Panorama and Reason

Modes of Reason:

  • You can switch between Mixer, Transport and Instrument modes to control different parts or Reason.
  • 4th mode:  is an internal mode that toggles you out of reason and allows to use the midi control options of the Panorama. An example of this is to control ReWired host DAW.

On the Panoramas display everything is there in your face.

  • Info Line:  Shows parameter name and value for the control you are moving.
  • Info Bar:   Shows important navigational such as track name, mixer channel number and device name. You can find assignments you have selected.
  • Soft Key Menu:   Here youll find filters , sends, Dynamics, and effects.

Panorama Mixer :  You will get the feeling of operating a real mixer. This will make work flow very quickly.

  • Panorama has fast control interface
  • Channel control:  Control 8 at a time. Operate the next through < bank.
  • 8 Knobs:  Controls pan automatically.
  • Led Buttons:   These are located under the faders and are used to mute and solo the tracks.

Channel Strip Control

The 8 encoders to the right of the display controls EQ parameters by default and the rest of the channel strip parameters through the soft-key menus at the bottom of the display. Change the sequencer track and the channel strip follows but if you want to tweak the EQ on the kick drum track while continuing to play the bass line on your current sequencer track, just use the LED buttons for selecting the kick drum mixer channel and dial in the EQ.



Pressing the ‘EQ’ display button updates the screen to show the assignments of the 8 encoders to the right of the display. The main EQ section is laid out so all 4 main bands are accessible – gain and frequency can be adjusted easily. Two display buttons allow you to switch HF and LF Bell on and off whilst the first menu button toggles the EQ on and off.
The Q button changes the assignments of two encoders so you now can adjust Q for the 2 mid bands. Pressing that button one more time will take the view back to the previous view.
The ‘filter’ menu button shows the Lo and Hi Filter parameters giving you complete control of all 6 bands.
You can get back to the main mixer view at any time by pressing the illuminated Mixer button above the display. Although the EQ page is in the display, the rest of the controls in the fader section continue to operate as described in part 1


Dynamics, Inserts, and Sends

From the mixer home page you access the menus for dynamics, inserts and sends. Pressing the soft-key button for the Dynamics menu gain access to Compression and Gate in the Reason channel strip. With the display buttons compression and gate can now be switched on and off along with the Key button for side-chaining.
Back at the main mixer menu, the ‘Inserts’ menu button gains access to the 4 insert rotaries. You can also scroll through the various insert patches with the 5th encoder. Insert buttons 1-4 are mapped across the menu buttons, as well as ‘bypass’.
The ‘Sends’ menu button gains access to… FX1-8 sends! Earlier we described how to control sends during multi-channel mixing but a channel strip would not be complete without the ability to control all 8 sends at the same time. The menu buttons allow you to select between FX1-8 levels, on/off toggle and pre-fader toggle.

Reason Pro Control

The touch sensitive motorized fader is part of the channel strip. When you change sequencer track the fader therefore moves as channel volume changes from channel to channel. You can then move the fader to change volume setting or record automation. The two LED buttons follow the assignment of the motorized fader controlling Solo and Mute. You can even lock the motorized fader to a specific channel, master volume or control room. Whether you are in Transport, Mixer or Instrument mode, the motorized fader continues to give you pro-console channel control.



Creating Devices straight from Panorama

With Reason 8, building a song directly from Panorama is a reality. Start with an idea, create the instruments you need and build up your track. It’s that simple.
The default instrument devices are neatly selectable from a Panorama popup menu window. Press the Panorama enter button and you are well on the way. Rack Extensions can be created in the same manner using your computer screen as a reference point.


To know more visit Nektar’s page on the pnorama


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