There are some big, fat dirty lies which capture the zeitgeist: 1 The economy is turning round, no, really. 2 'Of course I'll love you in the morning'. And 3 Propellerhead Software’s Reason may be just for beginners because it's so easy to use. Wrong, wrong, wrong and rong. And no, I don't really know what kind of tranquilizer dart you need to take down a zeitgeist either; I just put it there as a big, liberal newspaper kind of a word to make me sound more erudite. Well you're not here because you want to talk politics or love, so we'll leave the first two BFD lies, but what of Reason? Even when version 1 came out it could get pretty complicated. It's got more knobs and cables than the San Fransisco bondage scene. So, faced with this, you need a man like Scott Griggs talkin' to you on Groove3's Reason 5 Explained videos.
I've used Reason on and off since it was first released. I was in the position of knowing a lot of what Scott had to say while picking up a few nuggets along the way. But (and I don't know why) I'd never taken the time to get to grips with ReGroove or the RPG8 arpeggiator modules. So I was able to look at these two videos with the eyes of a big inner and the two bear some comparison. The first of the two is for the ReGroove mixer and it's here where I can't give an unqualified thumbs up.
The video is around 9.5mins, but the first 8.5 are given over to explanation. I found myself trying to juggle concepts and memorise things without a practical example or the sound of the module coming through the speakers. It became a bit confusing, even frustrating until I heard the first example of ReGroove affecting Redrum, coming through at 8:26mins, that the penny started to drop. Sure, I could go back and listen again when I'd got the concept, but compare it to the following video in the series about the RPG8. Scott dives in here and right off the bat there's examples galore while he's telling you what he's doing, while he's doing it and there's the example as he speaks. This was exactly what I wanted and 10 minutes after I'd started the video I was wondering why I'd ever scratched my head about it. Which, if you think about it, could be a good real-world definition of a successful tutorial video.
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