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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Feb 2019 > SOUND DESIGN WITH GRAIN PT.2 IN REASON 10


It’s the latest episode of our Reason sound-design series, where we continue our sonic adventures with Grain, a synth and sampler with a lot of sonic power

In our last Reason sound-design episode, we turned our attention to Grain, one of the latest synths to be included with Reason 10. This granular synth rather lost out in the glory stakes thanks to Reason’s Europa, an equally fabuous synth, but arguably one with more instant appeal.

Grain is equally as interesting to our ears, though, thanks in large part to its sampling features. It’s a granular synth, which means it utilises audio as one of its two key components and blasts it into grains of sound, which you are then free to manipulate in several ways to achieve its granular-synthesis results.

However, before any of this takes place, you get to mess with the audio in many different ways: from how it plays back, to cutting, reversing and generally doing lots of sample-based editing. It takes Grain well beyond most synths, even before you’ve touched upon the main features!

In the first Grain workshop, we focused on that audio side of things and how you can change audio playback to get dramatic results. We also revealed how simply changing the audio file in a well-liked preset offers you all the sonic flavour of that preset – in that none of the other parameters are changed, so you still get its character – but this instantly gives you a different, customised sound.

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The first issue of MusicTech of 2019 is on sale now! This issue we’ve compiled the very best advice, insight, tips and general music making wisdom from our archive of interviewees to arm you with all the knowledge you need to enhance your compositions this year. We’ve also got the first part of a massive guide to scoring and orchestration, interviews with The Streets’ keyboardist Mike Patrick and industry innovators Aston Microphones, a huge review of Cubase Pro 10 and our usual mountain of tutorials, tips and guides. Enjoy the issue!