Propellerhead Reason 6.5
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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
- 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
- The Rack Extension technology, new in this version of reason, lets you expand your collection with the instruments and effects your music needs
- Created by Propellerhead and other developers, Rack Extensions are full reason rack citizens, giving you the same fully integrated experience as when using any of the included devices.
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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.
Reason 6.5Reason 6.5 – the new Rack Extension powered version of the world’s favourite music software is here. Rack Extensions expand Reason and let you add whatever your music needs – be it instruments or effects, by Propellerhead or others. Try it, buy it, and download it straight into your rack.
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.
Flip the RackYes, 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.
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.
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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
<Edit> I've now upgraded to version 7 (a free upgrade) and it's awesome. I'll have to fully retire now to allow me enough time to do it justice. There are so may really useful features. </Edit>
I've used Reason since the dawn of time, and it is just one of the easiest pieces of kit to get used to. It has been proven that Reason 6.5 has one of the best mixing and mastering consoles up-to-date, and has the skill to adapt to your preferred conditions and create any genre out there, either being Future Garage or Glo-fi, or Drum 'n' Bass or Dubstep, or maybe some Folk music, or any kind of music that can potentially become the genre of the month/year/decade/century? Yes, Reason can do it all!
There are many 'devices' within this software, such as the Thor Polysynth Synthesizer (a synthesizer that mimics the classics such as the Moog, Juno 106 etc.) that you can use to create a sound. The programming on audio is just magnificent. AAA stuff. Very crisp detail on the sound, lots of different effects you can use, like a reverberation device or distortion unit, to develop on your sound and make it sound better, as well as having thousands of pre-sets/patches to deconstruct and work on to get a better understanding of how things work.
If you're new to sound design or even music production, then you can easily get to grip with how this masterpiece works by either going onto the Propellerhead website and viewing their tutorials, or even going onto Youtube and learning through others' work.Read more ›