Reason: Redrum Pattern Changes
If you have several patterns stored in Redrum, you can arrange your patterns to
make a musical phrase. The Reason Sequencer lets you control when one pattern
switches to another.
Drawing Pattern Changes in the Sequencer
Draw pattern automation clips in the Sequencer to specify how Redrum patterns
- Right-click on the Redrum pattern grid, and choose Edit
A pattern lane appears in the Redrum sequencer track.
- Choose the pencil tool from the Toolbar.
- Click in the Redrum Pattern Select lane with the pencil tool, and drag
over several measures. This gives you one pattern clip bearing
the name of the pattern (e.g., A1, as in the picture below).
- Do that again, starting in the measure after the first pattern.
- With the arrow tool, click on the pattern name in the second clip,
and choose one of your other patterns from the popup menu.
- You can change the position and length of pattern clips after you draw
them into the track. Using the arrow tool, drag one of the clip
resize handles that appear on the left and right ends of the clip.
If you want to start or stop a clip on something other than a measure
boundary, choose a note value from the Snap menu in the Toolbar
before dragging or resizing a pattern clip.
- A measure in the sequence that is not covered by a pattern clip will
be silent. This is a great way to have the drums stop for a while before
bringing them back in suddenly. It’s also the way to keep Redrum
from playing past the end of your sequence.
This procedure works for other devices that use stored patterns, such as the
Matrix Pattern Sequencer and the Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player.
Recording Pattern Changes
You can also record your pattern grid button presses while the sequence is
playing, though you may have to edit the results by using the techniques
- Make sure the Redrum track in the Sequencer has automation
record-enabled. Click the button circled below to make it red.
- Select the pattern in Redrum that you would like to start with.
- Press Record and, while listening to the pattern, wait for the measure
before the one in which you would like to change the pattern, and
then click the next pattern button(s). Some boxes appear in the Redrum
sequencer track. These are pattern clips.
Keep doing this for all your pattern changes. It can be tricky, but
it’s kind of fun.
- When you finish recording, rewind and listen. Your pattern changes
should happen automatically.