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Reason: Using The MIDI Out Rack

Reason Tips & Techniques By Simon Sherbourne

Screen?1. Using a Reason Player to arpeggiate Ableton's Wavetable synth. MIDI from the master keyboard is processed in the Reason Rack and routed back to the DAW via the MIDI Out device.Screen?1. Using a Reason Player to arpeggiate Ableton's Wavetable synth. MIDI from the master keyboard is processed in the Reason Rack and routed back to the DAW via the MIDI Out device.

We look at what you can do with Reason's new MIDI Out Rack device.

There have been a couple of significant updates to the Reason Rack plug?in. As a Pro Tools user I'm delighted to now have an AAX version of the plug?in; we'll explore that soon. This month we'll dig into the other new feature: a MIDI Out device, which adds the ability to patch MIDI from inside the Rack environment to other tracks in your project.

Why route MIDI out of the Reason Rack? Well there are the Players: various MIDI performance transformers and sequencers that are just as cool when used with your other instrument plug?ins (or hardware synths) as they are with Reason's internal devices. There's also the still-great Matrix pattern sequencer, the analogue sequencer in Thor, Redrum's multi-channel gate sequencer, and many other sequencing Rack Extensions. Plus, the MIDI Output devices can translate Reason's internal CV connections into CC, so you can utilise any modulation source from the Rack in your DAW.

Most DAWs could benefit from a built-in step sequencer as an alternative to the piano-roll approach.

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Published July 2020