MusikMesse is usually good for a Propellerhead story – and this show didn’t disappoint, with the announcement of a version 2.5 update to their famous Reason software. Still in Beta, but due for release ‘second quarter 2003’, it includes four brand new sound processing tools, and two….err… ‘science projects’. I’m sure the latter doesn’t refer to the contents of y’average fridge (some of mine which most definitely fall into the category of ‘science projects’) but to two of the following nattily named features – a small and undisclosed prize for guessing which:-
RV7000 Advanced Reverb
A stereo effect module dedicated to high quality reverb which…”rivals the best hard and software solutions on the market today”
BV512 Digital Vocoder
A 4 to 512-band vocoder capable of modulating sounds both in ‘old-school’ analogue, and digital FFT style. And it also serves as a fully automated graphic EQ. Apparently this moves beyond the ‘funky robot voice’ application to provide ‘vocoding’ a percussion track with a bass line, or a string pad with a rhythm guitar (or nose flute, I guess).
Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
“ Scream if you want to go louder” ;-) It’s a fuzz box with attitude; 10 different ‘damage’ types, +/-18dB 3-band EQ, and a ‘body’ section, which is similar to a speaker simulator.
“A reincarnation of the mysterious ‘Unison’ button found on early ‘80’s synths” Quite.
Allegedly it fattens up incoming audio by emulating the effect of 4,8 or 16 detuned voices playing the same sound – bit like a Chorus on steroids, we reckon.
This utility merges and splits audio – multiple audio signals can be merged and processed with the same insert effect or an instrument’s output can be split into four and sent to four different effect processors.
Same as Spider Audio, but works on CV and gate signals. The merge function comes with individual attenuators for each input and the split function also inverts one of the CV outputs.
Good news is it’s free for 2.0 registered users.
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