Kurt Kurasaki’s great Reason books.

My wife consistently asks me how to do the same few things in Photoshop over and over. I beg her to RTFM (read the ____ing manual) but it’s just too dry for her. Myself on the other hand read operation manuals cover to cover at least two or three times. The way I see it is the more you know the more power you have in your hands. Power!!!

As a reader of Wire to the Ear you know I was graciously given a free copy of Reason 4 not too long ago. As soon as I finished the yummy manual I did my usual forum and blog troll for more info. I knew there were some really crazy things I could do with the back panel routing in Reason. More than a few times Kurt Kurasaki’s series of books aptly titled “Power Tools for Reason” came into the conversation. Kurt is the defacto Propellerhead Reason smart man. I remember coming across his Reason specialty websites and refills since the Netscape Navigator days. You may know him as Peff. That rings a bell no?

“Peff’s (as Kurasaki is more widely known as) book is a great journey through Reason’s deeper mysteries for those who have cut their teeth on the virtual studio software and want to see just how deep the hole goes. Beginners need not apply – read the very good documentation that comes with Reason first – but intermediate level users who have a song or two under their belts and know their way around Reason’s virtual rack will find a wealth of information and techniques that will prove indispensible in their later music projects.” –  Jacques L Capesius

“For one, it certainly DOES illustrate the fact that Reason is a much more powerful piece of software than most people will believe. Secondly, the information itself is very good, and I’m sure will be a great reference tool for those who already have a strong background in audio engineering. The bottom line is, don’t get this book if you’re looking to learn the basics, that’s what the instruction manual is. This book was written with the professional industry veterans in mind.” –  the enlightened one

My copy of Power Tools for Reason managed to get through German customs last week and I have been really enjoying it. As the reviews above state this is meaty material. I already deployed a few new tricks into my own music from the book. If you have Reason it’s highly recommended.

Kurt (or Peff if you like) makes the rounds at many of the Propellerheads Producers Conference meetups the company produces. You can also check out his site at: www.peff.com

The book is about $25 at Amazon: click here

photo credit: klaxon

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to: thehorrorist.com

9 thoughts on “Kurt Kurasaki’s great Reason books.”

  1. Peff is indeed a genius – his Refills are incredible. Although as a red-blooded neanderthal, the last thing I EVER do is RTFM (or ask for directions), but I believe I should bite the bullet this time, as I’ve been rejecting poor old Reasony of late, and this would put me right back in the mood methinks :)

  2. While most people take thick novels on vacation or to bed with them, I take software manuals and guides. Peter Kirn’s DIgital Audio book went to Hawaii with me last March, and I have the audio/midi effects section of the Ableton Live manual next to the bed right now.
    I love reading manuals and the Power Tools series have been good. I like Jim Aiken’s Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming.
    That being said, this book, according to Amazon, hasn’t ben released yet! Not til May 2009?! Reason 4 will be nearly two years old at that point. Oliver, how the heck did you get a copy of this already?

  3. Oh you probably already know all the stuff in Peter’s book. I knew a lot about the software, but not the process of making sounds, and the book helped me put a lot of the pieces together: working hardware into a software set up, the mystery of MIDI and controllers, microphones, why this effect and not that effect, etc. But it’s really good.

  4. Ha! See it’s the OPPOSITE for me. I’m an illustrator/designer by day and I buy every issue of Sound on Sound and FutureMusic I find, and I study the gearporn photos on Flickr. “Ooooh, is that an Apogee Duet? oooh.” I can’t read Photoshop books as I would likely have to vomit.

  5. hey oliver, yeah i’m with you on the graphics stuff. for example the site audiotuts doesn’t interest me very much compared to their sister sites on psdtuts and nettuts.

    power tools is good but i’m curious what his version4 book has to say on Thor and routing structures with that.

    also there’s a good Reason guide that was on newstands about half a year ago. i forget which publisher made it.

  6. You should buy your wife Mark Monciardini’s – Mark’s 101 Totally Awesome Photo Tips
    When I learned photoshop this helped me a lot.
    …the guy telling you how to do all kinds of stuff is not boring and pretty funny.

  7. Reason is very good for beginners. It’s quite powerful modular environment, but it has poor sound quality(sound too thin). For this reason i sold my license long ago. :]

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