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07-13-2015, 10:48 PM
Greetings everyone!

I am an aspiring musician/producer/emcee...I have the demo version of Reason 8.0 and I'm really enjoying exploring and creating despite the limitations of the demo version. I await the day when I can get the full version, but for now, I'm wondering what should I be exploring? I don't really know how to mix my tracks, and other technical details, and I would like to take a course on Reason if I could.. I'm a sequential learner, and I like structure when learning. I"m sure I can find tutorials for what is needed, but I like the ideas of having a teacher and structure lessons. What are you thoughts?

07-13-2015, 11:41 PM
depends on your ability level.

07-14-2015, 12:26 AM
Hi Devine, greetings and welcome to the world of music production :)

Reason 8 is a great starting point, but like vocoderboy said not too sure how much you currently know.

The main things you need to know are - how to create/use synth and drum instruments. -how to sequence and arrange a song (before worrying about mixes and such). Mixing is an art in itself and only your experience can teach you that. You can follow guidelines but there are no hard and fast rules because each song/track is different.

There are lots of areas to explore - sampling, re-sampling, Rex, reverb, eq, compressors, drum sequencing, combinator, the mixer and more, all which need more than just a week or so for each subject. Which you could structure yourself and really explore.

Anytime you have any questions, feel free to post them up. I've been using Reason for the last 10 years and producing for 25 years.

Main thing is to have fun and as long as you enjoy what you're doing the learning never stops.

07-14-2015, 06:00 AM
Like runcell said ;)
And I'd recommend starting of doing simple stuff to get to know the program in terms of it's basic and core functionality like sequencing. Basicly the basics that make a daw a daw. Then proceed from there.

Do you have any idea about what kind of music you like to go produce?
There is kind of a difference in making acoustic music versus electronic.
Doing simple electronic stuff first is easier then diving into recording and working with audio straight away. (Getting a good recording can be tough if you don't know what your doing yet)

Either way, there are a lot of tutorials on yt, just look for reason beginner / basics tutorials.

07-14-2015, 09:39 PM
Thank you all for your input...I will take them all to heart. I guess I've actually picked up a lot since I've been dabbling with the program...I feel pretty comfortable with the sequencer and I'm learning more each day. If I had to describe my particular sound I would use the phrase or terms mystical/soul/hip-hop. Whenever I get the full version I'll post some of my work and perhaps you all could give further input as to what direction I might like to go in... Looking forward to learning and growing with you all. Here's to good music!

07-14-2015, 11:02 PM
good luck

i fear to advise before hearing what you do

07-15-2015, 10:30 PM
input as to what direction I might like to go in...

I'd recommend doing all sort's of stuff actually. You'll learn alot!