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How To Rewire Reason To Various Daws

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 13 - 2010

Good morning all! What a rainy week we’re having on the east coast 🙁 ..can’t complain because it makes it easy to work inside..

I’ve been using Native Instruments Maschine all week. I have it as a plug in inside Reaper. It’s a cool set up, and I am almost ready to do Maschine tutorials.

I have my template set. When I open Reaper, I load a template that has two Maschine Vsts, Kore Player, and Fl Studio. I really love the work flow now. The thing is I’d also love a few of Reason’s sound modules. The Malstrom, Subtracktor, Nnxt, and Dr.Rex would really complete my set up. 🙂

I have never gotten Reason to Rewire to any Daw without doing a search. I guess it’s time to really understand how to do this. I’ll need to look at a few videos so I can remember the steps needed to add Reason.

Here are a few videos that may help others out. I have added some of this info before, but I thought it’d be cool to have most of the info in one post:

Reason w/Protools, Reaper, Ableton, Fl Studio,

Reason Rewired To Protools

Reason Rewired To Reaper

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Fl Studio 9.1:Club Banger Tutorial Part 2

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 6 - 2010

Well Well the week is almost over .. I had a productive one I must say. Let’s get right back to it. This is a continuation from yesterdays:

Fl Studio 9.1:Club Banger Tutorial Part 1

I’ve started my beat with:
basic drum pattern, added a “lead” melody, added some effects, some percussion/ sound fx additions, and breaks to the drums.

Today I’m going to continue building the track starting with an additional melody which really flows in an opposite direction than the first. I am using the same notes F,G,G# and C * :-)* from yesterday.

This melody will be a “counter melody”. It will play at the same time as the main melody, but be more as an addition which I can vary through the verses:
Added a counter melody

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Fl Studio 9.1: Club Banger Tutorial Part 1

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 5 - 2010

Hey Hey Hey! 🙂 It’s a beautiful day with all the sun. It’s Wednesday already, the week is flying by for me. I am looking forward to the weekend because my family is big on holidays of any kind lol.

There is something about Spring, Summer, sun, and fun that makes me want to make happy beats. I am sure you’ve heard the term Club Banger lately. I usually ask the artist what type of beat do you need? 90% answer ” I need a Big Club Banger!”.

There are many options when creating a track that will go over well in any club. You can start any where you want when creating them as well. Some may say it’s all about the tempo and rhythm, some may say the chorus/hook is the key. Other folks may say it’s all about the melody.

I think it’s a combination of the above. If I’m sitting down to make a club banger, I follow a little mental template:
The tempo has to be fast enough to make people want to hit the dance floor. Above 90 bpm is a must..
The hook must be catchy and easy to remember.
The melody must be simple and one that will make people say ” I can’t get that song out of my head ” 🙂

Next you’ll have to think of the type of club banger you are making. I find in today’s hip hop, most club bangers are a mix of dirty south, r&b and pop.

Let’s listen to a snippet from Ciara’s “G Is For A Girl (A-Z)” produced by The Y’s and Justin Timberlake:

Really catchy, danceable, nice tempo.. Ciaras club songs are always fit for dancing. This tracks uses a consistent melody through out, with added synths, percussion, fx, piano,and bassline when the hook comes in. It’s a real simple concept, once you get an idea of how to start, you’ll be able to make these in no time.

So how do I go about creating something similar?….

I’ll start by finding the tempo. I select a small loop using my sound editor program, save it,and insert it into a Fl Studio sampler channel..

I’ve chosen part of the hook. It’s has almost all the sounds used, including added percussion etc.

I use the “detect tempo” function to find approximate BPM/tempo:

G is For Girl is 93-94. From here I could start with a melody, the drums, a bassline, or a nice orchestra hit. If you’ve been following my tutorials, you know I like to start with drums. For my beats, the drums are important and I like them to have a certain feel before I start the rest of the track. When I do club bangers, the drums don’t have to be as elaborate, so I’ll let the melody to drive the song.

I add a simple hi hat, nice clap,and Kick to pattern #1. ( for tutorial purposes only, I’m using the same basic pattern that’s used commercially for club type hip hop tracks did, I will change this for final beat) and begin working on my main or “lead” melody.

Basic Drum pattern for club banger:

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Fl Studio 9.1 Released!

Posted by Ms.Tris On April - 29 - 2010

Good morning to all. I had plenty rest last night and I know I’ll get about 3 beats done this morning. It’s going to be a sunny 70 degree day, I’ll definitely work hard for a few hours, then enjoy a little sunshine 🙂

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I am excited to check out all the new features in Fl Studio 9.1. There are a lot of updates in this version. I was thinking, wow! they could have named this update Fl Studio 10. They’ve added a cool new Synth called “Harmless”, bigger mixer view, better browser features, and so much more.

A while back started a new tutorial series by The Fl Studio Guru. He gives tons of tips that are quick and to the point. With this release he’s done a nice video featuring the top ten additions:

The Fl Studio Guru- Fl Studio 9.1 Top Ten New Features

Purchase Fl Studio 9.1 w/10% MsTrisMusic Discount:

New Users Purchase FL Studio 9.1 w/ MsTrisMusic 10% Discount

For loads of Fl Studio Tutorials, check out one of my favorite Fl Studio tutorial site:

Happy Beat Making To All…
Pz Til Later!~

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Akai XR20

Posted by Ms.Tris On April - 15 - 2010

LoL… Where have I been? This has been out for while now. Today is the first time I’ve seen anything on it. Anyone using this? How do you like it?

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It looks like a decent portable hardware production center:

NAMM 2008 Akai XR-20 Beat Machine

Akai XR20 Beat Production Overview PSSL.COM

For more info:

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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SoundsAndGear.Com Maschine W/ Reaper Setup by Saint Joe

Posted by Ms.Tris On March - 25 - 2010

Well the week is almost over. I am in here working hard as usual. I have the Maschine fired up. I am learning this thing quickly. I must try not to overload you with NI Maschine stuff..but honestly I am loving this a lot!

Anther reason I purchased it, is due to Saint Joe over at He posted a video showing how to use Reaper as a VST Rack, controlling every thing from Maschine. Wow! This means I can rewire Fl Studio, Reason, and load plugins in Reaper while sequencing on Maschine. He explained the set up and included a template…

Native Instruments Maschine sequence vsts in standalone mode

I went back to his site and found a follow up on how to track everything out using Reapers ReRoute and downloaded the 2nd template:

NI Maschine tracking out beats like an MPC

When I had a day to go through Saint Joes site, I was impressed. He actually reviews all things we love about music production. He’s definitely a gear junkie like me :-). When I signed up for his site I started receiving free sounds the first day. I learned so much from him in just a couple weeks. He’s not only giving great reviews, but he responds to comments super fast.

I am sure every producer will find worth bookmarking. Head on over and remember to subscribe. Let him know MsTrisMusic sent you…

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Native Instruments Maschine

Posted by Ms.Tris On March - 22 - 2010

I was really saving up for the Roland Fantom G Workstation. During the time my site was down, my trusty Asr-10 would not boot. I have had that keyboard for over 10 years 🙁 . When change comes sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I decided to dip into my Fantom money and buy an Edirol Midi Controller, a new KRK Rokit 5 monitor to replace a broken one, and a motu usb midi interface.

Before going to Guitar Center, I stumbled upon a few videos on NI Maschine. I was interested in this, but never looked into it further. After two days of researching and reading. I was completely sold.

I began to think of all the possibilities. For 1 third of the price of a Fantom, I could use Maschine, and as many sounds as I have on my hard drive. I took a look around my studio and thought long and hard about my set up. Where am I going to put another piece of large hardware?

I have mentioned how much I enjoy using hardware and software together. I finally understand midi connections etc. I found out that I could use Maschine to control vst instruments in Reaper through proper midi settings. This was the cherry on top for me!

I purchased Maschine and I love it. I’ve only been able to work on music a couple days in two weeks. I made 3 beats using Maschine within those 2 days. It was real easy to get started, something I was hoping to achieve with the Fantom. The greatest thing for me is no delay when playing melodies in real time. The software can be controlled from the hardware unit, with basically no latency.

There are a few things that could be improved. Another plus is Native Instruments can improve Maschine by updating the software. expect many tutorials on Maschine here once I really get started 🙂

Here are a few videos so you can see why I’m so excited:
Maschine Tutorial #1: Introduction

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