This tutorial takes a look at Subtractor synthesis in Propellerhead Reason.
It’s part of an excellent series of tutorials on Reason & Record by James Bernard.
Here’s his summary of the Subtractor tutorial:
As electronic music producers, we rely on synths as our bread and butter sounds for leads, bass lines, effects, textures, and so on. Knowing that, how crazy is it that so many of us don’t REALLY know how to use them?! I mean, it’s not our fault in some ways. The presets we get from the factory soundbank and ReFills are very good. Usually one of those with a couple random knob adjustments get us off and going just fine.
But imagine the power you’d have if you could sculpt a sound and control a sound with precise knowledge of what you’re doing and the effect it will have. Imagine if you had your own folder of custom patches that you created; your own stash of secret sauce that nobody else has. Imagine if you could think of a sound you’d like to create and to know instantly how to do it.
I’m going to embark on a multi-week exploration of synthesis theory to do just that for you. This week we’re starting with the most basic synth there is – the Subtractor. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. It’s capable of some amazing sounds.