Editing your music with reason by Propellerhead software is easier than thought. The software is usually presentable and easy to use. Here is how to edit audio using Reason.
Introducing the audio material
The first thing to when undertaking any audio editing project is to record or import onto the audio track. For instance, if you decide to import a drum loop from your computer directory, it is going to be faster – as usual with most imports – than the tempo of your project. Reason tends to automatically stretch it into a desirable tempo. If you are not happy with this default auto-stretch setting, you can simply right-click anywhere on the field and disable it using the shortcut menu.
Double-clicking on your audio clip will open it in the Edit view in which you will notice that Reason has automatically added the editing slice markers. If you have used ReCycle before then this slice setting will look familiar to you and you will realize that it works pretty the same way. If you try to Zoom in you will notice that the slice markers gets placed at transients. Slice detection tends to be better with the increase in your materials rhythm.
Working with the markers
Try out picking and moving a marker. They obey your project’s snap setting which you can locate at the top left part of the window. Therefore, if you want to maintain a note or the beat, it is sensible to set your snap setting at approximately 1/16. To adjust a marker with increased precision, consider switching to a much finer resolution such as 1/32 or 1/64.
Snapping and Re-snapping
To make an entirely free edit to the transient marker, go to the snap area and disable snapping by unticking the box. This enables you to easily Zoom in and freely adjust any transient. This is especially great for making smaller corrections even if a sound ought to be put off the beat. However, remember to enable snapping again once you are done.
In case you have been editing your audio and made mistakes that led to ruining it or you have another clip that requires tidying procedures, you can simply opt to quantize it. Ensure you are in the Edit mode then right-click on the audio before choosing Quantize in the shortcut menu. This will immediately pull the slices into the time in relation to the currently selected snap value.
Splitting the clips
Right-clicking on the clip while the slices are selected gives you the option to split your clip at the spots indicated by the slice markers. If you choose the split option, you will notice that Reason has cut your sliced audio into multiple separate clips. This is highly useful when you need to extract a sound or loop from the audio and putting it to another use elsewhere in your project.
Stitching your slices back into original audio
In case you’ve made slice edits but you’ve changed your mind and decided to return them to the initial state, simply right-click anywhere in the window and select Revert Slices on the shortcut menu. This process serves to undo all quantization and other audio movements.
Working on audio files in Reason entails an expansive tutorial. The steps described above are the basics. Mastering the processes above, however, acts as a window to the bigger world of editing your music with reason by Propellerhead software.