It’s Finally Here! The Custom Kong Kit For Reason & More!

Below, you will find a dropbox link to the EarthShifter Metal Pack. There, you can download individual folders within or the whole pack. There are 6 total sub-folders in the pack. I’ll briefly go over what is included in each.

Custom Skins: I’ve included 2 templates for creating your own custom skins in Reason 6 & 7 (And most likely older versions as well.) One is for the Kong Sampler and the other is for the Combinator. Also included are my custom EarthShifter skins for my Kong drum kit.

EarthShifter Drum Samples: This folder contains 5 sub-folders of the samples needed to build my custom kit. It’s broken down into Cymbals, Hi-Hats, Kick, Snare & Toms.

Guitar Cabinet Impulses: I’ve included the “Guitar Hacks” impulse pack that is widely available on the net already. I figured someone may discover it for the first time here so I might as well throw it in. Also included is a Mesa Recto impulse I use for all my guitars. I wish I could remember where I got it…but unfortunately I can not.

Kong Drum Patches: There are 5 patches here broken down in the same way the above samples are. You will create 5 individual Kong Drum Designer tracks and load the corresponding patch for each. It will then ask you to find the samples; select search by folder and then select your Earthshifter Metal Pack folder (or wherever you may have moved your files to.)

Reason Templates: I’ve included 5 Reason file song templates. The ‘main’ one is the “EarthShifter Metal Template – Quad Tracked”. This is the one I use and is set up for quad tracking guitars. Everything but the drums is left un-EQ’d. There are 14 total guitar tracks routed into 7 busses. Everything is bussed over to the right side of the mixer where all your actual level setting will take place. The other templates are derivatives of this template, including a set-up for double tracking guitars, a ‘drums only’, and a more ‘basic’ set-up that takes away all the busses.

Revalver Presets: Collection of some good Peavey Revalver presets I’ve found over the years and some I’ve made myself that I currently use.

So that about covers it. Hopefully this pack will help some people in some way or another. Don’t forget to check the youtube channel for more tutorials, original music, etc.

And, finally…the link.


Hey everybody. Welcome to the earthshifter blog. This will be a place dedicated specifically to people wanting to make metal music in Propellerhead’s Reason 6. I know when I set out to start doing this myself, there just wasn’t much information out there on the subject. Everything tended to lean towards techno, trance, hip-hop, etc. And, that tends to be the prevailing “idea” of Reason; that it’s a DAW for making tecno or whatever else. But, I wanted to make metal damn it! In my quest I found that everybody was/is using things like Superior Drummer, EZ Drummer, Slate Drums, Peavey Revalver, Amplitube, Guitar Rig, Custom guitar impulses and so on and so on. So, I came to the conclusion that I had two options: 1) Leave Reason behind and move on to the more “metal friendly” DAWs, or 2) Figure out how to make it work with Reason. Needless to say, I broke up with Reason and started flirting immediately with other DAW’s. It was an awkward mess to say the least. I simply wasn’t comfortable around other DAW’s. So, after months of gallivanting around town and awkwardly trying to re-learn how to do all the things I could so comfortably do before without even thinking about it…I returned to her. Determined to make it work. Determined to figure out ways to conquer this beautiful bitch of a program and make some god damn metal music sound the way I want it to! Surely, I’m not alone in this. Right? There’s like 7 billion people here. Certainly, there must be at least like 5 other people that are so in love with Reason they can’t leave, but are not getting what they need out of her. That’s who this blog is for. Those 5 to 7 people. Maybe 8. I just want to share what I’ve learned and put the information out there to help people make the music that makes them happy. I’m not some incredible engineer in a pro studio and I’m working with some pretty bare bones equipment. This blog is for the DIY home recorders out there just trying to find their way. Much like myself. 

More to come soon. 

Thanks for stopping by.