Propellerhead announces Reason 6 and debuts Reason Essentials

Propellerhead Software has announced Reason 6, a major update to the award winning music software. At the same time Propellerhead debuts Reason Essentials, the successor to Record, that packs all the recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering necessary to sound great in a streamlined package.

Now all Reason products have complete audio recording and editing.

Propellerhead Reason 6

New in Reason 6

Combining all the features from Record, Reason version 6 adds audio recording and editing, along with Propellerhead’s acclaimed mixing console with masterfully modeled EQ and dynamics on every channel, multiple parallel racks, Line 6 amp models, new effect devices plus additional features. New creative effects designed for inserting directly into instruments and tracks include: Pulveriser, sound crushing effect with crunchy compression, dirty distortion and flexible modulation; The Echo, advanced stereo echo with modern delay and analog tape echo emulation: and Alligator, a three band pattern gate for complex rhythmic texturing. Interface enhancements, high definition audio transpose and true 64-bit compatibility highlight other new feature improvements.

Details: Reason 6

Propellerhead Reason Essentials

Introducing Reason Essentials

Built for independent minded musicians, Reason Essentials has the feel of a million dollar recording studio with the streamlined simplicity of a tape deck. Distilled from the core of Reason, Reason Essentials contains a great selection of instruments and effects in a virtual rack that builds itself, or can be infinitely customized—drum machine, loop player, sampler, synths, reverb, delay, distortion, mastering effects and more. For guitar players, the built-in virtual guitar and bass PODs from Line 6 bring a wide range of top quality guitar amps, cabinets and effects. The intuitive audio and MIDI sequencer makes recording and arranging music a breeze. Users never have to worry about track counts, latency issues or adding that extra reverb or effect. With an easy to grasp interface, it won’t get in the way of ideas and will inspire users to make more music.

Details: Reason Essentials

Reason 6 and Reason Essentials begin limited public beta testing today and will be available for purchase worldwide on September 30, 2011 at the following suggested retail pricing:

  • Reason 6: EUR €405 / USD $449.
  • Reason Essentials: EUR €279 / USD $299.
  • Reason 6 Upgrade (from any Reason version and Reason Essentials): EUR €149 / USD $169.

Propellerhead will also offer special grace period offers for purchasers of Reason, Record and Reason-Record Duo this summer. For details see www.propellerheads.se/freeupgrade

More information: Propellerhead Software

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  • Douglas Crenshaw Sr.

    Rek, I have never used Reason. I am Ableton guy and I am fully invested. However, my buddy promises its’s the best thing since sliced bread. I downloaded the trial demo version last night. It’s aiight…

    Question… Resaon, worth buying or should pass in order to stay married to Ableton…???

    • http://rekkerd.org Ronnie

      Hey Douglas,
      Reason is quite something else. Many people love it and its workflow. I am a proper FL Studio user myself, with Ableton as my second choice. I have tried Reason in the past but it just never clicked for me. Maybe I have to try again.
      One thing Reason doesn’t have is VST plugins. That’s a bit of a deal breaker for me and will keep me from totally switching for sure…

  • Chad Kroeger

    As someone who has used Reason for 10 years, here’s my two cents:

    It’s greatest advantage is closed environment. Everything works as it should, I never had a crash or anything similar, it is as stable as it gets. It is very CPU friendly, workflow is mostly unobstructed and you can save your songs with all setings and samples and load them few years later without worrying that they will not be the same as you saved them.

    It’s greatest disadvantages is relatively poor sound quality of it’s synthesizers and all DSP units (hence low CPU usage). If you’re trying to achieve crisp and lifelike sound you better look somewhere else. Even if you just use it for composing and later do mixing in more professional DAW the result will never be from the top shelf because of flawed source.

    In short, if you’re beginner or medium-experienced user without high audio quality priorities and you apprecieate intuitive and fun interface – go with Reason.

    I ditched it totally last year when I found out the Reaper, but that’s another story.

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