Reason 8.3 is here

Posted June 30, 2015, 2:09 p.m.

Today we’re releasing the third update to Reason since version 8 came out. That’s three releases in just over six months! As a product manager it’s really exciting to see your product come to life and reach users quickly. But I’m even more excited as a music maker—there’s some really exciting stuff in this update.

What? Tell me Leo! What’s in Reason now? Tell me now!

  • New reverb effect! RV7000 is now MkII and gains a convolution mode, essentially allowing you to sample room characteristics. It truly sounds great, and opens up for a lot of new experimental possibilities. Try loading it up with a hand clap, a noise sweep, or even a drum loop and let it work its magic on your sounds!
  • A ReFill with a collection of some of our favorite Impulse Response content available on the web, along with some unique samples (like a Eurorack spring reverb, the Propellerhead kitchen, and the inside of a piano) and a bunch of patches making use of all this content.
  • The browser is now available in the detached rack window, too. Solving the number one feature request since Reason 8 came out.
  • Time savers like “static value” now being accessible in the arrange view in the sequencer; Zoom to Selection (press Z to zoom in or out); and buttons for selecting what instrument you play in the rack are the icing on the update cake.

Just like the updates before it, this is free for those who have Reason 8. Just fire up Reason 8.2 and hit the “Download” button to get the upgrade. If you haven’t got Reason 8 yet, there’s no better time than now.

Also don’t forget to grab the free RV7000 MkII ReFill, you’ll find it here.

It's been a blast to work on this release. Before I sign off I just want to say a big thank you to everybody who's been involved in making it happen: developers, designers, sound makers, testers. You know who you are. Now I'm off for vacation, then work begins on Reason 8.4.

Leo Nathorst-Böös, @leo
Apps Product Manager

Posted June 30, 2015, 2:09 p.m.

Getting started with convolution reverb

Posted June 30, 2015, 1:41 p.m.

If you want to get up to speed on the new convolution reverb that's part of Reason 8.3's revamped RV7000 MkII reverb unit, then you've come to the right place. In this tutorial we'll take a look at the history of reverb to understand how convolution fits into the story, how it works, and how you can go about making your own presets with custom spaces.

Posted June 30, 2015, 1:41 p.m.

Show off your solo!

Posted June 26, 2015, 1:32 p.m.

You know that old truth: nobody wants to hear your solo. But this week is different. This week is SOLO WEEK. Yes, we do want to hear your solo! Guitar, saxophone, bagpipe or Moog doesn’t matter. Well, maybe not bagpipe. Show us what you’ve got! #solo

Here’s a feed with some perfect music beds to make your solo wizardry stand out.

Have your heard this?

Pump up the volume and get ready to dance with a selection of last week’s floor fillers.

Posted June 26, 2015, 1:32 p.m.

High Speed Week

Posted June 18, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

Push the tempo!

This week is all about speed! It’s time to push the tempo up and make some ridiculously fast and energetic tracks. How fast can you go? Drop your creations with #highspeed in the description and we’ll feature our fastest favorites next week!

Looking for some uptempo inspiration? Perhaps a starting point for your own high speed piece?

Community grooves

Last week, we asked for your best EDM creations and that was apparently a popular request. Here’s a selection of some great tracks from the community. Find your own favorite and remix!

Posted June 18, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

We’re still dancing!

Posted June 12, 2015, 3:18 p.m.

Just add drums

Here’s a great loop from Figure user bazooie, but it’s missing drums! Or is it missing something else? Your voice? Guitar? Swiss alphorn? Show us what you can do with it!

Sound of the Community

Here’s a fresh feed of our favorite floor-filling tracks from last week. Take a listen and find something to develop even further–or just move your feet!

Dance floor drums

Looking for some dance friendly drums for your next piece? The new Dance floor drums feed on Discover is your go-to source for all styles of beats.

Posted June 12, 2015, 3:18 p.m.