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England: Land of rain and Reason masterclasses!

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-07-23 at 16:12

Last week me and Gary Bromham went out on the road to do a couple of masterclasses with Dawsons. We visited Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Chester - and it was good fun. Here are a couple of pics:

I might not have worked with Björk and Sheryl Crow like Gary but may name was also in print!

Gary letting the people of Chester in on the secrets of the fine art of mixing.

In Leeds there was a very mysterious door that I did not dare open...

In Manchester we dropped by Liam at Cartec Audio at his workshop. He makes some amazing hardware, including this "Pultec-style" EQ. 

I also had a good time blasting some music through Balance to different monitors. Things got loud.

Good crowd in Manchester!

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Sometimes people send us things!

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-07-09 at 11:47

Being a company with a lot of (awesome) users, we sometimes get a letter or package sent to us. This is, of course, really cool! Recently we got a package from Reason user Matt Campbell with his freshly pressed album "Have a Banana" on 12" vinyl.

Very cool! Thanks a lot Matt!

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Pencil Reason!

posted by Kalle Paulsson 2012-06-27 at 16:25

So after the WWDC announcements, Tage jokingly said that Reason would look like a pencil on the new Retina displays. No one was sure what this actually meant, but it kind of stuck and Pencil Reason is now an official word here at the offices.

I ordered a Retina MacBook Pro for myself right after the keynote, and yesterday it arrived! Unboxing it was a nice experience, as always with Apple products. Yes, I'm a fanboy. I tweeted about it, here's the pictures!

It's quite thinIt's quite thin!

footprintThe footprint is a little bit smaller than the regular MBP.

Missing power buttonI was momentarily confused by the misssing power button. Can you spot it?

Pencil ReasonAnd today I enabled the full 2880x1800 and tested the real Pencil Reason for the first time! Look at that menu bar, it's like a pencil! Hmm.

madnessEdit: User Koshdukai asked for a full mixer bonanza screenshot. Here it is. Count the knobs!

Follow me on Twitter @kallepa for more Retina Hijinks.

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WWDC 2012

posted by Marcus Zetterquist 2012-06-17 at 19:40

Propellerheads at WWDC 2012!


Finn, Fredrik and I went to WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference) in San Francisco this year!


It turns out there is a long tradition of lining up outside the convention center in the middle of the night so you can get in to the key note that kicks off the conference. Apple staff is handing out soup etc. during the night.

















When we got there at 9am there was a queue around the block. Police officers were watching over things to prevent a large scale geek-stompede.


Finn had a slight problem changing the name name on his badge from "Finn Nathorst Boos", because Ernst had paid his ticket(?).


From my CTO perspective one of the biggest news from the key note was retina Macs. I've been waiting for high-resolution screens to appear for a long time and it looks fantastic, but supporting it properly will require a lot of work for us and all other Mac developers.


The conference was extremely well organized and relaxed with about 100 sessions and labs on iOS and OS X development.


It was kind of ironic that there was the same number of restrooms for men and women.


We got to hang out with a lot of cool people, both old and new friends!



Darth Vader















Tuesday afternoon Ryan took us to Lucas Arts and ILM for a tour! His brother works at Lucas Arts! I got to touch the real R2D2!















Thursday night was the WWDC bash with food and drinks and a band playing. The singer called it a sausage party :-)

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posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-06-14 at 17:15

Release is upon us!

We've been working hard, some of us have hardly left the office, but I feel it all paid off. Reason 6.5, Essentials 1.5 and Rack Extensions are alive and kicking! It's great to hear what you think and we're trying to keep up with all feedback and questions. At the same time this is also when we can finally exhale and sit down for a while. With champagne. Of course.

Eating the immortal combination of strawberries and blue cheese.

James Bernard is (unsuccessfully) trying to hide from the camera.

Mats, Mr. Rack Extensions Manager himself, makes his best celebration face.

Soon after this was taken, work resumed. :)

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Rack Extensions

posted by Mats Karlöf 2012-06-14 at 16:55

"I'm happy, hope you're happy too."

  -David Bowie

Well, finally we're here with support for external companies to add their magic to the rack. I know a lof of people have been requesting VST / AU support in Reason. We've been reluctant to add that as you might have noticed. I think that the current solution with Rack Extensions is a far superior user experience and we are very very happy, tired but happy.



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Propellerhead Goes Hollywood

posted by Ryan Harlin 2012-06-11 at 17:09

I've arrived in Los Angeles for a whirlwind one day movie production.  I'll be meeting up with a long-time Propellerhead friend for his starring role, too.  I'm very glad that my normal travel filming rig has been carefully crafted to be much smaller than this.  If I traveled around doing artist feature interviews with these guys, I'd give up half-way through the trip.  Not shown here is the quadruple volume of stuff that goes into supporting and packaging this rig!!

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England Masterclasses

posted by Mattias Häggström Gerdt 2012-06-01 at 10:27

So I recently came back from doing a couple of producer materclass events in England with mix engineer (and good friend) Gary Bromham. I really do enjoy going over to England too, all the people are nice, the curry is delicious and the real ale is flowing! It's also been particularly fun to show Pulsar to a gasping audience for the first time - that LFO sure is something!

Here are two pictures from the event in Newcastle and at Production Room, Leeds:

Thanks to everyone that came out to see us! :)

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So much coffee, so little time

posted by Tage Widsell 2012-05-23 at 10:15

So it's no secret we are in beta testing, and beta testing means a lot of work and a lot of work means lots of coffee, but srlsy Peter. 

Too much coffee

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Farewell to Adam Yauch

posted by Tage Widsell 2012-05-04 at 23:19

I'm sad to hear of Adam Yauch's passing after a long struggle with cancer. Calling Adam a friend or even acquaintance would be a long stretch, but he was the first person in the Beastie Boys camp we were in contact with. 


I remember how he first got in touch with us. Many years ago, he needed help with some weird installation problem and emailed us. Using a cluster of names and aliases for ordering, registering and contacting us, my fraudar went off and I sent him a barrage of questions about what I believed was a credit card fraud attempt.


I remember the reply from him: "Ok, sorry for the confusion. I'm Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys". It turned out that he, for obvious reasons, rarely used his own name online. All was well. 


He stayed in touch every now and then for a few years, usually with some odd tech problem like when the custom ProTools keyboard he used for his studio machine didn't have the needed CD eject key that would let you switch between the three needed CDs during installation of Reason 3. Or it could be a more rock star-style problem: "Install discs in Miami, license in New York, recording in LA - what do I do?". He was always friendly, always cool and with no sense for time zone differences at all which made for some interesting night time conversations. 


Well Adam, It's time to pass the mic.

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