Propellerhead Reason 9 Essentials
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Take a look at your new virtual studio.
Realize your musical ideas with Reason’s arsenal of instruments.
Add, play, tweak, combine and mix as many of each as you can possibly want.
- Subtractor Analog Synthesizer
Warm, straightforward and easy to use. Subtractor is most Reason users go-to synthesizer.
Beats and loops
For many, beats isn’t just a part of their music. The beat is the music! And Reason has the machines to build the beat you want.
- Redrum Drum Computer
Reason’s drum machine. If you like the classic pattern based machines from the 80s, then this one is for you.
- Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
Versatile and flexible loop player that turns static loops into playable musical instruments.
The Player devices introduced in Reason 9 adds capabilities to the other Reason instruments that adds plenty of creative horsepower to the rack.
- Scales & Chords
Use it to stay always in key, or use its one-finger chords to explore rich harmonic options that you might not have thought about.
- Dual Arpeggio
Create flowing arpeggio lines with these two powerful polyphonic, pattern based arpeggiators.
- Note Echo
This unit can create interesting effects with pitch and time: Strumming, glissandos, chord stabs and much more.
Samples for playing and tweaking
Sample your own sounds or tap into Reason's huge collection of sampled instruments in every conceivable category.
Extending your instrument rack
- NN-XT Advanced Sampler
Play gigabytes of rich and complex, multi-layered instruments from the Reason sound bank. Or sample and build your own!
- ID-8 Instrument Device
A songwriter’s best friend. When all you need is quick access to your most used instruments, ID 8 is there for you.
Want even more instruments? With the Rack Extension technology the Reason rack opens up to third party developers too. Propellerhead and leading third party developers offers a great selection of instruments as add-ons to your Reason rack. Have a look in the
Propellerhead Shop to see what's on display.
All your other synths too!
- Rack Extensions
Add-on instruments and effects from Propellerhead and third party developers.
Include your MIDI synths in your music making. Reason’s External MIDI Instrument will play all your MIDI synths, beatboxes and whatnot from Reason's sequencer and control your external MIDI gear with the full automation that Reason users have come to expect.
- External MIDI Instrument
Bringing your MIDI equipment to your Reason tracks.
Reason’s rack is an extremely flexible environment to create just the sound your music needs. Here are more ways to combine and evolve sounds.
Combine, layer and mix instruments and effects to create rich, production-ready and performance-friendly sounds that can be loaded up in an instant.
- Scream 4 Sound Destruction Unit
A multimode sound mangling effect that will do anything from gentle tape compression to full-on sonic mayhem.
- Pulsar Dual LFO
A CV modulation effect that uses its two LFOs to control parameters in Reason’s other instruments and effects.
- Neptune Pitch Adjustor
Gently nudge your vocalist's into key, or go all T-pain on your vocals. Neptune is also a powerful real-time vocal synth.
- Softube Guitar Amp
Oozing with attitude and featuring a fistful of amp and cabinet models, this is one amp that will never let your down.
- Softube Bass Amp
Clean solid lows? Nasal presence? Wildly distorted? Whatever sound you're after, Bass Amp can deliver.
- MClass Stereo Imager
No mastering suite is complete without a tool for controlling the stereo image to allow individual treatment of high and low bands.<
- MClass Maximizer
An advanced tool designed to maximize the volume of your Reason tracks, without crushing them or introducing other unwanted artifacts.
Reason is designed to act and feel like a musical instrument. What you see is really what you get.
No hidden screens, sub-menus or dialogs to flip through.
Live sampling in Reason
Sample any sound source into any of Reason’s samplers. Just hook up a sound source to the rack's sampling input and you are ready to start sampling. Use a mic, a turntable, an instrument or the entire Reason mix.
Sampling in Reason is simple and straightforward – all part of the creative process of making music. Hit the sample button and Reason starts sampling. Reason will detect the sample start automatically. You can sample when Reason is running too if you like – no need to stop the music.
Reason comes with all the tools you need to give your tracks that big studio sound right out of your computer. Walk into any recording studio and the large format mixer is the creative centerpiece of the production environment. Reason 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.
Faithfully modeled after the famous SSL 9000k* analog mixing desk, Reason's mixer comes complete with flexible routing, full dynamics, EQ, advanced effects handling, full automation, groups and parallel channels, and the famous master-bus compression. The spectrum analyzer window with visual EQ control makes it easy to fine-tune the sound of your tracks from anywhere in the program.
Record, edit, arrange. Capture MIDI performances and automation, record and overdub audio, or draw in notes with the mouse. Whatever suits your workflow, Reason's sequencer is fast, flexible and fun. Any mistakes can easily be corrected, adjusted or quickly spliced together from multiple takes. Keeping with Reason’s famous ease of use, Reason's sequencer still comes with all the editing features you need. If your playing is too tight—use the ReGroove Groove Mixer to add more human feel.
All sequencer data — notes, automation, the works — are housed in clips; musical building blocks that can be opened, sliced or moved. When a clip is moved to a new location, all its internal data follows right along with it, always ending up exactly where you intended it to. Safe, speedy sequencing. In sync with your flow. Forever adapting to you and your working methods. Reason's sequencer simply gets you there faster.