There’s been much speculation about what the Props will do next to take Reason to a new level. The benchmark composition software has been one of the most popular applications for pattern based composition of recent years, featuring a host of built in sound generation modules, effects and a whole bunch more.
Well today the news emanating from Stockholm, Sweden is good. The version 3.0 update focuses on live playing and takes Reason from the studio realm to the stage. Reason 3 comes packed with unique features that will make it a strong alternative to the hardware workstation synthesizer, whether for composing, producing or live playing.
Reason 3 introduces a new module, the Combinator, which allows users to build elaborate chains of Reason devices—instruments, effects, pattern sequencer etc and save as a Combi patch. With it’s ability to load-up complex instruments routed through effect units and dynamic processors in one go, the Combinator is an extremely playable, extremely performance friendly device, perfect for both stage and studio use.
The new Combinator
Additional new features include:
Remote: Instant out of the box integration with most major control surfaces including support for motorized faders and controller displays.
New soundbank: An expanded soundbank with increased focus on providing a wide palette of multi sampled instruments and huge sounding Combi patches.
New browser: Reason’s new browser will help you work faster and better in Reason. Free text search across your entire sound library, organize your sounds in favorite folders, audition play all samples and patches via MIDI.
MClass: A top-notch mastering suite comparable with any hard- or software units. The suite consists of a four band parametric + shelving EQ, a stereo processor, a fantastic sounding compressor and a maximizer with look ahead limiter.
Reason 3 is expected to ship early 2005. An upgrade discount will be available for Reason owners. Upgrade and retail price TBA.
In case you’ve been off-world for the last few years, here’s some more info about Reason
Reason is an enormously successful software title for both Windows and Mac OS platforms that emulates a rack of electronic synthesizers, samplers, drum machines and mixing equipment. Reason has been awarded Editor's Choice Awards from Electronic Musician, MacWorld, Remix, Computer Music magazines, cnet.com, the mipa award for Best Software Instrument and the highly coveted TEC award.