Propellerhead Balance with Reason EssentialsItem ID: Balance
Soft Synth Workstation and Complete DAW, 2-in/2-out USB Audio Interface with 24-bit/96kHz Resolution, 2 Microphone Preamplifiers - Mac/PC
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Powerful Music Creation and Desktop Recording SolutionLooking for a powerful desktop recording and music creation solution? The Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials DAW is the solution for you. This low-latency USB 2.0 interface offers sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and provides crystal-clear playback. With the Clip Safe function, you will never again lose a track because of distortion, and the built-in Ignition Key makes your Reason rig more portable than ever. Propellerhead designed the Balance interface to be easy and ready to use. Just turn it on and start recording. Balance comes with Reason Essentials, fully featured music creation and recording software.
Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials at a Glance:
High-end audio interface
The Propellerhead Balance was designed to be a robust, ready-to-rock interface to make recording your next hit easier than ever. The high-end mic preamps offer pristine recording ,no matter what your input source. With rates up to 24-bit/96kHz your recordings will sound great and be ready for pro studios. Balance's low-latency design ensures accurate and quick playback, even while recording.
Reason Essentials DAW
Reason Essentials is a streamlined version of Propellerhead's famous Reason and Record software. That's right, Reason and Record have been merged into a single powerful music creation and recording program. You get the killer music creation tools, synths, drum machines, and virtual instruments that made Reason famous, along with the audio recording features of Record. Propellerhead Reason Essentials is a powerhouse of a DAW.
Input and output flexibility
A good point of reference for any audio interface is its input and output flexibility. The Propellerhead Balance has the options you need to record your next hit song. You can hook up two 48V phantom-powered XLR mic inputs or two 1/4" guitar/instrument inputs simultaneously, in any combination you need. Two sets of of stereo 1/4" inputs let you hook up your keyboard or other outboard gear. On the output side, the Balance interface has two TRS balanced main outputs to go to your monitors and one headphone output. Each output has its own independent control knob.
Reason Essentials has a large and diverse set of virtual instruments. Advanced synths, samplers, effects, and drum machines give you an unlimited range of sound production, but there are simple modules as well, which are a great way to start if you're new to sound creation and manipulation. Dr. OctoRex combines the loop-playback power of eight original Dr. Rex modules and adds advanced loop-slice manipulation and playback options. There are even built-in Line 6 guitar and bass PODs, for a huge selection of amps, cabs, and effects.
Recording and mixing tools
Reason Essentials gives you access to console-style and line-style mixers, allowing for submixing and grouping, with a clear visual distinction between groups. There are simple and complex versions of reverb and distortion units, as well as creative extras, including a "Combinator," which lets you create advanced layers and splits between instruments. On top of that, Reason Essentials gives you a powerful set of mastering-grade dynamics processors that you can use to pump up your mix.
Propellerhead is known for making user-friendly products, and Balance is no different. The cool Clip Safe button ensures that you will never again lose a take due to distortion. When engaged, Clip Safe sets up a second track that records at a lower volume to avoid distorted peaks, should they occur. There is also a meter button on the front of the Propellerhead Balance audio interface. This button brings up a huge recording meter, with built-in guitar tuner, that you can easily see from across the room. No hunting and searching for a button in menus, as it's right on the actual hardware device. These functions work with Propellerhead software, other pro audio apps, and even iTunes. Balance also works with any music software as long as it runs Core Audio (Mac), ASIO (Windows), or WDM (Windows) drivers.
Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials Features:
The Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials will add a new dimension to your studio.
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Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
by Joe LaPlante from Providence, RIThis is my first review ever! I felt compelled to write it. I am really impressed with this interface! It looks sweet and is very functional. Integration in Reason is Butter Smooth. But what impr... read more [+]essed me most is the sound quality! I have had a few of audio interfaces (focusrite, motu, tascam, lexicon, m-audio, and I just came from an Apogee One) and I have to say that sonically...this one sounds the best to me. Granted there are certainly pricier options. But, if you only need two channels at a time this one is hard to beat. And, if you use Reason, the clip safe and tuner options make this a must buy! close [-]
September 12, 2012
by LaShawn McPike from IllinoisI purchased this a little over two weeks ago and I am satisfied with this purchase, I recently had a rack interface but needed to upgrade to a smaller interface for my home studio and this is the cho... read more [+]ice I went with and glad I did. The clip safe feature is a really nice feature to have and the installation was a breeze, it works great with Reason 6.2 as expected but also works great with Cubase 6.5 as I am running both. The knobs are great compared to the knobs on some other interfaces I have used in the past and the overall quality of Balance is great and suits my recording needs. close [-]
March 30, 2012
Music Background: Hip Hop Producer
by: Mitch Gallagher
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Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials
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