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Propellerhead Reason 6

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  • Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. with its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, reason helps you along in the creative process and is the music software that never gets in your way.
  • Walk into any professional recording studio and you will see racks filled to the brim with different tools used in music production from reverb to compressors, vocoders, synths, distortion units, and parametric eqs.the studio's rack is the heart of its creative factory. reason is are no different. that is why we have outfitted your computer with a virtual rack filled with all the same gear. they look and function exactly like their hardware cousins. even better, they sound just as good too.
  • Now with audio tracks in the sequencer, breathtaking time stretch, and audio transpose you'll be able to stay inside reason's creative environment for your whole production. with the addition of the neptune pitch corrector, line 6 modeled amplifiers, and the id-8 writer's toolbox of instruments, you'll have serious tools for serious production.
  • We've also added three new creative effects (pulveriser, alligator, and the echo), an expanded factory sound bank, and 64bit os support. reason 6 is a monstrous step up for your rack.
  • Pulveriser puts crunchy compression, dirty distortion, a multimode filter and flexible modulation in a single, sound-crunching effect. the echo is an advanced stereo echo bringing together the brilliance of modern delays with the organic sounds of analog circuitry and old-school tape machines. the echo is equal parts pristine stereo delay, sound sculpturing toolbox, and playable performance effect. alligator is a three band pattern-based gate effect that turns bland pads into rhythmic textures, radically twists your loops, and tweak boring beats into blockrocking breaks.
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Item Weight181 g
Product Dimensions6.4 x 14.7 x 20.1 cm
Item model number99-101-0024
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Best Sellers Rank 11,580 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight181 g
Date First Available29 Sep 2011
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The Rack in Propellerhead Reason
Reason's infinitely expandable studio rack Click here for a larger image

What is Reason?

Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. With its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason helps you along in the creative process and is the music software that never gets in your way.

The Reason Rack

Walk into any professional recording studio and you will see racks filled to the brim with different tools used in music production from reverb to compressors, vocoders, synths, distortion units, and parametric EQs. The studio's rack is the heart of its creative factory. Reason is no different. That is why we have outfitted your computer with a virtual rack filled with all the same gear. They look and function exactly like their hardware cousins.

Unlike a real studio, however, if you want another synth or an extra compressor you can create one from a menu rather than taking that second job or signing up for those experimental clinical drug trials.

So Reason looks cool, but how does it sound?
Short answer: It sounds amazing! Reason doesn't just come with great devices capable of creating any sound you can imagine. It also comes stocked full with thousands of patches, presets, and loops to get you inspired and started. Over 4,000 instrument patches, 1,000+ mixing/mastering effects, and nearly 3,000 loops... it's enough to satisfy even the most eclectic tastes. Patches have been created by producers like Death Cab for Cutie's Jason McGerr, Bomb Squad's Hank Shocklee, Black Eyed Peas' Printz Board, DJ Lucky Date, Kill the Noise, and more.

The back of the Rack in Propellerhead Reason
Turn the Rack around!

Flip the Rack

Yes, famously you can flip the Reason rack around to access the backside with all the cables and connectors. Here you can manually route anything to anything, just like in a real studio. Or simply leave it to Reason to automatically connect all your instruments and effects, unlike a real studio. Each cable plugs into exactly two holes, just like most real cables do. Only in Reason, you don't even have to crawl around the back side, unless you want to of course.

The Rack in Propellerhead Reason
Propellerhead's Reason new large format mixer Click here for a larger image

The Mixer

A large format mixer is always the creative centerpiece of professional production environments. Reason 6 is no different. A musical tool in itself, the mixer is where you bring all the elements of your production together and shape them for your final release.

If the mixer looks like a big powerful pro mixer, that's because it is! Modelled after the SSL 9000k, one of the most legendary analogue studio consoles in modern music history, Reason's mixer doesn't just balance your levels... it shapes your sound. In fact, the mixer in Reason has become so popular that pro mix engineers have made it their weapon of choice to tap into the clarity, punch, and analogue characteristics provided by the modelled EQ or compressors on every channel... and that's not to mention the master bus compressor.

Compatible with everything

Although Reason is a self-contained program, it's no lone wolf in the studio world. Two key technologies make Reason a well adjusted and quite sociable citizen in the software studio.

Propellerhead Reason Remote technology

Mouse and computer keyboard may do the job most of the time, but when you want hands-on tactile control of your music making, Remote is there to save the day. With the Remote technology, Reason comes with built-in support for all major controllers and keyboards available on the market. Knobs, faders, displays and buttons are already set up for each Reason device. You can use one controller as your master keyboard and use another for just the mixer, for instance. Remote is there right out of the box. Nothing to configure, nothing to install. It just works.

Propellerhead Reason ReWire technology

If you want to use Reason with other software products, ReWire is there to help you. ReWire works like an invisible cable that handles audio, MIDI, and sync between music applications. Reason can become a rack of instruments and play alongside another program, or sequenced entirely from the host application. ReWire has grown into an industry standard and is used in applications like ProTools, Logic, Cubase, Live, Sonar, and many more.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By D
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The first thing to note about Reason is that it has a collection of high class instruments and sounds great. For instant gratification, the presets give a taste of the quality and range of sounds here and they make a great starting point for creating new sounds.

I have been a user of other DAWs, recently Ableton Live and Reaper, and was tempted by Reason but apprehensive about the learning curve. Both Reaper and especially Live are excellent in their own way, the latter being unique in approach, excellent for quickly putting down ideas, time stretching and performing..er.. live. I anticipate continuing to use both, especially Live. Both are outclassed by Reason in terms of bundled instruments though.

Reason is self-contained and you can't use external VST or AUs. I anticipate this not being a problem as there's such a treasure of stuff in Reason. The full integration keeps Reason stable and low on the CPU. And of course, you can use Reason 'within' another DAW via ReWire - I have really experimented with this much but it seems straightforward if a bit fiddly.

I had not really looked into Reason thoroughly but v.6 now has integrated audio and this makes it 'complete' (midi / instruments / audio) so making complete tunes is possible within one programme. I would recommend trying the demo from Propellerheads - fully functional and you can save projects. You just can't re-open them until you buy / authorise (clever strategy). I week or two with the demo convinced me. I would also recommend checking out the dozens of tutorials found via Propellerheads and YouTube - I continue to find them really helpful as a new user.

If you have used other software studios many of the concepts are the same.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Powerhouse 11 Oct 2011
I've been with Reason since version 1 and this 64-bit beast is the one that puts it way ahead of its competitors (if it really has any). If you didn't have the now discontinued Record companion program before, prepare to be blown away. The long-awaited audio track recording options are only the start; the real star of the show is the virtual SSL mixing desk. It looks daunting at first, but take the time to learn it and soon you won't want to use anything else. And the results sound incredibly professional.

There's also the Neptune pitch processor. If you really must indulge in all that robot Autotune stuff, it will do it. Far more interesting is using it to create vocal harmonies from the most unpromising audio material.

Joining the already huge racks of synths and effects are three newbies - the sound mangling Pulveriser, the characterful Echo and rhythmic gating specialist that is the Alligator. If you like weird dub and sonic madness, you'll love these.

Not so long ago, you'd have needed weeks of time in an expensive recording studio to get near this quality. Now the whole toy box is yours to play with. Your friends may not see you for days.

The only cons? If you're new to Reason and not grown with it organically as I have, this may all seem overwhelming. But at least it offers easy presets for the befuddled, along with the option to literally rewire anything any way you like for the experts. There's also the usual lack of support for third party plug-ins. But really, the wealth of options here can emulate just about anything and the whole program remains rock solid because of it. Maybe the midi editing could be a little more sophisticated too.

I own Pro Tools and Cubase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of professional kit 12 Jan 2013
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This software can produce just about any style of music you care to wish for - not just the hip-hop, dubstep that it is well known for. It does look daunting, but as a 41 year old how is not a massive tech-head, I find it pretty logical and simple to use and get started with. If I had any wishes for further improvement they would be that it had a score edit function and a video importer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reason 6 7 Jan 2012
By Petra
I knew the product was ace. A Swedish musicprogramme cheaper through Amazon and UK than buying it in Sweden (where I live)...FANTASTIC programme especially if you make dancemusic or other electronic kind of music.
Although I have to say that I would rather have paid more to get recorded mail. The postman left my parcel worth hundreds of pounds outside my door. Well, Thats not the sellers fault or problem.
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