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Natural Uses Reason on Productions with Usher and Other Hip-Hop Icons

Natural Uses Reason on Productions with Usher and Other Hip-Hop Icons

Producer/Writer/Arranger/Guitarist Exalts Software’s Portability and Limitless Features

Stockholm, Sweden, February 26, 2008 — Multi-instrumentalist Natural has an impressive resume boasting producing, writing, arranging, live show designs, tours and television performance credits with industry icons including Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Ludacris, P. Diddy, Mario, Ciara, Fat Joe, Trey Songz, Lil’ Jon, Chaka Khan, Israel & New Breed, to name but a few. The Berklee graduate signed on with Usher in 2000 and played on the award winning, multi-platinum album, 8701 and the Evolution: 8701 Live DVD. In 2005, he was nominated for a Grammy as producer for Usher’s, Confessions and later went on to co-produce and arrange Usher’s Grammy nominated tribute to the late Luther Vandross, Superstar. Natural is collaborating with the chart-topping production team, The Avila Brothers and with Jam & Lewis’ legendary Flyte Tyme Productions. He is the latest creative artist to harness the power of Propellerhead Reason for his production work.

“I discovered Reason through a friend of mine, the great jazz alto saxophonist, Jaleel Shaw,” Natural remembers. “He would write using the software and was always raving about it, so I decided to check it out. I’m using Reason in many different ways. I mainly use it as a super sound module when I write and do tracks. I link Reason to my MPC or a Pro Tools system and pull whatever I need from it (sounds, drums, effect, etc). I also use it as a standalone sequencer and production center (especially on planes and tour buses). Finally, I use it as a live synth instrument. I just basically plug a MIDI keyboard into my computer and am able to play any sound I want for live shows. Valdez Brantley (Usher’s Musical Director) and I use it to program live performances, television shows and awards shows for artists including Usher and for Robin Thicke, Lil’ Wayne, Chamillionaire, Ciara, Mary J. Blige and many others.”

Natural’s favorite features in Reason are the NN-XT sampler and the Combinator. He loves their versatility. “I can do pretty much anything I want with that unit. I love it! It can be my virtual drum sampler. It can play instruments and I can tweak any sound I put through it. Also, I love the Combinator. Its possibilities are endless. You can create some of the coolest sounds with a little time and imagination.”

And Natural reveals that Reason’s portability and limitless features has helped his creative process tremendously, allowing him to work virtually anywhere. “I have tons of great sounds, samples and possibilities when I create because of it. Now, I can basically create quality work anywhere, anytime. Whether it’s on a flight from NY, a tour bus, a dressing room, or in a 5 Star recording studio. I can create for records, live shows, or anything that needs to be done right there on the spot. Reason is incredible!”

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