Saturday, June 30

Getting Started with the Pulsar Dual LFO

An introductory look at the Pulsar Rack Extension for Reason. Pulsar is FREE until October 1st, so jump on that ship!
"The Pulsar Dual LFO, new as a Rack Extension in the Propellerhead Shop, is a flexible little powerhouse utility with tons of routing potential. Even though Pulsar is capable of some wild tricks, it also is one of the best places to start learning about modular synthesis and LFOs.
We put together this introductory look at how to use LFOs to spice up your existing sounds and how to get Pulsar making some sounds of its own."

Friday, June 29

Marconi Union - Flying (in crimson skies)

A new Marconi Union record always grabs my attention! Their latest Different Colours, is available thru Just Music and comes with a free download of another Marconi Union ambient release - Weightless (Ambient Transmission Vol. 2). Check out the track "Flying (in crimson skies):

Jammin With -008' Urban Tech 2 and Buffre

Sir Sedric jamming with Urban Tech 2 and Buffre:
"A demonstration of how awesome Urban Tech 2 and Buffre are. Using them together to make new stuff to spice up our beats and get down with the get down
Rack Extensions, Refills, it's all just new ways to make music. By combining our tools, and re-imagining our workflow, we open up the doors to new creative possibilities!"

Thursday, June 28

PMC103 - Faces 12" Series V.3 - Sekuoia / Rain Dog

Project: Mooncircle & Finest Ego tag team 12":
"Faces number three will invite the two young producers Sekouia and Rain Dog to share sides on this disc and expose their musical crafts. Coming from Denmark and the UK, respectively, they are with certainty looking forward to long-lasting succesful careers. What they share is a an intrinsic feel for tiny musical details which give their music an intimate feel to keep the listener mesmerized for ages. On this record they experiment with different sounds and tempos to create a dynamic collection of unique compositions that congregate an EP of colourful, low slung and ambient tunes or simply 'chocolatefudgebrownieplasticmusic'."
Available July 27th on Project: Mooncircle

The Sound of Brave

SoundWorks Collection talks with Director Mark Andrews, Re-recording Mixer and Sound Designer Gary Rydstrom, Supervising Sound Editor Gwen Yates Whittle, and Sound Designer E.J. Holowicki about the sound of Pixar's Brave.
"Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film's voice cast features Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and John Ratzenberger. To make the most complex visuals possible, Pixar completely rewrote their animation system for the first time in 25 years. Brave is also the first movie ever to use the Dolby Atmos sound format."

SoundWorks Collection - The Sound of Brave from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

Recording Drums: Tutorial with Focusrite

A pretty decent tutorial from Focusrite on recording drums, featuring Brad Ellis (Producer / DJ The Nextmen), Nicolaj Bjerre (Drummer / Producer -- Lamb / Ian Siegler) and drum student Luis Arango Abello at Tileyard Studios:

Wednesday, June 27

Roger S. Gill is back with a brand new Deconstructing Hip Hop episode, this time taking apart Redman's "Tonight's Da Night":
"Today we cover a hit from New Jersey's own, Redman: "Tonight's Da Night". Produced by Erick Sermon and Redman, this track put Redman on a lot of people's radars and was the soundtrack for Summer 1993 in NJ."

Pulsar - Rack Extension First Look / Overview

ODSTHelljumper takes a look at the Pulsar Rack Extension for Reason 6.5:

Tuesday, June 26

T-RECS - Night Skies

I've been a fan of time lapsed videos ever since I saw Koyaanisqatsi as a youngun. Here's some amazing video shot by the company T-Recs with music by Michael Cymbalista:

T-RECS - Night Skies from T-Recs (Timelapse Recordings) on Vimeo.

Tetra drone three

This video from GruithuisenCityMan features some analog glitchy goodness courtesy of a Dave Smith Instruments Tetra along with Plogue Bidule and Audacity, with visuals done in Gephex. Dig it:

Monday, June 25

How to use Propellerhead Pulsar as a playable synth

Here's a video I found on featuring James Bernard from the 2012 Propellerhead Producers Conference at Ministry Of Sound, dig it:

Saturday, June 23

Koshdukai's Rack Extensions: The Remote side of it...

There's a great post over on Koshdukai's blog on creating custom maps for Rack Extensions, well worth a read if you're into the more geeky side of Reason. Nice work Koshdukai! Read Rack Extensions: The Remote side of it... @ Koshdukai's Music(al) Reason(ing).

FXpansion Etch Red Overview Tutorial

FXpansion Etch Red is "an exciting and great-sounding filtering effect based on DCAM circuit-modelled technology and now available as a Reason Rack Extension. Etch Red features dual filters with 38 available filter responses, realistic audio-rate FM, flexible routing, additional drive & compression stages, and our unique TransMod modulation system with 2 LFOs, envelopes and more."

Cyclop Tutorials

I love the GUI for Sugar Bytes' new Cyclop plug-in. It looks like an alien synthesizer from some classic 50's sci-fi movie that only exists in my head. Here's Sugar Bytes latest tutorials on using Cyclop:
Tutorial #2 - "The Effects"
Tutorial #1 - "The Wobble Knob"

Friday, June 22

The Orb vs Lee "Scratch" Perry

The bomb-diggity:

Moogerfooger MF-104M

Moog Music have announced a remarkable new addition to the Moogerfooger line-up - the MF-104M Analog Delay! What is that you say? They already had an analog delay? Well check out the backside:
The "M" in MF-104M stands for MIDI, as in control all the parameters from your favorite DAW! But there's more than just midi that makes this new delay special - like a 6 wave-shape LFO that "significantly expands the sonic capabilities of this Classic Analog Delay. Use it to create expansive delays that transport you through time, beautifully modulate the delay trails, or create sounds and delays that are simply out of this world." The MF-104 also comes with the spill-over mod built-in that controls whether "delay trails end or continue when you disengage the Delay." On the backside there's also the additional CV inputs for LFO rate and amount. Check out the videos:
Sneak Peak:

Thursday, June 21

Korg Polysix Rack Extension!

Korg's legendary Polysix synthesizer is now available in the the Reason rack:
"Polysix for Reason uses Korg's proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology) to precisely model the electronic circuitry of the original analog instruments, capturing the exact sound and parameter response of the originals.
In addition to faithfully replicating the sound of the original, the Polysix for Reason also adds enhancements such as 32-voice polyphony (max), up to 16-voice unison (with detune/spread function), flexible external modulation settings, MIDI clock synchronization, and a spread function that adjusts the spaciousness of the effects. This neoteric functionality brings the classic Polysix up to date for use in modern music production.
The Polysix programmable six-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer was introduced in 1981. With a full-sounding voice structure, chorus/ phase/ ensemble effects and performance functions such as arpeggiator, and unison, the Polysix became a world-wide hit. Its distinctive string and pad sounds are often heard to this day.
The interface provides reorganized knobs and switches that resurrect the Polysix in a contemporary "rack-mountable" form for even more intuitive operation and sound-creating versatility."
Polysix is now available in the Prop Shop for $49 USD!

Friday, June 15

The Rack Extension Shop is now open!


Reason 6.5 is now here along with a slew of fantastic new Rack Extension devices in the Prop Shop! From BUFFRE to Radical Piano, there's never been a better time to be a Reason user... What are you most excited about?

Sunday, June 10

Leave you with something special...

I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks and probably won't be posting much (or at all) during the time period. So I thought I'd post a couple of videos that I've been digging on lately that aren't necessarily new. Cheers, L.
Chet Baker - Blue in Green
Apparat - Song of Los
Long Arm - Vicky Jazz Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
Catch you on the rebound!
Chet Baker via gloriabedoy2001 Apparat via lucahagakure Long Arm via Longhend Herbie via woodenfret

Matrix-12 (Xpander) Tutorial 1

Intro, Programmer, Primary Pages video, the first in a series, on editing sounds on the Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander synthesizers:

DJ Setup 101 with Gold Panda

MTV Iggy caught up with Gold Panda on the Lucky Shiner Tour before his set at the Grasslands Gallery and toured his live rig:

Saturday, June 9

Ned Rush = Chariots of Fire

This is awesome:
via Mr.Ned Rush

The Synthesis Collection ReFill!

Tom Pritchard has long been one of my favorite sound designers on the Reason platform - from his work with Nucleus SoundLab to his own commercial soundbanks. Three of my favorite refills from Tom are now included in the Synthesis Collection ReFill available now thru Nucleus SoundLab! With 200 unique sounds, containing all of the patches from the Fatbank, Portals and Arps Volume One refills, the Synthesis Collection ReFill is a no brainer for anyone that hasn't picked up Tom's amazing work. Here's the down low on each component:
Arps Volume One comprises 100 stunning Combinator patches. These patches use Reason's RPG-8 arpeggiator and Thor synthesiser to create beautiful and unique sounds that add movement and depth to your music. Each patch has been meticulously refined and tweaked to inspire, with Combinator encoders mapped to useful functions to help you find a sound that sits perfectly in your mix. From sublime melodic patches that use Thor's sequencer in tandem with the RPG-8 to deliver wonderful complexity, to roaring full-fat bass synths and crisp, digital soundscapes, these patches can add that special something to every composition.
FatBank contrains 50 chunky Combinator patches, with 12 round basses, 30 sequence synths (including throbbing bass sequences, chunky chords and pulsating riffs) and 8 soaring leads! These patches pack a massive punch with seriously deep basses and soaring tones that can cut through any mix. Each sequence patch also enables you to disable the sequencer, giving you 30 mono and polysynth patches if you'd prefer to use your own sequences.
Portals gives you 50 huge Combinator pads and atmospheres. Take your music to another dimension with glacial pads, evolving glitch textures and otherworldy ambience! These Combinators layer Reason's Malstrom and Substractor synthesisers to form organic, evocative tones.
The Synthesis Collection ReFill is available now for $30!

Friday, June 8

Sebastian Lind - Never Let Go (Robot Koch Remix)

Further proof that Robot Koch can do no wrong, check out his remix for Sebastian Lind:

Reason Tipz - Blocks

Reasonmastaa gives a rundown on Blocks in a little over 10 minutes:

Thursday, June 7

Laurel Halo :: Light + Space

Laurel Halo - Light + Space
From the album Quarantine, out now on Hyperdub!

The 2nd Law of Dubstep

Evidently Muse have jumped on the dubstep bandwagon with their forthcoming album The 2nd Law, coming this fall. What do you think:

Wednesday, June 6

iPad Lemur Template for Moog Phatty Series

New Echo Productions is working on an iPad Lemur template for the legendary Moog Phatty series! Check it:

Cyclop Tutorial Nr. 1 "The Wobble Knob"

The first Cyclop tutorial from Sugar Bytes, on "The Wobble Knob", which no isn't Skrillex:

Torlery & OMG-1

As many of you probably remember, everyone's favorite watermelon obsessed monk Torley won the OMG-1 at last year's Moogfest for his "remarkable, hour-long homage to the history of electronic music genres from the past to the present." Indeed! Here's a couple of recent videos showing off his prize:

Tuesday, June 5

Ellen Allien - Take Me Out

Digging this new Ellen Allien track:

My Holy Grail

For me the EMS Polysynthi is the instrument equivalent to the Holy Grial. Only a few working models are in existence! Below scienceforce shows exactly what this amazing synth is capable of:
"This is one of the few and working EMS Polysynthi, produced between the '78 and 79 in ONLY 29 exemplars. As far I know the last Peter Zinovieff work. Space look... totally amazing, it's sound is magic!
It's fully polyphonic with built in analog delay and chorus (both CV/keyboard touch controllable) Two cv-lfo's with many combinations, modulable also from keyboard aftertouch, filter is very very nice selectable from 2 to 4 poles, envelope follower for external signals and many other features.
For me is one of the best polyphonic synthesizers ever made with unique sound and an incredible look.
This is a small psychedelic ambient sounds demo with both the enevelopes auto triggered from one cvlfo."



Wow, this VST Sonic Charge is currently working on looks fantastic! Solve the puzzle over @ to hear what this bad boy sounds like ;-).


Monday, June 4

Ned Rush = Vector Filter M4L

Every time Mr.Ned Rush comes out with a new video I'm stoked, here's the latest:
"xy based filter for cross fading between bandwidths, here using random values to move smoothly between settings."

Home Cut Record from Brian William Green

I've been following Brian William Green over at for quite awhile - I really appreciate his attention to detail on his self released projects, and his latest work Grids is one of my favorites. Here's the details:

MULTIVOX RHYTHM ACE FR-3 | Vintage Rhythm Box

There's something magical about many of the old rhythm boxes made originally to accompany organs. Here's a video from AnalogAudio1 running the MULTIVOX Rhythm Ace FR-3 thru it's paces:
"This is a quite rare little analog rhythm box from 1979. The features are nothing special, but the sound overall is much better than other rhythm boxes of that era. It has a deep bassdrum and a crispy snare.
It's from MULTIVOX, not ACE Electronics (former Roland). Before the Multivox came along, Ace Electronics made several rhythm boxes which are also called "Rhythm Ace". These have nothing to do with the Multivox. The mechanical hardware looks to me like old Korg Minipops units. Was Korg involved? ;-)
All rhythms are combinable. I played the Multivox with a little reverb."

Sunday, June 3

Cyclop is Here!

Sugar Bytes has released their much anticipated new plug-in synth Cyclop, a bad ass monophonic "Synth Bass Playground", with an enticing GUI:
"Cyclop has landed. A powerful monster that has grown out of all the sounds in the universe. And with it comes bass — lots of it. Synthesis in its purest form. Spectral, digital, or fat analog. Use your own samples as a wavetable, throw effect sequencer orgies, drop on filters and make wobble basses never heard before. Cyclop is here to create new sound. Wrap your bass around your drums like melted sugar around a hot chili pepper. Cyclop is monophic and it will blow your mind. Wobble bass? Dubstep? Do something completely new!"
- New kinds of modulators like the Wobble Generator and the Sound Knob.
- FX-Sequencer, also to be controlled by the FX-Knob.
- 6 Synthesis Engines: Saw Regiment, Analog Sync, FM, Transformer, Spectromat, Phase Stressor
- 10 state of the art Filter types, plus vowel mode.
- Routing Module for Synth / Filter patching, including Overdrive.
- Suboscillator, Bassprozessor, one-view modulation-flow.
- Recommended by BoysNoize, Skrillex, Peaches, Modeselektor, SiriusMo, Mouse on Mars, Biohazard.
- Over 800 presets included, most of them from various artists.
- Cyclop comes as standalone application and VST/AU/RTAS/AAX plugin.
Pick up Cyclop today for $139 USD from

Bluewater VST Review of NI's Platinum Bounce

Brent from Bluewater VST posted this video review of Native Instrument's new Platinum Bounce Expansion pack for Maschine a few days ago but I somehow missed seeing it until now:
With deep, upfront kicks and sub-basses, maximal and expansive keys, pads, and sequences, NI's new Platinum Bounce expansion for MASCHINE is aimed squarely at the club producer. Take a peak to see if it's right for your studio...

Saturday, June 2

Cubenx - Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)

New Telefon Tel Aviv remix for a Cubenx song titled Grass available thru InFiné Music. Check it:
via MostLostFrostGhost

Moog Minitaur + Roland TB303 + TR606

MegaFeater sequencing the Moog Minitaur with a TB303, synced to a TR606. Sweet!