The new software boasts more advanced audio editing and audio quantisation features, as well as a more powerful mixer, which allows fast channel grouping and routing for mixing with subgroups, which will be very useful for drum processing. There is also MIDI Out funtionality which allows users to connect to external hardware instruments and a new spectrum analyser built into each channel strip.
Audiomatic Retro Transformer has also been announced, an effects unit which adds "vintage flavour" to your tracks, with presets from Vinyl and VHS tape to PVC pipe and Gadget. Although free for Reason 7 users, the Rack Extension will cost $49/€39 for Reason 6.5 users.
Along with all the third-party Rack Extensions that are now available, this is a significant upgrade for Reason. The full version of Reason 7 will cost $449/€405 and reduced-price upgrade paths are also available. Purchasers of certain previous-version Reason products may qualify for a free upgrade to Reason 7. For details see www.propellerheads.se/freeupgrade
Further information from Propellerhead follows.
Press Release: Propellerhead released for sale today Reason 7 and Reason Essentials 2, major updates to its award-winning music software line. The latest versions inspire musicians to create more and better music with deep, streamlined mixing and a complete rack for all types of instruments.
Reason’s renowned music-centric design focuses around a virtual rack of software instruments, effects and processors connected to a world-class mixing console. Users can go from ideas to music, literally in minutes, designing their of the dreams in the process while never stopping their creative flow. Now, version 7 offers integration of all instruments—in and out of the “box”—with MIDI out. Automatic audio slicing and audio quantize enable quick fixes or style changes of recorded performances—even conversion of those recordings into REX loops for further creative possibilities in the rack. For mixing, Propellerhead adds a spectrum analyzer with visual EQ controls to “see” the audio and tweak equalization settings of any tracks in mixer. One-click group and parallel mix channels go beyond what is possible in physical large format mixers—instantly exposing the world of modern parallel effects and automation. And to inspire, Reason 7 makes importing audio from users’ music libraries and the web with support for mp3, aac, wma and more a snap. An enhanced Factory Sound Bank comes with tons of new loops and drum kits supplying the latest sounds ready to be thrown into tracks.
Audiomatic Retro Transformer takes its place alongside over 100 third-party instrument, effect and utility Rack Extensions (RE) already available for Reason. Designed for use on any instrument, channel or even group mix, Audiomatic oozes character to the sound. Inspired by retro phone apps, Audiomatic, with 16 snapshots going from Vinyl and VHS tape to PVC pipe and Gadget, immediately evokes an auditory mood, place or time. The RE is included free in Reason version 7 but is available to owners of Reason 6.5 and Reason Essentials too, as a separate purchase. As with any Rack Extension, all users can try a fully functional version free for 30 days.
· Reason has a rack to inspire (video)
· Reason has a rack for instruments (video)
· Reason has a rack for mixing (video)
· Reason 7 overview (complete information and Reason 7 video)
· Rack Extension (RE) store (browsing, trials and purchase
· To purchase Reason or upgrades (retailers and online store)