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Reason 3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide


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  • Proven QuickStart visual learning format—Combines an open, welcoming design, hundreds of screen captures, expert tips, and concise step-by-step instructions.
    • Relies on a format designed to make learning as easy as possible.

  • Complete coverage of digital music creation workflow—Covers setting up a “virtual studio,” using drumkits to set a beat, building a song, patterning, effects, arrangements, mixing, mastering, and more.
    • Helps students succeed no matter what role they are asked to play in digital music production.

  • Expert tutorial and handy quick reference—Designed not only to teach Reason 2.5 exceptionally well, but also to serve as an outstanding task-based reference.
    • Will remain valuable to students long after theyve mastered the fundamentals of Reason 2.5.

  • Step-by-step guidance for mastering more sophisticated techniques—Demystifies advanced mixer, synthesizer, and effects setups and many other advanced techniques.
    • Provides accessible, step-by-step procedures that help students master techniques which have traditionally been viewed as difficult.


  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-26917-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-26917-1

Combining pristine sound quality with a comfortably retro-styled virtual rack (including a polyphonic synthesizer, mixing console, sampler, and drum machine), Reason has won legions of fans since its introduction. Now, everyone is singing its praises -- from bands like Nine Inch Nails and Prodigy to video producers. Here to show you why is the first Visual QuickStart Guide on the topic. Using simple step-by-step instructions and loads of visual aids, this friendly volume promises to have you up and running quickly -- using all of Reason's instruments, loops, effects, mixing capabilities, and drum kits. You'll also find complete coverage of Reason's essential features: from its extensive racks and sound banks to its lifelike, rear-rack cabling, as well as its effects, automation, integration with other audio programs, and more.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Reason Overview

Your Own Music Studio on Your Laptop: An Overview of Reason

Downloadable Sample Chapter

Download Sample Chapter 3: Reason Overview (PDF)

Table of Contents

 1. Introduction.

 2. Installation.

 3. Reason Overview.

 4. Laying Down a Beat.

 5. Building a Song.

 6. Patterning.

 7. Reason Effects.

 8. Arranging.

 9. Experimenting In Reason Using the Back Panel.

10. Mixing.

11. Mastering your Music.

12. Expanding Your Reason Sound Library.

Appendix A. ReWire.

Appendix B. Advanced Cabling Examples (diagrams).

Appendix C. ReCycle!.

Appendix D. ReBirth.

Appendix E. Resources.



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