Better Drum Loops with Polar in Reason 6.5

Most Reason users become Reason fanatics, and with good reason (pun intended)! Now that 6.5 has arrived, don't pass by the excellent Polar rack extension by Propellerhead'¦ use it on your drum loops.  

For years, anytime you needed to add a little complexity to anything, you'd just add a little delay, or echo. After all, if you add a repetition of a beat that occurs within two already complicated beats, you get something that can not only create a groove, but blow some people's minds, right?

Reason, with its recent release of 6.5 and all the Rack Extensions from various companies brings about a slew of possibilities that, frankly, were not there before. But, with so many devices coming into your rack at once, it's safe to say that you may have missed a few possibilities with some of the new devices. Especially, devices that Propellerheads threw in. No one usually thinks much of the freebies... In this quick tip, I'm going to show you why you should.



Polar is labeled as a pitch shifter, but it's through digital delay that the pitch shifting actually occurs. This makes Polar an excellent choice for drums because it's possible to add in the complexity of echo and the pitch shifting promised all at once. The end result is creating a loop that sounds much fuller and bigger than before. 

Let me show you what I mean...

Step 1- Create a Dr. Octo Rex and a Polar

Create a Dr. Octo Rex, and find a drum loop that you're particularly fond of. Or, maybe just a drum loop that works. Once you've established what you like, create a Polar.

Dr Octo Rex and a Polar

Step 2- Bring in Some '

Sound Designer, Musician, Author... G.W. Childs has worn many hats. Beginning in the U.S. Army back in 1991, at the age of 18, G.W. began learning electronics, communications and then ultimately audio and video editing from the Department of Defense. Upon leaving the military G.W. went on to work for many exciting companies like Lu... Read More


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