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Reason's Rytmik Drum Machine

Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques
By Simon Sherbourne

Screen 1. Rytmik is a  simple drum machine with a  fixed sample set, but its mixer-style layout makes it lots of fun to play with.Screen 1. Rytmik is a simple drum machine with a fixed sample set, but its mixer-style layout makes it lots of fun to play with.

We explore Reason 10.4's new drum machine, Rytmik.

Reason 10.4 arrived in May with little fanfare, despite the inclusion of two new instruments! Rytmik is a simple, eight-track drum sampler, and Monotone is a bass synth. These are the same new instruments that have joined Europa in version 2 of the Reason Compact iOS app, and their primary purpose appears to be to let you open projects you've made on your phone or iPad in Reason desktop. However, they are really useful in their own right; Monotone in particular sounds fantastic with a gloriously 'sticky' filter. So far Propellerheads have not said much about them, and they're undocumented... so let's explore, starting with Rytmik.

Rytmik Method

Reason already has drum machine options and general purpose samplers, but there's something to be said for a straightforward, focused drum sampler with a built-in mixer and easy performance controls. Rytmik does not have its own sequencer, it's meant to be played via MIDI, or sequenced from gate sources in the Rack.

Rytmik's interface is pretty easy to understand, with a mixer-like layout along...

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Published October 2019