Propellerhead today announced Polar, a new Rack Extension audio effect to be available at the launch of the next versions Reason and Reason Essentials later this month.
Polar is an old school harmonizer and pitch-shifter effect with a host of modern tricks up its sleeves. Designed for classic harmonizing, stereo widening, and real-time pitch shifting, Polar also invites users to experiment with buffer looping and audio freezing to create otherworldly effects.
Consisting of selectable dual pitch-shifters with classic, smooth and looping algorithms, Polar is created for singers, producers, guitarists and remixers looking for transparent pitch-shifting as well as creative ways of turning bland recordings into wide, evolving soundscapes. The built-in LFOs, auto-panning, envelope and buffer lock provide further sound sculpting possibilities, while delay and feedback turns single-note recordings into arpeggios.
For more information about Rack Extensions, Polar, and to listen to audio examples, visit www.propellerheads.se/go/74B1DC9D
Pricing and availability
Polar will be released simultaneously with version 6.5 of Reason and version 1.5 of Reason Essentials Q2 2012, at a price of USD $69/EUR €55. Polar will be available for purchase in the Propellerhead Shop.
For more information on Rack Extensions, visit: http://www.propellerheads.se
Meet some of the developers bringing Rack Extension devices to Reason’s rack! Rack Extensions allow 3rd party developers to bring their expertise, sounds, and inspiring workflow into Reason by merging some of the best elements of typical plugin expandability with the best elements of Reason’s ongoing commitment to stability, efficiency, and musicality.
In this video you’ll get a look at some of the first Rack Extensions to arrive in Reason’s rack, hear direct from the developers themselves and, most importantly, see just how massive this expansion will be for your music.
“Here’s a short audio demo that I did using the Beta version of the new pulsar Rack Extension that will be available in Propellerheads Reason 6.5″
More info on Reason: http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason/
In this Reason Sound Design video Propellerhead product specialist James Bernard give you some tried and tested engineering tips to help get your drums punching through your mix. It may seem redundant at first. After all, drums are punchy by their very nature so why do we need to MAKE them punchy if they already ARE punchy. The simple answer is that when you layer other instruments on top and everything starts fighting for the same sonic frequency space, your drums can get lost in the process.
James will show you through proper EQ, compression, and parallel processing how you can lift your drums back out of the mix and have them punching through your song exactly as you hope for.
Propellerhead today announced Pulsar LGM-1, the second “Rack Extension” instrument, to be available with the launch of Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials 1.5 in Q2 2012. Pulsar is a dual LFO (low frequency oscillator) and mono synth with cross-modulation, lag, shuffle and a flexible envelope, and is said to offer “a fresh take on modulation — from rigid and predictable to groovy and evolving.”
Pulsar integrates perfectly with all Reason devices, opening up new possibilities for creative modulation within the program — i.e. with Pulsar it’s reportedly easy to create a shuffled tremolo that changes speed as different notes are triggered, or come up with ever-changing wobbles that respond to playing. Using its audio outputs, Pulsar transforms from a low frequency oscillator to a synth. The waveforms designed for modulation, combined with the unique lag and shuffle controls, reportedly result in tons of unique synth tones. For users that are not versed with the modular aspects of Reason, Pulsar also comes with a set of pre-made patches, containing everything from lush evolving pads to gritty bass.
To celebrate the release of the Rack Extension platform, Pulsar will be gifted to everyone who is using Rack Extension compatible versions of Reason and Reason Essentials for the first three months after release — a $49 value. Click for more information about Rack Extensions and Pulsar LGM-1.
The guys at Propellerhead has released some more info on their upcoming Reason 6.5 release (free for registered users) including the newly announced Rack Extensions, here’s what they have to say:
It’s not just third parties who are getting into the creation of Rack Extensions. On release day, Propellerhead will be releasing their own Rack Extension devices for Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials 1.5. Below is some early information on what we’ll have on offer.
The premise is simple. The results are stunning. We’ll give you three basic pianos paired with the technology to make an infinite number of your own. Based on a custom blend between sampling technology and physical modeling algorithms, Radical Piano affords songwriters, producers, and sound designers an unprecedented level of control to craft a realistic piano that is 100% unique.
Pulsar LGM-1 is a dual channel modulation power house for the Reason rack. We call it a dual LFO but it’s also a powerful little synth in its own right. More info coming soon.
Polar is a classic harmonizer/pitch shifter with a host of modern tricks up its sleeve. Use it for old school harmonizing and stereo widening effects, or use it to go totally granular filtered pitch shift repeater on your music. More info coming soon.
When Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials are released, we’ll also be launching the Propellerhead Shop. It will be the central location where users can try and buy Rack Extensions with single-click ease. While many companies have begun developing Rack Extensions for the Reason platform, we’ll leave their own product announcements up to them. Below is a small sample of companies that are currently planning to launch Rack Extensions in the Propellerhead Shop:
Uhe, Rob Papen, Softube, Peff, KORG…
Propellerhead’s Figure app has been a big success and inspired many to similar type stuff:
In this tutorial Danny J Lewis shows you how to create a rack that emulates the mechanics behind the way the drum patterns switch in the recently released ‘Figure’ app.
Kurt Kurasaki demonstrates the upcoming Beat Repeater Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.
The perfect way into music making – Reason Essentials packs in all the recording, editing, effects, instruments, and mixing tools you need to sound great – and now it is available at an amazing new price! Check with your music retailer for details. http://line6.com/dealers/
Reason Essentials, just like its bigger brother Reason, puts making music in focus. From concept to completion, it has all the essential tools for turning good ideas into great songs.
Reason Essentials comes with a selection of Reason’s instruments and effects in a virtual rack, a streamlined version of its masterfully modeled mixer, and all the recording and sequencing tools you’ll need. For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar and bass PODs from Line 6 bring a wide range of top quality guitar amps, cabinets, and effects.
Reason Essentials is the software that lets you focus on the music and finish that song.
This iPhone app is like a mini-Reason. The combination of super-bright screen in a dark room freaked out my camera, but the description and audio get the point across.