Reason Studios, formerly Propellerheads, are teasing the new version of their flagship product. The speculations online has been ongoing on for quite a while on what the team in Stockholm should come up with next. And as always the reactions on the new release divides the market into two camps: Those who enjoy the closed eco-system and wants focus on the details in the platform and two those who embraces the new and open. To the latter the new update must be a blessing as Reason 11 has the option to be a plug-in to any other DAW. For the former I think many will be utterly happy to get some of their favorite Reason Rack extensions included, like the Complex-1 (Stereoklang included).

Reason 11 heralds the arrival of several new devices: Quartet Chorus Ensemble, Sweeper Modulation Effect, Master Bus Compressor, Channel Dynamics and Channel EQ. Those who use Reason standalone – and it’s worth making clear that this ‘full’ version of the software isn’t going away – will also benefit from an enhanced sequencer. 

Plug-in concept: So in effect the move will let anyone using Live, Bitwig Studio or Logic Pro X use Reason instruments such as the semi-modular Thor synth, Roland x0x-esque Redrum drum machine and Grain Sample Manipulator in their productions without having to use Reason’s ReWire software.

Reason’s lifelike rack of synths and effects has long been one of the software’s most compelling features, so opening it up more widely is a smart move for the Swedish company, which has also changed its name to Reason Studios.

“We’re changing our name to Reason Studios to clearly express our dedication in delivering the best
experience for all music makers, regardless of where they are in their creative journeys,” said Timothy
Self, Chief Product Officer.

“The world really knows us for Reason. Reason Studios encapsulates our mission of building a platform for all music creators. Reason 11, with its seamless integration into other music production software, truly exemplifies how we want to open up to the world.”

Reason’s Rack Plugin arrives alongside Reason 11 on September 25, which adds new devices including a chorus effect called Quartet Chorus Ensemble and a phaser named Sweeper Modulation Effect. Master Bus Compressor and Channel EQ now have their own rack devices.

Rack Plugin will be available first as a VST3 device, with an AU version following later this year. Reason 11 will be available in three flavors: Intro (€79), Reason (€349) and Reason Suite (€549). Find out more at the Reason website.

  • Update 129 €, 79 € Reason 11 Intro starter version / 349 € Reason 11 small version / 549 € Reason 11 Suite full version. 

    Updates in the System Studio: curve input (automation), crossfades for audio, MIDI mute, multi-notes fast input Draw multi-tool, display MIDI notes play / select improved – the sequencer / DAW part has been upgraded
  • No new synths / samplers.