Thursday, October 23, 2008

Remember, These Patches Are Bragware!

As I mentioned in the FAQ the patches provided on the Patch-A-Day blog are "bragware" meaning that if you use a patch in one of your projects, I want to hear about it. Leave a link to where you've hosted your project in the comments section or send me an e-mail and I'll highlight your project and the patch you used here on the blog.

If you take one of the patches here and tweak it to make a new sound, I'd love to hear about that too. Send me an email at patchaday (at) with your patch file and I'll put it on the blog, giving you credit for your new creation.

Of course, you're also free to submit patches of your design, as Mad Wax did a week or so ago.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mute Clips

When you're reading a forum post or blog tip about how to get something done in some other DAW, do you just skip over the posting or do you take the time to read it? Being curious, I'll usually take the time to read tips for other DAWs, as it gets me thinking about my own workflow in Reason.

For example, Wire To The Ear posted a tip a few days back for Ableton Live and how to temporarily "Deactivate" a clip in a track. Immediately my mind started in on how it could be done in Reason and I eventually decided the best way to achieve this was to create a "New Clip Lane," move the clips you wanted to mute to that new lane, and then mute the lane in the sequencer. This way you could drop several clips into this new lane to evaluate different sections and figure out whether or not they're worth keeping in your song. Pretty smart, right?

Well, no. The thing is, the ability to "Deactivate" clips is already built into Reason. Just right click a clip and select "Mute Clip" from your right click menu and you get the exact same function as Ableton Live's Deactivate, right down to the faded/white clip in the sequencer window.

It's amazing what you can learn studying someone else's sequencer. Thanks for the Reason tip, Wire To The Ear, even if it was unintentional!