Thursday, January 24, 2019

Reason Complex-1 // MEGA TUTORIAL

Published on Jan 24, 2019 DivKidVideo

"TIMING INDEX / SECTIONS BELOW - My index is so long (aka so much in the video) I have no room to write anything else! So here's Complex-1 which is a rack extension for Reason. I worked with them making some patches (bonus free patches to come) and there's a few videos coming too. Here's the first! Enjoy, grab a drink and skip around below.

00:00 introduction

00:28 Complex-1 overview


Complex Osc

01:00 Buchla 259 heritage and features

01:40 Waveforms and waveshaping

02:28 Mod bus - FM / frequency modulation and modulating FM depth

03:03 Mod bus - AM / amplitude modulation and modulating the AM depth

03:53 Mix output - modulating the crossfade between the oscillators

04:18 Building complex tones with internal modulation, cross modulation and feedback

05:05 Audio rate modulating waveshaping

Osc 3

05:16 Osc 3 overview

05:40 Osc 3 as even more audio rate modulation for the Complex Osc

06:29 Range control, turning the Osc 3 into a sub audio rate LFO


06:46 Noise overview and sound demos

06:58 Red noise

07:15 Noise as a FM / modulation source (tool for learning and new sounds)

07:59 Blue noise

08:13 Jitter, instability and “life” with noise modulating oscillator pitch … or “how to make an angry bee in a can live in your waveforms

08:55 Resonant noise

09:52 Band noise

10:01 Static noise

10:10 Binary noise

10:16 How to make dial up internet modem sounds … wooohooo!!!

11:00 Modulating / sequenced noise as an audio rate modulator for oscillator wave shape

11:22 Buffer noise



11:58 Shaper set up and functions

12:26 Saturate - overdrive and PWM like FX

12:52 Wavefolders - what are they? How do they work?

13:08 Fold 1 - wave folding and PWM-like symmetry FX

13:36 Fold 2 - more VCO sync like tones with the second fold mode

13:59 Bipulse - wave-wrapper-esq. tones with a curved, folded, rectified like wave

14:25 Pickup - pick up style overtones, great when modulated with an envelope

14:40 Processing external audio through the Complex-1, hit tab and patch the rack!

15:01 Glitch - adding kinks and inaccuracies in the waves for rich and buzzy overtones


15:43 Low pass filter

16:14 Audio rate filter cut off modulation for formant / vocal / vowel / glottal tones.

17:03 LFO filter wobbles

17:17 Filter drive - filter burn and fattening

17:26 A word on filter key tracking

17:44 High pass filter

17:57 LPGs / Low Pass gates - what are they? How do they work? What’s unique about them?

19:29 Percussive LPG set up

20:32 Alternate ways to use the LPG

Comb Delay

20:52 Comb Delay set up and explanation

21:13 Karplus Strong Synthesis - what is it? Set up and sounds.

22:30 Using modulation for chorus / flanger like sounds



22:53 LFO functions - rate, shapes, sync/reset, positive and inverted negative outs.

23:26 Clock sync-like effects with the reset input

24:17 A basic look at uses of normal and inverted LFO outputs used in a patch

24:58 Decay shape - falling envelope like shape

25:23 Step up 3 and 4, Step up and down

25:44 Smooth random - the secret sauce! :) … using it to create drift, “life” and an organic moving base texture to patch around.


26:44 ADSR, set up, patch, inverted outputs

UTILTIES aka the real magic of a synth!


27:56 Mixing oscillators pre-filtering

28:31 Mixing CV modulation for more complex interesting and animated modulation

29:14 Mixing unit “offset” voltages

30:18 Modulating modulators

30:40 Chaining mixer channels for up to 4 channel mixing

Lag Processor

30:58 Lag processor - slew, lag, glide, portamento - what is it?

32:08 Using the lag processor as a second low pass filter

32:41 Creating more fluctuating smooth random voltages

Scale & Amp

33:24 Scale & Amp as attenuators or VCAs

33:41 Modulating modulation depth with VCA and making the classic fading vibrato modulation

34:55 Using the MIDI / sequence inputs or controllers to create velocity dependent modulation depths

Clock, quantising, sequencing, function generator and oscilloscope

36:01 Building a quick sequence

36:32 Creating sequencer patterns, controlling the range and quantising

36:59 Gate pattern sequencing

37:18 Changing sequencer step length

37:52 Clock 1 - a bonus LFO!

38:32 Clock 2 - with modulatable clock multiplication

38:45 Clock 2 - freeze / on/off control

39:31 Using the lag processor with modulated clocks for complex LFO shapes

40:05 Sequencer reset

40:28 Sequencer Curve output as a modulation source

41:03 Using an offset to transpose a sequence

41:39 Quantizer 2 - quantising LFOs for arpeggios

42:03 Function generator overview

42:26 Sample and hold S&H - making stepped random voltages

42:47 Sample and hold - LFO inputs for stepped LFO movement

43:16 Min/Max for audio processing

43:55 Onboard FX - building a sequence to demo the FX


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