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Reaper Tutorials And Tips: Rewire and Midi To Reason

Posted by Ms.Tris On December - 2 - 2010

What’s good this afternoon? Have you been working on your mixes? I did a lot yesterday. Today I continued, and ran into a little wall. I was listening to a track and could hear one more synth in my head. I already knew which sound I wanted from the Malstrom in Reason. The problem is, I made the beat using Maschine inside Reaper. Now if I could just get that darn rewire to work I’d be on my way.

I am so glad I went searching the Reaper Resources . I found the best tutorial, and sat for a few hours this morning setting up a template. The best thing about this lesson is it shows you how to Rewire AND send MIDI between Reaper and Reason 🙂 🙂 *yes double smiles for that *

The specific tutorial can be found here:

Tutorials For Reaper | Reason ReWired to Reaper | Track Template

I shall not tell you a lie… this took me a long time to really get it down. I worked through it, pausing the video after each step. Once I added a few modules in Reason and checked my recordings in Reaper, I did a few on my own. I am still working with a few tweaks, but now I can easily load a template and get started.

This really worked for me today. What I liked most is now I can record the entire beat inside Reason, then stream the audio into Reaper. This allows me to correct any midi inside Reason. I find this a bit easier than using Reapers midi editor.

The tutorial is from: Like the name says it’s full of great Reaper videos. Stop by when you have a chance. I’m watching one more before I get back to work. Thanks again to

If you found this post and would like to know more about Rewiring Reason to other programs, please check out How to Rewire Reason To Various Daws

Happy Beat Making To All..
Pz Til Later!~

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How To Chop Samples In Logic: Just Blaze

Posted by Ms.Tris On November - 18 - 2010

Happy Happy Thursday! This time next week I will have my apron on being chef :). I know… I know the post have been about once or twice a week. Sometimes I have to remind all that I’m producer first, artist, then blogger lol. I had so many beats to make and mix. This is always a great thing, but it doesn’t leave much time to post :-(.. thanks all who continue to support the site, knowing that I post as much as I can, when I can. Much love to you all for that.

I hadn’t seen this next little tutorial from Just Blaze. I love his production work. Here he gives a quick example of sample chopping using Logic. The techniques he does can most likely be achieved in any Daw that has a ‘slice ” function.

Cool the way he just sliced on the down beats…. I must try that in Reaper 🙂

The video was uploaded by top engineer Mike Chav. His site has mixing info, drum kits and more; Be sure to visit when you have time to look around.

Happy Sample Chopping To All!
Pz Til Later

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Reaper And Maschine Free Template

Posted by Ms.Tris On October - 5 - 2010

Great Morning to ya! Off to the musical races making many beats this week. I’m back at it big time again. I’ll be posting some final songs this fall and winter. Very excited about the projects I have going, having fun with the music yes! 😉

I received an email about Maschine and Reaper. Priych wanted to add more than 8 outs into Reaper. There are a few ways to do this. The easiest way would be to add two instances of Maschine inside Reaper. You could have one for drums, and the other for instruments and percussion.

Another way would require panning the sounds from Maschine to Reaper, duplicating and panning the Reaper Maschine inserts, and recording output as mono. This will allow you to manually split the “8 Maschine Outs” and make them 16. Reaper has many ways of routing. It sounds difficult at first, but once you do it a few times you’ll breeze through. I will try to explain the best I can today. I will do a video later this month.

Insert Maschine with routing to 8 outputs

Duplicate track 1 in Reaper, send 1st two Maschine instruments to EXT Out 1 “panning one left and one right”

Duplicate track 2 in Reaper, send 2nd two Maschine instruments to Ext Out 2 “panning one left and one right”

Once I have panned the instruments inside Maschine, I tell Reaper how to record, and pan the volume slider to correct side left or right:

Be sure to set Reaper to record ” Mono Mix Of Channel”, remember to pan the Reaper Tracks

You could continue to add tracks this way, giving you 16 outs. So your next step would be:
Duplicate Reaper Track 3. Add two more instruments inside Maschine, pan left and right. Set Reaper to record mono mix of channel. Pan the Reaper channels to the left or right. You would then have 6 Maschine instruments going out to 6 Reaper tracks.

If you’d like to add other vst instruments and record them as midi inside Maschine, you will need to send a midi signal from Maschine to the vsti. I will use Reapers included Reasynth.

I add a Reasynth using the “insert Virtual Instrument” command. Next I assign a receive from Maschine Midi channel 1:

Now you can continue to add more vst instruments assigning each to a new midi channel in both Reaper and Maschine. With this set up you can work entirely inside Maschine, then record audio or midi into Reaper or record everything on Reaper tracks. You can even do both if you’d like, it’s up to you.

Once you have a set up that you like, save as a Template. I usually save one for Reaper and one for Maschine.

In the following template, I have set up Maschine routed to Reaper with drums, 3 instruments, and Reasynth.
Group A=
Drums N Percs routed to tracks 2-8
Group B=
3 Instruments and Reasynth routed to tracks 9-12

MsTrisMusic Maschine and Reaper Template:
MsTrisMusic Reaper (click on file or right click to download)

I used Native Instruments included Maschine sounds. You can replace them with the same sounds, or any sound of your choice. Let me know if this works for you..

Happy Beat Making To All!
Pz Til Later!~

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How To Use Kore Fx With Maschine Inside Reaper

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 20 - 2010

Hey Hey All! .. How is your week starting? I’ve been getting prepared to do the video tutorials .. yaaay.. I figured why not record one and post today to kick it off. I was a little nervous, but it turned out pretty decent. 🙂

This tutorial shows how to load a free Kore Player, and the Ni Maschine into Reaper, then route Maschine to use Kore Player Fx.

I stumbled onto to this today after re-installing my free Kore Player. I haven’t gone through all the effects yet, but I plan to use them on more sounds than drums. Although I used the Kore Fx on Maschine in the tutorial, you can replace Maschine with the instrument of your choice. Just select io after adding your plug-in, and add a send to the track where you have the Kore Player…

Download the Free Kore Player w/300mb sound library:

Happy Beat Making To All..
Pz Til Later!~

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Fl Studio 9 Tutorials: Beginner To Pro Series

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 21 - 2010

Hey You! What’s happening? Hope all is well on your end. It’s Wednesday already, the week is rolling by fast. I woke up this morning wanting to play PS3. You know I can’t do that with all the beats I have to make lol…pressing on… pressing on :)..

Woo Wee have I found a treasure for any Fl Studio users. ste1438 has taken tons of hours to create some of the most helpful Fl Studio videos I’ve seen on the net. There is something here for everyone as the title describes, Beginner To Pro!

I watched a couple, and although I consider myself an advanced Fl user, I learned something even in tutorial 1. They all are at least 20 minutes long. I bookmarked the page so I can go back when I have time. Here are the first and last that he’s posted so far:
Video 01 – FL Studio Tutorials Beginner to Pro

Video 05 – FL Studio Tutorials Beginner to Pro

Like going to Fl Studio classes :)… remember go back when you can, this is great stuff! enjoy… ste1438 tutorials on youtube

Happy Beat Making To All!
Pz Til Later!~

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How To Make Chords From A Scale

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 15 - 2010

Good Morn to all! We are finally having clear weather today on the east coast. I have a little to business to handle later, it will be good to get out.

I am back on dirty south beats today before heading out. I have so many artist lined up, and I’m in the mood to compose some advanced chord progressions. I am understanding scales and key signatures, but I am still having problems making chords from scales.

For my first track this morning, I am looking in my books. So far I’ve come up with more progressions from studying a few different piano books. Here is one of my favorites “How To Write Songs On Keyboards”:

It’s become my go to book for chord help lately. I’d also like be able to make “advanced” progressions without the book. I found a great youtube channel with lessons on music theory.. Woo Hoo!

For me the lessons are easy to follow. She uses some traditional methods, as well as non traditional methods. The following video got me going in the right direction fast:

How to Make Chords From A Scale

richardjpugh on youtube
click “see all” and scroll through for music theory lessons…
Check out the whole series when you have time, and I’ll add more over the year..

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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How To Set Up A Home Studio

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 9 - 2010

Is it Wednesday already? “Not” funny how time flies when you are working hard.. lol.. but we must press on. Hope your week is going good and the beats are flamin’!

I was setting up my old pc, new pc, all hardware, and software yesterday. Yes finally linking everything together, which will all be sequenced on NI Maschine. When I start doing things like this, I always wind up changing the lab.

Right now I have everything where I can easily reach it. I plan on moving to a bigger place, and eventually getting a new workstation/desk. When I first started, all I had was an Asr10 and a “gulp” 4 track Tascam recorder. For the past 10 years I’ve added things slowly. I’ve gone to pawn shops, ebay, and any where I could find a deal for hardware. I saved money for software and additions. From my booth to my desk, I used what I could find and afford. Here is a pic of my setup before I began to re-arrange:

I get a lot of questions about what equipment should be purchased to start a home studio. My answer today would be, a very decent pc built for music 1st. Once you invest in the core Pc or Mac for mixing and recording, then venture into other equipment. If you don’t have money to buy a brand new pc, at least invest in a quality soundcard or audio inerface, memory,and external hard drive to hold your files. Unless you plan to use all hardware from start to finish, your Pc or Mac will be the nucleus of your home studio set up.

From here, the choices are many. How much of a budget are you working with? If you have a starting budget of $500.00, you wouldn’t want to run out and buy a $399.00 midi controller. You may want to get:

………..a $37.17 controller,

………… $96.87 monitors,

99.00 mic,

………….and for composing, mixing, recording …

The Fl Studio Producers Edition for $199.00 * + 10% MsTrisMusic discount 🙂

The following videos may help you get an idea of what producers are using. Think about what you want to achieve with your set up. Start with items you can build onto, grow with, and get the equipment that’s best for your budget..

Basic Tips & Setup for a Home Music Studio
I wish youtube was around when I started… this is great! He explains monitor placements, why he needed a mixer, and a lot more…by sdjacobus on youtube. I actually found this after I started the post, but he covers it all..

How To Build a Home Recording Studio CHEAP!
Using resources here.Scurvy Studios had a budget of about 500 bucks 🙂

It’s not a hard task to build a home studio once you have a few ideas on how to start…

Happy Beat Making To All!
Pz Til later!`

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