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Modular I/O In Reason

Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
By Simon Sherbourne

Screen 1: This very simple VCV Rack patch shows the necessary MIDI and audio settings for connecting with the VCV Bridge plug-in.Screen 1: This very simple VCV Rack patch shows the necessary MIDI and audio settings for connecting with the VCV Bridge plug-in.

We show you how to connect audio, MIDI and CV between Reason and your virtual modular.

Since Reason gained support for VST plug-ins you may have experimented with using a virtual modular synth inside the Rack. So let's explore how to connect audio, MIDI and CV between Reason and these open-ended instruments.

There are a number of virtual instruments that present you with a modular synth environment. VCV Rack and Softube Modular are both direct Eurorack simulations with a mixture of their own core modules and ports of real–world hardware. Cherry Audio's Voltage Modular is also 'Euroracky' but with a focus on usability over simulation — in some ways it reminds me of Reason. Lastly, NI's Reaktor Blocks has just gained front-panel patching and suddenly feels much more like a real modular.

You might simply want to play a modular VI like a regular instrument — in other words get MIDI and/or clock from Reason into the synth, and get audio back out. You might also want to route audio from other Reason devices into the modular and use it as an effect. Or if you're feeling adventurous you can send CV and gates from the Rack into the modular (or vice versa) for sequencing or modulation.

Plug-in Or Bridge

Let's start with some basics. Softube Modular, Voltage Modular and Reaktor can all run as VST plug-ins, so getting started with them couldn't be much easier. All of them have presets that include the necessary MIDI, clock and audio connections for you to be able to play synth patches and synchronise any internal sequencing modules without manual configuration.

VCV Rack runs as a stand-alone app but has a companion Bridge...

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Published July 2019