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Using Reason™ Onstage: Skill Pack

Book Description

Although many musicians use Reason to create music in their home studios, its instruments and sequencer are also extremely well-suited for live performance. So how do you get your Reason tracks ready for the limelight? For that matter, how do you get your Reason skills ready for the stage? Do you need to preprogram all of it? Can you use its instruments live without programming anything? Using Reason Onstage: Skill Pack quickly shows any Reason user, from the novice to the experienced, how to use Reason 4's power for onstage performance. The book starts out by providing valuable key commands that are helpful to know during live performance, and then moves quickly on to controller setups, song layout suggestions, and Combinator 2 tips and tricks that will dramatically improve any musician's onstage performance. In addition to covering basic functions that make live performance easier, this excellent book/CD package also covers advanced concepts that allow the user to walk onstage and compose on the fly! The accompanying CD includes presets and templates that you'll use to learn the concepts in the book. This "learn by doing" approach ensures that you'll never skip a beat while jamming onstage.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. First Preparations: Are All Machines Created Equal?
    1. What Fills Up the CPU Meter?
    2. The Biggest Thief of All
    3. Saving Your CPU
    4. Always Have a Backup
    5. PC or Mac?
    6. System Memory
    7. Defragmenting
    8. Assorted Mac Optimizations
    9. Reason Preferences
      1. CPU Usage Limit
      2. Buffer Size
    10. Conclusion
  6. 2. Setting Up: A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way
    1. The Reason Patch Browser
      1. The Locations Window
      2. The Favorites Window
        1. Favorite Patch List
      3. Playing Directly from the Browser
    2. Summary of the Browser
    3. Suggestions for Using the Browser
    4. Conclusion
  7. 3. Controllers and Templates
    1. Your Controller and How It Interacts with Reason
    2. Setting Up Remote Instruments
    3. Remote Overrides
    4. Additional Remote Overrides
      1. Target Track Delta (Target Track Next, Target Track Previous)
      2. Select Patch for Target Device (Delta)
      3. Select Keyboard Shortcut Variation
      4. More Additional Remote Overrides
    5. Templates
      1. Setting Up a Template in Reason
    6. Conclusion
  8. 4. Introduction to Combinators
    1. Combinator Basics
      1. The Face of the Combinator
      2. The Rack within the Rack (Patch Area)
      3. The Combinator’s Control Center (the Programmer)
    2. Your First Combinator: The Split-Key Combinator
    3. The Traveling Pianist
    4. Conclusion
  9. 5. Arpeggiators
    1. First, Some Things to Know about Arpeggiators
      1. Tap Tempo
    2. RPG-8
    3. Creating an Arpeggiated Combinator
    4. Customizing an Arpeggiated Combinator
      1. Key Range and the Left Hand
      2. What We’ve Accomplished and Where to Go from Here
      3. Rate and Arp Off
      4. Breathing Life into the Piano
    5. Stacking the Combinator
    6. Conclusion
  10. 6. Song Starters
    1. Planning It Out
    2. Using Existing Content to Build a Combinator
    3. Creating a Patch from a Song
    4. Controlling the Bass
    5. Controlling ReDrum in the Combinator
    6. Enabling Dr. Rex
    7. Conclusion
  11. 7. ReWire Onstage
    1. ReWire Explained
      1. A Composer Example
      2. A Home Musician Example
    2. The Benefits of ReWire for Live Performance
      1. MIDI
      2. Synchronization
      3. Audio
    3. My Own Live Rig
      1. Controller
      2. ReWire Host
      3. In-Ear Monitoring
      4. Audio Interface
      5. How Is Reason Set Up in All of This?
      6. External Processing
      7. How This Rig Worked Out
    4. Choosing Your ReWire Host
    5. Configuring Reason for ReWire Usage
    6. Using a Controller within a ReWire Setup
    7. Conclusion