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Multitrack Recording In Reason

Reason Tips & Techniques By Simon Sherbourne
Published March 2021

Reason is more than capable of traditional multitrack recording. So here we consider how you might run a full tracking project.

As Reason is not my only DAW I tend to think of it as a virtual studio for creating music in the box. However, Reason is more than capable of traditional multitrack recording. Back in SOS March 2017 issue we explored ways to record a guitar in Reason. This time, let’s take this much further and consider how you might run a full tracking project.

Look At Us, We Formed A Band

For our example project, I’m going to record a band. The project features a drum kit recorded with five mics. There’s a bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, a piano, and a single lead vocal line. Finally there’s a drum machine playing a loop.

I’m using my Thunderbolt‑connected audio interface with 32 channels of I/O and no external mixer. We’ll be able to record all tracks at once, or overdub in stages. We’ll set up discrete cue mixes to feed the two headphone outputs on my interface, independent of the main master mix output.

The Basics

Screen 1. Activate your channels and monitoring mode in the Audio Preferences. If monitoring through Reason, set that buffer as low as possible.Screen 1. Activate your channels and monitoring mode in the Audio Preferences. If monitoring through Reason, set that buffer as low as possible.To get started check your Audio settings in Preferences (Screen 1). Select your multichannel audio interface, and make sure that you activate all the channels you need (Screen 2). By default channels beyond 1 and 2 will probably be inactive. In my case I’m connecting mics and instruments directly to my interface and monitoring through Reason. Therefore, setting a very low buffer size is essential to avoid distracting signal delays to the musicians’ headphones. A low buffer should be achievable if...

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Published March 2021

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