Reason Upgrades Now Available

Propellerhead upgrades Reason, Reason Essentials and opens Rack Extension store      14/06/12
Reason Upgrades Now Available

Propellerhead today released new versions of their music making platform: Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials 1.5. New in these versions is the introduction of Rack Extensions--a new technology from Propellerhead that opens up the rack to third parties, enabling developers to create their own instruments and effects for Reason and allowing users to expand their collection of instruments and effects with the Reason devices they want.
Propellerhead has also opened the doors to the Propellerhead Shop--the central location for all Rack Extensions. They say that all Rack Extensions are full Reason rack citizens, delivering the same ease of use and total integration as all other devices in the rack, including automation, unlimited undo and cables on the back as well as integration with Reason's patch browser. In the Propellerhead Shop users can get fully functional thirty-day trial versions of all available Rack Extensions, downloaded and installed into the rack with a single click.
Ernst Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead CEO, told Sonic State, "Rack Extensions combines all the things that musicians love about Reason with the creativity and inspiration that comes from having tons of instruments and effects at your fingertips. And it manages to do all that without any of the drawbacks of old plug-in technology. It really is the best of both worlds. Reason 6.5 is an incredible update to Reason, changing the world of music making on computers, again."
Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials 1.5 are available as free upgrades for all owners of Reason 6 or Reason Essentials version 1, downloadable from the Propellerhead web site today.
To get people started, Propellerhead offers the Pulsar Rack Extension--a dual LFO and mono synth with plenty of character--as a free download in the Propellerhead Shop to everyone who upgrades before September 30, 2012.
Pricing and Availability:
Reason, Reason Essentials and Balance are available now for purchase worldwide at the following suggested retail pricing:
  • Reason EUR €405 / USD $449 / £349 GBP
  • Reason Essentials EUR €120 / USD $129 / £99 GBP
  • Balance with Reason Essentials EUR €429 / USD $449 / £349 GBP (Includes a free upgrade to Reason 6.5 for any registered Record or Reason owner)
  • Reason Upgrade EUR €149 / USD $169 / £139 GBP (From any Reason version, and Balance)
  • Upgrade for Adapted/Limited/Essentials Owners EUR €299 / USD $329 / £229 GBP
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RP    Said...

I don't know why but I was expecting these to be cheaper, they range from $50 to $120. In fairness, that's the average price of a plugin so my point is well flawed.

Still, awesome concept Props

15-Jun-12 09:27 AM

I Don't Like Music    Said...

I had also hoped the rack extensions would be less money so that I would be able to spend indiscriminately on less than essential plug-ins. Comparisons have been made to the iOS app store - and while it may seem like comparing oranges and apples - Apple has done a pretty good job of separating me from my money.

Currently, it appears many rack extensions in their VST flavor are a better value: for example, Bitspeek costs $49.00 as a rack extension and $29.00 as a VST. I don't know if the disparity is the result of a Propellerhead tariff but the price difference is enough to cause me to reconsider investing in tech that works inside only one DAW.

15-Jun-12 11:14 AM

Piotr    Said...

I guess one reason(!) for price difference is that Props have to makes some money. The other - and more important - point is that REs are NOT just copies of their VST counterparts. They include unique features (mainly the audio / CV modulation options) that are only possible within Reason environment.

17-Jun-12 09:46 AM

I Don't Like Music    Said...

Valid point, Piotr. I did not consider the advantages of integration into Reason's environment so VSTs and REs, in some cases, may not be equivalent. Bitspeek, for example, does have additional features in its RE incarnation: stereo analysis and resynthesis. Still, the price is higher than I'd hoped, and I'm still unsure I want to invest in plugins that work with only one DAW.

17-Jun-12 01:19 PM

MaikU    Said...

Reason sucks. It's good for a newbies, pretty easy interface, but no vst - no game. Don't buy Reason, Get Ableton, Cubase or even Fruity Loops and then search for free ware VST, which are sometimes very great.

31-Aug-12 06:19 PM

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