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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-18 > SOUND DESIGN BASICS IN REASON 10


In the first part of a new Reason sound design series, Andy Jones focusses on some of the specific features that make it a sound creator’s dream…

The phrase ‘sound design’ is more correctly employed when talking about the creation of soundtracks for movies and games. Here, though, we’re using it in another sense, that is, designing your sound for your own music.

With so many people able to produce music these days, you have to stand out to get noticed. That could be because you employ a blend of styles that no-one else does or, more typically and easily, a set of very individual sounds that no-one else has. Therefore, as a music producer, it’s important to have an armoury full of sounds that perhaps aren’t available to others so you can really plough your own individual path, safe in the knowledge that you will sound unique.

Recently we’ve interviewed several composers and producers who advocate this approach. Junkie XL, for example, is a sound designer in the truest sense in that he scores many top Hollywood films, but he also dedicates his Sundays to creating his own unique sounds by way of an (albeit huge) modular synth setup.

But don’t worry if you haven’t got such a setup, or indeed the luxury of an entire day to wrestle something new out of it. We’re taking the very much quicker software approach to designing your sound, and it’s easier than you might think. All DAWs come packed with many instruments and effects that make creating your own sounds relatively easy. Propellerhead’s Reason, though, comes locked and loaded with more than most and it is therefore a truly limitless DAW for sonic experimentation.

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In our cover feature this month, Alex Holmes guides you through the science and logic behind why it’s necessary to calibrate your studio and equipment, and the steps you’ll need to take to guarantee perfect, balanced sound at all times. Also this issue, Erin Barra simplifies some vital music production concepts that may have long eluded your understanding – to hopefully increase your sonic vocabulary. We speak to Kanye West’s former controllerist and cutting-edge musician Laura Escudé, UNO synth designer Erik Norlander and Emmy-winning Guus Hoevenaars. Additionally, we present our in-depth reviews of Roland Cloud, PreSonus Studio One 4, Loopcloud 2.0, Elektron Analog Four MkII and more, as well as 5 brand new tutorials to broaden your production chops.