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Tour the Malström > CV Connections - Pg. 232

For this programming tutorial, you are going to create a bass patch, which is used to establish the rhythm section along with Redrum or Dr:rex. This is a perfect place to set up the Reason sequencer with a punchy bass line so that you can loop the sequence and make changes to the Subtractor in real time. Before you begin, start a new Reason song and create instances of reMix and the Malström. 1. 2. 3. 4. Click on the Switch to Edit Mode button to display the Key Lane Editor. Set the Snap value to 1/16. This will draw in 16th notes. Using your Pencil tool, draw in a bass line in any key that you want. Activate the Loop mode on the Transport Panel. Set the left locator to measure 1 and the right locator to measure 3. This will give you a two-bar loop (see Figure 10.19). Figure 10.19 A two-bar loop has been created. LEARN BY EXAMPLE Although this tutorial is a good hands-on learning experience, it might not answer all of your questions pertaining to the Malström. You might find yourself wanting to program a pad or a solo instrument of some kind. My best suggestion for you is to use the Patch Browser and locate Malström patches that are similar to the type of patch you want to program. Experiment with the different parameters of a particular patch until you get a feel for how each one works and how they can be used in creating your own custom patch. Make no mistake about it; the Malström is a tough nut to crack when it comes to programming, because there are so many directions to channel your creativity. Give it time and try to learn by example. Programming Your Malström Patch In this tutorial, you are going to build a bass patch by working with each section of the Malström interface. Just as in the last chapter, this tutorial serves as a good review tool to help you remember everything that you have learned about the functionality of the Malström. Programming the Oscillators Let's start things off simple by working with OSC A, and then add OSC B later. To hear the changes in real time, click on Play on the transport bar. The two-bar loop should start playing continuously. 1. 2. By default, the graintable of OSC A is set to a Sine Wave. Notice the organ-like tone that is produced. Use the scroll buttons or click on the graintable box to display a list of available sounds. Choose the Wet Bass graintable.