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Reason 10 is here, so it’s time for Andy Jones to give us the lowdown on some of its new instruments and innovative features, as well as three step-by-step walkthroughs to create some monster sounds…

Reason 10 is out now and is broader in scope than ever before. Far from being just a DAW for dance- or electronic-music making, the software now comes packed with enough new instruments and effects to appeal to a wider variety of genre composers. With the addition of the new Grain instrument, it should appeal to sound designers and composers of moody and atmospheric music – we have a specific tutorial on that instrument.

In a moment, we’ll have a quick rundown on what you get with the latest version of Reason. But first, let’s recap on the DAW itself. Incredibly, Propellerhead Software first released Reason 17 years ago. It came out at a time when software instruments were becoming a reality and when computers were just becoming powerful enough to process real-time, on-screen sonic manipulation. Rather than just releasing one instrument, however, Propellerhead’s Reason was a virtual rack of them.

Europa has been described as a modern-day Thor (the synth, not the hammer-wielding god or film)


The beauty of Reason has always been the workflow – the way that you can route everything through everything else, by ‘flipping’ the rack and plugging away. Reason’s instruments have become classics in themselves and some, like Thor, have developed a life of their own outside the software, as iOS synths. Another consistent selling point of the software has been its cross-platform nature and also how light on processing power it is for such a powerful audio workstation.

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2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.