Sound Design in Reason 9 | Wavetable Bass

  |  Caiti VerBrugge  |  

In this tip, Reason instructor Caiti VerBrugge shows you how to create a wavetable bass using a resampling workflow. She also touches on three ways Reason 9 makes the process faster and easier.

First, she creates a Thor Polysonic Synthesizer and loads up a wavetable oscillator. A lot of the movement in the sound comes from sweeping through the wavetable position, so she right clicks on the position parameter in the oscillator and selects “edit automation”. In the sequencer, she draws a bar-length upward sweep in the automation clip. Reason 9 has added a reverse MIDI function, so Caiti is easily able to duplicate her automation clip and reverse it - creating an up-down sweep. She also adds some distortion to the sound using Reason’s Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit.

Next, she wants to add some filter movement to the sound. She uses D-Filter, a 2-in-1 low-pass and high-pass filter rack extension by Code Diggers. After adjusting the frequency cutoff points, the filter becomes a bandpass filter. She changes the mode to “band stop” which makes the filter function as a notch filter. To get the movement she desires, she decides to target the Dual Frequency knob with an LFO.

Reason 9 includes Pulsar Dual LFO, a utility rack extension with two LFOs and an envelope. Caiti decides to use Pulsar to target the Dual Frequency parameter, and explains a couple settings that make this device unique.

After achieving enough movement in the sound, she is ready to bounce her MIDI to audio. One of the most exciting new features in Reason 9 is the bounce in place function. Caiti is able to simply right click on her MIDI clip, select “bounce in place”, and Reason automatically mutes her MIDI clip and creates an audio clip of the bounced MIDI.

Next, she right clicks on the audio clip and selects “Bounce Clips to New Samples”. This adds the clip to her Song Samples folder so that she can bring it into a sampler. She creates an NN-XT Advanced Sampler and loads her sample. Now, Caiti is able to trigger specific parts of the audio and has more control over her sound with the sampler’s loop function. She can also process the sound further with more distortion and filtering.

Caiti also has a bonus tip for you guys - utilizing the new reverse MIDI function to create a beautiful reverse piano effect. Who doesn’t love a little reverse piano?

This is a must watch not only for Reason users, but for budding sound designers looking to apply these concepts to their DAW of choice.


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