Reason Guide Available From PC Publishing

The Fast Guide to Propellerhead Reason By Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser      10/12/02

Buying Choices
The Fast Guide to Propellerhead Reason is the book Reason users have been waiting for to help them get the very best from Propellerhead's amazing electronic music studio software. This in-depth, 400-page guide takes you through every separate Reason device, with every control and function explained in the kind of language you can understand, with invaluable insights as to practical and off-the-wall uses of device facilities along the way. Frequent walk-throughs of both standard and more exotic techniques are introduced at the points where you will find them most useful, and step-by-step programming tutorials help you increase your hands-on skills with Reason, as well as creating unusual and indispensable effects that will speed the creation of your music and enhance its appeal. The book is also packed with handy hints and tips, and is not a re-tread of the manual! Contents include:
  • Installing and getting started.
  • Step-by-step Quickstart Tutorial chapter, offering a short-cut to starting to use many of Reason's devices and operations.
  • A chapter covering the essential features, procedures and facts that are common to all the devices, including a set of FAQs to help readers decide how to achieve their musical aims with Reason, and an explanation of Reason's CV-Gate connection system.
  • Specific chapters for every device in the rack, with relevant background information and keyboard shortcuts, and one for the effects devices.
  • Automation and remote control, including the use of hardware MIDI controller surfaces, covered in their own chapter.
  • A detailed section on running Reason with other software, including Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer, Sonar and Pro Tools LE, via the ReWire communication protocol, and via other methods where ReWire is not supported. Also covers running Reason in sync with hardware instruments/sequencers.
  • Twenty Fast Tips, summarising easiest and most effective ways of using the program.
  • A unique CV-Gate Modulation Routing chart, allowing you to quickly and easily see what effects can be created by manually plugging Reason's back-panel CV-Gate connections between devices.
  • More than 60 separate walk-throughs and tutorials, plus numerous shorter hints and tips. Procedures useful to both beginners and more experienced Reason users are covered. Many of the ideas and techniques are unique to the Fast Guide to Propellerhead Reason and can't be found elsewhere.
  • Friendly, approachable style and language, with explanations and practical analogies that get to the point quickly.
  • Suitable for all versions of Reason, including V2. Some of the tips and techniques from The Fast Guide to Propellerhead Reason were recently included in two well-received 'taster' articles in Sound On Sound magazine (November and December 2002 issues). The book will be available during the first week of December, and can be purchased via the PC Publishing web site:
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