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 patches
- Understand simple and advanced samplers
- Compose using multiple pattern sequencers
- Apply real-time grooves to change the "feel" of your music
- Know how to make and use a catchy hook
- Give song structure to your project
- Mix and master your final project
Berklee Online and Propellerhead have come together to offer an educational discount on Reason. 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.
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:http://blogs.online.berklee.edu/erikhawkins
To hear more samples of his music, visit his Web sites:
Online Courses Taught by Erik
- Pro Tools 101
- Pro Tools 110
- Producing Music with Reason
- Programming and Producing Drum Beats
*Berklee Online and Propellerhead have come together to offer an educational discount on Reason. 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.
- OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
- Latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Safari
- Windows 7 or higher (click here for system requirements)
- Latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Edge
- Microphone that is compatible with your sound card
- USB to MIDI controller keyboard (such as the Oxygen 25 by M-Audio)
- 4 GB RAM or more
- 3 GB hard drive space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
- Free USB port for Ignition Key
- Speakers or headphones
- Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed (http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)