Creating an NN-XT Instrument

You can create your own NN-XT patches using samples from the Factory Sound Bank. This means first loading samples using the patch browser.

To load samples


Initialize the NN-XT patch (right-click and select Initialize Patch, or go to Edit > Initialize Patch).


In the Remote Editor, click the Browse Sample button (Figure 6.78).

Figure 6.78. Browse samples for the NN-XT.


Using the sample browser, navigate to the Reason Factory Sound Bank, then Other Samples/Chords-Phrases-Pads-Stabs and press Ctrl+A (Win) / Cmd+A (Mac) to select all samples in the directory (Figure 6.79).

Figure 6.79. I selected all samples in the Chords-Phrases-Pads-Stabs directory.


Click Open. The entire directory of samples is now loaded into the NN-XT and visible in the Remote Editor display (Figure 6.80).

Figure 6.80. This is how the sample map looks after batch-loading samples.

When loaded manually, NN-XT samples may need to have their root key set.

To detect root notes on multiple samples


With multiple samples loaded in the Remote Editor, select all the samples by clicking in the G column (Figure 6.81).

Figure 6.81. Samples loaded together are in the same group and can all be selected using the Group (G) column.


Select Edit > Set Root Notes From Pitch Detection. A status window appears, indicating progress (Figure 6.82).

Figure 6.82. The Pitch Detection status window shows your progress.


Click on a sample to see its root note highlighted on the keyboard ruler.

Even though the key zones will look the same, the root keys for all the samples have been changed.

NN-XT Sample Formats

Standard .wav files: Short for waveform audio format, WAV is a Microsoft/IBM format standard for storing audio on personal computers.[*]

Standard .aiff files: Co-developed by Apple and based on Electronic Arts' Interchange File Format, AIFF (audio interchange file format) is most commonly used on Macintosh systems.[*]

SoundFonts: A widely used format for storing instrument samples on PC sound cards developed by Creative Labs.

REX Slices: Reason's loop player format, developed by Steinberg. It uses slices of a sound to adjust tempo without affecting pitch.

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Automapping samples' key zones works best when you have a set of samples that you know have different root keys. Automapping on the NN-XT works exactly the same as on the NN19.

To Automap samples' key zones

With a set of unmapped samples loaded, select Edit > Automap Zones (Figure 6.83).

Figure 6.83. The NN-XT, too, uses the Automap command.

When samples share the same root note, Reason will map them to the same key (Figure 6.84).

Figure 6.84. Automapped samples with the same root key will be assigned the same key zone.

Editing sample maps

Once a sample is loaded, you can edit it interactively by dragging it to a new key location, by lengthening its key zone, or by drag-selecting multiple samples. To assign multiple samples to the same key, you can use the Remote Editor to adjust this manually.

To edit key zones


Select a sample in the NN-XT Remote Editor.


To adjust the key zone position, click and drag the zone box left or right. The root key setting will travel with it (Figure 6.85).

Figure 6.85. Key zones behave like objects and can be dragged around the keyboard ruler.


To adjust the zone's range, click and drag the handles on the sample box (Figure 6.86).

Figure 6.86. Zone handles allow you to adjust the length of a single key zone.


To adjust multiple sample ranges, click and drag the tab handles at the top of the display (Figure 6.87).

Figure 6.87. Tab handles ignore selection status, dragging whatever zone boundaries begin or end at the handle's position.

The tab handles ignore selection status. They will drag all the samples with ranges beginning or ending at the handle position.


  • The tab handles adjust a sample's key range in relation to other samples. This means when a sample is stretched to a key area containing another sample, the stretched sample will "squeeze" out or "steal" range from the other one.

  • If you're working with unpitched samples and want to set up one sample per key, you'll have to map each sample manually.

Reason 3 For Windows and Mac
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