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howtobecalm
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Post 05 Feb 2020

i gave away my reason account ( for free ) with all my rack extensions , with reason intro , now all i have is reason 11 ( native stuff ) and moon echo audio refill bundle , i am never purchasing another thing , not going to use vst apart from one ( video player from polac ) and if i do get anything from now on its gonna be freeware , theres no point buying xamount of stuff its only gonna make u confused what to use , i have never been happier or working faster now 🙂 minimilism really works !!

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MrFigg
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Post 03 May 2020

Back to this...been trying out a lot of stuff I haven't really given a proper look since getting. Last night...Kompulsion on a Kong. Man...just drawing in random stuff while the device was running. Could have sat there all night. Awesome.
Just installed Iris 2...got it for free ages ago but uninstalled it almost immediately due to high CPU hit. Been sitting here half an hour pushing buttons and twisting stuff and am loving it.
I am actually...freaks me out just to write it...on the verge of reading some instruction books.
Just an update :)
丰2ॐ

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Zac
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Joined: 19 May 2016

Post 03 May 2020

MrFigg wrote:
03 May 2020
Back to this...been trying out a lot of stuff I haven't really given a proper look since getting. Last night...Kompulsion on a Kong. Man...just drawing in random stuff while the device was running. Could have sat there all night. Awesome.
Just installed Iris 2...got it for free ages ago but uninstalled it almost immediately due to high CPU hit. Been sitting here half an hour pushing buttons and twisting stuff and am loving it.
I am actually...freaks me out just to write it...on the verge of reading some instruction books.
Just an update :)
:thumbs_up: :)

I've had a spare pc that needs a new psu which I've now ordered so I changed hardrive and converted this one for Elite Dangerous on steam. But I had serious pangs for Reason whilst waiting for the psu to arrive so I installed Reason but just with my REs, no VSTs or refills. It's been pretty inspiring so far. I rediscovered the excellent sounds from the big AMMO, I've no idea how it works but I love tweaking the patches. I think I will uninstall a lot of stuff when this psu comes.

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MrFigg
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Post 03 May 2020

Zac wrote:
03 May 2020
MrFigg wrote:
03 May 2020
Back to this...been trying out a lot of stuff I haven't really given a proper look since getting. Last night...Kompulsion on a Kong. Man...just drawing in random stuff while the device was running. Could have sat there all night. Awesome.
Just installed Iris 2...got it for free ages ago but uninstalled it almost immediately due to high CPU hit. Been sitting here half an hour pushing buttons and twisting stuff and am loving it.
I am actually...freaks me out just to write it...on the verge of reading some instruction books.
Just an update :)
:thumbs_up: :)

I've had a spare pc that needs a new psu which I've now ordered so I changed hardrive and converted this one for Elite Dangerous on steam. But I had serious pangs for Reason whilst waiting for the psu to arrive so I installed Reason but just with my REs, no VSTs or refills. It's been pretty inspiring so far. I rediscovered the excellent sounds from the big AMMO, I've no idea how it works but I love tweaking the patches. I think I will uninstall a lot of stuff when this psu comes.
Good to hear you Zac. Hope you’re well and fine man :)
丰2ॐ

WOO
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Joined: 07 Aug 2019

Post 18 May 2020

The best thing i did this year for my creative output was to read a book. I agree less can be more. All of my best stuff is created using some piano, bass and drum presets. I have a template setup with with different pianos with some real bass samples loaded into kontakt and reasons a list studio drummer or ujams vd solid or bm eden for the beat.
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kuhliloach
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Post 18 May 2020

This thread is absolutely fascinating to me. I relate to this problem--the problem of being overwhelmed by a User Interface. You'd think we as humans could mastermind our own streamlining. But it's not that simple. Some of us get distracted so easily that too much visual stimulus interrupts our brain function. I use the Sync All feature and always add any freebies to my account. And now my Reason is even more littered with decisions than it was before. There must be a happy medium. Somewhere.

DaveyG
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Post 19 May 2020

Less is definitely more. Listen to any top selling records, be they pop, rock, EDM, soul, whatever and you'll hear very few main instruments. Now imagine if you had hardware versions of every instrument and effect we have in Reason and VST. There is not a room big enough to house them and you'd have to employ someone just to keep them wired up and working and the music you made would not be any better, even assuming you could find room to sit down.

A friend of mine, with much more self discipline than me (and a more successful musician!), has a structured approach to writing a song. He chooses the instruments up front and rarely changes his mind. Choose one drum kit, one bass sound, one synth and make a song out of them. At the very end, when the song finished he might go back and add a couple of flourishes from other instruments but he usually does not. It's an approach I've tried and mostly failed with! It's too easy to get obsessed with sound rather than music.

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Zac
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Post 19 May 2020

DaveyG wrote:
19 May 2020
Less is definitely more. Listen to any top selling records, be they pop, rock, EDM, soul, whatever and you'll hear very few main instruments. Now imagine if you had hardware versions of every instrument and effect we have in Reason and VST. There is not a room big enough to house them and you'd have to employ someone just to keep them wired up and working and the music you made would not be any better, even assuming you could find room to sit down.

A friend of mine, with much more self discipline than me (and a more successful musician!), has a structured approach to writing a song. He chooses the instruments up front and rarely changes his mind. Choose one drum kit, one bass sound, one synth and make a song out of them. At the very end, when the song finished he might go back and add a couple of flourishes from other instruments but he usually does not. It's an approach I've tried and mostly failed with! It's too easy to get obsessed with sound rather than music.
I can really relate to that last sentence. I get inspired by great sounds and often feed them some quickly come up with midi to tweak and expand the sounds. I can easily get stuck with some half arsed song writing if I'm not careful.

But it can also work the other way around. I come up with an inspiring progression and melody and feed them some quickly come up with sounds to develop them and I can then get stuck with inferior sounds.

The magic happens when I'm inspired by both.

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