Announcing Reason 9.2

Posted Jan. 25, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

We're happy to announce that Reason 9.2 and a new version of the Rack Extension toolkit is now available!

When we created Rack Extensions we wanted to build a plug-in format that truly felt like Reason, with all the great workflow you guys expect. CV and audio connections, full automation, undo, integration with the Reason browser and much more.

Now, we've taken the next step! With Reason 9.2 and the new Rack Extension toolkit, developers can create devices with Reason's unique sampling feature and create much better, more user friendly interfaces with hideable widgets and panels, improved displays and more. We believe this will lead to even more exciting instruments, effects and utilities to help Reason users everywhere make more and better music. To show you just how great the new features are, Blamsoft and LoveOne have created two amazing synths.

Blamsoft's best-selling synth Expanse has been updated to version 2. The most exciting feature is that you can now load your own samples to create custom wavetables! It's also fully compatible with the Serum wavetable format, bringing an unfathomable number of new synth sounds to the Reason rack. I've personally had a lot of fun using Reason's sample feature to sample my guitar to create my own wavetables. Try it out and check the video below to see it in action.

 

Proton, developed by LoveOne in collaboration with Selig Audio, is a brand new synth and the first granular synth Rack Extension, which is exciting in itself. Based on the Neutron plug-in, Proton can load up any sample and synthesize new sound by throwing "particles" on the waveform to play parts of it. It sounds a bit like science fiction, but it's extremely fun and easy to use. Endless experimentation and interesting soundscapes awaits by simply dropping a sample on Proton and tweaking some parameters.

To update to Reason 9.2, simply launch Reason 9 or 9.1 and download your free update. And if you're on an earlier version or don't own Reason yet, there's never been a better time to get started. I'm really looking forward to see what new, exciting Rack Extensions that will be released. The only thing I know for sure is that there are now even more ways to get creative in the Reason rack.

Read all about Reason 9.2 here!

Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Reason Product Manager

Posted Jan. 25, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Announcing Reason 9.1

Posted Sept. 14, 2016, 11:13 a.m.

We're very proud to announce that Reason 9.1 is now available, featuring support for Ableton Link!

Like many of us here in the office I'm in a handful of bands, so when Ableton approached us with integrating Link in Reason I was both professionally and personally intrigued. Making music together is something entirely different from creating by yourself. It's not better or worse, but it's different and incredibly rewarding. Sharing your ideas and inspiring each other will lead you to musical results that never would've happened otherwise. With Link in Reason, it's easier than ever to make music together—regardless of your software of choice.

To update to Reason 9.1, simply launch Reason 9 and download your free update. And if you're on an earlier version or don't own Reason yet, there's never been a better time to get started. It's been really fun working on Reason 9.1 and I'm sure you'll have even more fun making music with it.

Read all about Reason 9.1 here!

Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Reason Product Manager

Posted Sept. 14, 2016, 11:13 a.m.

A-List Drummers–is there anything they can't do?

Posted June 23, 2016, 8:46 a.m.

The latest additions to the A-List series are two new Drummers – Classic and Power.

Classic Drummer is meticulously recorded by Ryan Gruss from Loop Loft using “vintage tea-towels” dampening the drums, very much inspired by production techniques of the 60s. If you want dry, clean drums to shape into your own sound this is the stuff you must have. And considering the amount of effects that comes with Reason there is an endless supply of new sounds, never before heard by mankind. Or keep it dry and fresh in a nostalgic way.

Power Drummer on the other hand is recorded by the punkfather of drums, Ryan Greene. An old metalhead like myself gets goosebumps on my goosebumps when I listen to this at the “proper” volume.  Raw energy fed straight to the soul without even touching a granola bar. You might even get a friendly visit from your neighbor after he has attempted to play along on your common wall. The room in this recording is the best we’ve ever heard! And let me tell you that I’m not even that kind of a nerd that sits and listen to rooms all day. Well, actually I do. I sit in an office room all day and listen to the soft, lackadaisical keyboard noises from our developers as they work their magic. But, nothing compares to the ROOM in the Power Drummer. It has that “je ne sais quoi” (or as the French call it “that certain something”) that can put the loudest 3-month baby in a meditative trance.

Question time: What could possibly be the drawback from using these skin-clad cans of doom?

  1. None.
  2. I prefer the sound of one kit, but prefer the playing style of another A-List Drummer.
  3. My music demands several drummers playing in unison.

Correct answer: A – None, none more black.

All of these objections above can be solved by flipping the rack. Lo and behold - an ingenious feature of CV ins and outs, meaning that we can link different drummers. If you like me have decided to use all three drummers but want them to play the same rhythm, what do you do? You either decide to spend some quality time at the backside of the rack. Or you simply download the freshly prepared Combinators that have done this work for you already. Or if you desperately need the Plush Pilots playing style on the Dry kit from Classic Drummer. Just use the Combinators, mix or mute the drums as you like and Bob’s your uncle.

The extra Combinators that works for all three drummers can be downloaded here.

If you don’t own these products yet, try them out for free over here.

Happy meditation,

/Mats

Posted June 23, 2016, 8:46 a.m.

Announcing Reason 9

Posted May 20, 2016, 2:40 p.m.

We're incredibly proud to announce Reason 9 and I'm personally super excited to finally share this version with you!

Reason 9 is filled with new devices, features and sounds that makes the journey from musical inspiration to perfection even better. I've actually been making music with Reason 9 during most of its development cycle and as a music maker, it's been extremely inspiring to work with. The first time I tried using Scales & Chords together with a Dual Arpeggio and one of the new patches, it resulted in something I would've never thought of writing—and eventually a whole new song! And as one of the top 3 worst singers in the world, Pitch Edit quickly proved indispensable.

I could go on and on about this version and how much I like it, but it's one of those things you have to see and hear for yourself. Make sure you try the new version and stay tuned on YouTubeFacebook, Instagram and Twitter as we show you more of Reason 9 in action.

Mattias Häggström Gerdt
Reason Product Manager

Posted May 20, 2016, 2:40 p.m.

Welcome Allihoopa!

Posted Feb. 22, 2016, 9:58 a.m.

Today’s the day. It's February 22nd 2016 and our baby is finally ready to stand on its own two feet. Welcome Allihoopa, Music in the Making. For a year now we’ve been working on our vision of what this planet's music making should and will look like, in the future.

At Propellerhead, we’ve always been driven by one dream and one dream only, helping people make more and better music. Tearing down what barriers we can to let people express themselves. And that work continues. At the same time, we realized a couple of years ago that one piece of the music making puzzle was sorely missing.

Technology has meant the world to musicians. There’s really nothing stopping anyone with a little talent and a lot of persistence to make it in music. Even all the way to the top, if that is what the dream is all about.

Still, in the technological revolution, a few core values have been lost, or at least are sorely missing. Music making is inherently social. Start singing a tune in a room full of people and you’ll see what I mean. And musicians are very different, more different than the tools available today. Some people are obsessed with that one instrument, some only want to write the perfect melody on whatever they can get their hands on. Some have the stage as their final goal while others are happy only to experiment with sounds, late at night in the bedroom. And since the advent of computer based music tools, technology has changed too. Today a majority of young people see a future where everything is done on mobile devices.

In that world, Allihoopa will be the world’s musical hub. We don’t aspire to be a music distribution network, there are plenty of those already. No, Allihoopa is the place where music is made. It’s where you can get a peek into other musicians' creative process, hear their ideas before they’re fully formed, learn from others, get inspired and find people to collaborate with. Be a part of the network for the world’s most exciting and rewarding way of expressing yourself. As we say, Music in the Making.

And today it is born.

If you’re already making music on Propellerhead Discover, all your music is now moving to allihoopa.com. And for Reason users – you can expect more Reason focus here at propellerheads.se in the future.

Posted Feb. 22, 2016, 9:58 a.m.