Balance + DSP for zero latency Rack Extension effects
This would be a new version of balance (with more IO as well) with a DSP chip.
Not just any DSP chip - a DSP chip that can run effect class Rack extensions natively.
You are recording a singer and a guitar player. The singer wants to hear a little compression and comfort reverb while singing. The guitarist is playing a riff that will use Polar.
Right now they both have to go through the interface, into the computer, and back out to the performers. Adding effects this way introduces latency. Guitarist either has to play completely dry and guess how it will sound with Polar, or deal with the frustration of the feel being off.
With balance + a DSP chip, you could have a Balance window in your workflow and drag and drop an RE-2A and TSAR-1R into the mic input section of Balance. Set the levels in the window, select whether you're recording the effected signal, the dry signal, or both. Then drag a Polar over to line input that is recording the guitarist's amp modeler.
..but you can only use the effects live then, adding DSP-driven plugins within reason would be a whole different thing. Just get an audio interface that does this like some of the Line6 ones, the Avid Eleven Rack, an Uaudio Apollo or just connect effects devices before your inputs ;) I don't think this would fit to Reason as its native by tradition and this would open up a whole different can of worms.
Saffire PRO 24 DSP has basic Reverb / compression, but that's another piece of hardware. And adding an apollo or anything else doesn't recreate unique reason devices like Polar.
When you're using a creative effect that will not just be an 'effect' but part of your performance, being able to use it properly - preserving the feel of a real, live performance with the effect used as intended - is vital.
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