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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Aug-16 > PROPELLERHEAD Reason 9


Is the Props’ long-serving and much-loved DAW still a force to be reckoned with in 2016? Matthew Mann takes an in-depth look at the latest version and encounters far more than he bargained for…

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Price £289 Upgrade: £99 Reason 9 Essentials: £49

Distributor Propellerhead

System requirements OS X 10.7 or later, Win7 or later – 4 GB RAM / 3GB hard-drive space

Reason is like that funny cousin who you can’t help but like. It’s always been a bit of an oddball, in that it has never allowed the use of third-party plug-ins. Then there was the fact that for a long time you couldn’t even record audio into the software. At version 5, Propellerhead created Record, a separate program allowing you to record audio for use in Reason. Record sessions could then be saved and opened in the DAW with the audio intact. Although a little cumbersome, this gave Reason owners, for the first time, the ability to record directly. Before this, the only way to get audio into Reason was by way of importing audio files. Along the way, we saw the addition of Thor, a mega-synth with amazing modulation possibilities and fat, juicy sound and Kong, a total drum designer package using synthesis, sampling, and physical modelling for the purpose of creating completely new drums and kits.

Propellerhead then incorporated Record into Reason completely with Reason 6. Finally, direct recording and sampling were possible in Reason, but still no third-party plugins… It also introduced a new mixer modelled after an SSL 9000 K and pitch correction with its Neptune device. With version 6.5, Propellerhead opted to allow select third-party companies to create Rack Extensions – tightly controlled versions of their effects and/or instruments, for use exclusively within Reason. Companies such as Korg, Softube, D16 Group and many more jumped onboard, creating some excellent emulations of classic instruments and effects – and some entirely new and original ones.

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It's the MusicTech Mobile Music issue! With the iOS platform, you can get versions of everything music-production related, and we feature the best of them in the new issue of MusicTech. We've broken it down into five categories: DAWs, Synths, Interfaces, DJ/Beats and Sound Design – Martin Delaney guides us through it all. Also in this issue we have reviews of Reason 9 plus gear from Thermionic Culture, AKG and ROLI, and software from IKM and iZotope. There's modular news and reviews of Euroracks from Studio Electronics and AJH plus tutorials on songwriting, compression and using Ableton Link. An issue not to be missed!