Multisampled Instruments

Once you've gained familiarity with the basic instrument patches, the next step is to learn how to use the sampler so that it sounds more like a live instrument.

This brings us to multisamplingthe technique of spreading multiple samples across the keyboard. Each sample in a patch has one recorded pitch, called the root key. Multisampled patches are more complicated, but they can safeguard instruments from pitch-shifting beyond their "comfort zones." The result is that multisampled instruments sound more realistic up and down the keyboard.

To load and check a multisampled patch


Using the sample browser, load a patch, such as NN-19 Sampler Patches/Piano/ GRANDPIANO from the Reason Factory Sound Bank.


Look at the sample map display of the patch (Figure 6.22).

Figure 6.22. The NN-19 sample map display

On the top row of the virtual LED, you'll see dividing lines with handles on top. These represent the key zones, or areas of the keyboard assigned to a particular sample. Each key zone represents a different piano note sample.


Select a key zone on the top of the display, to see the root key of the sample highlighted on the virtual keyboard (Figure 6.23).

Figure 6.23. The root key of the selected key zone is displayed on the keyboard ruler.

Note that correct root keys should sit on the keyboard ruler at the midpoint beneath the key zone of the selected sample.


To listen to a sample, press Alt (Win) / Opt (Mac) and click the key zone.


  • When you select a sample, the NN-19 will display its name, key, loop status, and pitch (Figure 6.24).

    Figure 6.24. When a sample's key zone is selected, the NN-19 displays information about it.

Reason 3 For Windows and Mac
Reason 3 For Windows and Mac
ISBN: 321269179
Year: 2003
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