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The Swedish Powerhouse Opens Its Rack with Rack Extensions

Propellerhead Reason 6.5 expands on its legendary music creation mojo with eagerly-anticipated Rack Extension technology that lets you expand your sonic arsenal with whatever your music needs. Rack Extensions give you the flexibility of plug-ins, without the headaches. Together with ground-breaking features introduced in previous versions, Reason 6.5 gives you a CPU-efficient 64-bit monster DAW that lets you record rock-solid audio on unlimited tracks, create beats, play virtual instruments from its powerful, one-of-a-kind rack - and mix down on a superb SSL-modeled console. Packed with amazing synths, instruments, effects, workflow enhancements - and now Rack Extensions - Propellerhead Reason 6.5 is ready for your next project.

Propellerhead Reason 6.5 DAW at a Glance:
  • Rack Extensions: the flexibility of "plug-ins," without the hassle
  • Record audio to unlimited tracks and mix on a superb SSL-modeled console
  • Enhance your compositions with great-sounding effects
  • New workflow and technology enhancements
Rack Extensions: the flexibility of "plug-ins," without the hassle

Propellerhead Reason 6.5 opens Reason's rack up to third-party developers. Yes, we're talking Rack Extensions. Rack Extensions give you the flexibility that your friends who use other DAWs have long enjoyed. What you don't get with Rack Extensions is the hassle. The quirky behaviors that are entirely different from plug-in to plug-in (and completely contrary to how your DAW works!). You don't get instability, nasty crashes, version compatibility issues, authorization aggravations - we could go on. What you do get is great-sounding, cutting-edge instruments and effects that do what they're supposed to. Because Propellerhead controls the technology, issuing its Rack Extensions SDK to all RE developers, you get a seamless "plug-in" experience. Simply visit Propellerhead's online Rack Extension store and select what you want. Your Rack Extensions download and install automatically. You don't have to mess with registration and authorizations - your Reason ignition key covers everything. And when you're in the heat of fast 'n' furious creativity, your Rack Extensions respond just like Reason does (e.g., command/control-z is undo), and all settings are saved with your session. This is how it's supposed to be.

Record audio to unlimited tracks and mix on a superb SSL-modeled console

The major feature of Propellerhead Reason 6 was the integration of audio recording, adding Record's mixer to Reason's arsenal. Modeled after the SSL 9000k - the legendary "SuperAnalogue" large-format studio console - Reason's mixer lets you tap into the fidelity and analog punch of the modeled EQ and compression present on every channel, as well as the mastering mojo of the world-famous SSL master bus compressor. Reason 6.5 even lets you record to unlimited hard disk tracks. All these features make Reason 6.5 a formidable powerhouse in the DAW world.

Enhance your compositions with great-sounding effects

Reason has always been known for its amazing effects collection, and recent additions such as The Echo, Alligator, Pulverizer, and Neptune give you more flexibility than ever to create the sounds you hear in your head. The Echo is a multi-purpose delay tool. Create everything from slight delays to complete stutters, and use the filters and envelopes to further tweak your sound and morph it into something completely unique. The Alligator is a three-channel pattern-based gate. When a signal enters it is split into three signals, each of which are independently processed. Next the signals are sent through a filter section and FX section you can tweak to your heart's content. Reason 6.5 also includes Pulverizer, a crunchy compressor with dirty distortion, a multimode filter, and flexible modulation. Neptune is a full-featured pitch correction and voice synth device. We've only just scratched the surface here - these are but a few of the many incredible-sounding effects you'll find in the Propellerhead Reason 6.5 rack.

Workflow and technology enhancements

Reason 6.5 makes recording and creating music as simple as possible. Ever have an issue where you record all the back-up music only to have the singer need another key? Reason's audio transpose function lets you change the key of your piece without re-recording. The legendary time stretch feature lets you change the tempo of you song, even after all the parts are recorded. The Factory Sound Bank has thousands of new loops and patches for your Reason instruments, and hundreds of new presets for the built-in effects. A huge recording meter allows you to play your guitar across the room and still see what is going on. And being a 64-bit program, Propellerhead Reason 6.5 is more powerful and robust than ever.

Propellerhead Reason 6.5 DAW SoftwareFeatures:
  • Rack Extensions let you expand your sonic arsenal with whatever your music needs!
  • Reason's famous Rack is armed with a boatload of powerful synths, instruments, and effects
  • Record audio to unlimited audio tracks, directly in Reason
  • Audio Transpose and Time Stretch functions
  • Guitar and bass amp modeling
  • 64-bit operation
Propellerhead Reason 6.5 is a formidable music creation tool!

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Manufacturer Part Number 99-101-0027

Customer Reviews

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Mitch Gallagher

With Reason 6, the Propellerhead Software turned their super-popular music creation software into a full-featured DAW with integrated multitrack recording capabilities and a powerful built-in mixer that emulates a million-dollar big-studio mixing console. With all of its included synthesizers, samplers, audio processors, mixers, routing capabilities, and more, Reason is the soup-to-nuts music production program of choice for many musicians and composers. But even with all the major additions to the software, Reason still lacked one thing: it was closed to third-party plug-ins. The only way for new features to be added to the program was for the Prop-heads themselves to put them there. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing. With a closed program such as Reason, the company could maintain tight control, which resulted in a very robust, stable system. But now, with Reason 6.5, the Propellerheads have opened up Reason with Rack Extensions -- and they've done it without compromising stability! Similar in concept to plug-ins, Rack Extensions can be created by third-party developers and can be either instruments or audio processors. The advantage is that the Propellerheads tightly control the Rack Extension technology, which eliminates many of the inconsistencies and instabilities of traditional plug-ins. Plus, when you purchase and download a Rack Extension from the online Propellerhead store, it downloads and installs automatically, with no authorization, no registration, and no complex installation process required -- the authorization is placed on your Reason Ignition key, seamlessly. Nice! Rack Extensions are a huge addition to Reason. Not only is the program now a full DAW, but it also has its own "plug-in" format. Reason 6.5 is an amazing solution for just about any music production application. BALANCE Up until recently, the Propellerheads have stayed firmly in the software camp. But it was inevitable, with their success there, that they would want to create hardware. And that's just what they've done with Balance, a new USB interface for Mac and Windows -- but, of course, it's the Prop-heads, so it's not just any interface. Balance lets you hook all your gear up and then switch what's feeding into the interface via front-panel switches. There are two XLR mic inputs, two guitar inputs, and two stereo line inputs. And two inputs can be used simultaneously. There are also two outputs that can be routed to your monitors as well as headphone outputs; the monitors and headphones each have their own volume control. The beautiful thing about Balance? You plug it in, and it just works! It may be the simplest interface I've ever had the pleasure to use -- and I mean that in a good way. Plus, by using Balance with Reason, you get an amazing extra: Clip Safe, which protects you from clipping tracks when you're recording. Clip Safe invisibly records a backup track at a lower level, along with the track that you're recording. It's a cool feature that you'll appreciate the first time you're able to save a once-in-a-lifetime take that otherwise would have been ruined by clipping. Balance isn't limited to use with Reason. It supports any Core Audio, WDM, or ASIO software. It comes bundled with Reason Essentials to get you started. Balance is flexible enough to be the hub for a studio rig, and it's portable enough to take on the go. It sounds great, and it's easy to use. And that's a winning combination.
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Mitch Gallagher

There's no software quite like Reason. For years, it's been a total synth/sample/loop workstation with sequencing, mixing, and effects processing -- 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 that'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, Propellerhead'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. I'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 you're familiar with the Prop-head software, you'll have no trouble diving right into Reason 6. And if you're new to Reason, the software is so straightforward and well designed, you'll be able to get right to work making music. Of course, the recording/audio tracks aren't all that'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. There's 64-bit 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 it's still a quantum leap ahead. You can probably tell that I'm very excited about Reason 6. Reason has been my "synth rack" 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 I'll be doing projects in all sorts of musical styles right within this one platform. Powerful, fast, efficient, easy to use, flexible... with Reason 6, I predict many musicians and engineers are going to make the move to Propellerhead. Call your Sales Engineer or visit for more information!
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