Reason 6: Introducing the Pulveriser

Reason is well known for its incredible-sounding instruments and effects and the Pulveriser is no exception. Mo Volans discovers just how capable at distortion this new effects unit is.  

Reason users have had access to a great distortion unit in the form of the Scream 4 for some time now. The crazy guys at Propellerhead obviously thought Scream wasn't edgy enough though as they have now introduced the new Pulveriser to Reason's sonic armory.

Let's take a quick look at this edgy new effects processor and see how Reason 6 users can benefit from it. Everything you see and hear here is available from the Reason 6 factory sound bank... 

Tweaker's Heaven

The first thing to realize about the Pulveriser is that it's a whole lot more than just a distortion unit. Packed into this virtual device you'll find a compressor, filter, envelope follower and LFO. Obviously you can distort your sounds with it but you can also do a whole lot more.

This is much more of a creative effect than the Scream 4 and in some areas it resembles a synthesizer. With all this going on you can expect a pretty in depth interface and the Pulveriser has just that.

Although there are essentially four different areas to the Pulveriser's control panel, the Props have cleverly named each section so that even the beginner should have no problem getting started. The compression setting is called Squash for example and the drive setting Dirt. You get the idea.

The many areas of the new Pulveriser effect

The many areas of the new Pulveriser effect.

From Mild To Massive

In my short time with the Pulveriser the one thing that has struck me is the unit's ability to produce everything from subtle saturation and overdrive to over-the-top distortion and twisted modulated effects.

An untreated drum loop:

The same loop treated with the '

Mo has been a professional in the music industry for around 15 years. He has released material with the world's leading record labels and also produces music for TV and Film. Mo is also a prolific writer and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Music Tech, Future Music and EQ magazine. There isn't a piece of music software tha... Read More


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