Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Refill: Bernard Childcare Trust

The Bernard Childcare Trust Refill is a collaborative effort between six refill producers with the goal of passing all proceeds on to the Bernard family, who experienced a tragedy in July, 2011. Most of you know James from his helpful videos on the propellerhead youtube channel, where he spreads tips and clever ways to use Reason. Much more here:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Free Refill: Basketball

Just a little free thing with a Kong and some samplers, etc can be found on the front page of the website at 3rd Floor Sound in the "News" section.
(A dribbled ball works pretty well as a kick, who knew?)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Many many thanks to Rob over at for his kind review and video presentation of The Theory. Please check out his site, it's an incredible tutorial resource covering a wide range of Reason related subjects. Just as an example, he somehow worked out how to create Song Without A Sequencer. Wait, what?

He can also be found under the name Phi Sequence on Youtube, and Facebook

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's Finally Complete--New Refill: The Theory

The Theory

152 song files (76 for Reason 5 & 76 for Record 1.5)
-17 Chord files containing 82 chords, each in individual clips organized four different ways: by quality, type, interval structure, and type versus structure.
-12 Scale files containing 223 scales in individual clips, and 30 full scale maps that contain the scales plotted across the entire keyboard.
-12 “chords on scales” files that contain all the chords transposed and plotted across 30 scales where they fit.
30 more Chords On Scales files, one for each scale, that have the scales and chords transposed for each key.
-3 scale files that include every possible 5, 6, and 7 note scale organized by structure, mode, and transposed in modes. 1 file containing 30 full scale maps transposed for each key.
-1 Music Theory overview - a song file that works as a course covering everything from sight reading to time signatures, the circle of fifths, chord construction and more.
-2 pdf files: a companion to the music theory overview, and a chord & scale index listing the spelling for every chord and a cross reference of every scale.
Refill - 77.5 mb, total download - 88.6 mb.
Here's a song file in Reason and Record format that contains a few examples of different parts of the refill.

Now I'm off to use it-
Today marks 3rd Floor's first anniversary, how'd that happen?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Something Big On The Way.

I've been working on something for the past month and a half that I've never seen done anywhere else in a platform other than print. Ten to fourteen hour days staring at little tiny red rectangles and long strings of technical explanations of deceptively easy concepts.
Ok, back to work.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wave Modulation

I wasn't sure what else to call it... (but yesterday was reminded that it's amplitude modulation, heh. Update: nope. It's filter modulation because the filter is what's being modulated BY the amplitude)
Got playing around processing audio sources through thor and fell into this one. It takes the audio and uses the incoming waveform to modulate it's own LP filter frequency, so the resultant sound depends entirely on the wave-shape of the instrument/audio it's hooked to, it'll be interesting to see what it does to regular audio, I haven't tried that yet.
It does some strange lo-fi things to drums, and gives a different character when inverted.
Threw in a panner for good measure, along with a cutoff pulse. Pan speed/pulse have adjustable rates on independent lfos, so the cycling can get pretty varied.
Wave Modulation