So Evan Clark asked:
What kind of music did you listen to when you were younger, and how did it influence the way you make music now?
Well Evan, I actually really REALLY love telling people what I was into way back when I was a kid because it makes people laugh.
I was into Shaq Diesel.
This album sculpted my entire childhood life surprisingly. haha
BUUUUT, I tried learning sports and things that a kid should be getting into but as soon as I heard “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, I knew I needed to play that solo. After that, it was just a TON of metal.
I’ve only been into electro for about 2 years. As soon as I heard MSTRKRFT’s “The Looks” album, electro was where I needed to be.
I wish I had some old guitar videos to show you, but back then nobody could afford a camera. hahaha
Here is a video I found of me playing at an open mic in Banff, just a heads up though, It’s awful.
Thanks for the question Evan! Keep em’ coming!
Francesco Popoli asked 3 questions (Cheating haha)
1. What version of reason are you currently using? do you use record at all?
2. Do you mainly use the builtin synths or do you sample analog synths’ sound into nn-xt like Haezer does?
3. How do you master your songs?
Well Frencesco, I will answer all 3 questions, but don’t get cocky next time and ask like 6 questions in 1. hahaha
1. I use Reason 5 still, I’m actually in between DAW’s right now and I’m learning Logic because I thought Reason 6 was going to be compatible with VST’s but still, nothing. Kinda sad. lol
2. I only use the synths INSIDE of reason. I really enjoy the built in sounds that reason has. A lot of people ask why I don’t use any VST’s and my answer is simple. I know Reason so well that I can make any sound that a producer makes. People think that Massive and Sylenth have totally different sounds that Reason just cannot make, which is very untrue. You just need to know the ins and outs of how the Reason synths work. But that’s the problem, people just want the shortcut. Which I totally agree with haha, thats why I’m learning Logic.
Sometimes I will re-sample sounds that I’ve made. Like, if I have a nice sound that I like, I will bounce the audio from that synth for like 4 bars or something than I will put it into the NNXT and oscillate that or something. It’s really fun to do.
3. I actually do all of my overall mastering IN REASON. People find that hard to believe but Reason actually has some nice mastering tools built in. I took a picture of my overall mastering suite, It’s the built in one, just tweaked a bit:
I hope that answers everything you need Francesco, More Q & A’s coming soon!
Steven Hannigan Asked:
What’s your favourite Reason synth? I’m guessing you use Thor for the basses…if not then you’re most definitely jesus!
I actually use Maelstroms for most of my distorted synths I find it’s way more powerful for simple non oscillating synths. But as soon as I get into wobbles and pulsating synths, Thor is the best to use.
(I had to take out the screams to show you what I was doing with the maelstroms)
Thats all it really takes to make a “huge” sounding synth. Sometimes, if it doesn’t sound thick enough I add another synth with the spreader at about 10 o’clock, to fill it up even more but sometimes that’s just overkill. haha
Thanks for the kind words and the question Steve!!!!
Finally! It’s here. This tune was the easiest track to make. It just went so so smoothly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!