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How To Make Music with Reason

Make Music with Reason: Video Series

Making moody instrumental music using Propellerhead Reason has been a favorite of mine since I started with the first version back in 2000. Now, I have more than 20 albums (collections) of my music covering various genres and styles.

Watch how I make an instrumental in this video tutorial series The Making of Even Still. My Propellerhead Reason Tutorial Videos will help you Learn How To Create Instrumental Music while walking you through the techniques and tips I use.


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Finally Mixing My Music The Right Way

I'm sure there is a RIGHT way to mix music, but I'm an artist who prefers to spend my time creating the music (composing, arranging, performing), rather than mixing.


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How To Chop Samples with ReCycle and Make Beats Using Reason

Learning how to Chop Samples with Propellerhead ReCycle and Make Beats Using Propellerhead Reason can be difficult if you are just starting out as a music producer. So, I'm here to help you.


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How To Layer Drums and Samples in Propellerhead Reason

Learn how to layer drums and samples in Propellerhead Reason and get drum layering tips and techniques from TaurusBeats.

This post is about: how to layer drums, layering drums, layering samples, how to humanize drums, beat making, how to make beats, propellerhead reason


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How To Arrange Beats in Propellerhead Reason

Get how to arrange beats in Propellerhead Reason watching TaurusBeats show you his process in Beat Tutorial video series.


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Learn How To Make Beats With Reason Tutorial Videos

My Propellerhead Reason Tutorial Videos will help you quickly Learn How To Make Beats while walking you through the techniques and tips I use to make Moody Instrumental Music.

Learn How To Make Beats With Propellerhead Reason Tutorial Videos by TaurusBeats


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Noise Is Good

Learning how to Chop Samples with ReCycle and Make Beats Using Reason can be difficult if you are just starting out as a music producer. Hip-Hop music producers and beat makers have different ways of chopping samples and manipulating sample slices in order to get the right fit and feel for the music style they want to create when they make beats. Using Propellerhead Recycle, Reason music making software and my Akai MPD32, I chop samples and make sample flip beats and Moody instruMental Music, and I have learned how to chop samples with ReCycle while making beats in Reason.

Here is a message from one of my subscribers asking for pointers on the subject of chopping samples in Recycle and using Reason to make beats:

I'm a big fan of your beats man and I've been watching all your videos here on youtube and I use them as motivation. I've just started making beats and I use pretty much the same gear and software you do. I have a question for you though and I hope you can help. When I chop samples with recycle I always get this noise at the end of every chop almost like an echo noise so I was just wondering if you know a way to remove that noise because I noticed your samples don't have that noise?!? Also for the bass which one of the Reason applications do you use? I hope u can help! Thanks in Advance.


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How To Master Beats Using Reason

A Subscriber Question about Mastering in Reason:

Hey man, i really like your beats and especially your sound. And i was wondering if you master your beats in reason or with another program because they always sound really good to me. And when i want to get a certain sound in reason my stuff seems to overdrive most of the time.


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How To Make Pitched Snare Rolls Using MPD32 And Reason

This tutorial shows how to make pitched snare rolls heard in dirty south beats using Propellerhead Reason and the AkaiMPD32.

Also known as the snare roll build-up, the pitched snare roll is commonly used in electronic dance music, techno and trap music.

Learn how to make pitched snare rolls for trap beats using Akai MPD32 and Propellerhead Reason.


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How To Load Samples Into NN-XT

Save time and check out this post to learn how to load samples into the NN-XT.


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How To Use Multiple Controllers With Reason

Question from subscriber:

How do you use two controllers in reason(like in your beat videos)? I thought you can only select one.


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EQ Tips: How To EQ Music Tracks

Question from a subscriber:

I need help on understanding eq. Im lost on it.


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Propellerheads Reason 4.0.1 update released

This is a FREE maintenance update for Reason 4 owners. From now on, Propellerhead Reason 4 will ship with Reason 4.0.1 update. This maintenance update not only resolves some minor issues, it is IMPORTANT to users of the Akai MPD32 because it has the MPD32 listed as a recognized controller! Again, this is very important for those of us who have the MPD32 because we can just plug the controller into the computer and Reason recognizes it without having to jump through a bunch of hoops.

Here are some release notes regarding this update:


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How To Chop Samples In Reason

A subscriber wants to know How To Chop Samples In Reason.


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Chop Samples With What Software? ReCycle?

Question From a Subscriber:

First and foremost I'd like to say you get busy for real! I watched a number of ya vids and all ya beats are tight. I just started producing a few months ago using reason 4.

My question is other than recycle is there a way to chop a sample for reason? Whats the advantage of using say a mpd to play sample chops over using a keyboard? Good lookin on any help you can give me.


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How To Sample A Song

Question from a Subscriber:

How do you actually grab the sample to record and chop?


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Reason - WAV sample slicing tutorial with NN-XT

Question from a subscriber:

Here is a nice and simple tutorial I found on how to slice WAV / AIF samples in Propellerheads Reason NN-XT advanced sampler, when you don't have Recycle. Requires Reason 2.0 and higher.

Again, this is a good tutorial on how to "chop samples" inside Reason's NN-XT - no external editor is used in this example. All "chops" are done on Reason!

This may be a little advanced for complete newbies, but follow along and you will be ahead of the game in using the feature-rich Reason NN-XT advanced sampler.


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BPM Matching: Match Sample Tempo To Song Tempo

Question from a subscriber:

Hello TaurusBeats,

I'm a beginner and I got much respect for your work .I got reason 4 and recycle 2.0 but I don't know how to make my sample at the Bpm of my song.For instance, If I don't know the original bpm of my original sample and I want make a beat at 90 bpm How can I do ? I would like to know too what is the best way for sampling in reason ? dr rex or NN-XT ?

Sorry for my English But I from Paris.

Thx !!!


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How To Create Instrumental Music

How To Create Instrumental Music using Propellerhead Reason and other computer software along with hardware tools.

Get the right start.

Get the right gear.

Get the right education.

My Propellerhead Reason Tutorial Videos will help you quickly Learn How To Create Instrumental Music while walking you through the techniques and tips I use to make Moody Instrumental Music.

Learn How To Create Instrumental Music With Propellerhead Reason Tutorial Videos by TaurusBeats


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What People Are Saying

Sam Almo - na

Just subscribed after stumbling on your layering with samples video, really appreciate how you explain everything. Keep up the great work and Happy New Year!

CotsiosFX - na

RE: Mary Did You Know... wow !!! not even one comment for this fantastic music ?????? it really gets you when the drum-beat comes in ... you did an excellent job, 6 stars from us !!! good luck in the contest smile :)

Shawna East - USA

B.B.
I have listened to the music that God has inspired you to produce and I just wanted to tell you that you are a blessing!! You are truly anointed and walking in your purpose. Never give up on this!!!! Much love to you and Sissie (and my litlle niece/nephew)

KhanChuz - na

super hot bro. !!! keep doing what you do. you got mad skills. i'm glad your on the right side! The Christ Side! thats "how we do it". Christ side for life! Thanks for the blessing. and may God bless us both according to his will. amen!

Randy Lovett - na

Hey James, my name is Randy Lovett I first stumbled across your instrumentals late 2007 while working in Ohio. I just recently recieved an email for moody music and couldnt believe you were there. I couldnt remimber your name to get to your sight. i had been wanting to hear those instumentals all this time. Your tracks are very inspirational. Your are very talented. What are your greatest accomoplisments from your talent? Who have you been able to meet and work with? Hope to hear back soon, Peace...Randy
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