started as being fans of Propellerhead Reason
as it turned out, Propellerhead became our fan
this is ReasonBanks' ReCycled history of 3 years and
by Marco Raaphorst
I think it was early 2002 and I was working at Getronics
as Global Webmaster. Eric Corminier send me an e-mail
about the idea of Andras Haasz to start a website by
the three of us for creating sounds and patches for
Reason. Of course I loved the idea very much.
Andras came up with the idea to create the rack-GUI
which and build most of the site.
contest was the thing which started it all.
It was a 'Subtractor & Malström only' contest
and our idea to put ReasonBanks on the map. It was a
huge success and we had many daily visitors which turned
into fans real quickly.
In March 2003 I stopped working at Getronics and started
my own company Melodiefabriek.
I wanted to put most of my time into composing and sound
At ReasonBanks we started the Analogue
Monsters series in July 2003. Morphing analogue
synths into Reason. Smaller packages were released from
time to time as free ReFills. This was a big success,
mainly because these free Refills contained exactly
the same samples as the final huge Analogue
Monster volume X would contain. So the quality
was key, not quantity. These free Refills became one
the most used free ReFill-packages around.
I am not going to sum up every ReFill we did, but our
first big Refill, QuickSilver
turned out great. Cool sounds and the fan-base was starting
to grow fast!
was another fine idea of Andras. Thanks to the fantastic
NN-XT sampler which was added to Reason in version 2,
Andras was able to create very small 1-cycle samples
which turned the NN-XT into a wave-table synth. Our
users totally adored the concept. Fredrik Hägglund
complimented our work in the 'Take
it to the NN-XT level' episode of Discovering
"Those who dig beneath the surface (like the
creators of the new Proton ReFill which turns the NN-XT
into a multi-oscillator analog synth)..."
Just before the summer of 2004, Kristoffer Wallman
Content Manager of Propellerhead asked me if we were
interested to do sound design for the next version of
Reason, version 3. Of course we were interested :)
This Patching for Reason 3 project turned out very
well. We licensed over 100MB Analogue Monsters samples.
We also licensed a couple of loops. During the project
we were very lucky to be inspired. So we created many
patches which got excellent reviews from the other programmers
who were involved in the project as well. Almost all
our patches were 'keepers' and were included in new
I created a few extra patches and composed the tune
'from Budapest to The Hague' which got nice reviews
around the globe. And then on Monday March 14th another
amazing thing happened: Herbie Hancock ordered
PRO.TON was released when we were just in the middle
of the Patching for Reason 3 project :) And none of
our customers knew at the time that were working on
this 'secret product'.
When Reason 3 was going to be released in Stockholm,
Sweden I was able to visit the Props. I made an appointment
with Kristoffer just the day before the official Reason
3 release party would take place. It was nice to meet
the Props, have lunch, visit their office and chat about
all sorts of future ideas. It's funny that when you
meet people you already know through the Internet, you
know a lot more about that person. It feels like meeting
In the beginning of 2005 I started to work on Combi
Manifesto 1, a showcase for combined Subtractor
and Malström sounds. It took a lot of time to create.
I was very happy with the results.
The cool thing about ReasonBanks is that we're not
using any paid advertisement (yet). So it was all done
by word-of-mouth through the Internet. Fans helped
us by talking about ReasonBanks and by linking to our
So totally unexpectedly Sound On Sound did a short
review for Combi Manifesto 1 (quote):
"Marco Raaphorst, known to the Reason community
as Raapie, is a long-standing creator of patches for
our virtual studio. He also contributed to the factory
Refill for v3.0. His latest work includes a modest but
intricately programmed Combinator patch collection,
together with a set of all-new patches for the Subtractor
and Malström devices that are these Combis
only sound sources. Combi Manifesto 1 features 22 patches
that aim to keep CPU load as low as possible while pushing
the devices signal-routing and sound-design possibilities.
Combinator controllers have been thoughtfully set up
(some even change pattern parameters on Matrix devices),
and a new graphic backdrop has been created
for each patch. Surf to www.reasonbanks.com, have a
listen to the demos and be prepared to fork over a mere
£5.50/US$10/Euro 8.25 for the zipped 5.9MB download."
Power Tools for Reason 3 we created a free and
special Refill: SynthFactory. Andras did all
the complicated NN-XT stuff and I did all the combined
Subtractor and Malström patches. It turned out
ReasonBanks now has about 36000 (!) registered users.
And sure, we are absolutely ready for the future!
To sum it all up, our short ReCycled history:
- ReasonBanks was started by fans of Reason
- ReasonBanks created new sounds for Reason and turned
Propellerhead into one of their fans
We feel blessed by being part of this amazing story.
to be continued... get ready for 3 years + another