Smashing Your Beats With Reason 6's Scream 4

So, you've got the hang of designing sounds for and programming your beats? Next up is processing and mixing them. Mo Volans takes a step-by-step approach for destroying them with Reason's Scream 4.  

Are you just starting to make your own drum patterns in Reason? You could do a lot worse than checking out my video tutorial on Beat Design Basics but in the meantime let me share with you a handy technique on applying tape compression to your new patterns...

Step 1 - It's All On Tape

Personally I think Reason has really come of age and it maybe one of the best beat making tools out there right now. With Kong, OctoRex and ReDrum at your fingertips there isn't a huge amount more the modern beat maker could need to hit the ground running.

Even if you have made an awesome beat in Reason there's no doubt that a touch of the right processing can push things right over the edge and give you something truly epic. I find that the Scream 4 is the perfect tool for the job.

Loading the Scream 4

Loading the Scream 4.

It's not just any old preset from Scream 4 that works for me, some of them are really far too extreme to strap across a whole drum buss, you can end up with plain noise doing this. I find that the tube and tape settings are awesome though.

The tape compression / saturation algorithm setting is really my favorite. I think it produces some of the best tape emulation I've heard and it hardly hits your CPU. Let's take a look at how to get it going on a simple loop.

Step 2 - Setting Up The Effect '

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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