Thereâ€™s no software quite like Reason. For years, itâ€™s been a total synth/sample/loop workstation with sequencing, mixing, and effects processing â€” all with amazingly flexible routing options using virtual patch cables. But it has always lacked one thing: the ability to record real audio tracks, DAW-style. You could (and still can) ReWire Reason into your DAW of choice (I did it for years with Logic and Pro Tools), but thatâ€™s not quite the same.
That has all changed with Reason 6. The new Reason incorporates the audio capabilities and modeled large-scale vintage mixing console from Record, Propellerheadâ€™s previous DAW software package. The blend of Record into Reason is seamless, and moves it to an entirely new level.
I received a beta version of Reason 6 for this article. Iâ€™ve been a Reason user since version one (actually, I started with ReBirth before that) and also a Record user. So I can tell you this: if youâ€™re familiar with the Prop-head software, youâ€™ll have no trouble diving right into Reason 6. And if youâ€™re new to Reason, the software is so straightforward and well designed, youâ€™ll be able to get right to work making music.
Of course, the recording/audio tracks arenâ€™t all thatâ€™s new. Pulverizer (distortion/sound mangling), The Echo (advanced stereo echo), Alligator (3-band pattern-based gate), Neptune (vocal tuning and voice synth), and a greatly expanded factory sound bank are also included, along with many creativity-enhancing features. Thereâ€™s 64-bitÂ Â Â Â Â support, comp editing, and so much more. Reason 6 is a huge update that builds on previous versions in so many ways. It is familiar, yet itâ€™s still a quantum leap ahead.
You can probably tell that Iâ€™m very excited about Reason 6. Reason has been my â€śsynth rackâ€ť for many projects. But now, with audio recording/mixing and all of the other new features, Reason 6 has jumped to a new level in my software pantheon. I expect Iâ€™ll be doing projects in all sorts of musical styles right within this one platform.
Powerful, fast, efficient, easy to use, flexibleâ€¦ with Reason 6, I predict many musicians and engineers are going to make the move to Propellerhead. Call your Sales Engineer or visit Sweetwater.com for more information!