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Transmitting Midi Clock data in reason essentials to my Alesis SR16 drum machine

Discussion in 'Reason' started by rocker73, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. rocker73

    rocker73 Active Member

    I want to transmit midi clock data to my SR16 drum machine so that when i hit record on the transport control and get a 2 bar count in my drum machine
    kicks in on time after the 2 bar count so i can record it.

    I can do this in Pro Tools easy, but am really struggling for some reason in reason essentials.

    Please help!
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    From my knowledge, Reason has no outgoing midi signals.
  3. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    So if you run Reason rewired to Pro Tools is this still a problem?
  4. cruisemates

    cruisemates Active Member

    I don't know Reason, but it doesn't make sense that it would not have an internal clock - that is a fundamental function for any midi-related DAW. I found this online, I don't know if it works but worth a try...

      • 1Connect your MIDI cable to your USB MIDI interface. Insert either end of your MIDI cable into the "MIDI In" connector on the interface. The interface works as an intermediary device between your MIDI keyboard and your computer.

      • 2Connect your keyboard to your computer. Plug the USB connector into a USB slot on your PC and connect the free end of your MIDI cable to the "MIDI Out" port on the back of your keyboard.

      • 3Open Reason 2.5 on your computer. You can create a new musicView attachment 4867 project by clicking "File" on the menu bar and selecting "New" from the list, or you can open a saved project by selecting "File" and then "Open."

      • 4Open your "Preferences" window. If using Windows, click "Edit" on the menu bar and select "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. If using Mac OS X, click "Reason" on the menu bar and select "Preferences" from the drop-down menu.

      • 5Select the "MIDI and Preferences" option from the "Page" menu at the top of the window and then choose "Advanced MIDI Dialogs."

      • 6Select your MIDI interface using the "Ports" menu. Since you only have a single interface plugged in, you should see just one option available.

      • 7Select your MIDI interface from the list beside the "MIDI Clock Sync" option if you want Reason to quantize the notes transmitted from your MIDI keyboard. In other words, you can constrain the timing of your notes on a mathematical scale by using the MIDI clock, so that your music plays in perfect time. Click "OK" when you finish.

      • 8Set up your digital instrument. Use Reason's built-in software synthesizers, like the Redrum, the Subtractor and the Malstrom, to customize the notes that your MIDI keyboard will play. Adjust the default settings of each oscillator or use the preset options to create different sounds like synthesizer beeps, harmonic pads and low frequency bass keys. You can access these features by clicking "Create" on your menu bar and selecting a synthesizer from the drop-down menu.

      • 9Play your MIDI keyboard. The sounds will transmit to your computer through Reason, according to your specifications. To record your notes and sequences, press the red "Record" button on the transport panel at the bottom of your screen. Press the "Stop" button when you finish recording.

  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Because all of Reasons instruments are internal, it has never had facilities to deal with external instruments, only supports midi in to internal instruments.

    Sort of like how garage Band has no midi out.

    Rewire sync to Protools then clock out of protools.

  6. cruisemates

    cruisemates Active Member

    Thanks - I used to Have reason connected to my ProTool but I can't remember ever finding a good use for it. I have set up my Alesis to clock to Protool and it is easy, and actually pretty amazing how the drum machine always knows right where you are in the song. Its a good way to save computer resources (having an external drum machine).

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