Jiggery-Pokery Sound have released a new Rack Extension for Reason in their Ammo range of modular synthesizer modules, this one dubbed the Ammo 100LA Modulation Oscillator is a single oscillator rack with an audio range from 30 Hz to 8,372 Hz!
When you think of modular synthesizers you might envision a huge Eurorack system complete with countless dangling spaghetti cables. It’s the king of hardware gear, the holy grail of synthesis that’s reserved for the few enthusiasts that have spent countless hours and a vast amount of money perfecting their dream instrument. It can quickly turn into an addiction that can completely take over your life. Ok, maybe I’m over-exaggerating a little bit here, but it’s not hard to see why modular synthesizers are so desirable.
However, you don’t have to spend a tonne of money to build your dream modular synth. You don’t even have to a clear a room out to house your massive Eurorack system, not when you have the power Reason at your disposal. Don’t believe me? Just flip the rack around in Reason, don’t those spaghetti cables look familiar?
Sure, using software to create your perfect instrument isn’t as glamorous as owning the real thing. You won’t get the satisfaction of hand patching the cables or turning the physical knobs but you will get to explore the world of modular synthesis for a fraction of the price.
Just check the Propellerhead shop and you’ll find loads of Rack Extensions that will help you on your way to modular madness. With all this choice it might not be clear where to start so I’m going to be writing a series of tutorials here on RER to get you up and running.
In this first tutorial I’m going to be showing you how to set up a basic monosynth using modular synthesis within the Reason rack. To follow along you’ll need Ammo 100LA (€15) and Charlotte Envelope Generator (€19). Let’s get started, if you get stuck be sure to check out the example images provided.
I’d like to tell you today about our sister site Nucleus SoundLab’s latest ReFill release – Neo DX. I love Propellerhead’s FM synthesizer Rack Extension PX7, but sadly the soundsout there for it are mostly old imported DX7 patches from the 80s. Actually there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of these patches. Some are ok. Some are awful. Virtually all are dated. Do you have time to go through and pick the wheat from the chaff? I don’t. The goal of Neo DX is to make it easy to find quality modern sounds for PX7 that take advantage of all of Reason’s additional power. Read on for some more details!
Layering sounds is a basic and old technique to turn any chord, bass or lead lines into a more harmonically complex, interesting and/or bigger and wider sound.
Electronic instruments are no exception to this. Some were even designed from the ground up with this as a key feature.
MIDI helped this technique, allowing musicians to easily play more than one synth simultaneously out of the same controlling keyboard, achieving that same layering effect even with those instruments that weren’t capable of playing different sounds (i.e. patches/presets) at the same time on their own (i.e. weren’t multi-timbral).
On early versions of Reason, one could achieve this layering of sounds by duplicating the same MIDI track and assigning those tracks to drive different instrument layers, but fortunately, since Reason 3.0, there’s a more compact and elegant solution: the Combinator! Read on for our tutorial on getting started layering sounds inside a Combinator.
DLD Technology, the makers of Snakebite Synth RE and AS-16, have a brand new Rack Extension in the Prop Shop called CV-2 Meter. This FREE Rack Extension has two large analog style meters for monitoring CV signals…
Propellerhead has released a brand new Rack Extension and it’s one of their most interesting devices to date. Dubbed the A-List Acoustic Guitarist this instrument can turn any Reason owner into a Greenwich Village folkie in no time!