I’ve worked in a lot of DAW programs: Digital Performer, Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Live, and Reason. I keep coming back to Reason for its amazing sonic palette (which has grown immensely with the release of Rack Extensions) and its inspiring interface for developing custom sounds. I’m a big believer in taking the time to design sounds that fit each production, and then recycling these sounds for future productions. Over time, I believe this helps you to develop a voice as a producer. Your productions will be recognizable not only from your arrangements and writing, but also from your personal bank of synth and sampler patches.
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Reason makes developing such sounds as easy as plug and play, like simple object-oriented programming. You don’t need to be a technically minded, sound designer whiz to cook up great sounding patches using just a combinator and some simple layering techniques. This is how I make a lot of my sounds that you can hear in my productions. In this video, Easy Sound Design with Reason (or, Building a Cool Electro Bass), I demonstrate how you can easily and quickly build your own custom sounds without needing to understand anything too technical.