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Introduction

Reason 2.5 Ignite! is here to help you explore the vast creative possibilities within Reason 2.5. Both beginners and experienced users can benefit from this book, which will teach you, through examples, Reason’s main features and functions and will show you how to use them to create musical masterpieces of your own. This book will help you take control of the synths, samplers, effects, and other devices that make up Reason; connect them; and expand them so that you can turn your computer into a music making machine!

Who Should Read This Book?

Reason 2.5 Ignite! was written with the beginner in mind. Programming synthesizers and drum patterns, and mixing them well, can sometimes require a steep learning curve. The goal of Reason 2.5 Ignite! is to seriously shorten that learning curve by giving you clear step-by-step instructions for creating music with Reason. Each chapter has been organized to provide a simplified workflow, and the instructions in the chapters are accompanied by clear illustrations, so you’ll easily be able to see and understand what you are learning.

Helpful Advice

In addition to the tasks you’ll learn as you work through this book, you will find useful information to expand on a particular subject or topic that is related to the task.

NOTE

Tips provide some useful suggestions to help you with your workflow or some general ideas to help you create a better sound.

NOTE

Notes give you more detail regarding a feature or a more thorough explanation of what you might be doing during a task. Notes can also offer additional guidance to help you steer clear of some areas that might create problems for you.

NOTE

Cautions are there to inform you of trouble points and areas you should avoid.

In addition to the chapters, helpful information is available in the appendixes at the back of the book. The appendixes cover how to ReWire Reason to a ReWire master application, general tips on publishing your song and preparing it for CD, and using the Internet to find more helpful information, join discussions, trade songs, and even download sounds for Reason.

The creative possibilities within Reason are almost limitless. It will take you as far as your imagination cares to go. Begin the journey now!

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