Monday, September 28
Multi-Band Distortion Unit for Reason and record
In the latest edition of Nucleus Soundlab's Reason Wizardry, Jeremy Janzan demonstrates how to use Spider Audio Splitters with MClass Stereo Imagers to create multi-band effects. Now I'd used a BV-512 before to recreate a Moogerfooger MURF in Reason, but had never thought of linking multiple MClass Stereo Imagers to create multi-bands like Jeremy displays in Reason Wizardry. After watching the tutorial I started playing around with different multi-band effects ideas and came up with this distortion effect I'm dubbing "Sonic Warfare". It has 3 bands, which are controlled with the first two Rotaries (Rotary 1 is the Low Band, Rotary 2 split the High and Mid Bands.) You can choose the Damage type for the Mid and High bands with Rotary 3 and 4. For the buttons I have Button 1 switching between Tape and Tube for the Low Band. Button 2 turns off/on the body resonator for the Mid Band, which is set to an envelope follower type effect. And the last two buttons mute the Mid and High Bands. The PitchBend Wheel controls the P2 knob for the Mid and High Bands, and lastly the ModWheel controls P1 for the Mid and High Bands. I also added an RV-7000 with a drum reverb setting from the RFSB, this is a pretty subtle reverb, but if you want to turn it off just open the combi and flip the Aux Return to 0 on the line mixer at the bottom of the combinator. You'll probably want to play with the Damage Control and Master Volume of the Scream units once you find a setting you like, or you could always just load distortion patches for each unit from the RFSB. Enjoy!
Here's a Brutal example of the effect (first 4 bars clean):
By the way, I just realized that some of the links for a few of my older posted effects may no longer work, so if you come across one that doesn't feel free to e-mail me either thru the blog or on the Reason forum and I'll be glad to hook you up.