Modular synthesis in Reason part 2: Detuning and Vibrato

Last time we built a basic monosynth using modular synthesis in Reason. What we have so far is pretty simple; a single oscillator sawtooth wave triggered by an envelope generator. So far it’s nothing fancy so this time I’m going to be building it up by adding a second oscillator and showing you how to apply vibrato using the mod wheel.

To follow along you will need AMMO 100LA (€15), Charlotte Envelope Generator (€19) and Propellerhead’s Pulsar (€39). We will be following on directly from last week’s tutorial, so if you’re following along you might want to check out part 1 first.

Modular synthesis in Reason part 1: Creating a basic monosynth

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.