FIRST LOOK: Propellerhead Reason 7

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    Read more about <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/first-look-propellerhead-reason-7-573338">FIRST LOOK: Propellerhead Reason 7</a> at MusicRadar.com <hr><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>MusicRadar was recently invited to London's Red Bull Studios to get up-close-and-personal with Reason 7, the latest update to Propellerhead's ever-expanding DAW.</strong></p><p class="MsoNormal">Reason 7 was announced - somewhat out of the blue - last month. It follows last year's substantial 'point' update to version 6.5, which saw the traditional fenced-in nature of the DAW completely rethought, allowing the addition of third-party plugins via the Rack Extension platform. With Rack Extensions, Propellerhead significantly opened-up Reason, albeit via a format that is still more closed-off than VST or AU (the Rack Extension store is, in effect, more akin to Apple's iOS App Store.)</p><p class="MsoNormal">Interestingly, given how major a change Reason 6.5 was, the new additions to version 7 seem somewhat understated. The headline features - such as MIDI out, deeper audio editing and tweaks to the mixer section - seem like refinements designed to bring Reason into line with some of its rival DAWs, as opposed to anything massively revolutionary. </p><p class="MsoNormal">Indeed, Propellerhead's current promotional campaign, based around the slogan 'Reason has a rack for that', seems aimed at highlighting the program's new-found image as a flexible all-rounder, as opposed to the fenced-in, MIDI-only application that it was a just a few years ago.</p><p class="MsoNormal">That said, we've long been fans of Reason here at MusicRadar and, having seen it in action, our first impressions of the new version are very positive. While the new features seem a little less-than earth shattering on paper, each has - in classic Propellerhead style - been implemented in a slick and very useable manner.</p><h4>Audio dynamite?</h4><p class="MsoNormal">As any regular user will tell you, Reason's audio engine - introduced when Propellerhead amalgamated the Reason and Record Duo into Reason 6 - is fantastic. It handles time-stretching impeccably, with fewer artefacts and more stability than most other DAWs on the market. Thanks to the software's impeccably modelled SSL-style mixer, audio recordings have a natural warmth and thickness that particularly suits dance music.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/first-look-propellerhead-reason-7-573338"><img src="http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/features/reason-7-first-look/reason-audio-460-100-200-70.jpg" width="200" alt=""></a></p><p class="MsoNormal">This latest update introduces a handful of new features that allow deeper editing of audio recordings. For one thing, audio clips can now be quantised and stretched instantly via warp markers that look reminiscent of Ableton Live's audio window.</p><p class="MsoNormal">In our demo we saw a bass guitar line recorded, quantised and then fairly drastically stretched-out in real time. While none of these functions necessarily go beyond what can already be done in rival DAWs, all are clearly very quick and simple to achieve in Reason 7. </p><p class="MsoNormal">In no time at all it's possible to fix timings, add swing or drastically rework an audio clip with a minimal amount of hassle. Crucially, the sound quality seems excellent too; even given some fairly hefty retiming the bassline acquired no obvious artefacts and maintained the tone and live quality of the original recording.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The other major new audio feature is the ability to slice and convert a recording to REX format, for use with Reason's sampler devices such as Dr Octo Rex and the Kong drum machine. In all honesty, given that it was Propellerhead that invented the REX file format, it surprises us that this functionality wasn't already within Reason (until now a copy of Recycle was required to create REX files.) Still, its implementation seems great, and opens up a world of fun loop-mashing possibilities.</p><h4>Mixer remixed</h4><p class="MsoNormal">The DAW's already-excellent SSL-style mixer has also been given a few tweaks.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Firstly, Propellerhead have added a spectrum analyser with graphic EQ overlay to the mix console's analogue-style EQ (again, this doesn't look too different to the newly revamped EQ Eight in Live 9.) It's a great addition nonetheless, allowing proper visualisation of the sounds coming through each channel.</p><p class="MsoNormal">In a presentation given by James Wiltshire of Freemasons - which you can watch in full in the clip above - we saw the other major mixer addition: the ability to create parallel and bus channels.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Again, while this is a function that can already be achieved in other DAWs, Propellerhead's implementation seems to be spot-on. It appears to be exceptionally easy to create numerous parallel channels and busses; opening-up the possibility to have endlessly fun beef-up sounds 'New York-style' across the mixer.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/first-look-propellerhead-reason-7-573338"><img src="http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/features/reason-7-first-look/reason-mixer-460-100-200-70.jpg" width="200" alt=""></a></p><p class="MsoNormal">Vitally, as can be seen in the video, James demonstrated the functionality in a massive project using numerous tracks and a variety of different routings and Reason (running on a Macbook Pro) seems to handle the project fine. This bodes well for the DAW's stability - although it remains to be seen how throwing third-party Rack Extensions into the mix will affect things.</p><h4>First impressions</h4><p class="MsoNormal">The other major addition to Reason 7 is the ability to control external hardware via MIDI. Again, it's surprising that this functionality wasn't already in Reason, but existing users are likely to appreciate its addition. Implementation - via the new External MIDI Instrument rack device - seems simple and effective enough, and the ability to incorporate hardware into Reason's set-up is likely to please a lot of producers.</p><p class="MsoNormal">This seems to be the theme with Reason 7; upon its release it's unlikely to make users of, say, Logic or Cubase suddenly rethink their set-up, but existing Reason users are likely to instantly love it. Going forward, it does make the DAW more of an all-round option. It's closer than ever to the depth and flexibility of the traditional 'pro' DAWs without losing the aspects that made Reason popular in the first place - its stability, the brilliantly designed interface, the sound engine and its all-round ease of use.</p><p class="MsoNormal">We'll have to wait to get our hands on it properly to decide whether Reason 7 is a winner - but it's certainly made a good first impression.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Reason 7 is due for release in the second quarter of 2013 at a retail price of €405/$449 or as an upgrade for €129/$129.</strong></p> Read more about <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/first-look-propellerhead-reason-7-573338">FIRST LOOK: Propellerhead Reason 7</a> at MusicRadar.com<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/673/f/8601/s/2a5566ff/mf.gif' border='0'/><div class='mf-viral'><table border='0'><tr><td valign='middle'><a href="http://share.feedsportal.com/viral/sendEmail.cfm?lang=en&title=FIRST+LOOK%3A+Propellerhead+Reason+7&link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musicradar.com%2Fnews%2Ftech%2Ffirst-look-propellerhead-reason-7-573338" target="_blank"><img src="http://res3.feedsportal.com/images/emailthis2.gif" border="0" /></a></td><td valign='middle'><a href="http://res.feedsportal.com/viral/bookmark.cfm?title=FIRST+LOOK%3A+Propellerhead+Reason+7&link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musicradar.com%2Fnews%2Ftech%2Ffirst-look-propellerhead-reason-7-573338" target="_blank"><img src="http://res3.feedsportal.com/images/bookmark.gif" border="0" /></a></td></tr></table></div><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/161990950784/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/2a5566ff/kg/342/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/161990950784/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/2a5566ff/kg/342/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/161990950784/u/49/f/8601/c/673/s/2a5566ff/kg/342/a2t.img" border="0"/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/musicradar/all/news/~4/YBiks7U7I-E" height="1" width="1"/>







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