Propellerhead Newsletter

Hopefully your summer is going as great as ours. Here in Sweden things are pretty quiet. With beta testing and final product tweaks finished, most of us have retreated to our Swedish country cottages and vacation spots for some much deserved R & R. While we're firing up the grill, the Reason and Record discs are off being manufactured by the thousands.

In this issue:

  • It's Official! Reason/Record Release Date
  • New ReFill and Hit Song Made Simultaneously
  • Summer School - The Micro Tutorial Round Up
  • ReFill ReBate = ReJoice
  • Straight from the Interwebs


Save the Date! Mark the Calendar!

Get out a marker and draw a big circle around August 25th on your calendar. That's the official release date for Reason 5 and Record 1.5! Now draw a black line through August 26th to at least the end of September. Trust us, you'll want to block out that time to play with Reason 5 and Record 1.5. It is, by far, the most fun version we've ever released. Every new feature is geared towards making great music quickly.

Of course, you don't have to wait until August 25th to start getting busy. Reason owners can upgrade to "Record for Reason Owners", get familiar with Record's new audio workflow, and receive a free update to Reason 5 and Record 1.5 at the end of the summer.

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Interview: Pascal Gabriel Does it Again

There are only two kinds of people on earth: those who recognize Pascal Gabriel by his name and those who recognize Pascal Gabriel by his work. His credits are a veritable wikipedia entry on modern pop music from Kylie Minogue, Dido, Erasure, New Order, to club legends like Deborah Harry and Bomb the Bass.

Two of his most recent projects, the Melophobia ReFill and his album with Marina and the Diamonds, actually came together in the studio at the same time. We caught up with Pascal to get the details on his work with Marina and to hear about how he makes extensive use of Reason in his production work.

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Be Cool, Stay in School

Summer school has never been so much fun. All summer we're rolling out new videos from our "Micro Tutorial" series to help get you up to speed on Reason 5 and Record 1.5. By watching these videos you'll be able to hit the ground running on August 25th. If you haven't checked in with our YouTube channel, there's a lot of new material to see!

Micro Tutorial Round Up:

- Kong Drum Designer Basics
Take a tour of the new Kong Drum Designer and gain a solid foundation the new sound modules, effects, and drum controller pad setting.

- Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
The new Dr. Octo Rex is everything from a complete backing track machine to a whole new instrument in its own right.

- Live Sampling 101
Live Sampling in Reason/Record is about inspiration and experimentation. In this tutorial we build up a song from some non-traditional sounds.

- Neptune Pitch Adjuster
Get to know the layout of the new Neptune Pitch Adjuster in Record and see how flexible it can be in adapting to your needs.

- Kong's Synth Drums
Kong's Synth Drum modules are an unprecedented achievement in powerful analog flexibility paired with utter simplicity.

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Refill Your ReFill Collection

To celebrate the warm weather, the upcoming releases of Reason 5 and Record 1.5, the world cup - and basically everything worth celebrating! - we'd like to give you a 10% discount on all download ReFill products in our web shop, including this week's additions from New Atlantis Audio, Goldbaby, and Primeloops.

New in the shop this month:

Goldbaby When Alien Drum Robots Attack
A huge palette of super solid drums and sweet FX from a studio full of vintage and new drum machines, samplers, synths, rack effects, vinyl, tape, real drums, percussion and field recordings.

New Atlantis Audio Physical Therapy II
Physical Therapy Volume II provides a set of expressive playable instruments that sound like nothing else on the planet.

New Atlantis Audio Project Echo
This unique ReFill spawned from performing spectral analysis on high resolution space photographs - and then processing the results with various granular synthesis and echo algorithms.

New Atlantis Audio Lost and Found
Powered by several years of late night NYC field recordings, Lost & Found is a moody trip through the dark streets of the Big Apple.

PrimeLoops Dubstep Nation
This comprehensive collection helps you to stay true to the sound of the moment with over 500 authentic, grimey, and downright nasty samples.


To use your ReBate code head over to the online store, add the download products you'd like to order to your shopping cart and enter your ReBate code during checkout to get your discount.

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Straight from the interwebs

More powerful than Google's web-crawlers will ever be, Leo's found some more gems from the web!

Collaborating Online
With Record and Reason's self-contained song files, collaborating over the internet is easy. Line 6's Matt Piper recommends three collaboration services in this post from the Line 6 blog
Head over to the Line 6 Blog for more...

Quick Tip: How to Create a Dubstep Wobble Bass with Subtractor
AudioTuts writer Cameron Roe takes you on a ten-minute crash course to creating dubstep wobble bass with Reason's Subtractor
Warn your neighbors, crank the speakers, then click here...