In need some cool synthetic drum sounds? Then let me introduce you to EDS06s by Ochen K, a new dedicated percussion synthesizer for Reason. A fully-fledged drum synth has been long overdue in Reason and EDS06s doesn’t fail to deliver. With its stylishly good looks and ease of use this device will feel right at home in your Reason rack.
The Korg company got it’s start over 50 years ago in Tokyo, Japan by releasing the Donca matic DA-20 rhythm machine under the Keio brand name. Throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s the company became popular selling home organs under the new name Korg, a combination of founders Tsutomu Katoh and Tadashi Osanai last names with the R-G from organ. However, concern over competition by larger manufacturers made Tsutomu Katoh look into building synthesizers, and in 1973 the miniKorg was released! The popularity of Korg’s mini and PS lines in the 70’s led to the release of some of their most popular analog synthesizers released in the early 80’s like the Mono/Poly and the PolySix. With this article will be looking at the Mono/Poly Rack Extension – a recreation of the classic analog synthesizer made for Reason 7!
It was almost 10 years ago when I entered Luis Ruvina’s Booth on Musicália (the Portuguese parallel to the Namm Show). Luís was at the time the Portuguese re-seller for Suzuki-Hammond, but above all a great organ player. I remember the distinguishing sounds of a Hammond B3 accompanied by the languishing chords of Tuniko Goulart’s jazz guitar urging me to enter his booth. Luís was playing a B3 through a HUGE Leslie (about the size of a medium fridge). I’ve never heard such a beast in person – you will never “feel” its true grit until you are at least 2 meters from one! The presentation lasted about 30 minutes but I remember it as if it was yesterday. 30 minutes of pure musical magic!
If bringing a bit of that magic to the Reason rack was Sononics objective with Revival… They’ve succeeded! Read on for the full review of this new-generation organ Rack Extension.
Flu season has hit the western United States, and if you’re like me your muse doesn’t visit often when the nose is running. Which makes it’s a great time to study up on the gear you use to create music. Now there’s been a lot of great books written on Reason, from author’s like G.W. Childs, Holin Jones, to Peff’s classic Power Tools for Reason 3.0. With all these available tomes it makes me wonder whether the world really needs another guide for Reason? We’ll answer this question and more while looking at Robert Anselmi’s Reason 101 Visual Guide to the Reason Rack. Read on for the full review!
The first time I played an electric piano was at my Uncle Milt’s house way back in 1979. His step son, Tony, played in a band and had a beautiful Rhodes Suitcase Piano with matching Janus amps in the basement! I remember Tony powering the Electric Piano up and playing some chords with the Vibrato effect on, swirling the sound around the room. It was magical! But can software capture that kind of sonic voodoo today? Propellerhead attempts this with their Radical Keys Rack Extension, released one year ago this month. Let’s find out if it recaptures the magic, shall we?