

Lesson 12: Final Mix and Mastering

IntroductionFinal Mix MovesSetting Up Multiple Speakers for Better MonitoringExercise: How Does Your Mix Sound in the Real World?Mastering DemystifiedProcessing Goals of MasteringWorkshop: Mastering in ReasonTips of Processing PowerMastering Entirely in ReasonQuizAssignment: Final Mix and MasterRecap

Erik Hawkins

Author & Instructor

Erik Hawkins is a composer, producer, remixer, and author whose talents and technical expertise have leaders in the music industry calling him a "taste maker." He has worked with and remixed a variety of top artists, including Irene Cara, Digital Underground, Conscious Daughters, Strypper, Brenda Russell, and DJ Sasha. His own progressive dance music tracks have been used by major television networks and film studios, including ABC, CBS, MTV, Nickelodian, and New Line Cinema. Some of the TV shows and films in which his music can be heard include Ugly Betty, CSI:Miami, Burn Notice, Big Brother, The Last Day of Summer, The Disaster Movie, and The Informers.

More than one hundred of his articles have appeared in the industry's top publications, including Electronic Musician, Mix, and Keyboard. He's had monthly columns in Remix, MC2, and DigiZine. He has authored several books, including Studio-in-a-Box (ArtistPro, 2001) and the Complete Guide to Remixing (Berklee Press, 2003).

For lots of cool music production tips and tricks, check out his Berklee Online blog page:

erikhawkins.berkleemusicblogs.com

To hear more samples of his music, visit his Web site:

www.muzicali.com

And, his MySpace page:

www.myspace.com/erikhawk

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Berklee Online and Propellerhead have come together to offer an educational discount on Reason 8. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase this package at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure software delivery prior to the start of the course.

Windows 7 or laterIntel or AMD processor with dual cores4 GB RAM or more3 GB free hard disk spaceMonitor with 1024x768 resolution or largerA 16 bit Windows compatible audio card, preferably with an ASIO driverFree USB port for Ignition KeyMicrophone that is compatible with your sound cardUSB to MIDI controller keyboard (such as the Oxygen 25 by M-Audio)
Mac OS X 10.7 or laterIntel Mac (multiple cores highly recommended)4 GB RAM or more3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)Monitor with 1024x768 resolution or largerCoreAudio compliant audio interface or build-in audio hardwareFree USB port for Ignition KeyMicrophone that is compatible with your sound cardUSB to MIDI controller keyboard (such as the Oxygen 25 by M-Audio)
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    12 weeks
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    $1,449
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    $1,200 + $25

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Enroll by November 7 to save up to $300 on select Music Production, Songwriting, Music Business, and Performance courses.

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