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Reason: The Automation Situation

Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
Published November 2018
By Simon Sherbourne

Screen 1: Two lanes of parameter automation on a Thor synth track, and a subsequent section where automation has been embedded in a Note Clip.Screen 1: Two lanes of parameter automation on a Thor synth track, and a subsequent section where automation has been embedded in a Note Clip.

We take a tour of Reason’s extensive automation facilities.

Automation, motion‑sequencing, parameter‑locking, rubber‑banding, clip envelopes, performance capture. Most of the music tech software and gear we use has some concept of recording and reproducing parameter changes. Most likely you’ve done this in Reason by simply putting the transport into record and twiddling some knobs on the focused instrument in the Rack. But there’s a lot more to dig into, such as editing, mixer automation, multitrack automation, and the difference between MIDI CC recording and Sequencer automation.

Quick Start

As a jumping‑off point let’s look at some automation on an instrument. Screen 1 (above)...

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Published November 2018