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.
As a jumping‑off point let’s look at some automation on an instrument. Screen 1 (above) show’s the track for a Thor synth. Notice that there are two different arm buttons in the synth’s lane. One is for recording MIDI, the other (with the little graph icon) is for recording device automation. By default both are armed upon selecting the device.
Just like when you record notes, you can capture parameter movements in real time while the transport is recording. In the screenshot I’ve twiddled the Filter Cutoff and Envelope Decay, resulting in two clips being placed into separate sequencer sub‑lanes. Automation data in Reason always exists within a clip. Notice that the first clips are separate from the note clips: something you’ll need to take into account later if you need to move or edit this performance as a whole.
There is another option, shown in the clip, that starts a couple of bars later. If you tweak standard...
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