What's new in Reason 9.5?

VST in the Reason rack

Reason 9.5 - VST in Reason

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Delivering on our #1 feature request, VST plugins are coming to Reason. The creative flow you know and love, coupled with any plugin you want. This is music-making unlimited.

  • Rack Friendly

    Rack Friendly
    VST plugins will be right at home in the Reason rack. Drag & Drop from the browser, use CV with your plugins, add Players, put them in Combinators with Reason’s own devices or Rack Extensions – all the things you expect when working in Reason!

  • A device called home

    A device called home
    VSTs live in the new Plugin Rack Device that sits in the Reason rack. Here’s where the plugin connects to Reason and where you can open the plugin window with a simple click.

  • Tight sound

    Tight sound
    Reason’s patchable rack lets you route audio any way you want, and the new plugin delay compensation in Reason 9.5 keeps your sound in phase at all times.



What's new in Reason 9?

Always inspired

Set your creativity free with the new Player devices. Scales and Chords, Note Echo and Dual Arpeggio will take your Reason instruments to a new level.

Never short on great sounds

1000 new patches to ignite your creativity. Reason 9 adds a collection of cutting-edge sounds from professional sound designers.


Sound amazing

Polish your recordings to perfection with Reason’s new Pitch Edit. It doesn’t just sound good. It sounds Reason time-stretch good!

Faster flow
Bounce in place to create audio clips from your instruments. Reverse MIDI and automation with one click. Split notes with the Razor tool.

More looks
Ever wanted to turn the lights down low in your Reason studio? Pick a visual theme that suits your mood: default, blue or dark.

Audio to MIDI
Sing your melodies, hum your bass lines. Monophonic audio clips can now be exported to MIDI with a single click.

Ableton Link
Wirelessly and effortlessly sync up your favourite music apps on iOS and desktop with Ableton Link. New in Reason 9.1.

Reason 9.2

Rack Extensions Expanded

A new generation of Rack Extensions are coming with sample loading and new interface technology.

The latest version of Reason adds sample loading and improved UI to the Rack Extensions toolkit. Reason 9.2 is a free update for all Reason 9 owners. Check out the first instruments to support the new technology in the Propellerhead Shop!

Expanse Hyperwave
Advanced Wavetable synth that now lets you load your own waveforms.

Free trial

Proton
Brand new Granular Synthesis instrument.

Free trial

Reason FAQ

  • When is it coming?
    Reason 9.5 is currently in beta testing and the final release will be on May 29th 2017!

  • How much is it?
    If you own Reason 9, then the new version is a free update. Any purchase of the Reason 9 upgrade or Reason 9 full version will get you Reason 9.5 when it’s released, for free.

  • How do I get it?
    Do you own Reason 9? In that case, just let Reason download the update when it’s available on May 29th. Otherwise, just buy Reason or upgrade to Reason 9 now, and get the updated version for free on May 29th.

  • Can I beta test?
    If you own Reason 9 or Reason Essentials 9, we’d be happy if you help us test Reason 9.5. You can sign up here.

  • Now that Reason has VST support, will you kill the Rack Extension technology?
    Absolutely not! Reason now supports two plugin formats and Rack Extensions will remain a key Reason technology. In fact, combining VSTs and Rack Extensions open up fantastic music making possibilities! Having VSTs in the rack will let us focus our development of the Rack Extension platform even more.

  • Will Reason 9.5 support all VST plugins?
    Reason’s VST implementation is based on VST 2.4. Any 2.4 compliant instrument or effect plugin (that’s just about every VST out there) will work in Reason.

  • Can I use VSTs with other Reason devices?
    Sure! In that regard, there is no difference between VSTs and other Reason devices. Play them with Players, put them in combinators, add Reason effects, patch audio and CV to them - just like you always do in Reason. The only difference is that the VST plugins open in a separate window.

  • How are VSTs used in Reason 9.5?
    Reason will find any VST plugin that you have installed on your computer. The VST plugins can then be found among Reason’s own devices and Rack Extensions in the browser. Drag your desired instrument or effect to the rack and it’s there! VST plugins live inside the new plugin host device in the rack. This is where you can route audio and CV and open the plugin’s own window.

  • How does the delay compensation work?
    Some effects in a signal chain will introduce delay in the timing. With the delay compensation on, Reason will calculate the total delay in each signal path and adjust the timing of each discrete signal path accordingly, to assure perfectly timed, phase correct playback. The adjustment is automatic but can also be set manually for each mixer channel.

  • What about stability? Will Reason be less stable now?
    We've implemented a limited crash protection system for VSTs that means we attempt to detect crashes in the VST and prevent the plugin from crashing Reason. Since VST plugins are third-party code, it is still possible to experience problems with plugins. Keep in mind that our VST support in Reason in itself doesn't make the application less stable if you don't have or use any VST plugins.

  • What are the system requirements?
    The minimum requirements are listed below. Please note that using third party plugins can require significantly higher performance, and that some third party plugins come with different minimum requirements than these.

    Mac OS X:

    • Fast, stable internet connection for installation and registration required!
    • Intel Mac with dual core processor
    • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
    • 4 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or later (64-bit)
    • Monitor with at least 1280x768 resolution
    • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware
    • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended

    Windows:

    • Fast, stable internet connection for installation and registration required!
    • Intel or AMD processor with dual cores
    • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended for large ReFills or Rack Extensions)
    • 4 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
    • Windows 7 or later (64-bit)
    • Monitor with at least 1280x768 resolution
    • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
    • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended