Looks like music-software makers are all racing to push out updates these days, with the recent release of Ableton Live 9, followed by the announcement of Native Instruments Komplete 9, and now Propellerheads Reason 7 is on the way.
I must admit I haven’t used Reason in quite a long time. I moved on before they even added Record. That was the ultimate reason really: Propellerheads was too slow to add features which seemed like obvious necessities. However, I do remember fondly the ability to just whip up a track in no time flat. Reason is great for this. The ease and flexibility of connecting or rearranging devices is awesome, and the graphics are just adorable. I remember thinking that Reason would be an awesome tool to demonstrate the principles of electronic music technology quickly and comprehensibly in the classroom.
Reason has come a long way since the early days, and version 7 has added some interesting features, albeit rather late in the game. These include an External MIDI device, for controlling all your outboard gear (that maybe you don’t use anymore?), slice-able audio, for quantization or use with REX player devices (which Reason pioneered 13 years ago!), some age old mix features like buses, groups, and the new Spectrum (graphic) EQ. They’ve also added Level and Pan functions within Racks, the neat-o Audiomatic Retro Transformer, to give your tracks that vintage vibe, and a whole new bunch of sounds “from dubstep to even metal”! Not only that, but more audio file formats are supported, like mp3, wma, and aac!
Not sure if Propellorheads is being tongue-in-cheek with their copy (surely they must be right? “There’s a rack for that”???). I do think these additions bring Reason up to date though, making it a real contender again in the audio world. It just seems weird to me that they allowed themselves to fall behind in the first place, when they seemed so far ahead right out of the gate in the year 2000. In any case, I am happy to see them making strides, as users new and old will no doubt have countless hours of fun banging out tracks with Reason 7.
See all the new stuff in action:
Reason 7 is currently in beta-testing and will be released in the second quarter of 2013.