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therealdstef
11-03-2016, 08:10 AM
Need a Cakewalk RE2A Leveling Amplifier (https://shop.propellerheads.se/product/re2a-leveling-amplifier/)
rack extension tutorial please they just issued free licenses to people who signed up and i would like someone to fully explain how to use the rack extension i dont see too much out there on it i know it helps them drums cut thru the mix please help thanks !!!

Matt
11-04-2016, 02:10 PM
It is just a Compressor/Limiter that is it. Once you learn one you have learned them all. One of the great things about this unit is it's ease of use. Here are two tutorials that show how a Compressor and Limiter work. Also you will need much more than a compressor to get your drums to cut through the mix, you will need EQ, a trained ear and a good monitoring source. There is no easy trick here but there is a easy way to learn the fundamentals of how to mix which than will give you the ability to mix properly and know how the mixer in Reason works. There are free tutorials on this here on our site for you.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prdhQOOayfU

Matt
11-04-2016, 02:10 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ_p0OsIIcg

Osmose
11-04-2016, 02:26 PM
True matt, but the re2a is a compressor of its own due to its auto attack and release settings.


Basically what happens is that the more gain reduction its doing, the sharper the attack and release get, but they arent absolute. Its engine detects the signal and adapts accordingly from that ive heard.

There's 2 knobs basically. Gain input, its feed in terms of volume and the second one acts as threshold.
The third button is something different, named r37.
It sorta acts as a high pass filter before detecting the inputs, sorta.. But more explanation can be found in cakewalks own tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEavbkIUdac


If you want your drums to cut troogh your mix, id recommend slapping it on your drum bus indeed to bring out more detail and then eq both your drums and your other channels.

Dont solely rely on compression for that sorta matter.