Last week Sonic State had a visit from Ryan Harlin – he’s the guy behind Propellerheads Music Making Month and also puts together the ongoing video content for Propellerheads.
“He showed us around the new features in the just released Reason 7, including (finally) the introduction of MIDI, some neat mixer functions – Spectrum EQ, bussing and parallel processing, plus the new audio processing module – Audiomatic.”
New video merely stating the obvious I guess
Try Reason: http://www.propellerheads.se/tryreason
Reason is Propellerhead Software’s flagship music production platform; a virtual studio rack full of synths, drum machines, samplers, and effects like reverb, delay, distortion, and much more. Add that all together with unlimited audio recording, legendary audio slicing/stretching, a professional mixer modelled after a big-studio classic… and you’ve got a powerhouse of a program with one central focus: making your music better than ever.
Whatever your music needs, Reason has a rack for that.
Music in this video: Syndrome by Mikkas: http://www.mikkasmusic.com/
The big mixer in Reason is where your songs really find their full potential – sonically speaking. The powerful EQ, channel dynamics, bus channels, parallel channels, spectrum EQ, and oh-so-lovely Master Bus Compressor are all designed with one thing in mind: making you sound great!
In this walkthrough of the big mixer, we take a look at the major sections of the mixer and what they mean for your mix.
This video features “Outside In” by Atom, mixed by Gary Bromham inside Reason 7. The track is available for download as a Reason demo song here:
Reason’s virtual rack is the heart and soul of Reason. Synths, drum machines, samplers, effects, and little gadgets that tweak and freak one another are the building blocks of your music.
In this walk-through, we check out the Reason rack in more detail and get you up to speed on the powerful tools in your toolbox.
Inspiration can be a tricky thing. You either feel it or you don’t. So much of music making is about either capturing inspiration when it happens or making it happen through new sounds, new techniques, or new ways of processing sound.
In this video, we take a look at all the ways that Reason can inspire your music.
Today Propellerhead has released their latest incarnation of their popular DAW – Reason 7
Reason 7 brings tons of new improvements for the mixer, the rack and the sequencer. Integrate your instruments into Reason with MIDI out, audio slicing and audio quantize. Turn your recordings into REX loops. For mixing, we’re introducing a spectrum analyzer with visual EQ, group and parallel channels and workflow improvements. To inspire, Reason 7 imports audio from your music library and web formats. The enhanced Factory Sound Bank comes fully loaded with tons of new loops and drum kits. The new Audiomatic Retro Transformer effect adds a futuristic-vintage sound to any tracks.
Reason Essentials 2 is a free upgrade for all owners of Reason Essentials, bringing audio slicing and quantizing to the sequencer. Create REX files from your recordings directly in Reason Essentials. Import audio files from your music library and the web with improved file format support. Workflow enhancements in the rack and sequencer make writing, producing and mixing music in Reason Essentials even faster, easier and more fun.
Propellerhead has announced a new major version of its Reason music software. With over 90 third party Rack Extensions expanding Reason’s rack of instruments and effects already available, Propellerhead has focused its attention on new creative and inspirational improvements for the mixer, the rack and the sequencer.
With Reason 7, users can integrate all their instruments into Reason with MIDI out, automatic audio slicing and audio quantize, and even convert their recordings into REX loops for further creative possibilities in the rack. For mixing, Propellerhead is introducing a spectrum analyzer with visual EQ controls; group and parallel mix channels; and many workflow improvements to help users sound better, easier. To inspire, Reason 7 makes it easier to import audio from users’ music libraries and the web with support for mp3, aac, wma and more. The enhanced Factory Sound Bank comes fully loaded with tons of new loops and drum kits, while the new Audiomatic Retro Transformer effect unit adds a futuristic-vintage sound to any tracks, never more than a mouse-click away.
Reason users are invited to sign up for the limited public beta testing at the Propellerhead web site.
Pricing & Availability
Reason 7 and Reason Essentials 2 begin limited public beta testing today and will be available for purchase worldwide in Q2 of 2013 at the following suggested retail pricing:
- Reason 7 €405 / $449.
- Reason Essentials 2 €120 / $129.
- Reason 7 Upgrade (from any previous Reason version) €129 / $129.
- Reason Essentials 2 upgrade from previous versions free.
- Balance (includes upgrade to Reason 7 for owners of previous versions of Reason) €429 / $449.
Propellerhead is also offering a grace period for purchasers of current versions of Reason, Reason Essentials and the Balance audio interface. Purchasing and registering a qualifying product today makes users eligible for a free upgrade to Reason 7. For details see: www.propellerheads.se/freeupgrade
Mixed and Arranged entirely inside Propellerhead’s Reason 6.5 with sounds sampled in my kitchen!!
The ingredients were as follows
A glass bottle to blow air across the top (if its a bottle of alcohol – music automatically gets made)
Microwave (button sounds, door bang, start/stop)
Cabinet drawers and doors
Sink tap, Sink hose spurting water
Refrigerator water dispenser (water falling and the mechanical switch you press your glass against)
Dishwasher switches and lock
2 different blenders
Water falling into a pre-heated pot for that sizzling sound
The crunch of the wrapper of a fiber bar
Almonds falling into a box
Groundnuts in a box
Pulses/Rice in a box
A bunch of empty containers, pots and pans
Running my fingers around the rims of glass
Rice cooker switch
…the missing ingredient I could not shoot – the ‘insinkerator’ going on and off.
So what’s the recipe then? Mix it till it sounds good. And if it sounds good, it is good.
I had a lot of fun making this. I hope you had fun watching and listening!
More info on Reason: https://www.propellerheads.se/product…
Malström is a one-of-a-kind synth, begging to be explored. In this tutorial we’ll learn the basics of this mean green machine by creating a synth pad sound from scratch. And once you’ve got a feel for what Malström can do, endless sound design possibilities are just around the corner!
“nice! nice update! Splendid sound quality. Splendid version upgrade”
What’s New in Version 1.4
• SoundCloud Sharing – share your Figure tracks with access to Facebook, Twitter and more
• Introducing Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps! See http://audiob.us for more information
Propellerhead has updated Figure for iOS, adding some frequently requested features, like SoundCloud and AudioBus support.
Here’s what’s new in Figure 1.4:
- SoundCloud Sharing – share your Figure tracks with access to Facebook, Twitter and more
- Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps
- Background audio (in device Settings)
- Sort song list by Name/Date
- Bug fixes and performance improvements
The nitty gritty details:
• Bass & lead parts use Reason’s Thor synthesizer
• Drums powered by Reason’s Kong drum machine
• Play in different keys & modes. Set once or change on the fly.
• Increase the Shuffle to loosen up your beats
• Turn up Pump to add a club sound to your tracks
• Adjust levels using Propellerhead’s legendary mixer
• Save, browse and load song files
• Set length of loop (1,2,4,8 bars)
• Export audio to iTunes File Sharing
Background video description:
This is my version of M83’s “Midnight City”, recreated (a “ReCover” as I call it) completely in Propellerhead’s Reason. All custom patches, all original note data (no web download of MIDI files).