Reason Atomik Tutorial #3 : Advanced Default Template

A default template in my humble opinion is the basis of workflow optimization. After spending / wasting a lot of time in the past, I decided to focus on my own Default template which I want to share with you:

Firstly, you can download my template in the download section then after unzipping the reason file, drop it in the reason template folder then you can create a new project with this template.

reson default template

I know I know, seems messy but if you are new with Reason don’t be afraid, a lot of stuff is included in this template and we will try to cover it.


  • A template can / should be adjusted
  • This is MY template: What is working for me not necessarily work for you
  • I am using some rack extensions in my workflow feel free to remove / replace it
  • Enjoy more free time and be more productive ??

Instrument mix Channels (green)

Based on an Instrument Frequency CHART

landr instrument frequency chart

If I want to use a specific Instrument I just need to drag and drop the instrument to the proper mix channel. The EQ reflect the Instrument Frequency Chart and can help for your final mix.

ssl console eq

For every channel I used the EQ Rack extension SYNAPSE GQ-7 EQ but If you don’t want to use it I duplicate the EQ in the SSL MIX Channel

audio specrum analyzer

Drum Mix Channels

I decided to split channels on my Redrum / Kong / 808 into multi mix channel then route them to a specific bus because I like to have a level of granularity when I am mixing. Again: feel free to update the template or maybe use the template to grab some pieces

For example, you don’t have / use the 808? just remove all the mix channel / instrument

reason remove track device

You need a second Kong / Redrum or you want to use a Kong / redrum inside another project: copy or duplicate the tracks.

reason duplicate kong device

NB: I hope one-day Propellerhead will fix that one day but for now, if you change a patch or a sample in the Kong, you lose the channel output mapping and you need to reset it manually.

reason route output kong device

Send FX (pink channels)

I reuse this tip from Evan (stockmusicmusician) This technique provides more control and visibility.

reason ssl send fx console

If you activate some effect, you will automatically see the result in your SSL console and have more control.

Master Section

I put here some effects and utilities I use very often.

reason mastering tools and utilities


  • A template can / should be adjusted
  • This is MY template: What is working for me not necessarily work for you
  • I am using some rack extensions in my workflow feel free to remove / replace it
  • Enjoy more free time and be more productive ??

Reason Atomik Tutorial #2: Redrum, Multi-Channel and Sidechain

sidechain compressor redrum reason tutorial

In the second tutorial, we will see how to split the redrum channels in the DAW Reason to have more control on each sample and we will demonstrate the usage of sidechain in a track.

I hope you will find this video helpful and don’t forget to subscribe to receive the latest news.

The samples and the patch are available for free in the download section.

Reason Atomik Tutorial #1: Adding Character to an Instrument

radical piano character tutorial

In my "Reason Atomik Tutorial series" for Propellerheads Reaon, I will show some tips I am using with this DAW to enhance my sounds.

This first tutorial presents a way to add more character to an instrument in Reason. In this specific example, I am using a Radical Piano then with the Dual Pulsar LFOs I automate some parameters of the instrument.

You can download the combinator in the download section for free.


Atomik Circus Music reason 6.5 tutorial hip hop old school session

Today, let's focus on hip-hop beat session with reason. This tutorial is based on the big hit of NAS (Affirmative Action) released in 1996 (The original structure is not online but is in the .reason file in goodies).

The sample base uses a slow tempo (84 BPM) and is very minimal. It consists in a deep bass with a synthesized guitar combined with scratches (.rex files from the default reason library) and some brass instruments.

It is creative commons so feel free to download and play with this tutorial in Reason. If someone wants to put some voice, it will be my pleasure to hear the result!

Ska Session with Propellerhead reason

Atomik Circus Music reason 6.5 tutorial ska session

A quick easy bass line, with a quick brass instrument line accented by guitar on the upbeat. We have the basico to make some ska music.The result would be really better with real instruments but I tried to explore the Reason possibilities to generate and simulate acoustic instruments, using effects. There is still a lot of work to do …

I used the patch FingerBass 1.0.sxt for the bass
I used the patch Gt Hippie 12Str.sxt for the guitar with some reverb (rv 7000) and distortion (Scream 4) effects
The drum is a loop from Acoustic Drums | College 130-1.drex reprocessed with some effects
For the brass instruments Full Orchestra.cmb and TRPS Long ff lite.sxt was used with some reverb and others effects.

You can download the reason project (.reason) here : Atomik Session Ska reason file