Power Tools for Reason 3.0: Master the World's Most Popular Virtual Studio Software Paperback – Dec 6 2007
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About the Author
Kurt Kurasaki has written for Keyboard and Computer Music magazines. Alex Swift¹s programming credits include Massive Attack¹s 100th Window and Peter Gabriel¹s UP.
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Beginners need not apply - read the very good documentation that comes with Reason first - but intermediate level users who have a song or two under their belts and know their way around Reason's virtual rack will find a wealth of information and techniques that will prove indispensible in their later music projects.
Organized like a sort of 3000-level college laboratory class where the subject is Reason, each chapter of the book opens with theory explaining the chapter's topic (CV Routing, Reverb, Redrum Techniques, etc.) and then dives headlong into 15-30 minute hands-on exercises designed to illustrate the various techniques you can use to milk more of Reason than you ever thought possible. By the time you finish this very in-depth, well organized class, you will be able to do a great many, very wonderful things.
Be careful, though. Many of the chapters build on lessons contained in previous ones. For example, many of the chapters dealing with effects such as Filter Techniques assume you have read the chapter on The Combinator, because most of the intricate filter effects you create will be housed within Combinators for easy access. Don't expect to jump in halfway and immediately understand perfectly everything that's going on. But of course, this should be self evident.
Also, beware that this book will give you great powers. With great powers come great responsibility. Please do not use what you learn in this book for evil.
For people new to electronic music and recording, there are a lot of terms and concepts that can be daunting and confusing. This book does happen to explain most of the jargon as it goes along, but I would like to find a general reference for electronic music production.
The text is laid out in a logical sequence, starting with sections on fundamental concepts such as keyboard shortcuts, and Control Voltage (CV) usage, both of which are required reading for the sections on effects, mastering, drum programming etc. The result is a text that builds upon itself, slowly re-enforcing the earlier information as the book progresses. I recommend treating it like a text book, following it from start to finish, and performing each example in turn.
Considering the complexity of the subject matter, I find it remarkable how clearly the concepts are explained in this book. I've been using Reason for 4 years and am realizing I've only scratched the surface of what is possible. I wish I'd had this book from day 1.
Note: For the full benefit I recommend using Reason 3.0 with this book as opposed to an earlier version
If you are familiar with Reason, this manual will not be that daunting, and will show you techniques that achieve things that you never thought were possible with Propellerhead's superb software studio. Get through the course, and you will truly have mastered Reason. I found myself repeatedly scratching my head and thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?!"
Now a word about Reason 4.0, and whether the book is useful with the new version. It's out now, and many might ask, "Will this book help me learn Reason even though I have Reason 4.0?" My answer is an unqualified, "Yes!" The book covers all aspects of the program other than the new features, those being the THOR synthesizer, the RPG-8 arppegiator, the groove mixer and the sequencer changes. Virtually all of the techniques learned in the book transfer over to the new modules, as they still use the same back panel elements as previous modules. The techniques I learned in the book have greatly helped me in the use of the Thor synthesizer, as well as the other modules. The exception to this is the groove mixer and sequencer, (in Reason 4.0, they are integrated). Still, this isn't a huge problem, as most of the book deals with module use rather than sequencing, (there are sequencing techniques in the book, but even there, there's a fair amount of carry over, and they translate well to 4.0). Kurt has stated that he is working on a version for Reason 4.0, but if the new book follows previous patterns, it will focus heavily on the new modules while focussing more lightly on the old ones, so it's a good idea to get this book while it's still available, as the 3.0 upgrade was truly a huge one.
Bottomline, if you are an intermediate user looking to become advanced, whether you have 3.0 or 4.0, this is the book for you!
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