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Synths, Sounds, Beats, and Treats > Redrum Percussion Module - Pg. 44

The NN-XT Advanced Sampler The NN-XT sampler was introduced with Reason 2.0 in 2002 (see Figure 3.14). The NN-XT is a software-based sampler that is used to bring that acoustic or realistic element to your Reason songs. The NN-XT rivals most expensive hardware samples, such as those made by Akai and EMU. Propellerhead has also provided a boatload of samples, from acoustic pianos to orchestral instruments to guitar and voice, all of which sound great and are extremely useful in your music. Figure 3.14 The NN-XT is a professional virtual sampler that includes an impressive sound library. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Prior to the release of version 2.0, Reason included a basic sampler called the NN-19. It resembles an old school Akai sampler, is less complicated than the NN-XT, is easy to navigate, and comes with many wonderful samples. The NN-19 is not part of the Reason default song, but you can read more about the NN-19 in Chapter 11, "NN-19 Close Up." MORE IS BETTER The NN-TX and Dr:rex are two very good reasons for increasing your computer's RAM sooner rather than later. Both the NN-XT and Dr:rex are RAM based, which means that the samples and loops that you load into your Reason song will use a significant amount of RAM. The last thing you want to do is limit your creative potential with Reason because you're short on memory.