Just in from Alesis is the CLX-440, their awesome dual-channel compressor/limiter/expander that combines separate compression and expansion sections for each stereo channel, with “look-ahead” capability, side-chain and “key” functions, continuously-variable soft/hard knee and peak/RMS controls, and much more. Not only is the sound great, but operation is incredibly simple. The insides may be digital, but the package is all analog, with 2 sets of dedicated controls, one knob per function. And the price is nice, too.
Propellerheads have announced Reason 2.0. The new version comes with more machines, more sounds and more power. Plus it is OSX compatible. More information and upgrade details are posted at Propellerheads’ website.