How to Create an Audio Track in Reason 4

by Alexander Abbott

Reason is a popular music production and virtual instrument software application that allows users to make music and design sounds. Reason 4 was released in 2007 and included a variety of new virtual instruments and interface improvements. While Reason 4 is great for MIDI recordings, the software does not provide a straightforward way for creating an audio track. Luckily, Reason 4 provides sampling options and workarounds that allow users to create audio tracks.

Open Reason 4 and start a new project from the "File" menu. Under the default mixer, right click the black area and select "NN-XT Advanced Sampler."

Click on the small triangle in the bottom left hand corner of the NN-XT sampler to extend the instrument view. Click on the small folder button next to the "SAMPLE" text on the expanded section of the NN-XT.

Import the audio file into a NN-XT audio sample track. Browse for your audio track in the NN-XT sample browser window, highlight it and click "OK." If your audio sample is not already in WAV format, convert it to WAV format using iTunes, Windows Media Player or another audio program.

Click on "Edit Mode" in the bottom sequencer window. Click on the Pencil tool from the toolbar. Scroll down the piano roll on the left side of the sequencer window to locate "C3." Click the pencil on the C3 row at the point in the timeline in which you wish the audio to begin playing. Drag the pencil for as long as you wish the audio sample to continue playing.

Play and edit the audio. Use the "Play" button to play the audio sample. Use audio effect units and the editing tools in the sequencer window to modify the audio track as you see fit.

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Alexander Abbott has more than seven years of experience in digital marketing. He has been a featured blogger for several media companies in Los Angeles and brings expertise in emerging technological trends, as well as international politics. Abbott is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

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