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CHECK REASON NOWReason comes with two different CDR's packed with sounds and presets for every single instrument and effect device. The most important one has the obvious but nevertheless useful title Factory Sound Bank. The other one is intimidatingly called "Orkester".

Let's deal with the Orkester Disc first.

Propellerhead surely knows how to be original. That is the first impression you get, after checking out the Orkester. It really is an Orkester! Professional classical musicians have played their instruments in the Swedish Atlantic Studio. And they've played them all!

There must be some reason as to why Propellerhead decided to pack a CDR full of material that will not be directly associated with the very nature of Reason and most of it's users: the producers of electronic music. A good subject for a long winter evening with a philosopher, perhaps.

However, don't let all of this intimidate you. After all, these are just sounds and you don't buy CHECK REASON NOW Reason for these sounds. And it doesn't mean you shouldn't check them either. Because they're packed with some really impressive horn sections, for example. And percussion instruments of various kinds, too. Worthwile!

The Factory Sound Bank obviously needs a little more investigation. It contains all the pre-sets for the Advanced Effect devices, loops, sounds and the rest. And the sounds, of course.

The following sound example has a brass sample running throughCHECK REASON NOW the Sampler and a guitar loop taken out of the Factory Sound Bank running through the Dr Rex. The two Guitar Loops have a different tempo than the track itself, but as you can hear, something sounds really okay here!

SOUND EXAMPLE 1: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 

SOUND EXAMPLE 2: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Talking about loops, fortunately the Factory Sound Banks has them galore. The Dr. REX Loop Player simply won't play without "REX-Files", which can be created by using Propellerhead's Recycle software. And since not all of us have that software, the dr. REX player is virtually useless without prepared files.

The Sound Bank comes with a number of loops, also a special "Dub" series. The tempos on the loops are between 60-90 BPM. Most people would prefer to have the same loops mapped as 120-180, and because you can't tell dr REX that you want it that way, the loops are of little use. However, you can also load them in the NN-XT Sampler.

The percussion loops are very interesting. They contain a variety of rhythm instruments from all over the world, which you will not find in your General Midi set. What to think about the Dharbouka, the Dholki and the Kahon?

There's an enormous collection of different drum and percussion kits available, too. Electronic and acoustic instruments are presented in a balance that leans more towards the electronic side than the acoustic. The NNXT Sampler has a lot, really a lot of very interesting sounds. The usual, necessary instruments are there in unusual high quality. Especially when you take into consideration that this is literally the Factory Sound Bank, you get the most of that fe real!

Lets give our current Riddim some Piano, Organ, Guitar and Brass. This is a standard instrumentation for a Reggae Studio Band. We're letting it play as instrumental, and then apply a little DUB mixing after that, just for fun. The Spring Reverb, by the way, is our own pre-set that we created from scratch.

SOUND EXAMPLE 3: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

The sounds are more, more, much more then okay. They are more than what you can expect of a "Factory Sound Bank". Does Propellerhead like to describe their products with understatements, or don't they realize they have made the tool for the computer-based DUB producer to develop themselves to higher heights?

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