PulseX – Configuring Propellerhead Reason (Mac)

PulseX – Configure Propellerhead Reason for Mac – Complete Tutorial.

Entering Preferences

To avoid time-out and data-loop situations, we have to make few minor changes in Reason Preferences window.

First, open the Preferences by clicking Preferences… from Reason menu.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 1 – Entering Preferences

Now that Preferences window is open, click on the “Sync” tab to view its content. Make sure that MIDI port where Pulse / Pulse+ is connected, is NOT listed here.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 2 – Check Sync sources and make sure Pulse input is not chosen

Next open up the “Control Surfaces” tab to view its content. I’m going to add my Master Keyboard here and again, make sure not to include Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI ports.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 3 – Check Control Surfaces tab and make sure Pulse input is not listed
Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 4 – We are adding our master keyboard here

We can now close the Preferences window and focus on inserting the plug-in.


Insert the plug-in

At long last, we can finally add our PulseX plug-in to the arrangement. If you don’t have Instrument tracks in your project, simply add one by dragging the plug-in from “browser” window to the rack.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 5 – Drag and drop the PulseX Editor x64 from browser to rack
Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 6 – PulseX in the rack, click Open to view the GUI

Now click on the “Open” text below the VST Plugin text to view the plug-in GUI. You can take a snapshot to have the GUI snapshot shown in the window.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 7 – Waldorf PulseX GUI

Make the connection, again.

Waldorf PulseX is now inserted and we are ready to take next measures for successful connection.

You can also see that plug-in says it is registered (follow steps here) as I’ve inserted my license.key properly.

Next we can choose MIDI IN port, which is where our Pulse/Pulse+ is connected in at and also MIDI Out port which sends data to Pulse/Pulse+.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 8 – Select MIDI Input port from MIDI IN dropdown menu
Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 9 – Select MIDI Output port from MIDI OUT dropdown menu

Once you select MIDI OUT Port, plug-in will start to seek for the Pulse/Pulse+ on that specific Port while listening to Hardware messages from the selected input port. Once the connection is successfully established, plug-in display will say “Plug-in is ready to go!” as we can see below.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 10 – PulseX synchronized with Hardware

Synchronizing Notes to DAW Delay Compensation

Our best experience to synchronize notes with your DAW is to use the DAW built-in compensation features. In Propellerhead Reason this means that you should be automatically delay compensated with MIDI, Instrument and Audio Tracks.

Next we will add new MIDI track in arrangement window.

Why separate MIDI track? Our plug-in can not get delay compensation data from the DAW, because we do not process audio with it. Therefore MIDI goes out from our plug-in immediately, without any respect to DAW delay values.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 11 – Drag and drop External MIDI instrument from browser to rack
Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 12 – Rename the External Instrument and assign MIDI Out to Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI port

Automating Parameters in Reason

Now that we have learned how to setup PulseX plug-in and MIDI track in arrange window, we can take a look how to manage automation. Automation is pretty simple now that we have our MIDI blocks on their own track (dragging and dropping objects does not trigger annoying popups).

To get parameter automation going, open the plug-in GUI and click “Automate” button in the top bar of the plug-in window. Then move the desired knob to add it in the automation list shown in the arrangement window. See images below.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 13 – Click Automate button to activate automation
Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 14 – Choose the parameter you want to automate by turning it

Since we are no experts in Reason, we assume you know how to automate everything yourself. We drew the automation lanes manually in the arrangement window. MIDI notes are on separate MIDI channel pointing to Pulse / Pulse+ MIDI Out port.

Propellerhead Reason Configuration Step 15 – Automation and MIDI blocks in Arrangement view

Thats it for our Propellerhead Reason guide. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding to this guide, leave a comment below!


In our next chapter, we are going to take a look at PulseX plug-in special parameters and functions which are not available in the original hardware.


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