So how was your May? Ours was - in a word - "busy." By now you've likely seen that we announced Reason 5 and Record 1.5. Hopefully you're as excited as we are about the new versions. Also hopefully, you've finally gotten that super cool/catchy song from the Neptune video ("Purple Ribbons" by Chaka Blakmon) to stop looping all day in your head. Oh no! The mere mention of it brings it back...
But don't think that we're going to leave you alone all summer... just sitting around waiting for the updates. We've got a full summer of entertainment, education, and good old fashioned internet time-suckers.
In this issue:
If you've ever wanted to just show up at the Propellerhead's office in Stockholm, Sweden for a little stalker-tourism then we've got the next best thing for you... an interview with a few of our guys talking about our favorite subjects: Reason 5 and Record 1.5! You'll get a little history of the early days, a look at the new features, and see a window into the mindset that drives us to make the bleep, blip, and thump machines that we love so much.
Okay, sure... Reason 5 isn't available yet but that doesn't mean we can't fire up the old micro-tutorial factory! You'll be seeing a bunch of these over the summer. It is our hope that by the time Reason 5 is out, you'll already be power users with the new features and James Bernard will be emailing YOU for tips! This month we're starting off easy but fun. We take a look at The Kong Drum Designer in a little more depth. There's a lot of layers to peel back on this ape of a machine. This month we'll show you the layout and the basics of the front panel.
You probably haven't missed that the world's favorite techno microcomposer has made the transition to the iPhone world and is now available in Apple's AppStore.
The just released version 1.1 adds two popular mods: the SID station and the RB-SEMx, adds rotation to any orientation, better performance and fixes a few bugs.
This month we have six (yes, six!) new ReFills in the web shop: four titles from Sample Magic; Sounds and Effects' Drums and Percussion of Ancient Mexico; and Nucleus SoundLab's brand new effects collection Filter Research 2.
New this month:
Nucleus SoundLab Filter Research 2
Sample Magic Dubstep and Grime
Sample Magic Sunrise Sessions
Sample Magic Funky House Grooves 2
Sample Magic Nu Rave
Drums and Percussion of Ancient Mexico
Stay ahead of the news! With two major releases coming up, things are certainly moving in Propellerhead land. Throughout the summer, we're going to release videos, tutorials, development updates and more to cover the upcoming Reason 5 / Record 1.5 releases. Here are the best ways to stay updated:
Twitter - Follow PropellerheadSW on Twitter for daily updates on Reason and Record.
Youtube - Our ever-growing YouTube channel will have frequent updates with tutorials, product spotlights, interviews and more. Subscribe to the channel to get the news first.
Our own Gerry Basserman stopped by Berklee Music to give a video tutorial on Reason/Record. Berklee Music is offering summer courses on Reason and what better way to brush up on your Reason skills in advance of new Reason 5 toys than to master the program?!
SPECIAL OFFER: Any student who enrolls in a Reason-based course for the Summer 2010 term (begins on June 28th) will receive a free time-limited version of Propellerhead's Record software. This timed version of Record will be available for the duration of BerleeMusic's Summer 2010 term.
High pass filters are like the unpopular kids in school. Everybody is always hanging out with the low pass filters and nobody ever gives the high pass gang the time of day. If you're like many people out there making full use low pass filters but not delving into the full potential of high pass filters, you'll certainly want to read this month's Discovering Reason tutorial.
Gordon Reid explains the sonic characteristics behind high pass filters and gives you some great examples of how you can start using them to get the sound you're after.
We don't spend our ENTIRE day beta testing, you know. We also roam the internet for goodies. Check these out!
Stomp Boxes... Stomp Aside...
Boy in a Band Posts Vid on the Web
Logic in Reason?