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Propellerhead Newsletter

Well a lot can change in just one month! In the last 30 days we released a new iOS music app called Figure which promptly climbed to the top of the app store charts; enjoyed by musicians and even non-musicians everywhere. And if that wasn't enough, we decided on a game-changing technology shift to allow third party developers to create devices for the Reason rack. But that's not all we've been up to, either.

In this issue:

  • Figure: Shape Your Own Music
  • The Reason Rack is Open for Business
  • Custom Guitar Patches from a Pro
  • Reason Sound Design Videos
  • New ReFills in the Shop

 

Beats for a Buck


This month we released our newest iOS music creation app, called Figure. Powered by Reason's Thor Polysonic Synthesiser and Kong Drum Designer but totally redesigned for mobile environments, transient moments, and touch surfaces, Figure is a whole new take on making music that is both fun and sounds awesome. And in terms of bang for your buck, Figure is tops there too because it only costs a buck.

The reviews are still pouring in after the tech world has been getting their bleep and blorp on all month long.

Propellerhead's Figure Music App Is Awesome, Easy to Use and Cheap
- Wired

iPhone app makes powerful electronic music-making technology accessible to all.
- The Guardian

Figure is an awesome, editor's choice award-winning, music making app, that will help you get down with ease.
- MacLife

Within about a minute, I’d composed my first beat. Within three, I’d made it sound pretty darn good.
- Fastcodesign.com

 

The Reason Rack is About to Expand


In case you missed the buzz at the end of last month, Reason is about to undergo one of the most monumental expansions and shifts in its history when Reason 6.5 comes out shortly.

Version 6.5 will introduce a new technology called Rack Extensions which allows third party developers to create and sell their own rack devices that integrate into the Reason rack fully in all the ways you already know and love. All the patching of audio and CV signals will be there, along with the ability to save and browse patches, copy/paste settings between devices, and load Rack Extensions into Combinators alongside with your favorite Reason devices. Best of all perhaps, Reason 6.5 will be a free update for Reason 6 owners.

Want to know more? Propellerhead CEO Ernst Nathorst-Böös gave a special technology preview in Frankfurt, Germany. Watch the live video or Read More

 

Custom Guitar Patches from a Pro


From recording guitar with hip hop legends like Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg to touring with Salvador Santana, and even in his own solo albums, Jared Meeker is a powerhouse player with flawless technique and flawless tone.

Jared has applied a guitarists mentality to the Reason rack by creating Combinators that integrate with his Line 6 FBV Shortboard MkII foot controller. The result is a stompbox pedal board more powerful than you could ever dream of... and requiring far fewer 9V batteries!

But don't just listen to Jared's killer tones, try them out yourself! He has provided every patch he shows in this video's 4 songs and we decided to add to the collection with a few of our own favorites as well. With patches from Jared Meeker, James Bernard, Mattias Häggström Gerdt, Ryan Harlin, and Gary Bromham you'll have a nice collection of new tones to rock out with in our exclusive "Strum and Thumb" mini ReFill!

Read More

 

Reason Sound Design for Guitar and Bass


James Bernard and Mattias Häggström Gerdt, two of our Propellerhead Product Specialists, have recently completed their own look at guitar and bass tones inside Reason. Be sure to check out their take on wiring up great tone and special tricks to create stereo doubled guitars from a single input.

This month Mattias showed us a great guitar tone that splits your signal and applies ever-evolving delay and subtle pitch changes to create an auto-doubling stereo rock tone. Thicken up your guitar tracks with this one!

James Bernard tackled his first instrument, the bass, to show you how a fairly vanilla bland bass guitar input and turn into an agressive and punchy bass tone through a little Combinator magic.

 

New ReFills in the Shop


Quench your thirst for new sounds with these killer additions to the ReFill shop. With modern chillwave sounds, to cinematic drums, to vintage grooves, we've got you covered.

Sample Magic Chillwave

Fading sunshine, Polaroid memories and neon starbursts. These form the visual backdrops to Chillwave - the definitive 1.12GB collection of lo-fi melodics, beach-hazed beats and tape-saturated music loops encompassing Chillwave in its broadest possible sense, bolstered by elements of synth-pop, chillout, indie and nu-wave.

Big Fish Audio Vintage Vibe

Vintage Vibe is a collection of multi-sampled instruments that captures the great retro sounds of classic Rock , R&B, Soul, Funk, Country, and Jazz tracks from the 1960s and 1970s.

The Loop Loft Doug Wamble Telecaster

In Doug Wamble's second Artist Series ReFill, he takes the classic Telecaster guitar through seven complete recording sessions, each in a different tempo, style and key. With a huge selection of funky rhythm loops, soulful melodies, blues-drenched lead lines, and down home pickin', the Telecaster Sessions allows you to easily layer and arrange the perfect guitar track inside of Reason.

The Loop Loft Cinematic Drums Vol. 1 & 2

If you're looking to load up on Cinematic drums, percussion, sound effects and grooves (and also want to save 25%), then this is the collection for you. We've bundled both of our popular Cinematic Drum ReFills together, providing you with a vast treasure trove of truly unique and inspiring rhythms and textures.

 

Propellerhead is hiring. If any of these jobs sound like you or someone you know, we'd like to know!

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