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Reason Studios Chord Sequencer

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Tired of playing the same chord progressions over and over again? Chord Sequencer is a new player device for Reason designed to help you come up with fresh ideas. Through a color-coded system, Chord Sequencer maps out common and not-so-common chords to help you answer the ever-important question: Which chord should I play next?

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Reason Studios Chord Sequencer

If you’ve ever tried to come up with a fresh chord progression, you know what it can feel like: Everything’s been done before and it’s easy to get stuck in your own ways. With Chord Sequencer, a new player device for Reason, Reason Studios presents a new tool designed to end this misery.

Chord Sequencer is a MIDI effect that lets you explore chord progressions in a new and interesting way. Simply choose a key and load up one of the over 50 included chord sets for various styles and genres as a starting point. Each set contains 16 chords, but you can also edit them and add your own. Then, use the color-coded system to explore different progressions within that chord set.

Color-coded system

A bright green color stands for the most common variants that result in the most standard-sounding progressions. Darker colors guide you to chords that are a little more adventurous and can take your progression in a new direction. This is an easy-to-use system that helps to find chords that still fit within the harmonic context, but that you might not have come up with yourself. You can then arrange chords in a progression by dragging and dropping them to the timeline at the bottom of the window.

Furthermore, Chord Sequencer includes several tools to help you create interesting, great-sounding progressions. Besides adjusting the MIDI velocity and octave, you can apply a humanize function to the velocity and timing, remove the bass note to make room for a bass line, and add notes on the top and bottom of the chords.

As a Reason Rack device, you can combine Chord Sequencer with other devices like arpeggiators to create movement and tension, or use its virtual CV inputs and outputs to trigger bass notes and other elements in your Reason Rack patch.

Price and availability

Reason Studios Chord Sequencer is now available for an introductory price of €54. This offer is good through July 13, 2022, after which the price will increase to €74. The new player device is also part of the Reason+ subscription plan.

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