To make the workflow smooth in Reason you can use templates, as you know. I already showed here how to use something similar to Ableton’s session view in Reason, which can help to boost your creative process and let it keep flowing. Here I show how I take my workflow improvement a step further.
When I start to work on a new project, I use 3 templates. Together. Yep. Since we have the tabs in Reason that is easy to do. After I open a new blank file in Reason, I always keep my three template files handy on the desktop. Mark the 3 files on the desktop, 1 double click – and the set is ready to go 🙂
First, I got my BASE file. In this template I already have set all my possible track lines for a project. The track lines (all audio!) correspond to my SoundCompingView template (see below). In this BASE project file I already have set in the mixing area all input gain to 10db* and the master fader to -6.05db. Which is a good frame for getting good mixing results. So, when opening a new project all this settings are already done. Saves a lot of time. Now I will name my file and save it as projectnameBASE.reason. SHIFT-CMD-S. Bang!
The second file is the ClipView template (which I call CORN – short for cornucopia; anyway, you can rename it as you wish). I rename this according to my projects name and save it in the folder of my project. Again, I use the project name as projectnameCORN.reason. SHIFT-CMD-S. So my project folder contains 2 files now. In this file I collect all my snippets and clips – the perfect place for me to find new ideas how to put things together. I like to collage, this basically is a main part of my production process. Here also we already have all track lines corresponding to the SoundCompingView. All mixer settings are untouched (and will be so) since I do not need the mixer here.
The third file is a template which I call SVG (SoundCompingView). I rename it according to the projects name as above (e.g. projectnameSCV.reason) and save it in the project folder as well, where now we’ll have 3 files (projectnameBASE.reason, projectnameCORN.reason, projectnameSCV.reason). The same here: All mixer settings are untouched since I do not need them here.
Normally I will start with the SVG file, to find my sounds, put effects on etc. When I am satisfied with a clip and the sound produced here, I will then bounce it and copy and paste that audio snippet to my CORN file.
In the CORN file I will find my compilations by puzzling and playing around. My main playground. The fun part. When I am satisfied with a set of clips, I then copy and paste this to the main project file.
The main BASE file is for the final arrangement and – of course: the mixing.
Now anytime I want to work on that specific project the three project files can be marked in the project folder and double clicked – and we have all 3 files to work with in one Reason window. Yep, it needs only that double click!
As easy as that.
This whole process for me is handy, always allows me a perfect overview on each stage of my growing project and gives the opportunity to always switch from stage to stage just with one click. It also prevents to have one too big file. Only in the SoundCompView file we’ll have instruments and effects. The other files will only contain audio.
The final stage will be my DIY mastering, for which I got another template; contains only one audio track (which is the exported audio from my project); I put on this audio track (not to the master section) in the following order: 1) EQ, 2) StereoImager, 3) Compressor, 4) Maximizer. Then final tweaking. That’s it.
I hope this may help. If you have a better way, please let me know.