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Reason's Grain Synthesizer

Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
Published January 2018
By Simon Sherbourne

Screen 1. Grain’s flexible multi-stage envelopes give you fine control over playback position within an audio file.Screen 1. Grain’s flexible multi-stage envelopes give you fine control over playback position within an audio file.

We get to grips with Grain, Reason 10’s versatile new granular synth.

Reason 10 brought us two fantastic new synths. Last month we showed due deference to the new flagship, Europa; but between you and me my favourite is Grain, which we’ll explore this time.

Grain is, unsurprisingly, a Granular synth, whose sonic starting point is always a single imported sample. It reminds me of the classic Reaktor instruments Travelizer and Skanner XT, which are also on my all-time favourites list. The concept is relatively simple: drop in an audio sample, choose one of the playback/resynthesis methods, then modulate the playback position and speed as you trigger the sample from the keyboard.

Grain could be used along the lines of a traditional sampler, with options to re-pitch across the keyboard via classic varispeed or granular warping. More...

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Published January 2018