i am looking to buy reason 3
to record some general beats/ backing tracks, but i am not 100% sure it is for me, if you have the time to answer them, i have a couple of questions to ask to make sure this is the one....
ok, so my setup is a good laptop, memory and hardrive etc, then i use a yamaha mm6
keyboard/synth which plugs in via usb, i also have cubase and ableton live for recording audio and have a line 6 ux2 which i use for recording audio into the sequencers, some of the software preamps are quite nice to use.
the questions are as follows....
firstly, the keyboard/synth i use transmits midi via usb, i dont have midi ports on my laptop. will reason 3
recognise the midi via the usb connection, or do i need to get some kind of additional midi adapter?
secondly, if i select a sound in reason 3
, say some strings, and i play my keyboard.....then the sound form reason is triggered by the keyboard. i understand that. but if i select a sound on my synth and then play it whilst connected to reason, can i then hear that sound from the synth and edit it via reason, or will reason only let me use the keyboard as a trigger?
third question, can i import sounds into reason and edit them, like my own samples, not a manufacturers
and finally, i understand reason is midi only. so when i come to record audio, say guitar or vocal. how do i get this into the mix. do i have to mix down the reason tracks and then open the whole song as one track in cubase or ableton live? if i do this, i cant help but feel that i will be limited when doing the final mixdown as it woud be a solid track of backing and one track of vocals. cant mix them together as well. i heard of something called re-wire, is this a peice of software that links cubase and reason together?
ok, well i appreciate that these may be tricky to answer and am grateful of any time taken to help answer them
and i appologise for any spelling and grammer mistakes, left school early to go and work :p