The grid64 Player series of rack extensions takes inspiration from the tools developed over the years by the user community of grid MIDI controllers, and wants to bring some of those workflows to the Reason environment.
The model P1 is the next player in the series and its focus is on harmony. Like for the previous model P0, the pads on rows 2 through 8 can be programmed to create a variety of note layouts. But unlike the model P0, the pads on the bottom row are able to store 8 different chord shapes. These chord shapes can then be used to play different types of chords based on the Engine type selected.
With Engine 1 selected, the bottom pads simply trigger the chords as they were stored in their respective slots, but more than one slot can be triggered at once to create more complex chords. Furthermore, additional pads can be played on top for melodies.
With Engine 2 selected, the bottom pads select a chord shape, then when any other pad is pressed, a chord is triggered using that chord shape. More than one pad can be pressed at the same time to play more complex chords.
The model P1 offers several ways to modify the note layout thus expanding the possibilities for harmonic experimentation.
The device was made for controllers with an 8x8 pad layout. The models supported are the Novation Launchpads, NI Maschine Jam, Ableton Push and the Akai APC Mini. For those, you can download custom Remote files which enable two-way communication with Reason*.
If you don’t have a grid controller, you can still use the mouse or a midi keyboard to trigger the grid64 Player.
(*) Reason standalone mode only, the Reason Rack plugin does not support Remote. Download the Remote files HERE.