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Warehouse action

posted by Record Blog 2009-08-28 at 16:20

We are getting closer to the big day on September 9. Here are some pictures from the warehouse in the deep south. Deep south of Sweden, that is.

The warehouse ninjas are furiously packing boxes, soon coming to a retailer near you.

And yes, there will be some goodies inside too. Note the guy's wristband that says 'metal' something. Only metalhead warehouse ninjas get to pack our boxes.

And here's the box that no doubt many readers of this blog will get in the end - Record for Reason owners.

To keep the boxes fresh throughout the transit across sea and land, we put them into this scary looking machine...

...and they emerge on the other side wrapped in clean, hygienic, stain-proof plastic that you will have fun tearing off and tossing in the bin once the box is in your hands. Oh, the sad life of a piece of shrink-wrap plastic. 

When the warehouse ninjas are done assembling the boxes, they stack them into pallets like these.

In the end, they look like this, while waiting for shipping to one of our distributors worldwide. Perhaps your copy is inside one of them?

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New micro tutorials

posted by Record Blog 2009-08-26 at 08:57

We have a bunch of new micro tutorials up and running. The last additions are Setting up Record, Reusing your recordings with cut n' paste magic and the very last one: Send effects in Record. As usual, you will find them all here.

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Plug-ins, Part 3

posted by Record Blog 2009-08-03 at 10:59

I have written two articles recently going over some of the benefits of having Record be a closed environment and not hosting third party plug-ins. We covered how it makes for better creative flow with streamlined intuitive use and how performance and stability are greatly enhanced. Today I'll wrap up by discussing how Record is not entirely closed and does talk with the outside world—for when you do need to work with other apps and plug-ins.

Expandability, yes there is some
Record is a pretty complete program out of the box. In addition to a complete channel strip (with our own modeling on the SSL 9000K signal flow, EQ and dynamics) on every channel, Record comes with a great set of effects devices: the entire M-class mastering series EQ, compressor, stereo enhancer and maximizer, RV-7000 reverb, Scream 4 distortion, Line 6 bass and guitar amp models, DDL-1 delay, CF-101 chorus-flanger; plus the ID-8 instrument.

This said, there are two ways to expand Record’s devices. The first way is to buy Reason if you don’t own it already. If you have Reason, when you launch Record, all of Reason’s instruments and devices go right into Record’s rack without “plugging-in,” Rewiring or launching a second application.

Because Record uses the same rack metaphor as Reason, you can create all sorts of wild device chains with crazy signal routing and save them as single Combinator devices. These can be instruments and effect chains. If you are looking for inspiration elsewhere, you can add our Hypersampled ReFills or any of the hundreds of third-party ReFills out there.

As I said before, I would compare Reason’s devices in quality against any out there—hardware included. We have years of modeling experience dating back to ReBirth times and have done blind listening tests with all our devices against the originals that prove we stack up. I continue to be amazed at what our Reason users have concocted out of those devices. The sounds are truly amazing. Take a listen to some of the third-party ReFill examples on our site and you’ll see.

Another way to add to your arsenal of effects is through Record’s Line 6 POD device. If you own any compatible Line 6 audio hardware (POD Studios, TonePorts, POD 3/XT amongst others) all your amp models including mic preamps and cabinets appear in Record automatically. What’s more, you can create your own patches in POD Farm and use the POD device as stomp box for effects—giving you access to all the Line 6 modeled devices—delays, distortions, reverbs, filters, etc. I have been having a blast creating some wild effects, not to mention the fun of adding a Line 6 amp model to Reason Electric Bass and Thor patches.

Communicating with DAWs to use third party plug-ins
Of course, we understand that there may be times you need to use a DAW—perhaps to get that one of kind plug-in for mastering; to use with a friend who doesn’t own Record; syncing for audio for picture; or maybe you are lucky enough to a have record contract and are forced to deliver your files in a certain format. We have a couple of ways to work with other applications.

We have made Record a ReWire slave, so can ReWire your Record tracks into your favorite host applications like ProTools, Live, Cubase, Logic and others. 

Perhaps a more efficient and easier way to go is to import stems into your host. Record makes it easy by using Bounce Mixer Channels. In a single click you can bounce stems of individual channels including effects returns, master and MIDI tempo track at the point in the mixer you like. You can quickly import these into other applications. Maybe you need to export all the tracks for a complete mix rework or you could export just a track or two with the master tracks as reference for pitch-fixing, micro-editing or other effect work.

Wow that’s it. To reiterate our goal with Record has been to help you write great sounding songs and to really streamline that process to deliver great results. We felt maintaining full control of the environment as we have should have you making more music. We understand if you have to use a DAW once in while when you really need it though ;-)

/Timothy Self

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New micro tutorial: Comp mode

posted by Record Blog 2009-07-09 at 12:58

We just uploaded a new Record micro tutorial. This one shows how Records comping editor will help you build perfect performances out of multiple takes.

See it here.

/Tage Widsell

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Record and the future of Reason

posted by Record Blog 2009-07-02 at 13:54

By request, it seems we need to clarify our product road map and how Record and Reason relate.
Hopefully by now it is clear that Record is a stand-alone program. We simply call it Music Recording Software, because that's what it is. Record is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to make music recordings, whether you're a band, a songwriter, a guitarist, vocalist or all of that on different days of the week.

Record is also, thanks to its incredible built in mixer and effects, a great choice for mixing and finalizing any music production.

Reason also is – and remains – a stand-alone program. Reason we call a Music Production Instrument. It contains the ultimate software instrument set, combined with tons of great effects. Reason is the perfect choice for anyone who plays keyboards, in the bedroom, studio or on stage. It's also great for all of us who love making music with drum machines, synths, samplers and effects.

Thanks to its powerful yet simple sequencer, Reason is also a great production tool. But in a slightly different way from Record, and that’s precisely the point.

For Record – think guitars, vocals, recording, music production and mixing.
For Reason – think keyboards, synths, samplers drum machines, effects - and music production.

What the two programs have in common is their purpose: To help you make more and better music, to sound fabulous and having a great time while doing it.

Some people will want to use Record only. Some people will want to use Reason only. It just depends on what kind of musician you are.

Those who are really smart will use both programs together; it’s the ultimate combination. The integration is 100%, making you far more productive than any recording application and plug-in combination available out there. Yeah, yeah, we’ve said that before, but we’re so excited about it, sorry.

The Future of Reason

But back to Reason and it’s future.

There are so many ways to use Reason. Stand-alone, as a production tool. As the best keyboard workstation you can find. As the ultimate instrument rack for your DAW. As an ideation tool. As a beat production station. The list is endless.

Even though Propellerhead have now introduced Record, we're totally committed to Reason as a product in itself. Propellerhead will continue to develop Reason. Just like we always have. In fact we have a dedicated team working on an update of Reason right now. We always do.

And the same is true for ReWire, we will support it tomorrow just as we do today. Adding Reason to your DAW will continue to be the most powerful vitamin injection you can give it.

Which Should I Buy?

Yeah that is the question, isn’t it? What to buy? Reason? Record? Both? The good news is you don't have to think too much about it. If you buy Reason now, you can add Record later, no problem. Even regardless of which version of Reason you have.

Or vice versa, if you buy Record, you can add Reason when you feel the time is right. We've made it simple and we’ve set the prices to make it a no-brainer to start anywhere and go from there.

Also, a lot of the concepts in the programs are the same, so if you start with Reason now, you will have learned a lot of techniques that you can use in Record later.

There will also be special offers for those who get Reason now and want to buy Record when it ships on 09/09/09. Exactly what those offers are depend on which market you are in, so please check with your local distributor.

So, don't wait. You can’t lose.

Ernst Nathorst-Böös

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Micro tutorial #7 - MIDI Clips

posted by Record Blog 2009-07-02 at 13:39

Just a quick note to let you know that Record micro tutorial #7 is out now. This week we take a look at MIDI clips, and some of the MIDI recording and editing capabilities of Record's sequencer. Check it out!

/Leo Nathorst-Böös

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Plug-ins, Part 2

posted by Record Blog 2009-07-01 at 12:06

The other day I started talking about why we chose not to have open plug-in support in Record and how that really makes for great recording experience. Today I thought I touch on how it helps us achieve great performance and reliability, amongst other things.

I know the world hasn't really had a chance to check this out yet, so you have to take my word for it. Record is an extremely powerful program. Add Reason to the mix, and it gets totally explosive. It runs an incredible amount of effects and processing on the computer you already have. Check out the included picture of the rack used in one of the demo songs, Push Me Down by Josh Mobley. That rack plus 50 tracks plus over 30 channels of the SSL-modeled mixer processing runs really well on my Mac Book (not even a Pro). At a 64 sample buffer rate!

Record demo song Push Me
Down by Josh Mobley
Check out this rack and it all runs on my 2-year old MacBook on its internal drive! More than 80 devices on over 30 mix channels with EQ and dynamics on each and running with 64 sample latency with no additional hardware.

How is that possible? One of the keys is building everything into one environment. We optimized the whole chain for signal flow, formats, memory usage, timing impacts, hyperthreading (for multicore systems), audio latency and stability. In other host environments, a rogue plug-in can hog the CPU, take up an inordinate amount of memory, glitch on playback, or misbehave in other ways like freezing or crashing. Keeping the system closed eliminates those problems and lets us maximize efficiencies.

One of the major problems we see with plug-ins is that they often use so much computing resources that you cannot run more than a couple of instances before your computer runs out of steam. So, you either have to up your buffer sizes or “freeze” tracks to disk to get your CPU resources back, negating any real-time plug-in use, like when tracking.

Just for starters in Record, we give you a complete software channel strip right in the mixer modeled on the SSL 9000K on every channel. It sounds great and it works! Say, later in your project with multiple tracks and devices you want to overdub a guitar with real-time amp modeling? A guitar player can’t have the recording response feel mushy because of latency. And, certainly having to rework the tracks to get a low enough latency kills any creative spark as you go into left brain “what-should-I-do-to-optimize-performance” mode. You want to enable the track, add the amp model and go, right? And that is how it works in Record. Low latency with no reworking settings and no resource management. Period.

What good is having a lot of plug-ins if you can’t really use them? We thought being able to use all your devices in real-time with super low latency was tantamount to a great musical recording environment.

Next post I’ll wrap up the discussion by going into some of the ways we enable collaboration and how we do talk to the outside world…

/Timothy Self

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Plug-ins, Part 1

posted by Record Blog 2009-06-30 at 10:07

I thought it might be good to share some thoughts on one of the questions that seems to be making the rounds: “Record doesn’t support plug-ins? Are you guys crazy?”

Well yes it is true. Record doesn't support the standard plug-in formats—neither VST nor AU. [BTW Record does have seamless support for the best plug-in collection in the world – Reason! IMHO]. And yes, we may be crazy, too, but for other reasons than this.
Let me start by saying we thought long and hard before making this decision. There are a number of factors that finally tipped us in the direction of keeping Record a closed system like Reason. So I thought I share some of those factors with you. There ended up being so much to say that I’ll divide this into three posts to try to keep them digestible.

First of all flow. If we want to stay true to the statement that Record is really for musicians and it's all about getting the song down and turning it into a great-sounding production, then adding plug-in support would actually be throwing a virtual spanner into the works. I know it doesn't seem so at first, but bear with me.

In Record we wanted people to move around effortlessly between the areas involved in production flow, recording editing, sound sculpting and mixing. Just an example, adding an insert effect is one mouse-click, literally. It appears right in your face and you can start tweaking it directly. Those of you who use plugs know that is not the case in other systems. Bringing up multiple windows on the screen, each that work differently and that are from a user interface standpoint only loosely connected to the track in question, is a dead certain flow breaker. In Record, you mix in the mixer and your gear is in the rack. Nothing hidden, and all work the same way. No inconsistent interfaces. No screen sets. No separate preferences for each device.

Having the devices as part of the application means smoother operations in unforeseen ways. Parameters and automation behave in a well-defined manner across all devices Take for instance the undo command. As an example, in Record if you turn a frequency knob on an EQ you can just undo—no need to set A/B versions, or when you do undo, the app undoes the last edit you did to your audio several moves ago. It sounds basic, but other audio applications can’t undo in plug-ins.

Screenshot of
undo in Record
Look you can undo a parameter change in an effect device like the decay amount in the RV-7000 reverb. Also notice that you and cut, copy and paste devices and tracks in one operation.

Another example of device integration is that you can copy tracks and device chains—in fact, even multiple tracks at once—in a single command and paste them into another document (oh and you can have multiple documents open at once). Everything including all the signal chains, track information, automation, devices, settings and audio comes right along without any pre-setting up of a file or template creation.

Complete integration of all parts means you never have to worry about latency compensation or other timing issues. I still struggle making latency compensation work in most hosts. It requires a lot of finagling—not what keeps musicians in their right brains creating music. We take care of all the internal timing to deliver audio in sync, on time in real-time. In Record there are no settings for delay compensation. There’s just no need.

Consistency, Reliability, Portability
Music is collaborative. Musicians write music with partners, perform in bands, need to send tracks to others for overdubs or editing, and take their songs to other places and systems for all sorts of other reasons. We’ve worked hard to make exchanging ideas and files really easy.

One way to simplify exchange is to have a single song file where all the setup info, arrangement, audio, cross fades, etc. are stored. Record’s closed system really makes this work. With confidence you can take that file to another Record user’s system and know it will playback and sound exactly the same as on your system no matter what OS/computer/installation is being used. Your friend will have all the devices necessary for the file to sound right and to make any edits or changes. No glitches or bugs due to varying versions or missing plug-ins. Automation behaves exactly as written. No missing audio. No crashes or data corruption due to altered signal chains or absent settings. No surprises.

Thanks if you got this far. In my next thread I’ll talk a bit about how our closed system really improves performance and let you do more…

/Timothy Self

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Packaging, license numbers, and a new tutorial

posted by Record Blog 2009-06-26 at 16:29

Lots of stuff happening in the office right now. Some of us Propellerheads are leaving for summer vacation today, and there's plenty of stuff that needs to get done before September...

This week we've finalized the work on the Record SKU and component list. That is, the list of all the different packages (Record Retail, Record PropShop, Student version, etc) and the physical components that goes onto and into the boxes, like the DVD and the manual. Göran and I did some packaging alpha testing to make sure we got everything right. It's very, very important that we do get it right – if we mess up here we could end up getting tens of thousands of e-mails from users who didn't get their license card...

Today we also generated the first series of license numbers for Record! Hooray!

Oh, and one last thing: we put up Record micro tutorial #6 on YouTube yesterday. If you want to learn more about audio clips and how to handle your audio recordings in Record's sequencer, check it out!

/Leo Nathorst-Böös

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Record micro tutorial #5 - Insert effects

posted by Record Blog 2009-06-17 at 13:38

Another micro tutorial is out: Micro tutorial #5 - Insert Effects.

In this tutorial we will see how insert effects are used in Record and how to control your effect parameters from Record's main mixer.


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