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?