I seem to have the biggest problem transferring what's in my head to the computer. Has anybody solved this or care to share what works for them?
Secondly, I've been trying to program a simple bass, snare, closed hat pattern but I haven't been able to find a decent drum palette. For those of you who use Reason 4, is there some drum patch you find comes closest to what you're looking for? I'm not asking for any "secret" palettes, but it's often frustrating trying to get started when you're spending hours looking a "decent" kick, snare, and closed hat.
Thirdly, fattening up drums in Reason 4 seems to be a mystery to me. I've thrown a Scream 4 on a kick (just the kick) and used the Tape Compression and cranked up the "volume" with poor results. I've tried using Unison (not sure what I thought that was going to do) and even triggered two of the same kicks. What are the Tips and Tricks to fattening up drums in Reason.
Lastly, if you were to list the top 4 components to a deep house track (sound palette wise), what would you say? Let me give a little more info as to what I'm looking for. I often hear tracks that sound like they have the following components:
Can someone school an amateur?
- Thick Bass (think Subtractor "Bass Guitar")
- Rhodes "simulated" keys (I guess Electromechanical has this)
- Some kind of pad (I'm not sure)
- Another higher frequency sound to round out the pad or rhodes
As always, I'll give my disclaimer. I'm not looking to "break into the business" or anything. This is just a very expensive hobby of mine. I've always been told to listen to what I like and try to duplicate it (as a starting point). That's easier said than done when:
Thanks for your assistance!!!!
- You're stuck on the drum pattern (and palette)
- You're trying to figure out the "essential" sound layers for melody, chords, and bass line
Peace & HouzNez 4EvR....