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Reason: New Tricks

Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
By Simon Sherbourne

The latest juicy Reason 10.2 update serves up a generous scoop of workflow smoothers.

The last couple of main Reason releases have been all about instruments and devices. Version 10.2 focuses on workflow enhancements, including some long-time feature requests.

Multi-fader Adjustment

Most DAWs offer some form of mix channel grouping. Reason's main mixer has submix groups for splitting a mix into multiple busses, but has never had any kind of fader ganging or VCA grouping. In Reason 10.2, you can now link together multiple faders and adjust them all from any individual in the group. The link is set simply by selecting the channels in the mixer, and lasts only as long as the selection is in place. Faders in the group keep their relative levels when adjustments are made.

Faders, Mutes and Solos are now temporary linked on selected mixer channels.Faders, Mutes and Solos are now temporary linked on selected mixer channels.This might sound like a rather simple implementation, and it is, but it's exactly what many users have been asking for, allowing for fast level trimming of multiple tracks with no pre-configuration or commitment to a group. In most music mixes, the existing submix 'stem' workflow is perfect for managing a large project and facilitating group audio processing. Situations that require a VCA-style approach may be better managed in this new temporary fashion.

Even when using submix busses, there are often times when you want to trim a subset of the tracks within the group together....

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Published January 2019