Propellerhead Software proudly presents Reason 7. The latest incarnation of the world’s favorite music software brings a slew of enhancements to help you create more and better music—and have even more fun doing it.
The Reason rack has seen an exponential growth over the last few years with the introduction of unlimited audio recording, studio grade mixing tools, and support for third party instruments and effects. With Reason 7, we continue that expansion to let you take your mixing to the next level, to place Reason at the heart of your studio, and to continue to inspire you in your music making.
With instruments that are easy to use, infinitely tweakable, and with a sound to fit any style, Reason has always offered a wide array of sonic capabilities. Now we’re adding even more to the mix. Reason 7 comes with MIDI out support to bring the sound of your favorite hardware synths and beat machines to the Reason rack. MIDI is handled by the new External MIDI Instrument device, fully integrated into the Reason environment. Automating MIDI equipment from Reason’s sequencer or even from control voltages in the Reason rack is a breeze to set up.
With Reason 7 you have more creative control over your audio recordings. Record your instruments and let Reason automatically slice the recording into single notes or hits. Use it to quantize an audio take, to tweak your timing to perfection, or to drastically change the recording by going all creative with Reason’s fantastic time stretch. The sliced up audio can also be converted to REX files for playback and further treatment in Reason’s Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, Reason's samplers, or the Kong Drum Designer.
With its studio‑grade mixing console, Reason was already a mix engineer’s dream. Reason 7 adds several new ways to make mixing your songs better and easier. Reason users tend to spend a lot of time exploring and tweaking sounds in the Reason rack, so the most important mixing controls like level and pan are now available in the rack too, always close at hand. This means less jumping about in the program and more focus on your music.
The new bus channels make it easy to group your tracks, and even group your mixer groups to process them together. Create parallel channels with a single click for separate processing—for quick New York style parallel compression and other tricks used by leading mix engineers today.
For increased control of your mixes Reason now has a built‑in spectrum analyzer window, giving you instant visual feedback on the selected channel or bus. The new Spectrum EQ window combines a powerful spectrum analyzer with a graphic EQ overlay controlling the mixer’s renowned EQ. Easily adjust the EQ on your tracks from anywhere in the program.
Users tell us again and again that two of the most important aspects of Reason is that it is fun and inspiring. As a creativity boost, Reason 7 comes with Audiomatic Retro Transformer–it's for audio what your favorite retro photo app on your phone is for images. Add Audiomatic to any instrument, channel or group and select one of the 16 snapshots—VHS, vinyl, gadget or even mp3—to instantly change the sound and character of your track.
Reason 7 also comes with an expanded sound bank that adds a new and powerful section of hard hitting drums loops: big room house, dubstep, and even metal. It’s all there, ready to be thrown into your tracks. For importing your own sound files into Reason, there is now support for more audio import formats, such as mp3, wma and aac to make it easier to grab loops and recordings from your music library or the web.
Synthesizers, drum machines, loop players and samplers. Add, play, tweak, combine and mix as many of each as you can possibly want. Right out of the box, Reason has a rack for instruments.
With instruments that are easy to use, infinitely tweakable and with a sound to match anything out there, Reason has always offered a wide array of sonic capabilities. With the addition of Rack Extensions, the palette of sounds available to Reason users have grown exponentially, and now we're adding even more to the mix. Reason 7 comes with MIDI out support to bring the sound of your favorite hardware synths and beatboxes into the Reason rack.
Reason's synths have been a cornerstone in the application since day one. For a straightforward analog style synth, try out the Subtractor Analog Synth. For a more aggressive digital sound, check out the Malström Wavetable Synthesizer. With its godlike flexibility and divine sound, the Thor Polysonic Synthesizer is a giant of a synth–one for the tweak heads, or simply a beautiful sounding instrument
Beats and loops
Building on the design from classic drum machines, the Redrum Drum Computer offers traditional pattern programming and a great selection of drum kits. For endless sound sculpting possibilities, the Kong Drum Designer comes with sampled drums, drum synths, physical modeling and built-in effects. If you would rather work with sampled loops in your music, turn to the Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player. This loop player powerhouse makes it a breeze to work with sampled material in your songs.
Samples for playing and tweaking
Reason's huge sound bank comes packed with sampled instruments in every conceivable category. To play samples back, or indeed to sample your own sounds, Reason has two different samplers. The fully featured NN-XT Advanced Samplerlets you play and build rich and complex, multi layered instrument patches, while the straightforward NN-19 Sampler is a quick and easy sampler that comes with plenty of real time modulation capabilities..
Reason also features the ID-8 Instrument Device - a songwriter's best friend. If all you want is a great piano sound or an organ or some strings, the ID-8 is a quick and straightforward way to quickly grab those sounds. The ID-8 is also maps to the General MIDI standard, making it easy to work with imported MIDI files.
Extending your instrument rack
Want even more instruments? With the Rack Extensiontechnology the Reason rack opens up to third party developers too. Propellerhead and leading third party developers offers a great selection of instruments as add-ons to your Reason rack. Have a look in the Propellerhead Shop to see what's on display.
All your other synths too!
For all your external MIDI hardware, Reason comes with the aptly named External MIDI Instrument. With this unit, you can play all your MIDI synths, beatboxes and whatnot from Reason's sequencer, and control your external MIDI gear with the full automation that Reason users have come to expect.
In Reason you can combine, layer and mix instruments to create anything from lush and evolving aural landscapes to performance friendly instrument setups. Using the Combinatordevice, you can build your own instrument by combining different synths, samplers and effects to get just the sound you are after.
Hook up the RPG-8 Arpeggiator to any Reason instrument to create arpeggiated melody lines from the chord you are playing. With settings for play mode, note insert and rhythmic pattern, the RPG-8 can conjure up some pretty amazing music.
Reason software was originally a set of virtual instruments with a built-in sequencer for quickly creating electronic type compositions. With the release ofReason 7 from Propellerhead, the software has firmly stepped into DAW territory. Users can record to an unlimited number of audio tracks, and record-ready channels can be created in an instant. A comp editor assists in building the perfect track simply by selecting the parts that work and muting the ones that don't. Non-destructive time stretching allows for recording first and picking a tempo later, while non-destructive pitch change is done with a mouse click.
The software now comes with MIDI Out support to bring the sound of hardware synthesizers and beat boxes to the Reason rack. MIDI is handled by an External MIDI Instrument device, which is fully integrated into the Reason environment. Automating MIDI equipment from Reason's sequencer or even from control voltages in the Reason rack is very simple to set up. Additionally, the software can automatically slice audio recording into single notes or hits for further creative control; to quantize a take, tweak timing to perfection, or to drastically change the recording using time stretching. The sliced up audio can also be converted to REX files for playback and further treatment in Reason's Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, Reason's samplers, or the Kong Drum Designer.
A fast and flexible sequencer comes with vector and tempo automation, count-in, multiple lane tracks and Blocks mode. The floating window provides fast access to those detailed editing functions used all the time: quantize, transpose, note velocity, note length and legato. When creating songs, many musicians tend to think of music in terms of intro, verse, chorus, breakdown, buildup, etc. With Blocks mode, the sequencer does too, allowing the sequencing of songs using a more pattern-based approach, with the segments of the song laid out in an arrangement as individual building blocks.
The ReGroove Mixer is a real-time, non-destructive groove management device that can lock all the tracks together into one unified feel, or different settings can be applied to up to thirty-two musical elements in a song. Rack Extensions open up the Reason rack to third-party developers. While not a new plug-in format, they function in a similar manner in that they "plug-in" to the rack, but retain the same hierarchy as any other Reason component. Load them into Combinators, route cables on the back, automate all parameters, and experiment with the safety of undo.
- Virtual Instruments Studio Rack
- Record with Unlimited Audio Tracks
- Sounds, Sampling, Effects
- Bus Channel for Track Grouping
- Automatic Audio Slicing
- MIDI Controller Integration and MIDI Out
- Spectrum Analyzer Window
- Rack Extensions
- Standalone or ReWire
- Mac OS X and Windows