With a few sounds already loaded in a drum loop, we begin by diving into the kit. I started with the Korg MS-20 and chose sound [a]. The sound is sampled 4 different times to give the user a broad pallet to choose from. I selected the first one to run with and uploaded into the NN-XT sampler. From there, I brought that into the sample editor to further edit to my taste. It’s important to remember that with these samples and the power of Reason, the possibilities are endless. You literally can take pieces of sounds, whole phrases, flip, reverse, and plain destroy these sounds to get what you’re looking for. For the purposes of this tutorial, I simply “chopped” the first phrase since I liked some of the subharmonics it added on higher octaves.
After you’ve got the sound you’re after, just simply lay down the melody that you hear. I wanted to copy this sound and layer it with the same sound to fatten up the synth line so I copied it again and played it a higher octave as shown in the video. I used the Synth Spreader insert effect [channel strip –> Factory Sound Bank–> All Effect Patches –> Modulation —> Spreader –> Synth Spreader]. These insert effect patches are pretty dope. They can enhance your sound and are standard with Reason. Don’t sleep, some of these are just as good as plugins. EQ was applied to the new, copied layer of the MS-20 to cut some of the same frequencies of the original version. You don’t want these to clash when played back. Use the SSL channel strip to dial in the desired settings you’d like. If you need any help with frequency “sweeping”, be sure to peep the previously posted tutorial on EQ’ing Low End Synths. This will get you a good base.