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Propellerheads Reason Books – The BIG List

Well the title does all the explaining of this article. The Propellerheads Reason Books big list will be updated from time to time with more books and more reading resources for every version of Reason. One more thing! Before starting considering any of the books from the list, it’s good to know that everyone should read the Reason Manual and Documentation, because it’s very well put together and there’s tons of cool stuff to learn from it … You have to decide for yourself which books from the list suits you best!

Power Tools for Reason 4 by Kurt Kurasaki aka Peff

This third volume in the Power Tools for Reason series explores new features of the latest version, and includes projects that incorporate the array of new devices and samples and instruments found in Reason 4 and its “X” updates. Author Kurt Kurasaki takes his popular series to the max, covering Reason 4’s all-new sequencer, its revolutionary new groove tool, stunning arpeggiator, and yet another amazing synth to end all synths-plus more! This book delivers advanced production techniques to experienced Reason users.

Reason 4 Power! by Michael Prager

Get ready to put the power of Reason 4 to work! This comprehensive guide shows you how to get the most out of this popular music production program, while providing insights and tips that not only teach you the program but will help you make better music. You’ll start with a brief introduction to the basics of computer music and putting together your studio and then quickly move on to the business of creating a song. You’ll explore all the various tools and synths that Reason offers, including the Sequencer, reMix, Redrum, Subtractor, Malström, Thor, NN-19 and NN-XT, the Matrix, RPG-8, the Combinator, the MClass mastering suite, and much, much more. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be ready to synchronize Reason with other music-making programs, use automation, and mix and publish your creations to CD or to the Web.

Reason 4 Ignite by Matt Piper

Reason 4 Ignite! helps you get up to speed in Reason quickly by dropping you right into the action with the author’s guidance so that before you know it, you are really in the Reason groove! This book is not hard work. You will not find long lists of features and difficult theoretical explanations to wrap your head around. Instead, in each chapter you will immediately be led through relatively short groups of simple, foolproof steps. At the end of each short exercise, you’ll hear the results of your work – instant gratification! You will experience in real time what it feels like to make Reason work for you, and your understanding will grow. YouÂ’ll learn to take control of the synths, such as Thor, Malström and Subtractor; the NN-19 and NN-XT samplers; and all the effects and other devices that make up this incredible music-making program. Screenshots and step-by-step instructions guide you through the various new features of Reason 4.

Introducing Reason 4 by Cliff Truesdell

Electronic musicians, rockers, rappers, and regular folks use Reason virtual studio software to create and self-record studio-quality music on PCs and Macs. This book shows you how to harness all the tools of this popular package to produce your own professional sound. Veteran studio engineer and professional musician Cliff Truesdell explains everything you need to get goingfrom Reason’s full array of virtual instruments, effects, and functions to priceless inside-the-studio insights and tips you can use to start creating original pieces right away.

Propellerhead Reason 4 Tips and Tricks by Hollin Jones

This book covers everything you need to know about using Reason in your everyday music-making. It will let you unlock the full creative potential of your software by giving you the inside track on how to make the best and most effective use of it. Ideal for beginners, intermediate and experienced users, the book covers topics from advice on computer audio setups and operating systems through to working methods, linking Reason with other programs and using your own sounds and custom racks. Other topics include expert tips on using all the instruments such as the new Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, tools and effects, the ReGroove mixer, recording and sequencing, detailed MIDI editing and parameter automation. It even tells you how to mix down and publish your tracks.

Reason 4 Essential Training by Bruce Williams

The recording engineer Bruce Williams is the ideal guide for Reason making this book highly technical presenting a daunting learning curve even for those with experience in other audio software. In Reason 4 Essential Training, Bruce explores every device in the rack, including the Transport panel, and the new devices like the ReGroove mixer, the Thor polyphonic synthesizer, and the RPG-8 arpeggiator. He also demonstrates production enhancements made possible by the revamped sequencer and automation interfaces. Exercise files accompany the course. Topics Include: Connecting a keyboard, MIDI device, or other piece of hardware; Working with drums, loops, synths, and samples; Composing, publishing, and exporting songs; Using the sequencer in Arrange and Edit modes; Understanding patches and ReFills; Adding effects; Using ReWire to synchronize Reason with other audio applications.

Power Tools for Reason 3.0: Master the World’s Most Popular Virtual Studio Software by Kurt Kurasaki aka Peff

This definitive guide provides tips for producing music using Reason, one of the most popular virtual-studio programs. This second edition explores new features of the latest version, and projects from the earlier edition incorporate the new devices and samples. Revisions reflect the features added with the MClass Compressor, Maximizer, and Equalizer devices, while a new chapter on audio mastering discusses the use of these devices. A Combinator chapter discusses new synthesis, effect configurations, and methods used in the patches from the updated Factory Soundbank Library. This book delivers advanced production techniques to experienced Reason users.

Fast Guide to Propellerhead Reason by Debbie Poyser, Derek Johnson, Hollin Jones

The Fast Guide to Propellerhead Reason is the book Reason users have been waiting for to help them get the very best from Propellerhead’s amazing electronic music studio software. This in-depth guide, now in it’s third edition, takes you through every separate Reason device. In addition, all the devices and changes introduced with the V3 update are covered, including the new Remote technology and enhanced browser and workflow improvements. Every control and function is explained in the kind of language you can understand, with invaluable insights as to practical and off-the-wall uses of device facilities along the way. Frequent walkthroughs of both standard and more exotic techniques are introduced at the points where you will find them most useful, and step-by-step programming tutorials help you increase your hands-on skills with Reason, as well as creating unusual and indispensable effects that will spead the creation of your music and enhance its appeal.

Reason 3 Power! by Matt Piper and Michael Prager

Geared toward intermediate users, Reason 3 Power! is a perfect book for the home recording studio musician! Readers learn how to use Reason with other software and hardware through in-depth tutorials and explanations. This guide is packed with tips that even a quite experienced user may not be aware of. This book explores the history of MIDI, how Reason works with MIDI, and valuable tricks of the trade that will help make readers’ songs sound professional. Whether it’s for a professional musician or a hobbyist, Reason X Power! coupled with this dynamic software will take the creative possibilities to a whole new level.

Reason 3 for Windows & Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guide) by Joe Lyford

Using simple step-by-step instructions and loads of visual aids, this friendly volume promises to have you up and running quickly – using all of Reason’s instruments, loops, effects, mixing capabilities, and drum kits. You’ll also find complete coverage of Reason’s essential features: from its extensive racks and sound banks to its lifelike, rear-rack cabling, as well as its effects, automation, integration with other audio programs, and more.

Reason 3: The Complete Course by Robert Innocent

Readers will be able to follow the book from front to back learning the different modules of the program. Each chapter builds on the next, taking the reader from the point of no knowledge to a point where they are proficient with the software. From the basics or recording, to creating loops and synths to mixing and burning your sequences, this book covers the full spectrum of features in Reason 3.0. Throughout the book you’ll find tips and tricks that show the most efficient approaches for completing complicated tasks. This book is ideal for users new to Reason.

Reason 3 Overdrive!: Expert Quick Tips by Christopher Lee Martin

Geared toward advanced users of Reason, this book offers succinct chunks of guru-level advice. The tips, presented in bite-size chunks, bring readers to the next level and enable them to hone their skills on various functions within the application. Written to simply provide readers with helpful hints along the way, each tip is covered in a maximum of two pages.

Reason 3 Ignite! by Eric D. Grebler and Chris Hawkins

Reason 3 Ignite!, written for both PC and Mac platforms, is the perfect companion for users just starting out with this software. Topics are easy to find with the detailed table of contents and the complete, well-organized index. Reason is one of the most popular software applications of its kind, though the manual included with the software is known for being very confusing and the help files are incomplete in many cases. A large number of users do not want to go through all of the jargon that surrounds such a program. Therefore, a simplified explanation is greatly needed. This book, presented in an easy-to-understand manner, fills that need. To add more value to readers and provide tools to enhance learning, the companion Web site offers downloadable source files used in the book. The author’s in-depth knowledge of this application coupled with the strong and updated look of the Ignite! series, leaves this book standing as an excellent source for getting up and running quickly on Reason.

Reason 3 CSi Starter by Greg Williams

This hands-on, interactive training CD-ROM provides a unique way to work through a basic production from start to finish. Gain a solid understanding of Reason while learning how to use all the exciting new features in version 3. Packed with approximately 2.5 hours of movie tutorials, this interactive training product guides you through the business of producing a song. Sit back and watch as a pro shows you the ins and outs of Reason 3, and then practice what you’ve learned with the quizzing feature.

Reason 3 CSi Master by Steve Nalepa

This interactive training CD-ROM guides you through the key operational techniques and cool new features of Propellerhead’s Reason 3. Comprised of approximately six hours of movie tutorials, this unique learning tool includes not only functionality, but also production techniques, special shortcuts, key commands, and before and after audio examples. “Reason 3 CSi Master” takes you to the next level of software and production operation through detailed discussions of software buttons, elements and menu items, production technique demonstrations, shortcuts, and tips.

Music Projects with Propellerhead Reason: Grooves, Beats and Styles from Trip Hop to Techno by Hollin Jones

Reason is perfectly suited to making electronic music, but it’s capable of much more than that. This book shows you how different styles of music are put together and how you can make them for yourself in Reason. Ideal for everyone from beginners to experienced users the book covers essentials like choosing a computer, setting it up for audio work and optimizing Reason for maximum performance. It contains detailed workshops on eight major musical genres – Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Dub, House, Techno, Trip Hop, Trance and Club. The book also shows you how to mix, export and publish your finished tracks. Backed up by an online resource of song files, sounds, links and information, Music Projects with Propellerhead Reason will help you get the most out of Reason and take your music-making to the next level and beyond.

Propellerhead Reason Tips and Tricks by Hollin Jones

Beginners and professionals alike use it as a creative tool, a musical sketchpad, or to make whole albums. Although easier to get started with than many other sequencers, Reason’s friendly interface hides a wealth of features, shortcuts and tricks that can save you time and help you to produce better tracks. This book covers everything you need to know about using Reason in your everyday music-making. Ideal for beginners, intermediate and experienced users, the book covers topics from advice on computer audio setups and operating systems through to working methods, linking Reason with other programs and using your own sounds and custom racks. Other topics include expert tips on using all the instruments, tools and effects, recording and sequencing, detailed MIDI editing and parameter automation.


(05 December 2008): I have refreshed this list with new books for Reason 4. As you can see, I have modified a bit this article to reflect a list of books for all versions of Reason. Enjoy 😉

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