Shortcut: Randomize the Matrix Sequencer

Today I present to you a highly fun Reason beginner tip: Instead of placing notes into Reason’s fun Matrix Sequencer use the Randomize function. But don’t give yourself carpel tunnel syndrome by pushing the mouse pointer to the Edit menu and selected Randomize Pattern. Simply hold down the Command (Apple) key and hit R. Now… do it over and over until you get something you like.

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8 thoughts on “Shortcut: Randomize the Matrix Sequencer”

  1. yes, this is a good tip. what i do is after i’ve randomized, i scootch some of the notes back into key. also it’s nice if you set the instrument you’re working with to monophonic(poly=1) and some portamento. pull down the decay of the notes and you get some nice computer sounding motifs.

  2. yes, beginners tip but worthwhile none-the-less. as Mr Tunes said, it is (sometimes) good to randomize and then put every note one position up or down to get the whole thing playing in key. this may sound better, but it may not. try it out. the randomize-option is also very useful for when you want to create ‘generative’ drumbeats – create an NNXT and load it up with drumsamples you like, either one sample for every key on the keyboard or spread over multiple keys so you get automatic pitch-effects (which could also be accomplished, ofcourse, by using the pitchbend wheel, and for the most variation by picking a different pitchbend range for every sample in the NNXT). Then, connect a Matrix and randomize away.
    Furthermore, try randomizing and then randomly (by hand) lowering some of the gates, so you get intervals which might be interesting. sometimes with basses or synthlines letting the Matrix play only the first one or two bars and adding some delay is better than a full 32 steps of notes.

    hmm i could go on and on..

  3. Good begginer tip. The intermediate version is:

    Put a scale or range of notes in tune with your track. Place a few gates under the notes. Hit [command] + T (transform). Change a gate or two here and there.

    The notes will be shuffled around – but the pitches do NOT get randomized.

    Keep hitting [cmd] + T until you hear something cool. Cut, then switch to next pattern, paste, and repeat until you have a whole bank of sequences that are in key with your song. Excellent way of making variations to bass lines and existing patterns. Excellent for live use too, since you can always undo.

  4. NN19 also can create some time-stretching effects. Just connect the LFO Out and CV Input & tweak the ‘Sample Start’ knob. With ‘LFO Rate’ you can change the splicing frequency. Overlapping depends on ‘Release’ of Amp envelope & Polyphony determines the character of effect (from the AKAI-style stretching to grain-like noises)

  5. Yes , very usefull indeed.
    I have been using this to create cool velocity patterns , just can’t be arsed to draw them myself haha.

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