Reason 6!

On October 17, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Daniel Rowland

What’s new in Reason: Reason 6 released.

It hasn’t been all that long since Propellerhead released their Record DAW to complement their flagship product, Reason. For those of you that don’t now, Reason is a virtual rack of synthesizers, effects, and signal routing processors, combined with a MIDI sequencer. It’s been around since 2000, following the products Recycle and Rebirth. One limitation of Reason is that it has never been able to record audio to tracks. As of Reason 5, sampling instruments could record and edit audio, but you couldn’t, for instance, create an audio track and record, edit, and comp vocals in it.

It’s been a long time since Propellerhead released any new pieces of software, outside of updates for Reason. Record changed that. Record was designed to emulate the signal flow of an analog console (loosely based around SSL architecture), along with the benefits of digital recording/editing, such as comping. It included Line 6 guitar and bass amp modeling capabilities, timestretching, and Neptune, a pitch correction/voice synth addon.

  “SSL style mixer/bus compressor”

It was Propellerhead’s version of a DAW, marketed for “musicians” as opposed to “stuffy engineers”. Reason intergrated with Record (marketed as “Duo”) for a pretty robust audio, MIDI, and synthesis platform, that still managed to be simple to use.

With the release of Reason 5 (and its ability to record audio), I started wondering when they would just integrate the two programs into one. That is the case with Reason 6. Record is no more. Reason now has the power of both programs. It comes with a higher price tag, but is finally an “all-in-in” solution for home studios. There are also 3 new devices:

The Echo (stereo echo…that you can actually play!),

Pulveriser (parallel processing unit for compression/distortion)

and Alligator (pattern-based gate effect). You can upgrade for under $200, or buy the whole thing for under $400.

For more info on what’s new in Reason 6, click here.



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